Frontline Restaurant
Frontline Restaurant

Frontline Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.frontlineclub.com/restaurant/
  • Phone: 020 7479 8960
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 12:00 - 16:00
    Dinner: Monday - Friday 17:30 - 23:00
    Saturday: 18:00 - 23.00

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: British
  • Executive Chef: Halim Aroudj
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Nowhere else within 100 miles sources raw materials from its own farm, offers wines at not much above retail prices, and has a chef who puts his heart into every dish.
  • Private Party Facilities: Frontline has a unique private function space available for hire 7 days a week - spacious yet ambient, with stripped wooden floors and exposed brickwork, plus a private bar, full AV technology and customised catering ranging from canapes and buffet receptions, to three course private dining experiences.
  • Private Party Contact: Megan Johnson 02074798952
  • Special Events: Regular documentary screenings and discussions on current affairs and the media. Please visit www.frontlineclub.com/events.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Paddington Rail and Underground Station
    Edgware Road Underground Station
    Lancaster Gate underground Station
    St.Mary's Bus Stop for 7, 15, 23, 27, 36, 205, 306
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Meter parking available infront of the restaurant, free after 6.30pm. Single yellow line area, free parking after 8.30pm
A word from Frontline Restaurant
Frontline Restaurant offers the best in British cuisine, set in our heritage building decorated with challenging, classic photographs by extraordinary photographers.

Frontline Restaurant uniquely grows much of our own food on our farm in Norfolk, and what we don't is ethically and sustainably sourced from the local area, supporting small businesses and individual producers. Its profits support London's premiere press club and events programme - the Frontline Club.

Our dishes offer the best in British cuisine made traditionally, always seasonal with precision and flare.
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Frontline Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
178 reviews since 24 November 2013
Average Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambience3.8
    Value3.4
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
business meals (102)fit for foodies (45)special occasions (36)pre/post theatre (23)good vegetarian options (20)group bookings (20)brunch (18)romance (13)sunday lunch (11)outstanding value (9)afternoon tea (3)child friendly (2)disabled access (2)outdoor eating (1)Show More
  • Mike
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I met with two business colleague at Frontine. The service was great and we all enjoyed our dishes. My American visitors also enjoyed a glass of the beer. We were able to have or discussions without interruption. All in the evening was excellent and Frontline played its part very well indeed.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 31/10/2014
    Very good main course but diappointing deserts, too rich and heavy
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  • food disappointing
    49UKdoc
    Dined on 31/10/2014
    The food has gone down hill over recent months. We ate a fish dish with brown prawns which tasted high and we left them. The bread and butter pudding was like a brick and we sent it back. They reduced the charge but still it was not acceptable . The service has always been slow and it seems the waiting staff are not concentrating . So although the ambiance is nice and it is local to me I will be looking to a different venue for business lunch
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  • Very good food
    flog
    Dined on 29/10/2014
    Quality of food is outstanding. Meat cooking is just perfect. Portions are just enough and service is nice. It's a bit noisy though (but as all London restaurant..)
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  • Dinner 28-10-14
    Rodders55
    Dined on 28/10/2014
    Arrived early, but table was ready. One of our group is gluten intolerant, and the chef had provided absolutely the best GF bread - it tasted as good as regular bread. Just the right number of menu choices for each course. Great evening.
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  • Nice Ambience
    Dmills19
    Dined on 28/10/2014
    Lovely room and excellent service. Food was good but not outstanding. Choice of wine was excellent.
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  • excellent option in paddington
    SilentianVIP
    Dined on 24/10/2014
    this is the restaurant of the Frontline war reporters club above. They have their own farm so good produce and quirky , good value wine list...
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  • The staff need to smile.
    Fred
    Dined on 23/10/2014
    I dont like the inclusion of a tip in the total bill as if it is a given. It should be earnt not expected..
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  • Fresh and tasty
    MissEvie
    Dined on 23/10/2014
    Frontline's menu is quite straight forward in terms if the London food scene but it is really well cooked and delicious. I've had more experimental meals but I enjoyed this immensely. Fresh tasting and very attractive on the plate. The waiting staff are fantastic, smiling, attentive and helpful. They fully understood my dietary needs as I am coeliac and they were straightforward in dealing with this which I really appreciated as often broaching the gluten free issue can so often be laborious and embarrassing. So full marks from me. I shall come again.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely experience
    Ralph
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    There a number of factors that make for a memorable meal in a restaurant; ambiance, staff and the food. At Frontline all of these factors are first rate and in perfect balance. The ambiance is just really nice, classy, calm and unhurried. The staff are exemplary, we have been quite often so feel we are known, but they are just so nice to us and make us feel really very welcome indeed, that counts for a lot with us. The food is of course star of the show and it never fails to delight. We brought our own champagne which they were so good about; it was our wedding anniversary and we will be back for the next one, the only down side is that we did not get to the really very good wine list. Thank you Frontline and keep up the good work.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not good value
    Londonhost
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    Ate here early on a Friday. Empty restaurant so staff falling over us, but unfortunately when we got our meals evident why. Tiny portions medicore food and really pricey. £ 70 for 2 mains, a cheese plate and two glasses of wine! Wouldn't be back unless there was an early bird.
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  • Good stop
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 14/10/2014
    Good reception, quiet but sociable place, good food, reasonable price.
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  • Frontline
    Procrastinator
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    A good place to eat if you find yourself in the Paddington area. The restaurant has a fantastic ambience with photographs on all of the walls and a really good buzz. Service was really friendly and helpful. The only reservation was that the food was fine, but nothing special and the tables are all rather packed in, so hold on to your glass whilst people come to or from surrounding tables as there is barely enough space for the smallest of bottoms! We thought the wine overpriced, although a really good selection, considering the average nature of the fare on offer.
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  • Convenient for a business meeting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I and two colleagues met to discuss a book that we are planning to write. We chose Frontline because it is an easy walk from Paddington and has a good atmosphere for this kind of work.
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    business meals, good vegetarian options
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  • Disappoiting
    Foodchat
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    We have eaten there regularly but unfortunately that was probably the last time. The sea trout was raw in the middle, not lightly cooked, but cold and raw. Secondly, we ordered a reasonably priced bottle of wine, only to find on presentation of the bill that they had actually given us a much more expensive one. My friend had physically pointed to the one we wanted on the menu so it was their mistake. No apology was forthcoming which was unfortunate as I had been recommending it to colleagues. I think we will be giving it a miss for the time being.
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  • Character and Quality
    PHBSez
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Dinner at the Frontline Restaurant is for those who enjoy eating good quality food in a busy, vibrant setting that just oozes character and are prepared to pay for the privilege.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Epop1690
    Dined on 30/9/2014
    I had a superb business lunch at the Frontline - and can thoroughly recommend the scallops and the cod. Top class.
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  • Somewhere to try again
    Assistanthead
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    This was a chance find after looking through the Zagat entries for this area. We had a good table and the restaurant was buzzing when we got there on Saturday evening. The service was prompt and we did not have to wait long for our food which was good as there was a party of 14 before us.The food was of a high quality. The only quibble was the wine list which was not marvellous and quite expensive. We only noticed the bin ends on the way out and saw a nice French organic wine we would have liked. It was a reasonable price too. However we will be returning as the food was so good
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent choice near Paddington
    glutenfreefoodie
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    Frontline was a great place to meet just blocks from the Heathrow Express; the exposed brick walls of this old journalists' watering hole were adorned with compelling photos from war-torn regions around the world. The drinks menu was quite inventive, and the food delicious, even for the gluten free in our party. We sampled a marvelous violet artichoke and quail eggs salad, butternut squash risotto with goat cheese, chicken breast with crushed peas and bacon, and cod with augergine puree corizo and peppers. We would certainly recommend Frontline and plan to return.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre
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  • Family get together
    FoodieK
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    The service and ambience were great, the first two courses were excellent but unfortunately the desserts did not live up to expectations. My son and I had pecan pie which was really just a pastry case stuffed with nuts - hardly any of the moist filling you would expect in a good pecan pie - it would have been inedible without the ice cream accompaniment. My husband had bread and butter pudding with orange sauce, the pudding was solid and stodgy although the sauce was ok. Overall mostly good (the wines were reasonably priced) - shame about the puds!
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mr
    Alex
    Dined on 18/9/2014
    Great restaurant for real British food. Highly recommended
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  • Good Food, Good Value
    JA66
    Dined on 16/9/2014
    I took a few business colleagues to dinner at Frontline. It has a busy atmosphere without being too crowded or noisy and with attentive service. The staff are keen to please and helpful without overbearing and false bonhomie that seems to be the trend these days. Good food well presented and portions just about the right size. Lamb was particularly good. Overall, a good experience and it offers good vale given the location. I will use it again. An interesting back story to the Frontline Club. Have a look on Wikipedia if you have time.
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  • Very good but expensive
    robzimbo
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    Rabbit terrine was excellent. The duck was really good too. Delicious sorbet - and the Malbec was delicious. Over 70 quid a head is pretty steep, I think. But maybe that's 'cos I think of the club as my local. Anyway - tremendous service, and an excellent evening all round. Thanks.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food!
    CreaKri
    Dined on 22/8/2014
    I'd chosen this based on the other reviews and was not disappointed! Though it's a teensy bit hard to find if you are not looking for it (the outside appears smaller and not much like a restaurant), one look at the cocktail menu and I was jumping like a child! The food came in good time and was delicious 😋, the waitresses were friendly without being over intrusive. It's just that too many war photos on the walls were a tad off-putting. I appreciate that's where the name comes from, but may be the ones with people actually getting hit could be replaced with something like the one with St Paul's bombed -- just a suggestion.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice ambience, excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 22/8/2014
    I have booked a table in Frontline for a business meal, hoping the reviews were true. And I was not disappointed. The food was simple but really tasty and a good value for the money. The ambiance was also really nice. If you are looking for a place with history, good but not pretentious food, this will be a right choice.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    Had the lamb.... cooked to perfection. Really friendly service. Will certainly go back for more.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice for business lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    Decent restaurant a stone's throw from Paddington station, and certainly one of the best in the area. I assume it's a converted pub, high ceiling and plenty of light. Iconic 20th century photos on the wall reflect Frontline's connections to the world of photo-journalism.
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  • Very Tasty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 14/8/2014
    Having visited Frontline for the first time, we were pleasantly surprised. The food was very tasty and the restaurant light, with big windows. We also liked the interesting war photography on the walls.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for Paddington
    foodiefun1VIP
    Dined on 13/8/2014
    Well chosen set menu with pictures on the walls reminding you of well known strife of others
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  • Classy and atmospheric
    Lunnoninnit
    Dined on 12/8/2014
    Very good lunch, wish I could have lingered longer and taken on some more food and drink. The place invites you to relax, tell stories and be mildly indiscreet. I will go back again. Food was classic and tasted good. Recommended.
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  • Good for Paddington
    Thaidane
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    The service here was good - they do seem to care and were quite attentive, but the food was a bit of a mixed bag (and I felt a bit ill afterwards, but it might have been unrelated!). The lobster salad tasted quite fresh, but the steak was dry and fairly tasteless. It comes with 'crispy potatoes' which essentially are quite thick and oily crisps which we thought were disappointing. Nice ambience for Paddington, which really is a black spot for good restaurants.
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  • Great lunch venue
    Beaches
    Dined on 30/7/2014
    Light, airey room with healthy, fresh and tasty food. Set lunch menu makes it very good value for money. Venue's credentials make it fitting for businesses with a conscience especially.
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    business meals, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No wait for waiters
    Gaucho
    Dined on 29/7/2014
    Very impressed with the waiting staff who kept appearing with exactly what we needed exactly when we needed it.
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  • Best Paddington restaurant
    BusinessLuncher
    Dined on 24/7/2014
    I first went to Frontline a couple of years ago and enjoyed myself then as much as I did this visit. They have a simple, well-chosen, menu of British cuisine (with hints of Europe) that offers something for all, from committed carnivores to vegetarians. What I particularly like is that a lot of what they serve is grown on their farm in Norfolk . The wine list isn't bad either. The ambiance is old school - wood panelling, sombre colours - and while the space is small and intimate, sound doesn't suffer: you can still hear your lunch companion(s) talk. Without doubt, the best place near Paddington and great for business lunches.
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  • Food fell down this time
    Anopheles5050VIP
    Dined on 18/7/2014
    This remains the only reasonable restaurant around Paddington. However this time was disappointing as my guest's steak, which he ordered as rare, arrived more med-well. Apart from this, the rest of the food was up to the usual standards and the service very good.
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  • Lunch
    scors
    Dined on 14/7/2014
    I met a friend here for lunch. It's very convenient for Paddington station. The food was really good and the set lunch meal was great value. The service is good and the restaurant is bright and airy. I would recommend this restaurant to friends and I would also visit the restaurant again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Visited the restaurant for the first time with an American executive colleague. Great service, great food and the ambience was excellent. Nice high ceilings and décor. The drinks menu is quirky British - my drink was called the 'Rag & Bone' - which was excellent. Highly recommend this restaurant.
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  • Pleasant evening
    sybil1
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Close to Paddington station this is a stylish restaurant. The service was attentive and friendly without being intrusive. The food was very good but - for the price - I would have liked some vegetable accompaniments. The deserts were good if slightly small. Wine is pricey. I would recommend Frontline to a friend.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second time still good
    HungryrabbitVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    I was drawn back here because of the awesome chicken, mash and wild mushrooms I had the first time, and the fact this was on the menu again! My starter this time was delicious, and the main course was worth the return trip and excused me from being lazy and not trying anything else! The service is good and it is a cosy, comfy place to have dinner
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not cheap chips
    AnnaBee
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    We had a light meal pre going to the theatre and I chose this because the menu online looked so interesting. In the event the menu on the day was different and not nearly as interesting. We both had salads which were tasty, although rather small for main course portions. My friend ordered a portion of chips and we were shocked at how small it was, it actually worked out at 40p per chip! However, when I pointed this out to the waitress she very kindly offered to bring us some more. Otherwise the service was only OK, considering that it was early and not at all busy.
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