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About Frontline Restaurant
Frontline Restaurant serves fresh and seasonal British food, some of it grown on it's farm in Norfolk. The restaurant, open to the public, is part of the Frontline Club, members' club for foreign correspondents.
Striking blank and white photographs decorate the whole building, which features high ceilings and bare brick walls.
Frontline has a spacious private events room, available for hire, suited for a variety of occasions.
There are 3-4 events a week, organised by the Frontline Club Charitable Trust. These are political & cultural debates, documentary screenings on foreign affairs and journalism. All events are open to the public.
London, W2 1QJ
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday 12:00 - 16:00
Dinner: Monday - Friday 17:30 - 23:00
Saturday: 18:00 - 23.00
£26 to £40
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
020 7479 8960
We serve fresh, seasonal food, some of it grown on our farm in Norfolk.
Meter parking available infront of the restaurant, free after 6.30pm.
Single yellow line area, free parking after 8.30pm
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
Private Party Facilities:
Our private events room is very spacious yet cozy with natural wood floors, exposed brick and large sash windows, that make it very light and airy.
A private bar, full AV technology allow us to host a range of events. From meetings, conferences, product-launches, canape or seated dinning.
The food is always made fresh on site and the drinks menu includes cocktails, wines, spirits, soft and hot drinks.
Private Party Contact:
Ian Tesh: 020 7479 8954
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Regular documentary screenings and discussions on current affairs and the media. Please visit www.frontlineclub.com/events.
Frontline Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Four of us met up for dinner at this journalists' club's restaurant and enjoyed our meal very much. The wine list was a tad pricey but the food was excellent (pan roasted sea bream was a highlight as was a generous cheese platter). We recommend the restaurant as a fairly quiet one in which you can actually hear the conversation and not have to shout as at some London restaurants these days.
Excellent food, good selection and kitchen managed to plate perfectly cooked fish amongst the selection of dishes. The Cornish mackerel starter was set up beautifully by the beetroot. Bream was superb. Pig cheeks sublime. Might be better if dishes come complete rather than ordering the (excellent) and creative vegetables. Wine selection very good, but no obvious easy on the pocket house wine. Fondant one of the best by any standard, but the execution of the tarte tartin was not in the same class.
I came back to Frontline because of a positive experience when I first visited in November.
The starter of Cornish mackerel with beetroot and sour cream was perfectly cooked and delicious, as were my main course of lamb and vegetable pie and my friend's steak. They use produce from their own farm in Norfolk whenever possible. The decor is industrial chic with photos from conflict zones on the wall alluding to the restaurant's name. The service was excellent apart from a genuine error in which our order was misplaced. To compensate for this my friend and I were given our two courses, including wine, for free. In light of this unbelievably generous gesture I shall certainly return to dine at Frontline but would have done so anyway for the above reasons.
I'm a frequent business traveler to London (from San Francisco) and just enjoyed my third meal at the Frontline with work colleagues. We reached a unanimous verdict that the food, service and ambience at the Frontline are excellent. Our office is located near Paddington Station, where nearly all the nearby restaurants are poor quality tourist traps. The Frontline is an outstanding exception. We'll be back!
Service was great - that balance of attentive but in the background. Great ambience in the decor. Great place for a date, business or catch up. The food was the star of the show. I like to know where my food comes from & the story of the farm in Norfolk supplying the table in Norfolk place is a winner & it shows. Great menu; fresh, so tasty & wonderful seasonal foods. The ceviche of sea bass - stunning as was the lamb & great veggie options. We'll be back.
Used this for an evening meal after returning to Paddington and before continuing to Cambridge. An indoor choice in every way. The service was very friendly, it's just down a side turning so quieter than the main street but above all the food (fish for both of us) was really excellent. The kind of place we would cross London to go to.
I've been several times - partly because I like the links with journakism and photography - and I've always enjoyed the ewxperience. The food is excellent and one can choose between "standards" (even fish and chips) and the more exotic (stone bass on Morrocan chickpeas was excellent). And things like steal tartare are done really well.
Many of ingrediaents are sourced from Norfolk (from its own farm? Not sure), which is local enough for me.
It's my favourite venue for a business meal - fine dining, not pretentious and lovely ambience.
Friendly staff and interesting food. The starters were more interesting than the mains and they were happy to let us have 5 starters rather than mains. The venison, in particular, was delicious. We had one cheese plate and one pudding between two of us and it was good value.
We were in the Paddington area and decided to have lunch. As I used to live in the area, I was volunteered to select the venue, so I chose Frontline as I'd been there several times before, albeit for dinner rather than lunch. The restaurant had been refurbished since my last visit and they've done a great job, especially keeping some of the former characteristics of the venue.
The food was excellent, especially the beef main dish that two of us had. We had a thoroughly enjoyable long lunch and my two friends were impressed with the Frontline.
Frontline Club restaurant is a very special place. The food is excellent, most of the foodstuff originates from Vaughan Smith, the owners farm in Norfolk. As a war cameraman he fights for the people working in the bussiness. and that focus also comes in the restaurant. no short cuts, super products, friendly and relaxed service from well informed waiters, this place is created with mind and heart and is not just a place to eat - but it supports the Club, which supports all the people working in war zones to suplly us with relevant and important information. you dont cut cornes when u cover war - that can get u in trouble. Frontline Club Restaurant dont cut corners. Its straigh, its excellent food and the wine list - try it :-)
I eat here quite regularly with one or more friends. Booking is easy and the booking staff
friendly. The small library is perfect for quiet conversation and for eating and drinking.
The menu is relatively small which is good as the dishes are always perfectly cooked
and the ingredients fresh. There is a good selection of dishes and a good choice of
wines. The prices are reasonable for both. The service is always good - friendly and
attentive staff and orders delivered within a reasonable time.
Wonderful atmosphere in Members room and met really interesting people. Food excellent but the inclusive service charge in bill excessive over and above the meal costs. Supposedly optional but would be too embarrassing to opt out. Witnessed female staff smoking opposite side of road whilst we were dining. Gave poor impression. However, staff well groomed and polite. Food super and interesting. Wonderful to have sweetbreads again. Would recommend
I dine here regularly and the food is consistently of a high standard with efficient, friendly service. I meet business clients here but also often use the restaurant for family dinners. I held my daughter's 21st birthday in the private dining room which was an outstanding success and faultlessly planned. The manager is charming and clearly has this restaurant managed to perfection. Always a pleasure to go here.
I picked Frontline for our dinner since I needed to find a place for our group of 5 somewhere near Paddington train station and tube stop. One in the party did not want Indian food, so the menu at Frontline looked ok. I did not see the sign for Frontline and walked past it twice even though I had the address. Once inside it was great to see the vintage newspaper photos & captions on the walls and large windows. Clean and quiet until another very loud group came in. Their loud voices seemed to echo off the walls to the point that I could barely hear the person next to me. A separate booth or separate rooms would have been nice, but it looked like the dining was only in one large room.
Service was excellent even when more people arrived later. Prices were moderate, but 35 quid for a bottle of house wine seemed a bit steep. 13% gratuity was automatically added to the bill unless I modified it. My fish & chips was good, and it seemed the others in my group liked the trout, chicken, & beef selections.
Overall, a great dining experience and very enjoyable.
Frontline Club restaurant offers straight forward food -
much of it originates in the Norfolk estate connected to the founder of Frontline Club Vaughan Smith. The service is young and energetic, the food rich in taste and well prepared. I can espcially recommen the green aspargus and the Norfolk chicken. Nice relaxed ambience and an exciting wine list. Though the do need a white grappa on the spirtis list :-)
Very good experience. Went there for lunch on a Monday, and the place was almost filled. Good atmosphere, great service and the food was of high quality. Value for money without doubt. Not sure you will find a better 2 course lunch anywhere else for the same price.
Returning customer when in London the next time!
The food, service and atmosphere were excellent! The service was very attentive whilst not being too invasive, the perfect balance. Food was served promptly and was delicious, I can wholeheartedly recommend the Cornish Gurnard in a Bouillebaise sauce, fabulous!
Would gladly recommend this restaurant and go again!
Had lunch here with a friend last week. Food was really excellent. My classic haddock and chips was of a really high standard. Lots of fluffy white fish inside a light batter and hand cut chips. Love the atmosphere in the restaurant. Been many times and never disappointed
What a pleasure to find this lovely oasis of calm, cool style serving fabulous food bang in the middle of Paddington. My plan had been to introduce an Italian to good British food, hence my choice of the Frontline Club restaurant. Having only seen the menu online, it was hard to know what to expect, but we certainly weren't disappointed when the food arrived. The starters were deliciously exciting, especially the warm salad with roast ceps, jerusalem artichoke and crispy quails eggs. The variety of tastes and textures this dish offers is a real treat for the taste buds. That was followed by a mouth-watering Cornish gurnard with sea greens and bouillabaisse sauce done to perfection. I must have tasted bouillabaisse sauce before, but it clearly didn't make the kind of impression that this one did - so full of flavour that even days later, I can still recall its rich aroma. Everything was finished off with a gorgeous black fig tart fine with mascarpone ice cream for me, and a chilled rice pudding with damson and golden raisins for my Italian companion. Since rice pudding was a novelty to him, I tried to prepare him for what was to come. However, my description of a rice pudding fell far short of the masterful and very grown up concoction that the waiter brought to our table and which banished all memories of the sad, soggy mess that I had associated with rice pudding up to that moment.
To end, all I can say is that everything about the Frontline Club restaurant, from the discreet and polite service to the tasteful decor throughout - including, most importantly, the rest rooms - is absolutely first rate, and made the evening very special. If ever there was an antidote to the unflattering reputation that British cuisine has in the world, this is it!
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