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REVIEW: Heist Bank, Paddington

REVIEW: Heist Bank, Paddington

WHAT: A *huge* selection of beers (12 of their own pours, to be exact), 48-hour fermented sourdough pizzas, a pool table and a games room, complete with Nintendo and karaoke.

WHERE? Despite its positioning in odd little Paddington basin, this’ll be a great little spot for drinks come summer – grab a Beaverton Neck Oil or Wild Beer Co. Bibbleo on the terrace in the sunshine, or borrow one of the bar’s Bobbin bikes to cycle along the canal.

WHY GO? A bright and fun place to meet up for drinks with friends, Heist Bank is cool and unpretentious, littered with off-the-wall art pieces and curios – we even spotted a Thierry Noir. If you’re peckish, they serve a variety of small and large plates with inventive ingredients, from crispy squid with shallots and bacon jam to olive and cheese curd doughnuts.

We didn’t love our lank winter veg with maple pea hummus and the N’duja croquettes were heavy, doused in grease – but we had more luck with the cauliflower, Jerusalem artichoke and Cashel blue cheese pizza, a large and fresh serving peppered with colourful toppings served by an extremely friendly waitress.

FUN FACT: Want brilliant quality beer to go? You can get it in a takeaway three-pint growler for only six quid.

HOW MUCH? Prices are very decent – cocktails pack a decent punch for £9 and there’s an extensive gin selection.

DETAILS: Heistbank.com /5 North Wharf, Paddington, London, W2 1LA / 0207 723 8080 / hello@heistbank.com

Amy Everett is FashionBite's food and travel editor, she also writes for national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian Travel, Stylist, Shortlist, Red, Cosmopolitan and more.

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