The Frontline Club is a gathering place for journalists, photographers and other like-minded people interested in international affairs and independent journalism. It’s also a great restaurant.

The restaurant is currently closed due to Coronavirus restrictions. I thought I’d still post this review so you plan where to visit when the restrictions are lifted. All restaurants will need support.

I stayed at the Hilton Paddington on Monday March 9th 2020 and found that The Frontline Club was well reviewed and only five minutes walk away.

On the advice of previous reviewers, I booked a corner table – apparently these tables are quieter and also allow you to view the entire restaurant. As it was, with the coronavirus pandemic just building up speed and being a Monday, the restaurant was more than half empty. It wasn’t as empty as the picture below – I took pictures just before leaving.

The walls reflect the front line journalistic theme.

But it’s more than just a theme. The Frontline Club Charitable Trust (FCCT) is a UK registered charity that champions independent journalism and promotes freedom of speech. FCCT delivers an extensive and year-round programme of public debates and documentary screenings, bringing together many of the world’s best journalists, photographers, filmmakers and thinkers. You can donate here:

Wine was an excellent bottle of  Malbec, Kaiken, Mendoza, Argentina, 2018 £33. Tap water was free.

To start I had ‘Three grilled scallops, black pudding, seaweed butter’  £15

Absolutely delicious, although I would have liked the black pudding to be as thick as the scallops and not just a thin slice.

My companion had ‘Quinoa & spinach salad, feta, squash, beetroot, pomegranate’   £9

She really liked it.

Then we both had a ‘Vegetable Wellington with goats’ cheese, parsnip puree’  £19 and a side order of mash to share £4.50. The chef was also kind enough to make me some gravy at no extra charge, although it was beef stock and so my companion couldn’t eat that as a vegetarian.

Wow! To be honest, I would have ordered a Beef Wellington had it been on the menu. But I’m so glad that the Vegetable Wellington was the only choice – just amazing.

Total £99.50 with a modest service charge of £12.44 added. Well worth the price for such good food in central London.

I was only in Paddington for an appointment the next morning so I need to find another excuse to be in the area and visit the Frontline Club. I’d recommend you go there as soon as the Coronavirus crisis and restrictions are over.

The Frontline Club
13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ

Phone: 020 7479 8960

Prior to lockdown was Open Monday to Friday 12pm – 4pm & 5.30pm – 11pm, Saturday 6pm – 11pm