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The Mad Bishop & Bear (Fuller's)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Windsor & Eton - Magna CartaExcellent1
London Beer Factory - Paxton Pale AleExcellent1
St Austell - TributeExcellent1
Butcombe - Christmas StepsExcellent1
Dark Star - American Pale AleExcellent1
Castle Rock - Harvest PaleGood1
East London (ELB) - NightwatchmanGood1
Fuller's - London PrideGood1
Hydes - Original BitterAcceptable1
Fuller's - Wild RiverAcceptable1
Fuller's - ESBAcceptable1
Fuller's - ChiswickNot Tried0
Fuller's - Gale's Seafarers AleNot Tried0
Adnams - Ghost ShipNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Eton BoatmanNot Tried0
Fuller's - Red FoxNot Tried0
Butcombe - Rare Breed (or Adam Henson's Rare Breed)Not Tried0
Batemans - Autumn FallNot Tried0
Redemption - Urban DuskNot Tried0
Fuller's - Gale's FirecrackerNot Tried0
Fuller's - Oliver's IslandNot Tried0
Moles - Elmo's FireNot Tried0
Fuller's - Gale's Spring SprinterNot Tried0
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Blue BoarNot Tried0
Florence - Doctor Brown (branded as A Head In A Hat Brewing)Not Tried0
Elgood's - Black Dog MildNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Knight of the GarterNot Tried0
Fuller's - Gale's RedwoodNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Elsie MoNot Tried0
Lancaster - RedNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - GuardsmanNot Tried0
Fuller's - Saint Nick's Winter AleNot Tried0
Blue Monkey - Jungle BellsNot Tried0
Fuller's - Gale's HSBNot Tried0
Fuller's - Quintessential British Pale AleNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Mad Bishop & Bear, Paddington, Central London
Picture 2. The Mad Bishop & Bear, Paddington, Central London

Visits Details

26 Oct 2018 (ChrisE)
Friday evening and a comfortable atmosphere. A good range of beers, mostly if not all from the Fuller's stable, I did not make a note of all the beers available.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70ExcellentAbsolutely superb, just as it should be.
16 Jun 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Disconcertingly one has to pass through this part of the station where everything else seems to be behind hoardings. With virtually no trains due to an earlier derailment outside the station the place was very quiet.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's - ESB5.50AcceptableReally lacklustre, not the ESB of old
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
Fuller's - Gale's Seafarers Ale3.60Not Tried
Fuller's - Gale's HSB4.80Not Tried
Fuller's - Oliver's Island3.80Not Tried
Fuller's - Quintessential British Pale Ale3.80Not Tried
15 Dec 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Early evening. Potentially one of the best UK railway station pubs only marred by what I thought was someone carrying rotting fish but it turned out to be someone eating one of the pub's fish and chips meals by a nearby pillar. More neutral smelling food might be appropriate, but preferably no food at all.
BeerABVScoreNotes
St Austell - Tribute4.20Excellent15% CAMRA discount made it taste even better
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Fuller's - ESB5.50Not Tried
Fuller's - Red Fox4.30Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Guardsman4.20Not Tried
Fuller's - Oliver's Island3.80Not Tried
Fuller's - Saint Nick's Winter Ale4.50Not Tried
Blue Monkey - Jungle Bells4.20Not TriedA collaboration with Truman's. Pity the clip did not show the precise provenance of the actual brewing location
08 Sep 2015 (HSB)
11:00 On the way to Heathrow to see my son off we came here for his last pint of cask beer of this visit home. The bar was fairly quiet, consternation was caused by the test message to evacuate the station not being preceded by the "this is a test message" announcement. My son noticed a sign offering a CAMRA discount tucked away by the fruit machine. Missed out on the first round but claimed for the second. A constant irk for me is the two enamel railway signs on the way to the loos. Both are in London Midland maroon rather than the more appropriate Great Western brown.
BeerABVScoreNotes
London Beer Factory - Paxton Pale Ale5.00ExcellentResinous American style pale ale. I noticed a phenomenon that came as some surprise to me. The hop taste from the Castle Rock beer was light and spritzy and hit the front and sides of my tongue whereas this beer hit the very back of the palate. My son experienced exactly the same difference. Supposedly the idea that different parts of the mouth taste different flavours is a myth but I would beg to differ.
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Good
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Fuller's - ESB5.50Not Tried
Castle Rock - Elsie Mo4.70Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
Lancaster - Red4.80Not Tried
Fuller's - Oliver's Island3.80Not Tried
09 Jun 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Early evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Windsor & Eton - Magna Carta4.00Excellent
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Fuller's - ESB5.50Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
Elgood's - Black Dog Mild3.60Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Knight of the Garter3.80Not Tried
Fuller's - Oliver's Island3.80Not Tried
Fuller's - Gale's Redwood4.00Not TriedYet again its provenance as a Fuller's beer is omitted from the point of sale
17 Mar 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Early evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's - London Pride4.10GoodMore variable than one would expect from a National brew
Fuller's - ESB5.50Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
Fuller's - Chiswick3.50Not Tried
Moles - Elmo's Fire4.40Not Tried
Fuller's - Gale's Spring Sprinter4.00Not Tried
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Blue Boar4.00Not Tried
Florence - Doctor Brown (branded as A Head In A Hat Brewing)4.10Not TriedAvailable as a product of the London Brewers' Alliance
13 Dec 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Late afternoon. All (well many anyway) eyes were on the TV screens with the football results.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Butcombe - Christmas Steps4.20ExcellentDark malty bitter
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Fuller's - ESB5.50Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
Fuller's - Chiswick3.50Not Tried
Redemption - Urban Dusk4.60Not Tried
Fuller's - Gale's Firecracker4.80Not TriedNo indication it is a Fuller's beer
Fuller's - Oliver's Island3.80Not Tried
18 Oct 2014 (HSB)
11:55 30 minutes to kill waiting for a train so came here. Scrum at the bar and two people serving. You would think with the prices Fuller's charge they could afford to staff the bar properly for a busy Saturday.
BeerABVScoreNotes
East London (ELB) - Nightwatchman4.50Good
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Fuller's - ESB5.50Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
Fuller's - Red Fox4.30Not Tried
Fuller's - Chiswick3.50Not Tried
Fuller's - Wild River4.50Not Tried
Butcombe - Rare Breed (or Adam Henson's Rare Breed)3.80Not Tried
22 Sep 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hydes - Original Bitter3.80AcceptableBlackboard said it was first served on the 18th so 4 days old
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Fuller's - ESB5.50Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
Fuller's - Chiswick3.50Not Tried
Fuller's - Gale's Seafarers Ale3.60Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Eton Boatman4.30Not Tried
15 Sep 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening before going West. An innovation is to display a wall list, on a blackboard, with each cask beer showing "Date Tapped" and "Date First Served". Several said first served 9th which is 6 days ago. When challenged the bar manager realised it was not being kept up to date. He hurried to the cellar to update the information.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's - Wild River4.50AcceptableTasting notes implied a citrus taste. This was a sour hop taste verging on being unpleasant
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Fuller's - ESB5.50Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
Fuller's - Chiswick3.50Not Tried
Batemans - Autumn Fall4.20Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Eton Boatman4.30Not Tried

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About The Mad Bishop & Bear

The pub sign. The Mad Bishop & Bear, Paddington, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores

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Exceptional-
Excellent7
Good13
Acceptable8
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Paddington, Central London, W2 1HB.

Split level station bar on the upper level of Paddington railway station's shopping area. Good range of Fuller's beers including seasonals. 9 handpumps in total in a bank of 4 and another of 5. In the CAMRA Good Beer Guide regularly recently. Fullerís Master Cellarman of the Year 2014. Local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year 2015. 15% discount for card carrying CAMRA members.

We have visited this pub 24 times, seen 48 different beers and tried 17 of them.

Map location

Postcode: W2 1HB