The Victoria, Paddington is 180 years old
The Victoria in Paddington is celebrating its 180th birthday on Saturday [17 November]. The event will be a celebration of old and new – an homage to the pub’s fascinating history with a nod to its relevance today as a beer lover’s haven in the hustle and bustle of the capital.
At the event, The Victoria will be serving a one-off beer, created by the pub team and brewed in the new pilot plant at Fuller’s historic Griffin Brewery. The 4.2% ABV cask botanical pale ale is inspired by gin. It was brewed with ingredients such as juniper berries, coriander, bergamot and Sicilian mandarins. The name of the beer will be revealed on Saturday when the brew will also be blessed by Reverend Stephen Mason from the local church, St John’s Hyde Park. The church and pub were built around the same time and have both served the local community for all these years.
Managers of The Victoria, Helen Wilson and Chris Cochran, have arranged a plethora of activities and entertainment, which will start at 4pm, to celebrate this special birthday – with themes spanning across 180 years of history. From 5pm, accredited beer sommelier, Jane Peyton, will be giving a bespoke talk about the pub and its influence through the years. Artefacts and artwork will be on display in the pub. Nick Miller, local musician and composer, will be playing Victorian-era songs on an electric piano. Drinks companies Real Kombucha and Seedlip will be sampling some of their non-alcoholic beverages. The pub’s head chef, Dan Smalley, has created signature dishes that are linked back to Victorian eating styles – rich and indulgent. And the evening will end with The Mighty Wub performing a heavily David Bowie based set from 9pm – Bowie launched his first EP from the pub’s upstairs bar with a small gig in 1966.
Helen said: “We’re really excited about this event. We were keen to showcase the significance of the pub to the local community – both now and throughout its history. The theme of past and present inspired our recipe for the botanical pale ale too – gin is certainly going through a renaissance and is as popular now as it was when The Victoria first opened. We also chose to use English malts and hops in the brew and for it to be available on cask – a nod to traditional brewing – while embracing the current popularity of pale ale. The recipe was created by our team and entered for an internal competition at Fuller’s, open to all other managed pubs in the estate. Our recipe was picked as the winner, which I’m extremely proud of, and being involved in the brewing process was a truly unique experience.
“Chris and I have been managers of The Victoria for 18 years now – 10% of the pub’s life – and it’s been a real privilege to be a part of its story. This is our home, we’ve raised our family here and we’ve been a part of other families’ traditions and memories – we house family reunions with members travelling from all over the world to see each other in The Victoria.
“We look forward to welcoming regulars and Victoria novices alike to help celebrate. Come down and raise a glass of our secretly named beer to another 180 years.”
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Notes to Editors:
Fuller, Smith and Turner P.L.C. is an independent traditional family brewer founded in 1845 and is based at the historic Griffin Brewery in Chiswick, London, where brewing has taken place continuously since 1654. As of 5 September 2018, the Company runs 180 Tenanted pubs and 206 Managed Pubs and Hotels, with a focus on delicious fresh, home-cooked food, outstanding cask and craft ale, great wine and exceptional service. The Company also has 781 boutique bedrooms in its Managed estate. The Fuller’s pub estate stretches from Brighton to Birmingham and from Bristol to the Greenwich Peninsula, including 173 locations within the M25. In June 2018 Fuller’s acquired Bel & The Dragon, comprising six stunning country inns (included in the pub numbers above), and the Company also owns The Stable, a craft cider and gourmet pizza restaurant business, which has 17 sites in England and Wales.
The Fuller’s Beer Company brews a portfolio of premium beers including London Pride, Frontier Premium London Lager and a variety of cask and craft keg beers supported by a changing seasonal range. The Company owns Cornish Orchards – a craft cider maker producing a range of award-winning ciders and premium soft drinks – and Nectar Imports, a wholesale drinks business. In February 2018, Fuller’s also acquired Dark Star Brewing, a craft cask brewer based in Sussex.