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Hit this Paddo local for Wednesday beers and bistro classics
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The Nash, as it’s known to loyal locals, is one of Paddington’s better pubs to settle down in with a mid-week schooner and a blackboard special. On a cold night a warm yellow glow spills out onto the street and it’s tempting to press your nose up against the window to look in, Oliver-Twist style, at the goings-on behind the glass. After pushing through the heavy door either pull up a seat at the lively front bar or along the window. You can swagger down the hall through to the collection of tables out the back that between 2006 until 2009 was an award-winning restaurant and is currently amid remodeling plans to expand (plans that seem to have lain dormant in a drawer somewhere since 2009). The bistro’s previous success has translated through to the current menu, which is chalked up on the blackboard. Look out for pub classics such as braised lamb shanks or fancy-pants diversions like a just-big-enough truffled salami and haloumi pizza and tea-smoked salmon, plus daily specials. The casual and upbeat atmosphere is buoyed by the friendly young staff, who meander through the alcoves like seasoned pros. Their admirable, attentive service preserves the restaurant vibe, and is a welcome alternative to a gruff old barkeep. If you can’t face the depths of your fridge on a Wednesday night and it’s chilly outside, the Nash has a beer waiting for you.