Boston Restaurant Blog -- October, 2007
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Monday, October 1, 2007
Back in February, a group of us went over to The Paddock in Walpole (not to be confused with The Paddock in Somerville, by the way). The place didn't look like much--just a bare-bones, working-class Irish pub in the center of town--but we were surprised how good the food was there. A family member had tipped me off to this place, and I have to say that we weren't steered wrong.
I returned to The Paddock a few days ago with several others, looking forward to trying some new dishes there. In February, we had tried the pasta carbonara, which was better than most versions I've had in Ireland (yes, spaghetti carbonara is a popular Irish dish), the turkey club, which was very good, and a grilled chicken entree, which was also satisfying. This time, we tried a few more items, including a bar pizza, which didn't quite match the best pies I've had in Boston, but it was pretty good; a steak and cheese rollup, which was packed with lean steak and was perhaps the best item of the lot; and a cheeseburger, which was quite nice, though nothing compared to the Fuddruckers burger I had the following day. Onion rings were just about perfect here, as they were thick and hearty, and the pint of Guinness I had was ok, though the pour could have been better. Service was slow at times, much like it was back in February, but not too bad overall.
The Paddock is by no means a place to go out of your way for, but it is a good spot to play darts, watch a game on TV, and have some decent pub grub. And on a rainy Saturday or Sunday afternoon, I'm thinking it would be even better, as Irish pubs tend to be perfect places to hang out when the weather is bad. Perhaps the next time it rains (could be months, the way this year has gone), I'll head down there for a pint or two and a bite to eat.
For those who would like the address and phone number for The Paddock, here it is: The Paddock Pub, 998 Main Street (Route 1A), Walpole, MA 02081. Phone: (508) 668-2774.
The Paddock has great food, but I agree that the service is slow at times.
Posted on 5/16/08
joe the head said:
The food here is decent, nothing to write home about. I've been inside around 25 times and about 23 of those times the draft beers were either broken or warm.
Posted on 6/20/08
Just a quick note to let folks know that The Paddock in Walpole has closed. It may reopen again at some point in the future; I'll let you know if it does.
Posted on 1/24/09
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