The best spot for food and drink at Paddington Station inploi Team | 20.11.2017
Ever heard the one about the mad bishop and bear? No? Neither. But, we are familiar with the Mad Bishop and Bear pub, sat in the centre of the action at Paddington Station. This week we caught up with Brendan, Assistant Manager at The Mad Bishop and Bear to find out more about what it’s like working in this well-loved pub, located in one of London’s busiest train stations.
Part of the Fuller’s family, The Mad Bishop and Bear sits three floors up above the bustle of Paddington concourse. With Crossrail developments happening fast and the amazing recent redevelopment of Paddington’s Food Lawn, The Mad Bishop and Bear is one of the station’s fondest spots for regular travellers to rest their feet pre- or post-travel.
“For me it’s the atmosphere that makes it unique, it’s lovely.” Brendan explains. “It used to be part of the neighbouring Hilton Hotel originally. But I enjoy coming here every day. It’s quite unique really working in a station.”
One day Brendan would love to work in a Fuller’s pub somewhere in the countryside, but for now he’s enjoying the individual setting offered by the Mad Bishop and Bear. It’s hard to think of other station pubs that carry as much character and charm as this one! Due to its unusual setting, the pub staff also get to meet an incredible mix of customers - some regulars who come back week after week, and others who are most-likely exploring London for the first time.
Starting as a Bar Staff, Brendan has worked with Fuller’s at The Mad Bishop and Bear for 6 years, working his way up to the position of Assistant Manager. “It’s a nice company to work for. They take care of all your training courses.” Brendan says. “You can progress on if you want. You can do as much or as little as you’d like.”
Fuller’s is a fantastic company for those who are eager to see where a career working in a pub environment can lead them. Each member of staff is treated as an individual, offered guidance, training and progression at their own pace. “It’s all there for you. They say, ‘If you’d like to progress then these are the courses we’d like to see you do.’” Not only that, but each Fuller’s pub has it’s own charm, guided by the staff who work there at the time. Brendan has worked with three managers and has enjoyed seeing the pub develop under the leadership of each. “Everyone has a different way to run the place - it’s nice to see.”
With strong leadership the team at The Mad Bishop and Bear have developed a close bond, always taking the time at the end of each year to celebrate together. The team have undertaken an awesome selection of activities from ice skating through to bowling, and most recently go-karting. This January however, the pub will be closing for its own renovation. Therefore once it’s back up and running, Brendan is keen to get the team’s belated Christmas celebrations underway. “After the new opening, it’ll be the first Christmas party for a lot of these guys. That’s the main thing everyone looks forward to! We are such a strong team - everyone works hard.”
The team are currently looking to welcome new staff members on-board for the new year. The most important quality that they are looking for is a bright, upbeat character. “We want someone who’s smiley and friendly - who’s able to keep customers happy.” Brendan says. This is a special opportunity to work in one of Fuller’s latest developments and the team are raring to go for 2018!
Are you interested in joining the team at The Mad Bishop and Bear? If so, check out their latest job opportunities on The Mad Bishop and Bear company page here.