The Hero of Maida is a pub in Maida Vale that should be the centrepiece of any afternoon out in Little Venice. In fact, sod the canals, this is your reason for going there. It’s also what all pubs should be like. Soaring ceilings, bright, airy, and elegant. It is recognisable as a place we could meet for a couple of drinks, but it’s also a restaurant where we would happily have all our meals. They serve classic and familiar bistro food, and it’s refined enough to feel special, without making you feel like you have to put your serious face on to appreciate it all. Dishes like the grilled rabbit leg with bacon, served in a creamy mustard sauce, are almost uniformly excellent. And as with sister pub, The Coach, the chips are unmissable. So is their Sunday roast.