RestaurantsLondonMaryleboneW1

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Summary

£104
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Five years on from its heyday as London’s hottest celeb hangout, this “gorgeous” Marylebone destination is a “contender for the most overpriced in town”, and attracts increasingly caustic comments: “how this poseur-filled dump hasn’t been found out yet is a complete mystery: with food that’s ‘all fur coat and no knickers’, and service which – if you’re not a member of the smart set or the Z-list – is appalling”. Some folks still respond to its shiny glamour, though: “the food is tasty and aesthetically pleasing… as are most of your fellow diners. Finish things off in the very sexy bar – if the romance doesn’t spark, ditch each other for the beautiful staff...”.

Summary

£104
£££££
1
Poor
1
Poor
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Five years on from its heyday as London’s hottest celeb hangout, this “gorgeous” Marylebone destination is a “contender for the most overpriced in town”, and attracts increasingly caustic comments: “how this poseur-filled dump hasn’t been found out yet is a complete mystery: with food that’s ‘all fur coat and no knickers’, and service which – if you’re not a member of the smart set or the Z-list – is appalling”. Some folks still respond to its shiny glamour, though: “the food is tasty and aesthetically pleasing… as are most of your fellow diners. Finish things off in the very sexy bar – if the romance doesn’t spark, ditch each other for the beautiful staff...”.

Summary

£99
 ££££
1
Poor
1
Poor
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Fans still “love, love, love” this beautiful-crowd Marylebone haunt which occupies a gorgeous building, complete with “lovely terrace” (“it makes me feel like I’m on holiday… perhaps New England… or in the South of France”). Critics, though (and, oh boy, there are bazoodles of ’em) deride it as “a place for poseurs”, whose “churned-out, style-over substance food”, “snooty service” and “joke prices” (“it makes The River Café look like a walk in the park”) “mark it out as a stand-out place to avoid”.

Summary

£96
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Poor
1
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“If you’re not a C-Z lister, don’t go” to this Marylebone haunt – “a stunningly decorated old firehouse” where only “people watching is top of the menu”. True, there is a minority of fans who applaud its “imaginative food”, but even they can find it “incredibly overpriced” and there are nowadays far too many sceptics for whom it’s a bad case of “Emperor’s New Clothes”, providing “very odd food combinations” and “staff who wander around looking fabulous, but not attending on customers”.

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Reviews of The Chiltern Firehouse Restaurant in W1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Chiltern Firehouse restaurant.
John B
Enjoyed a late lunch today. Have been looki...
Reviewed 3 months, 25 days ago

"Enjoyed a late lunch today. Have been looking forward to a first visit despite the very poor Hardens reviews. Pleasantly surprised. Our meal included burrata , chicken & Iberico pork. So enjoyable we had the strawberry granita for dessert. Genuinely excellent."

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£15.00 £34.00 £8.00 £12.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £28.00
Filter Coffee £5.00
Extras  
Service 15.00%
1 Chiltern St, London, W1U 7PA
Opening hours
Monday7 am‑3 pm, 5:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Tuesday7 am‑3 pm, 5:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Wednesday7 am‑3 pm, 5:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Thursday7 am‑3 pm, 5:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Friday7 am‑3 pm, 5:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Saturday8 am‑3 pm, 6 pm‑10:30 pm
Sunday8 am‑3 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm

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