RestaurantsLondonMaryleboneW1

survey result

Summary

£113
£££££
2
Average
2
Average
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“It may not be quite as high on ‘places to be seen’ lists as it used to be”, but – “having made a name for itself as a celebrity hotspot” – this beautiful-crowd haunt in Marylebone is proving surprisingly enduring. “You’re paying a pretty hefty premium for the trendy location”: “the food/price ratio is off kilter, as the food really is not good and outrageously expensive”. But does anyone care? For its many fans “you can’t go wrong with the Firehouse – it always feels like a treat!” (“Our daughter was excited to spot one of David Beckham’s sons and his girlfriend, so extra brownie points for me. LOL!”)

Summary

£109
£££££
2
Average
2
Average
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Blindingly expensive, but unforgettable”“you’re paying for the experience not the food” at this sexy and enduringly fashionable Marylebone operation, which “everyone knows is about the ’scene’ and rubbernecking the clientele”. When it comes to its long, luxe-brasserie menu (burrata, oysters, steak, tuna tartare, pizza…), results are “OK, but not worth the cash, unless you are as super-rich as the rest of its customers”. Top Tip – “go for breakfast, to get a sense of the ambience”.

Summary

£101
£££££
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Poor
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A place to be a guest, not the host!” – this splashy Marylebone scene still attracts “the smart set” on account of its gorgeous decor and “stunning gardens”, but over half of reports on it are votes as London’s most overpriced restaurant. “The food takes second place to the venue”, while service – though friendlier than in its heyday – “can at times be rather amateurish”. All in all, it’s “a pleasant enough place, but £80 a head for a one-course Sunday brunch is a bit much. More than a bit much, in fact…”.

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...”.

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1 Chiltern St, London, W1U 7PA

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The Chiltern Firehouse Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Chiltern Firehouse Restaurant in W1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Chiltern Firehouse restaurant.
Neill A
Not sure why there are so many negative rev...
Reviewed 7 months, 29 days ago

"Not sure why there are so many negative reviews, the food is good and the ambience is fantastic. It’s a great place to while away more hours in a restaurant than you had planned to do. "

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£17.00 £36.00 £12.00 £9.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £40.00
Filter Coffee £6.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 15.00%
1 Chiltern St, London, W1U 7PA
Opening hours
Monday3 pm‑10 pm
Tuesday3 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday3 pm‑10 pm
Thursday3 pm‑10 pm
Friday3 pm‑10 pm
Saturday3 pm‑10 pm
Sunday3 pm‑10 pm

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