Harden's survey result
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...”.
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”.
“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”.
“I CAN see what the fuss is about”, insist fans of this “beautiful people hangout” in Marylebone, who go ape for its “relaxed cool”, its “lovely” interior, “gorgeous outside area”, and “inventive” menu. For far too many spoilsport critics though, it’s “totally overhyped”, “astronomically expensive” and “not that enjoyable” given the “nondescript and noisy” setting, and “prosaic” cuisine.
The Chiltern Firehouse Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Buzzy, but felt rushed. The food was fine but pricey. "
"The food is good "
"Servicr inattentive and they have nerve to charge 15%.everything is overpriced relative to quality. And they even have the nerve to add £1 for charity and then add 15% service on top. Could be so much better. "
|Wine per bottle||£65.00|
1 Chiltern St, London, W1U 7PA
|Monday||7 am‑3 pm, 5:30 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Tuesday||7 am‑3 pm, 5:30 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Wednesday||7 am‑3 pm, 5:30 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Thursday||7 am‑3 pm, 5:30 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Friday||7 am‑3 pm, 5:30 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Saturday||8 am‑3 pm, 6 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Sunday||8 am‑3 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm|