Last weekend I was in London and popped over to the beautiful Chiltern Firehouse for brunch with my BFF. It's somewhere we've wanted to visit for ages and it certainly didn't disappoint. Located in the heart of Marylebone,this stunningly converted Grade II listed fire station is definitely a fabulous place for a weekend brunch.
From the breathtaking architecture, Pintrest worthy interior, chic atmosphere and delicious food, we fell in love as soon as we walked through the entrance. We were seated in the courtyard which was the perfect setting for our girlie brunch. The marble tables (with cute kissing, doggie salt and pepper shakers) where hit with warm sunlight streaming through and the wicker chairs with lined with stripey cushions were so comfy. We could have sat there for hours. People watching is always something I enjoy; and the relaxed yet busy courtyard provided plenty of eye candy! There's a huge fireplace at one end and although we are in mid July it was lit but still looked extremely pretty and I just loved the way the tree branches cascaded through the courtyard under the shady canopy.
Moving on to the food, we both choose eggs. Benedict for me Florentine for her. On first impressions I thought the serving was a little small but it certainly filled me up. I'm no food critic but they were seriously good eggs, and all the better washed down with a cup of English Breakfast tea. Other choices on the extensive menu included oysters, buttermilk pancakes, seared salmon, and crab noodles. The pancakes looked amazing as lots of fellow diners were enjoying them. We were almost tempted but decided to be good - well almost....
Now, what I love most about going for brunch is if there is a dessert menu on offer and at The Chiltern Firehouse has just that. Our waiter recommended the Peach Melba Sorbet which I ordered and my friend Amanda chose the Eton Mess. This Peach Melba was quite possibly the most divine dessert I have ever had, and my mouth is watering just thinking about it! The sorbet was so refreshing and and sweet. We did a little plate swapping and the Eton mess was also heavenly.
It's the small details that make the whole brunch experience special; the pretty blue plates, the weighty silverware, did I mention the marble tables? All make the firehouse super instagramable. The front of house staff were friendly and attentive and overall our service and time at The Chiltern Firehouse was really special. I read a few bad reviews online before going, but I honestly couldn't fault it.
We had a little wander through to the lobby which is equally as stunning. Originally where the fire engines were stored, the lobby features high ceilings adorned with hanging baskets and pretty lighting. The floral furniture and circular bar look like the chicest place to sip cocktails or enjoy a few leisurely drinks with loved ones and friends.
Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday 11am-3pm. Dinner is notoriously hard to book for with a wait of up to two months; but breakfast, brunch and lunch shouldn't be too much of a wait. I'd really recommend it for a lazy yet stylish weekend brunch especially during the summer where you can dine alfresco in the courtyard and maybe spot a celebrity or two!
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Much Love L xxx