No.197 Chiswick Fire Station is one of those places that you just want your house to look like one day. Beautiful surfaces, huge cacti, swede sofas and fun art prints. That and with a huge bar in the middle, naturally. ‘Plants on Pink’ would have a field day.
It’s one of those places you hit ‘save’ on Instagram, and swear you’ll track down. This is exactly what I did. A quick research online, and I soon discovered that Chiswick Fire Station was part of the Darwin Wallace group (an independent group of restaurant/bars), it was no surprise it was very similar to my experience at the equally beautiful sister restaurant, No.1 Duke Street.
Having visited the bar and restaurant in Richmond for a late lunch, we decided to test out the breakfast menu in Chiswick. Just a short walk from Turnham Green – a tad far out but no distance gets in the way of good food – we sat down to see in the Bank Holiday weekend with some Easter eggs.
First up was juice and coffee as we scanned the breakfast menu. A quick chat to the waitress and we confirmed GF availability. Most of the hot breakfast could be easy made gluten free thanks to GF bread on tap. As always, my guests the lovely Charlotte (aka the one with the great nails in all my shots), also ordered gluten free so we check out as much gluten free as possible.
I was pretty chuffed with my choice – Eggs Royale, you just can’t beat it – which was smothered with hollandaise and also featured spinach and avocado aka the best accompaniments to any egg dish in my opinion. The salmon was nice, and although I went for the double (two eggs and two toast), the salmon was on the slightly smaller side. It didn’t matter as I’d ordered a side of avocado too, which was perfectly soft, and drizzled with olive oil and rock salt.
Charlotte went for the breakfast Bruschetta featuring GF toast, ago, tomatoes and crispy bacon. She had no complaints! By the end of the breakfast both of us were almost in agony we were so full! Serves us right for getting sides I guess, but we couldn’t not. We finished with a two Press London juice. I love these juices, so it was a pleasant surprise to see they had recently arrived on the menu.
This place is honestly one of the most beautiful brunch spots I’ve ever been to. It was such a great way to kick off the Bank Holiday, complete with a mooch round Chiswick, which FYI is such a beautiful part of London. Tree-lined streets, seriously ideal homes and little independent shops, it was worth the trip across the capital.
If you fancy popping in for lunch or dinner, I can vouch for that too, as it mimics the menu of Duke Street, complete with delicious cocktails and even gluten free Perone.
A big thanks to all the staff at No.197 Chiswick Fire station. We dined as guests, but as always, all opinions are my own.