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Ironically I was burnt by the prices at this place!!
Fire Station (London)
Member Name: huggy2009
Fire Station (London)
Advantages: Great Location
Disadvantages: Pricey for what it is
As you might well have guessed this restaurant/pub is based in an old fire station in waterloo, my experience is from over four months ago so things may well have changed for the better, but overall I didn't find this was one of my better London Culinary experiences.
Located on Waterloo Road, this place is in a perfect location for anyone working near or travelling through Waterloo. It is within 50 metres of the rail and tube stations and is easy to find.
Obviously being an old Fire Station this venue can feel cold as it has huge high ceilings being an Edwardian Fire Station. The place is decked out with large oak tables and lots of tiling, it looks fine in a gastropub kind of way, but it is cold and the atmosphere is matched by the service (See later!).
I found the place interesting in the fact it wants to show it has locally sourced products and a real flair for food combinations. For starters there were things such as Duck and Beetroot Pate with marmalade and a Charcuterie board of dried meats, these were tasty if not a tad small for the £7 we were charged. For mains, options varied from Venison, Monkfish, burger or fish and chips, this was a weird variation.
I had the fish and chips which was nothing special for £11 and felt too small. Others had nice looking roasts but I felt the £15 prices for mains was way too much for what was essentially gastropub meals. The menu was fine but felt filled out with big words for what was essentially, fish and chips, burger, roast and fish of the day. For me this summed up the place which obviously has big ideas but is too expensive and not good enough to follow them through.
There was a good selection of beers and wines and this was where the place excelled, I had a nice ice cold pint of Hooegaarden, but the wine menu was good and there were good recommendations on the menu.
Service was ok, although it was slow and staff didn't seem overly knowledgable about the products, it was fine but it didn't fit with the prices. It felt like pub service at restaurant prices.
To get to the restaurant you have to walk through the bar, which for some reason is a strange experience as people stare at you. The place is ok, it looks fine, has a good range of ales and beers, but it has its prices wrong for the quality of food on offer, I was utterly underwhelmed and felt a good evening was ruined by average food at inflated prices.
I have had much better Fish and Chips and seen better roasts at real experts such as the Roast restaurant for similar prices, so wouldn't go here again, but the location is great for anyone with time to kill in the Waterloo area.
Summary: Ironically I was burnt by the prices at this place!!