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Brentford’s firefighters of yore might be bemused to discover the use to which their impressive red-brick edifice is being put in the 21st century. At ground level is a Cuban-themed bar, with
vibrant murals of Che Guevara & 1950s automobiles on the walls; here you will find the local beau monde sipping cocktails such as ‘pump my Kir’ (Chambord topped with Prosecco) as they wolf down
burgers & wraps. Up the spiral staircase is a more sedate restaurant, contemporarily furnished with smart chairs & light wooden flooring. The menu is a slightly eccentric mix of European
& Middle Eastern food, moving from chicken skewers on mango salad, via an Iranian stew of lamb with split peas & dried lime or mussels in a creamy white wine sauce to warm apple pie
‘drowned in custard’. The second floor holds a private function room.
Located in the most convenient place if you are venturing onto the Southbank is The Fire Station. Next door to Waterloo station and newly refurbished, this lovely establishment has spaces for standing and sitting in the bar area along with a quieter restaurant section at the back. The decor is basic but stylish and you can see the work that has gone into the decor.
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The Fire Station is a long standing institution, at Waterloo. Back in the late 80's The Fire Station was one of the first gastropubs. To many commuters delight after an one year extensive refurbishment, it has re-opened. The vintage fire station memorabilia sets the finishing touches to the fabulous refurbish. There is no fireman's pole that you can slide down, but with details such as vintage fire extinguishers, fire hose chandeliers, tap coat hooks, and a wall panel of the 1666 Great Fire of London.The small menu feature highly on the current food trends of wood fired pizzas and sumptuous burgers.
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I guess I should have known better. Although, in my defense, we weren’t exactly spoilt for choice. For a weekend lunch around Waterloo, if you aren’t too keen on the chains, there isn’t really that many options. So we decided on the restaurant based on the highly selective and diligent method of how it looked on the cover. It looked pretty good with its high ceilings and buzzing atmosphere.Yet when I saw this, I should have run for the hills. I remarked to my friends that I had definitely seen that somewhere before and it did not bring back happy memories.With more than my usual trepidation...
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