Chiltern Firehouse - Marylebone, London
Sunday brunch has quickly become my most anticipated meal of the week! I am always on the hunt for the best brunch spot in London. The first gal-pal brunch of the year calls for a little bit of extravagance. With Dry-January and Veganuary well behind us (let’s be honest… they were never in the way - I didn’t last a day!) and January’s pay burning a hole in my pocket, I booked us in for what may be the ultimate spot for brunch indulgence in London, Chiltern Firehouse.
Perhaps one of the most papped celeb hangouts in London at the moment, Chiltern Firehouse has quickly become the place to be and be seen. Hotelier Andre Balazs, is at the helm of the respectfully and elegantly restored firehouse that dates back to 1889. His reputation precedes him, with the uber-chic Chateau Marmont and The Mercer under his belt, Chiltern Firehouse was always going to be an experience that everyone wants to have. This was only solidified when Michelin starred chef Nuno Mendes, was put in charge of the Restaurant’s menu.
Nuno’s menu is why we are here, his experience in the US, Europe and South America pulls together to create a tantalising list of brunch options that we spend all too long mulling over. Our modelesque Waiter in a crisp white blazer lends his expertise and brings us glasses of Prosecco, however this only delays the decision-making, so we order a bit of everything! The Crab stuffed donuts with Coral dusting force us to make satisfied noises that shouldn’t really be made in public. My co-bruncher Hannah is the absolute best brunch buddy, adventurous and with a yolo attitude that just won’t quit. She ordered Oysters, fois gras terrine, Steak tartare, extra housemade sourdough and bubbly (just because we dine with the celebs doesn’t mean we need to eat like them!)
We giggled like girls for hours and having had a little too much fun with the kitchy, kissing canine salt and pepper shakers (none were harmed in the making of the blog, however apologies to the future diners who receives the ‘legless’ pepper shaker) we moved to the lobby bar. This space is super luxe and cosy with comfy sofas and an open fire place, you must pop in for an aperitif! Not even the bill could dampen our post-brunch high. while it was well above our usual brunch exploits, this was to be expected and was reflective of the quality of cuisine and service we enjoyed (my co-bruncher did need to ask four times for a top-up of tap water, perhaps they had not had this request before?!)
If you are looking for a special occasion brunch spot to go with your fellow foodie friends then Chiltern Firehouse more than ticks the box, if you are looking to do a little celeb-spotting, it will probably do this too, I’m not sure, I only had eyes for my crab-stuffed donuts!
You will find Chiltern Firehouse at 1 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, LondonW1U 7PA. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 3pm.