IS CHILTERN FIREHOUSE WORTH IT?

In one word? totally.

For a restaurant famous for its famous diners and incredibly long waiting list, one might wonder whether it’s really worth the trouble of securing a reservation. With woe, one remembers the dreaded service and food at some Michelin starred restaurants- will this one be any different?

While I have heard some stories from disappointed diners at Chiltern, my own experiences with the restaurant have been nothing short of wonderful. On my first time dining here, I’d reserved a table the day before, for lunch at the terrace (self-confessed fireplace lover). When I arrived I was given a lovely tour of the restaurant, hotel, and its surrounding areas by a kind valet (I never mentioned I was a blogger, he did it simply out of his own enthusiasm:), and then ushered to my seat, where I huddled in blankets beside the fire. The weatherman hadn’t quite gotten the err top temperatures for the day quite right, but the summery and light feel of the terrace made it difficult for me to ask to be seated inside.

As soon as the plates of food began arriving, I’d completely forgotten about the chilly weather. This is easily one of my favourite restaurants for when I’m meeting and dining with good friends- the atmosphere is really relaxed and unlike other places I’ve dined it’s not as preposterous as it’s made out to be.

In terms of recommendations, meat lovers will adore the Galician Bavette, which I found out came from a special breed. After a starter of Caesar Salad (fresh lettuce, with light strips of parmesan and crispy chicken skin shavings, topped with dressing), the juicy steak was perfect with the unique varieties of bursting sweet tomatoes and refreshing verde sauce. It goes without saying that you should definitely try the Crab Stuffed Doughnuts, but for pudding it would almost be a crime not to order the Frozen Panna Cotta, which, with its stunning presentation, comes served atop herb granite and with dried meringue.

The tea menu is extensive, and comes with a pretty jar of honey, although I wouldn’t say this is the best place to come for tea alone because of its simplicity in this particular area. But with all the delicious food on offer, it’s not really something you notice very much.

For its great service, charming atmosphere and pleasing food, I would recommend Chiltern without doubt. Just make sure you bring an empty stomach (and a good wad of cash 😉 with you.

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