Brunching: No 197 Chiswick Fire Station

This must have been the most instagramable place to brunch ever!

On a sunny Saturday in May, I met Jess (bestie and brunch location-picking extrodinaire) for a bite. Jess had found No 197 Chiswick Fire Station I think on an app, and so we thought we’d give it a go.

Feeling very west-london, we waltzed into this super sleek bar & restaurant that seemed perhaps a little emptier than we’d expected. However, spotting a french door leading to the courtyard at the back, we knew that must be the place to sit.

We perched on the stools surrounding a huge breeze block centre table waiting for a cosy cushioned table on the edges and dashed as soon as one became available. Immediately bringing over glasses of water to keep us hydrated in the sunny terrace, the waiter was off to a great start.

Our H2O was swiftly followed by a Bloody Mary each as we caught up on gossip while waiting for our food.


Instagram perfection!

Jess had gone gluten-free to reduce migraines and so ordered gluten-free bread with her meal, so I thought I’d give it a go. I’m not particularly into this whole cutting out gluten to loose weight thing, but I figured that I’d give it a go to see whether it actually tastes different.

We both ordered the Breakfast Sourdough Bruchetta  with gluten-free bread, which came with roast tomatoes, spinach, avocado, dry cured bacon and breakfast mayo.


It was really delicious – especially the bacon. I was quite surprised that the gluten-free bread didn’t really taste much different to normal bread, although we figured that it was due to all of the other tasty treats piled on top of it. I don’t think it would be quite as satisfying with just a bit of butter.

All-in-all a perfect west London brunch spot in a beautiful converted fire station that I will definitely be going back to soon!





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