Date Night at Chiltern Firehouse!

Matt and I don’t have date night’s very often. Don’t get me wrong we go out for dinner and drink’s..a lot! But it’s usually with different groups of friends or our families. Which of course is nice and good fun, but sometimes you just want it to be the two of you. Also since moving to Surrey, I’m more reluctant to travel into London. It just feels like such a mission compared to the journey we used to have ha. So more often than not when we do go out with people it will be the local pub, Pizza Express or Prezzo. Nothing wrong with these places at all but sometimes you just want to treat yourselves to something a bit more special.

Our thing as a couple is usually the cinema, we love watching the newest block buster and visit quite often. But of course in that environment you don’t really get a chance to talk, plus it’s usually on a midweek work night where we have rushed home, grabbed a bite to eat and gone straight out again. Fun? Yes. But romantic? Not really.

So when we do decide to go on an actual date night, we really go all out. Pre dinner drinks, a swanky restaurant and a chance for us to get glammed up!

I have a little list going of places I would like us to try out, most are pretty expensive (hence why we don’t do it very often!) But we are slowly making our way through them. And this time we were trying out Chiltern Firehouse.

If you live in the UK or are into your celeb gossip (like me!) then you will have most likely heard of Chiltern Firehouse. It opened in 2013 as a small hotel and restaurant and seems to have been a firm favourite with the celebs ever since. If you read the Daily Mail, then I guarantee you, every day they will have a story about yet another celebrity going for dinner there or falling out of the club! Today I noticed it’s Rita Ora (she seem’s to go there a lot!)

So yes I did want to visit for the food, but this time it was also a little bit more about the atmosphere and seeing if we could spot any celebs!

Matt made the reservation about 2 months ago! Yes you really do have to book that far in advance for this place and even then you will only get a restaurant booking for 10pm!! Unless you are part of the rich and famous, of course!

I was excited and finally 2 weeks ago, we got to find out what this place was all about..

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^^ At home selfie

As our reservation wasn’t until 10pm. We started the evening at the Lobby Bar of the London Edition Hotel.

It’s located in Fitzrovia, roughly 5 minutes walk from Soho and Tottenham Court Road.

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As you can see from the outside, the hotel looks grand and very traditional of British/London architecture. Inside I loved the mix of the traditional marble and ornate ceilings, mixed with the modern decorations and sofa’s.

It was busy as you would expect for a Friday evening in London. But we soon found a place to sit and Matt ordered us a couple of Mojito’s. We relaxed and chatted about our days and what we had coming up over the next couple of weeks. It’s nice just to take time out and reconnect as a couple.

The service here was great and a waitress soon popped over to see if we were OK. We ordered a couple more cocktails and she brought them over with a complementary bowl of nuts. Exactly what we needed after a couple of cocktails and not eating until late 😉

The time passed quickly and before we knew it we were jumping in a cab and heading off to Chiltern Firehouse.


The entrance is tucked away behind a fairy light filled courtyard and large black gates, guarded by doormen in top hats! As well as greeter’s (I don’t know if that is a proper thing or if I’ve made that up, but hopefully you know what I mean!) We also noticed a huge crowd of paparazzi, waiting to see who would be next to jump out of their private car.

As we stepped out of our taxi, a few flashes went off and we heard people shouting someone’s name. For a moment I thought I was famous 😉 haha. But when I quickly turned around to see what all the commotion was about and to see which big star had arrived, we saw it was Nancy Dell’Olio. I was so disappointed! To me she is not a celebrity, I didn’t even realise she was still popular. Harsh but true.

We walked to the gates, ignoring what was going on behind us and told the men that we had a restaurant reservation. One of the gentlemen escorted us inside, where we were then greeted by the cloakroom lady. She took our coats and escorted us to the reservation desk, where yet another lady took our name and then finally our waiter took us to our table. I guess you could say we were well looked after and everyone seemed genuinely happy to help and be there.

I must admit that the tables are pretty close together and we were seated along a long booth, so we had people either side of us. But it’s not like people we’re actually sat at your table, like Wagamama’s or Ping Pong. Plus I found it quite cute and cosy!

Our waiter was super friendly, helpful and always laughing and joking with us. I had heard great things about the crab doughnuts, so asked if we could have some to share with a glass of bubbles each, while we looked through the menu. Just a pre starter starter or light snack as Matt called it 😉


^^ Checking out the menu

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^^ The crab doughnuts, which were super tasty, we could have easily eaten a few more of those! 😉

Matt had been given the wine list and was taking a long look at all the options, our favourite at the moment is Sancerre. We only first tried it back in April but it now seems to be our go to if out at a nice place. Usually though on a normal basis I stick to a Pinot or Sav Blanc 😉 The Sommelier then came over to see if we were OK and to take our order, Matt said about the Sancerre, but asked if he had any other recommendations. Which of course he did 😉 So we ended up going for a bottle of 2008 Blanc Fume De Pouilly instead. Neither of us had even heard of this wine before let alone tasted it, but he assured us it was just like Sancerre but a bit richer and would go with our food choices better. It was very tasty I must admit!

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Now back to the good stuff! The food!

To start I had the ‘Tender Leaves’ basically a salad with added beetroot, blood orange and candied pecans. I wanted something light to start, but you did actually get quite a large portion and I couldn’t finish it all. It was full of flavour though.


Matt went for the Steak Tartare, one of his favourites! It was served with added pine nuts and chipotle & firehouse hot sauce. He said it was good but that the sauce wasn’t actually that hot.


For our main courses, I was torn over a couple of dishes mostly a toss up between fish or pork. Fish won and I finally decided on the Wild Turbot, served with seaweed hollandaise and baby Jersey Royal potatoes. As you can see in the picture, a big plate of food! Which as ever I struggled to finish and had to leave some. The fish was cooked beautifully though.

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Matt had the Confit of Duck. He didn’t talk much while eating so it must have been good! 😉

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As you can see we also decided on a couple of sides to share including the green bean salad and maple-bourbon sweet potatoes. Usually at these types of places you need to order extra sides to complete your meal but here we could have easily coped without them. The sweet potato mash was different though and something you should try.

We had a small rest, but I was determined to fit in dessert somewhere! Especially as I had seen so many amazing dishes go by, I couldn’t miss out! and there were lots to chose from!

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I finally decided on the key lime pie which was really delicious, if a little sickly, but for once I did finish the whole thing 😉 and Matt went for the dark chocolate torte. You will probably start to notice a pattern of Matt going for chocolate desserts and myself, fruit. Hopefully you can spot both desserts in the picture below.


We were totally full and I could barely move ha. But it had been such a lovely night filled with good food, drink and the best company ❤

It was now just gone midnight and people were heading to the nightclub, which we could have gone to. But due to our train times, we decided to head back. One negative of the evening. When you leave, you get escorted out the back door and end up in a back alley with the chefs who have just finished for the night. Bit odd I felt and it did feel like you were being thrown out of the building!

But oh well we still had a great experience, even with the lack of celebs! 😉 Now to start thinking about the next one!

Love, Chloe xx

#TBT – Scrummy Supper Club

I love a bit of #TBT So I thought I would share with you a post that I wrote on my old blog, thanks for reading 🙂

Until a couple of weeks ago I had never even heard of a supper club. I had no clue what they were about or what they involved. But my friend Emma (website, quickly changed all that.

She has started a website called ‘Soothe Food’ which focuses on creating recipes and finding ingredients which are low FODMAP for people who either have food intolerances such as Coeliac disease, stomach problems like IBS which Emma has just been diagnosed with herself or if you just want to eat a bit healthier and find foods which are good for your digestive system!

I personally don’t have any dietary requirements (that I am aware of) but I can imagine it must be very hard if you do and having to stick to a limited and often what is thought to be a boring diet. This is where Emma is trying to change all that, with fun, exciting and tasty recipes that will keep your taste buds and tummy happy!

Emma likes to post her recipes online for people to try themselves, however she also wants people to try her recipes with her and give feedback which is why she joined the supper club.

Now for those of you who don’t know what a supper club is, it’s basically a lovely person hosting a dinner party at either a rented venue or their own home to complete strangers, who have booked their seat through the website. It must be pretty daunting to 1. have strangers at your house and 2. be cooking for them too! Which is why she also asked around to see if any friends would like to come along too, just to give that moral support and to see a friendly face, which must be welcomed when you are frantically hosting and cooking for 10 complete strangers! So I jumped at the chance to come along as I LOVE food! and would quite like to meet new people and make new friends, so I thought it sounded interesting and fun.

So last night I jumped on the tube and headed to Emma’s place…

I was the first to arrive, and was greeted with a lovely Aperol Spritz, how fancy! It’s an Italian cocktail comprised of Aperol, Prosecco and topped with Soda water, delicious! Only a few minutes passed before the first bunch of guests arrived. A group of 4 who all knew each other (a couple and her 2 female friends) and then another couple of guy’s. We all politely introduced ourselves, made a joke of not remembering people’s names and then saying we should have brought name badges!

I ventured out into the garden with the 2 guy’s.. yes a garden in London what a luxury! and it’s beautiful at that, a terrace area where Emma has her own vegetable garden, as she likes to use fresh ingredients as much as possible, then a square of grass with a shed and then at the end a decking area which was lit with candles, so pretty! I was jealous as I long for a garden! And we were also served bite sized tomato pastry canapés which were yummy and we got given more than one! 😉 I felt a bit guilty at this point though, as I had totally ditched Emma and was quite enjoying the freedom of chatting to new people. I usually either go out with my boyfriend, Matt or friends, so it was refreshing to step out of my comfort zone, be myself for a change and to just meet more down to Earth, nice, friendly people.

We then headed back inside to a long table, decorated with a green table cloth, mini pots of fresh herbs, candles and jugs of cucumber water, beautiful, which seated the 11 of us perfectly. 4 People had also joined (2 couples) which we didn’t even realise as we had spent so much time in the garden, oops! Everyone was soon chatting though, so much so, you could barely hear the background music which was also a great choice, a mix of Michael Jackson, MGMT and Empire of the Sun.

We were served crab cakes with a fennel salad to start. This was delicious, I don’t think I have ever had fennel served like that before but it worked so well with the crab and the crab cakes (one of my fav things) were cooked perfectly and so tasty, I could have just had a plate of those and been very happy! We had nice breaks in-between courses and of course carried on chatting to everyone around us, what started as work and where do you live, soon changed to holidays, families and everything in-between, who knew you could find out so much about people in a few hours? It was nice and intimate though and I felt very welcomed and everyone was so easy going and easy to talk to.

The main course was pork belly for meat eaters and salmon for veggies. The guy I had been chatting to all night was a veggie and he said the salmon was cooked perfectly and that he could never cook it like that. (Well done Emma!) This was accompanied by a very tasty, celeriac coleslaw and freshly baked courgette bread roll/scone. I must admit I’m not the biggest fan of bread, however it was made from gluten free flour which meant I didn’t bloat which is what usually happens when I eat bread and the courgette gave it a lovely flavour rather than a normal plain roll. Emma is very generous with portion sizes and we were always offered more sides 🙂

We had yet another nice rest before being treated to a citrus rice tart with raspberries and ginger snap biscuit for dessert. The presentation was amazing, especially adding a nice bronze/metallic touch to the biscuit which everyone smiled and commented on! I have never seen or tasted a rice tart before, it looked sort of like a cheesecake with a white filling and then a layer of raspberry coulis on top and fresh raspberries. It smelt very citrusy which was nice and on the first bite it was light and fresh just what you need after a big meal. However if I’m being brutally honest and I hope Emma doesn’t mind me being so! I’m not a fan personally of rice, it’s the texture of it, so I didn’t enjoy the tart too much as it had that rice texture even though it didn’t look like it would. (that comment makes me sound a little silly/dumb, but I hope you know what I mean!!) So I only ate half of it. Also a couple of people commented that is was quite savoury – not as a bad thing as they seemed to enjoy every last bite! But maybe it wasn’t as sweet as a dessert as some people expected? The ginger snap biscuit (made from scratch) was delicious though, one of my favourite things of the night and I could have happily dunked a few of those into my tea which we were offered at the end of the meal!

I finally left around 10.40pm and ended up walking back to the station with 2 guys I had chatted to all night. They were so lovely and friendly that we added each other on Facebook and I really hope to meet up with them again soon.

It was a lovely night, full of delicious food, drink and great company, what more could you ask for? and I would definitely recommend visiting a supper club to everyone I know. (Especially Emma’s!) Whether it’s just to try new food or make new friends I’m sure you will end up doing both! and I hope to be at the next one, which is already taking bookings for the end of September (they run once a month)

Apologies I didn’t take any photo’s though I’m not very good at remembering to do that! Maybe I’ll try more at the next one! 😉

Love Chloe xx