Fire Stables has re-opened in Wimbledon after an extensive refurbishment.
The Church Road restaurant is a couple of court lengths from the All England Lawn Tennis Club, where the world's best tennis players are set to go head to head in the two-week tournament.
My friend and I headed down to Fire Stables ahead of Wimbledon to sample the menu.
The restaurant has a touch of Parisian café charm, leather banquette seating, 1920s-style lights and exposed brick walls give an authentic sense of occasion dining.
The walls are covered in quirky Victorian drawings and artefacts, interspersed with vintage mirrors and low-lighting, which brought a Gallic rustic charm to the Parisian setting.
The menu reflects this sentiment, as it champions seasonally-sourced ingredients with an emphasis on fresh fish.
Daily-catch specials included lobster, crab, seabass, sea bream, trout and salmon and were attractively displayed in a fish counter at the front of the restaurant.
After a delicious glass of Pinot Grigio, I chose my starter - scallops, peas, broad beans and scraps (£10).
The scallops were delightfully plump and full of flavour and the puree type dressing made it a perfect combination.
My friend opted for roasted cauliflower soup with potato and rosemary sourdough (£6.50).
She described it as “one of the best soups I've ever tasted in my life”.
The soup was deliciously creamy but light and the portion size was just right.
Next up was the main, corn fed chicken breast, smoked mash, greens and mushroom sauce ( £17.50).
I had originally chosen slow cooked beef short rib, dauphinose potatoes, greens and red wine jus but had to opt for the chicken after being told by the chef they didn't have the beef in.
However, I wasn't disappointed.
The chicken was succulent and full of flavour and the rich mushroom sauce and sharpness of the greens tantalised my taste buds.
My friend chose beer battered cod and hand cut chips, peas and tartare sauce with caramelised lemon (£14.75).
While the fish tasted fresh, the batter was on soggier side and the portion size made it a struggle to finish.
For dessert I chose chocolate brownie with griottine cherries and creme fraiche ice cream (£7).
The chocolate brownie melted in the mouth and the cherries provided a bitter kick.
The apple and mixed berry crumble with custard (£7) was my friend's choice of pudding.
Again, this was a delicious sweet treat.
I would highly recommend a visit to Fire Stables, whether you’re seeking shade following an afternoon at the tennis, a romantic evening or a lazy Sunday, where better to spend it than in this cosy part of Wimbledon Village.
Address: Fire Stables, Church Road, Wimbledon, SW19 5DQ
Telephone: 020 8946 3197
Opening hours: Monday- Friday 12pm- 11pm, Saturday 10am-11pm, Sunday 10am-10.30pm
Dress Type: Smart Casual
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