After a year-long multi-million pound refurbishment,Waterloo landmark, The Fire Station on Waterloo road (just a few paces from the legendary Old Vic theatre) opened its doors earlier this year (July 9th) with a big celebration.
Now that the dust has settled, we went along to have a closer look and enjoy all The Fire Station has to offer in terms of food, drinks and ambience.
Originally a fire station, then a gastropub with a cult following in the 1980s, it was acquired by the Revere Pub Company recently so the Fire Station is back with a shiny new look but still keeps some of its original fire station detail. The decor plays on the fire station theme; from vintage fire extinguishers and original signage, to fire hydrants hanging from the ceiling as lighting fixtures, and hydraulic pipes and valves as coat hangers. The place has a lot of character and looks quite unique.
The new menu is very simple and laid back which makes ordering less complicated. It’s stripped down to pizzas and burgers, accompanied by sides and desserts. Customers can choose from an exquisite selection of six hand stretched wood-fired pizzas and six burgers (Cheese, Maple Glazed Bacon, Buttermilk Chicken, Mushroom & Sticky Red Onion, Black & Gold made with black pudding and Glazed Short Rib. The Black & Gold and Cheese, Maple Glazed Bacon burgers are highly recommended.
Drinks wise, there is a reasonable selection of craft beers and wines as well as speciality and smoked cocktails, that are worth trying. If you are into bourbon, give the Old Fashioned cocktail a try, it’s made with Bulleit bourbon, house made cinnamon syrup and smoked with oak chips.
The Fire Station has a really relaxed atmosphere, the perfect place for after work drinks and dinner with friends. It has friendly staff and it’s recommended if you are looking for something adventurous in burgers.
The Fire Station, 150 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8SB – next to Waterloo station and just across the way from The Old Vic theatre.