A favourite landmark of Waterloo, The Fire Station, has opened this July after an extensive make-over. One of London’s most popular places for handy, after-work meet ups, rises again after a one-year complete refurbishment of the entire building. The all-new Fire Station is a restaurant & bar serving a main menu of wood-fired pizzas and adventurous new burgers to feast on. It opens for breakfast and also offer speciality coffee to take-out. The venue gained a loyal following as a vibrant British gastropub in the ’80s. Since then a generation of sociable Londoners have dined and dated there, choosing it as their regular, friendly, all-day spot. In its new format as a bar & restaurant, it again aims to be the choice destination to meet, drink and eat in Waterloo, especially with its handy location next to the station and just across the way from The Old Vic theatre.
Colin Sadler, Managing Director for The Fire Station, says, “We are very excited to bring back The Fire Station. It has been missed by so many regulars. We made the most of the opportunity during the closure of the building for redevelopment, to take a fresh look at The Fire Station. Those who knew it in the past decades, can continue to enjoy everything they loved about it. It retains its informal, all-day style, and now, we’ve added design details that make the old space more intriguing, individual and stylishly comfortable. We have completely changed the menu – we are transforming dishes that people know and love eating, into bright new classics, with ingredients that are generous, adventurous, and bang up to date. Once again, Waterloo has its own destination landmark for drinking & dining.”
The interior was designed and built by Concorde BGW, which also supplied all the lighting and furniture for the fit out. The aim was to design a welcoming, flexible and honest space, which celebrates the unique architecture of this Grade II Municipal building. Customers are greeted by a huge, aged copper bar and pops of vibrant upholstery. The interior celebrates the authentic Industrial aesthetic of glazed bricks, riveted steels and folding timber doors, with new playful adornments, such as reclaimed fire reels, fireman’s lockers and fire hose chandeliers alluding to the building’s former life. There is a mix of eclectic bar seating, cosy lounge and flexible dining, alongside generous runs of fixed seating and a luxurious booth nestled below a looming wine gantry. In the open-view kitchen at the back, the flickering flames of the pizza ovens encourage deeper exploration. The Fire Station offers a place for everyone.
Look out for authentic vintage details such as fire extinguishers, fire hose ceiling lights, the repro wall panel of the 1666 Great Fire of London. The ground-to-roof renovation of the building has created a bright new space for The Fire Station. It is transformed by a long bar with a spacious drinking area, whilst individual and communal tables provide a relaxing welcome in the, sleek, urban venue. It is comfortable and enticing anytime of day, evening, or weekend.
A menu of authentic wood-fired pizzas and stand-out, prime meat burgers range from £7.95. It’s simple to get a grasp of the stripped down menu, but new, generous flavour combinations take these favourites from everyday treat to a more fancy feast eg.
There are six burgers on the menu including the Black & Gold burger with black pudding & double cheese; the Glazed Short Rib; the Mushroom & Sticky Red Onion; and the Buttermilk Chicken.
Two Gozney stone hearth pizza ovens are a feature in the open-view kitchen at The Fire Station. Each has a 12 pizza capacity and heats to 450 degrees C. They are dual-fuelled by gas and hardwood, using compressed beech briquettes. The ovens are designed and made in England by Tom Gozney, whose company first started making these ovens five years ago, and now supplies to Michelin-starred restaurants and other premium pizza specialists such as Franco Manca and Homeslice.
There are six pizzas on the menu including the meaty parma ham, chorizo iberico, beef ragu, salami & pepperoni; the classic marinated buffalo mozzarella, sun-dried tomato & basil; and the tasty smoked mackerel, king prawns, mascarpone, rocket & soft boiled egg.
The menu offers craft beers, real ales refreshing favourites on tap, and wines by the glass. Cocktails are inventively ‘smoked in The Fire Station’ – Try a new fashioned Old Fashioned with housemade cinnamon syrup and smoked with oak chips. Lighter, floral, herby options include the Pear Fizz with Absolut Pear Vodka, pear purée and prosecco, and the Vanilla & Fig Sour made with fig-infused Maker’s Mark bourbon. The Fire Station is the perfect place to meet for after-work drinks, or start or end your night at this handy rendezvous right on the doorstep of Waterloo. In addition to drinks such as Beavertown, Anchor Steam, Sierra Nevada, Modelo and more, there is also a roster of ales including Sambrook’s, Hackney Brewery, Ringwood, Revisionist and Saphir. Wines range from £3.20 for a 125ml glass / £18 a bottle, to Dom Pérignon Brut for £135 a bottle. The Fire Station couldn’t be more convenient for enjoying a nightcap being just a minute away from the fray of the crowds, trains & tube at Waterloo.
The Fire Station is open all week. Monday to Wednesday from 7am until 11pm, Thursday to Saturday until midnight, Sunday until 10.30pm.
The Fire Station
50 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8SB
020 3727 5938