The Fire Station Cheltenham

3.8
43 reviews
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Contemporary European
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  • Comfort Food
  • Lunch
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
A vibrant, fresh and accessible all-day social hub, The Fire Station reopens 110 years after it was originally built. Providing a welcoming space that everyone feels they can use as they like, when they like, to eat, drink, work and party
What 43 People Are Saying
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J
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Attentive. Professional. Friendly. Duck that cut like butter.

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Calgary
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner at the Fire Station.
Relaxed atmosphere , outstanding cuisine and service in historic building .

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N
Gloucestershire
16 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a lovely Mother’s Day brunch/lunch here today, would definitely recommend

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LP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A v good meal with great service. Would Recommend!

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Dublin
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Alll very good overall, but no coffee available !

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Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Fire station was lovely staff very helpful! Not a great choice on the menu, Fantastic cocktail menus

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Worcestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Booked a table for a set time online as the system said it was available. 3 - 4 hours later, I received a phone call to say my table was no long available but they could fit me in 2 hours after the time they had previously confirmed to me. If their food is like their admin then I probably dodged a bullet!

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C
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Finding myself in Cheltenham for my birthday, the only place I wanted to have dinner was The Fire Station.
As always, the food was delicious and well prepared. The Crispy Duck salad is a favorite. The lamb is thick, juicy and cooked to perfection.

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C
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice meal out - it was really quiet when we arrived but got busier later. Food and service were good.

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T
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good but the menu is limited and it was a the top end in terms of price.

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MG
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We booked this as had passed it many times and thought it would be nice for a change. The menu is quite limited, although the snacks and starters were appetising. My wife had problems selecting something from the main course and we commented that we would rather have a couple of starters than the main courses.

Eventually, we chose all of the snacks ( the squid rings were not available) and main courses. My pork belly was excellent and very tasty, but the burgers were fairly standard. All in all a satisfactory meal,but with the competition there is in Cheltenham, this level of cuisine is probably slightly overpriced considering what you can get elsewhere.

I got the impression it was more of a bar with some food than a dining establishment as when we arrived, we seemed to be the only ones eating and everyone else was out for a drink.

Interesting building, unusual, but I woudln't say we would rush back for the food, although would pop in for a drink or two.

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AD
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Service was incredibly slow and when the food eventually arrived it wasn’t great. Will just stick to drinks next time

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CR
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Most enjoyable meal with excellent service. Highly recommended.

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D
London
11 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Initially a bit noisy because of a hen party. Staff were very friendly. My older friends found the food a little modern but you managed to convert them by the time we got to desserts! Amazing setting in a fire station.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I have been here several times and the service & food are hit or miss. Most recently we watched a World Cup on a Sunday and it was a good time; a bit nicer than your usual match venue. On sunny days, they open the large windows in the bar and bring the great weather inside.

Gluten free bread is now available (I’d been previously & servers were not helpful at with my gluten allergy)

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EB
London
6 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely venue for a lunchtime get together with friends. Great service with very friendly and helpful staff. It's a vibrant restaurant so quite noisy, but still easy enough to chat. Food came quickly and was well presented. Saturday lunchtime "bottomless brunch" is a great idea if you have all afternoon to enjoy the prosecco and champagne cocktails.

Prices are reasonable too - good value for money.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Been several times and usually a great meal.
Last night was a bit car crash as they were massively understaffed. Dishes arrived late or out of order and three of us had well done steaks when we asked for medium rare. One guy basically covering the whole floor who did a brilliant job but can’t be expected to perform miracles
Will go back as I know it’s normally not like this but they need to avoid this happening again.

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AR
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Restaurant didn't have our booking. We were invited to have some drinks in the bar whilst we waited for them to sort out a table for us. They took our drinks order and then after waiting 20 minutes the drinks never arrived and we were told they did not have any tables available other than stools next to the main entrance and open kitchen which would have been fine to have drinks at but not suitable for a meal.

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PT
Wales
6 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

During race week in Cheltenham its always difficult to find a restaurant that can maintain high levels of service and food, the Fire Station did both easily a great venue, well worth a visit.

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AL
Gloucestershire
5 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

went for a Mothers day lunch - on my own to remember Mum who died last year. Mum would have been proud of our Brunch and the Bloody marys were bloody excellent, thank you

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Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Jazz music too loud. Waitress charming but food service unbearably slow. No ambience. Brunch was perfectly ok but overpriced. Disappointing overall.

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S
Birmingham
27 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great seat by the window! Very helpful waitress. Good value and good food - fishcake was delicious!

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Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

We arrived at the restaurant only to find that they did not have our booking despite being sent an email the day before from Open Table confirming my booking. Luckily they were able to accommodate us anyway but I will not be using Open Table ever again.

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F
Gloucestershire
6 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time visit on a very busy Saturday just before Christmas. Table was about 30 mins late but only to be expected at this time of years. Staff were very apologetic and we were given a round of drinks on the house, so worth the 30 mins wait in the bar! The service at the table was very good, especially considering how busy it was, with friendly, helpfully staff. The food was well presented, well prepared and very tasty. Very good casual place to meet friends and have some excellent food. One word of warning that it gets very busy and on a Saturday they have live music which can make for a noisy meal!

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Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

the food, service and ambiance were good but I thought the menu was a little restrictive, especially as one of the main items (sirloin steak which I wanted) was not available

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Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The service was poor as the girl was new and appeared not to have been trained. When we ordered steaks she didn’t ask how we wanted them cooked. The steaks were stringy, she asked how our food was before we’d even had a chance to take a bite. Then noone asked again. It wasn’t cheap and wasn’t good. The starter of parsnip soup was tasty but the rest was really poor. They add 12.5% service regardless of how they’re service was.

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NT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely evening out, the staff took particularly good care of us and our 6 year old. Special thanks to the chef who indulged said 6 year old with just the right amount of ice-cream sprinkles. Food was also very good, the lamb chop and roast butternut squash perfectly executed.

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Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a very nice evening, the food was great. The cocktails were fabulous ! Nice ambiance too.

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r
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food - generous portions. Lovely attentive staff. Lovely decor. Had a lovely casual lunch with friends. Toilets spotless.

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JG
London
8 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Shame it's a bit out of the way, but once you find it the food is excellent - one of the best Sunday roasts I've had in a long time.

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b
Gloucestershire
22 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and friend wanted somewhere central that provided something different.
Perfect they said, especially as it was one of the girls birthday!

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L
Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic staff who really knew the menu & described it very well .

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Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2017
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was good but your menu tries to be too fancy the food is actually quite straight forward however the menu almost needs to be interpreted as many items are not everyday and needs explanation. Don't get me wrong I like trying different food, but most of the different items were actually sauces or a minor part of the meal. The waiter ( not the waitress) was quite rude on 2 occasions once interrupting my wife's conversation without waiting a second- he did apologise, but then proceeded to be rude about the fact you do not offer either semi skimmed milk or skimmed milk - hello hello which planet are you on? After saying he had never been asked for that! The rest of world starting consuming skimmed and semi skimmed about 10 years ago! Oh and no surprise for my Birthday . I did say for you to Surprise me it could have been a candle in my burger I would not have minded.So overall not a great experience.

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DB
Gloucestershire
14 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As a local Cheltenham couple enjoying weekend date nights, we love trying new places. This was our first time in The Fire Station and it was fantastic. The food was enjoyable but the cocktails were the main attraction - we were looked after all night by Sophia. She was willing to make mix up personal favourites as well as promote the house recipes, and every single one was presented in outstanding style!
The addition of live music from Dan, Marcus and Olly really capped the night off - can't recommend this place enough, for a group or a couple looking for a great, relaxed night out that feels like a treat, book The Fire Station now!

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambience. We lucked out as there just happened to be live music - not for everyone but we thoroughly enjoyed it and it made our evening. Staff were very friendly and helpful.

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b
Gloucestershire
22 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arrived in time for 2 for 1 cocktails and then we ate a fantastic meal.
Peppers for starters along with croquettes followed by guinea fowl and the slow braised short rib.
Great atmosphere and excellent service which fully justified the service charge.
Definitely going again

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London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Took my husband for a birthday meal, nice table for 2, service as excellent.

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C
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is absolutely amazing, very generous portions. The staff were very helpful and friendly, made us feel very comfortable. I will definitely be returning!

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London
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and excellent service. Highly recommended

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London
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Just lunch on this first visit and duly impressed with surroundings food and service. Will return one day for evening drinks.

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