The Old Fire Station, Brentford

The Old Fire Station, Brentford

The Old Fire Station, 55 High St, Brentford TW8 0AH. Telephone: 020 8568 5999. Website: http://www.the-firestation.co.uk/
Pig Mark 29. Lovely old building designed by Nowell Parr and opened in 1898 as a fire station, as the name suggests. It closed in 1965 and was then used by the London Ambulance Service until the 1980s. It was listed in 1990 and since 2003 has been a bar and restaurant. Downstairs is a Cuban style bar and on the first floor is a Persian restaurant. On the second floor is a spacious area that can be booked for events and parties.
Visited on Monday 2nd October 2017 at 19.45. Weather was dry and mild.
Ordered a mojito and a tequila sunrise for £7.50 (happy hour).

Name:
Beer selection (10):
Beer Quality (10):
Ambience (10):
Price (5):
Service (5):
Je ne sais quoi (5):
Cleanliness (3):
Wifi (2):

Total (75)

Piggy Dave
1
2
4
2
4
0
1
1

15

Piggy Corin
1
2
2
2
4
0
2
1

14

Piggy Sue








Piggy Rod








Piggy Dave: More of a cocktail bar than a pub, but in the interests of completeness … Contrary to what it states on the website, beer isn’t included in the two for one offer during happy hour. Consequently, we both had a cocktail instead and were allowed different ones instead of the strange requirement on the website that they would have to be the same cocktail. The bar decoration is an attempt at coolness and Cuban revolutionary chic with the paintings on the wall. Not entirely convinced by the fish tank, somewhat reminiscent of a dentist’s waiting room. The only draft beer is a lager and three or four other lagers are available in bottles alongside bottles of London Pride and Bishop’s Finger for £4.25 each. Club music is played a little too loud through the sound system. There are a couple of comfy sofas to sit on but not many seats at all aside from four or five bar stools at the bar and another couple placed at a wooden barrel table. Our table seems sticky, which is strange considering how few people are in here, though there does seem to be a regular walk-in trade even if they do only appear in ones and twos then leave after a single drink. Really not my kind of bar and I was pleased to finish my drink and leave.

Piggy Corin: Well, if I’d fallen into a coma and woke up here I would assume I was at a dodgy seaside bar by the Med. Club music, mosaic floor, fish tank, cocktails, happy hour … easy mistake to make.
As a pub, The Old Fire Station does not really fit the bill. One draught lager but at least an attempt to provide a couple of ales in bottles through Pride and Bishop’s Finger alongside three or four more bottled lagers. We settled for cocktails as they were included in happy hour whereas the bottled beers weren’t. The barman was quick and efficient at knocking them together and didn’t skimp on the rum in the mojito. Seating is at least comfortable, squashy sofas, padded bar stools around coffee tables or barrels. For me, the ambience is ruined by the fish tank … not good for someone with a slight phobia of our aquatic friends. Bar snacks are available and there is a restaurant upstairs, but somehow I’m not tempted to try them. Still, I know where to go in Brentford next time I fancy a mojito!

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