Leafy Chiswick has a lovely village feel, making it the ideal spot for a stroll and a spot of lunch, or a great port of call for a romantic evening for two. The Resident picks out some of Chiswick’s best restaurants, whatever the occasion
Lead image: No.197 Chiswick Fire Station (photo: Mariell Lind Hansen)
Cute and quirky is a great way to describe Annie’s. With brightly coloured decorations and cosy furniture, Annie’s is the restaurant of choice for coffee dates, brunches with the girls or a romantic dinner for two. Make sure to try a stack of American buttermilk pancakes or a delicious plate of Eggs Benedict for brunch or turn to favourites, such as Annie’s Classic Shepherds Pie or Fresh Battered Haddock & Chips for dinner. On top of the delicious food, Annie’s is a favourite spot for a refreshing cocktail or a glass of wine. The cocktails change with the season, but no matter the time of year make sure to try their signature cocktail, the British Royale. Annie’s also has a second branch on White Hart Lane in in Barnes.
162 Thames Road, Chiswick W4 3QS; 020 8994 9080; anniesrestaurant.co.uk
2 No.197 Chiswick Fire Station
Inspired by the old fire station that once stood in its present location, the owners of No.197 Chiswick Fire Station have created a unique bar that aims to instil a sense of community in all of its visitors. No.197 makes a point to use fresh, scratch-cooked food and well-sourced ingredients throughout their entire menu. From breakfast and brunch favourites, such as sourdough bruschetta with roast tomatoes, spinach, avocado and crispy bacon, or ricotta pancakes with season fruit to dinner classics like grilled sea bass and chips or a delicious No.197 house burger, restaurant-goers can’t really go wrong. No.197 takes their drink menu quite seriously, as well, by taking classic cocktails and giving them a No.197 twist with spirit infusions, house made syrups and sherbets.
197-199 Chiswick High Road W4 2DR; 020 3857 4669; no197chiswickfirestation.com
3 Villa di Geggiano
Inspired by the villa in Tuscany, and bearing the same name, Villa di Geggiano has brought the taste of Tuscany to London. Much of the ingredients are imported from the Villa and surrounding Tuscan farms, and are then prepared as classic Italian dishes, like a ricotta and spinach ravioli and a risotto with Tuscan sausage and saffron. Boasting a well-stocked bar as well, guests can enjoy classic Tuscan cocktails and wine while eating dinner either out on the terrace hidden away from the busy Chiswick High Road, or stay inside and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere.
66-68 Chiswick High Road W4 1SY; 020 3384 9442; villadigeggiano.co.uk
4 Le Vacherin
This classically French restaurant is a local favourite in Chiswick. The beautiful bistro-style interiors feature lettered mirrors, retro prints, white tablecloths and leather banquettes, while the food and wine are as on point as you would expect of traditional Parisian gastronomy. Dine on snails, duck confit or sensational 28-day aged Châteaubriand. Giles Coren, in a review for The Times, noted that the ‘cooking is excellent’ and ‘is rare enough in its quality of produce, its purity of intention and its enthusiasm to be considered worth travelling to from anywhere in London’. So hop in a cab, non-Chiswick folk, this is destination dining worthy of leaving your postcode area for. Oh and there’s a prix fixe menu, which is a bonus.
76-77 South Parade, Chiswick W4 5LF; 020 8742 2121; levacherin.com
With an atmosphere inspired by her mother’s old cafe on Hayling Island, Little Bird’s founder Lorraine Angliss has brought a cute and quirky cocktail lounge and restaurant for all Londoners to enjoy. At Little Bird, guests can enjoy fresh Asian inspired food as well as choose a delicious cocktail from their extensive drink menu. Whether guests choose to sit outside on the terrace or remain inside, Little Bird is a great place to enjoy an evening out.
1 Station Parade, Burlington Lane, Chiswick W4 3HD; 020 3145 0894; littlebirdrestaurants.com
If there’s anything Vinoteca takes pride in, it’s their wine menu. With a selection of 25 wines by the glass and over 200 by the bottle to choose from, Vinoteca isn’t messing around with bringing the best wine around to the attention of its guests. Don’t think, though, that they don’t take their food just as seriously. Each Vinoteca branch’s head chef creates a unique menu everyday before opening their doors for lunch. To help ease the possibility of becoming overwhelmed with the large number of wines offered, Vinoteca provides the perfect wine pairing to whatever type of dish you may be craving.
18 Devonshire Road, Chiswick W4 2HD; 020 3701 8822; vinoteca.co.uk
7 High Road Brasserie
This European-style brasserie on Chiswick High Road is open morning till late. Well, technically it’s open all night, since it has 14 bedrooms! Part of the Soho House, it offers good food, gorgeous interiors and a place to rest your weary head. Located on the site of the historic Foubert’s Hotel, it also has history, reflected in the interior’s Art Deco details. The all-day dining menu means you can swing by for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or cocktails with a snack. There’s also a lovely alfresco terrace on Chiswick High Road.
162-170 Chiswick High Road W4 1PR; 020 8742 7474; highroadbrasserie.co.uk
8 La Trompette
La Trompette has been bringing Londoners delicious food and an extensive wine menu since opening its doors in 2001. With menus that change frequently enough to keep its regulars guessing, La Trompette offers choices like grilled turbot, herb crusted chicken and barbecued côte de boeuf along with caramelised wafers, Gariguette strawberries and a rhubarb crumble soufflé. The extensive wine menu is home to a selection of over 20 glasses of wine and a selection of well over 200 hundred bottles of wine.
3-4 Devonshire Road, Chiswick W4 2EU; 020 8747 1836; latrompette.co.uk
9 Restaurant Michael Nadra
Restaurant Michael Nadra combines fresh produce with a fine dining experience to create a unique restaurant. With an intimate and relaxed environment, you can choose from dinner options like roasted quail with pickled girolles and red onions or steamed sea bass with prawn and chive dumplings then pair these options with you favourite wine selection from over 200 options. Make sure to check the menus, though, they tend to change quite frequently. There’s also a sister venue in Primrose Hill.
6/8 Elliot Road, Chiswick W4 IPE; 020 8742 0766; restaurant-michaelnadra.co.uk