Last night I was invited to visit the Fire Station Cheltenham for dinner, drinks and darts at their 180 Club. Recently refurbished, I attended the launch night back in July and enjoyed an evening of delicious canapes and so it was nice to get an opportunity to return and try out the food again and experience the atmosphere on a regular weekend night. (Our meal, drinks and darts were complimentary for the purpose of this review.)
The first thing to note is the look of the Fire Station, Cheltenham lots of glass and LED lights highlight the original features and the sympathetic repurposing of the building makes this an architectural beauty and a pleasure to sit in just looking around. Handily situated close to town, situated in St James’ Square, just a few minutes walk from the centre, there is also large carpark right next door (paid) if you choose to drive.
The interior of The Fire Station Cheltenham is light and airy with a very laid back cool vibe and relaxed buzzy atmosphere. Separated into different areas, there are cosy nooks to gather in with a date or small group of friends, but also larger tables for bigger groups, making it an ideal place for a casual dinner or celebratory gathering.
There is an extensive cocktail menu at the Fire Station Cheltenham (always important!) and they are so pretty, served with flowers and dried fruit. The bar area is absolutely stunning and visually, the Firestation is beautiful, with lots of exposed brick and atmospheric lighting. For an architecture geek like me, it’s a lovely place to sit and just look around! (I think I may have mentioned this but it’s so gorgeous!)
The menu is simple and focuses on fresh, quality meals with a Mexican vibe. I actually really like that it’s a pared down menu, there is enough choice to keep everyone happy but it’s not overwhelming as some menus can be. I was also really happy that there were good vegan choices. As a vegetarian, although things have massively improved, still meat free options can seem to be an afterthought but there was a great selection and the food we both had was lovely with great flavours and good portion sizes too. The dirty fries £4 (pictured) were absolutely delicious, and they happily removed the bacon for me to make it a vegetarian option. We both had tacos, the prawn £7 and the ‘this isn’t chicken’ option £7.50 and both were the perfect portion. I feel like the prices are very reasonable and make it a good choice for any budget.
We ended our evening with a few games of darts. Lane Hire £30ph (peak) and £15ph (off peak) Although darts has a reputation of being an old fashioned, the 180 Club has brought them into this century with an electronic dartboard and a selection of interactive games to play which makes it so much more fun! It definitely makes a night out a bit different. All in all, we had a great time at The Fire Station, Cheltenham and recommend it for a night out for friends, a couple, a date or even with children.
If you’re staying in Cheltenham, or fancy building an appetite first, you might like my post detailing some of the lovely Woodland Walks around Cheltenham.