Feeling the need for spoiling on a rainy Saturday, a group of us visited The Upton Firehouse for an all you can eat lunch, and a good catch up with my lovely friend and incredible chef Sam Edwards. (Pictured right of photo).
Hailed the new Jamie Oliver, Sam Edwards flair in the kitchen is the Cotswolds worst kept secret, and he’s just too good not to share with you. Foodies rave and travel miles, we on the other hand have the luxury of a mere 20 min drive.
Sams skills were finely honed as Head Chef at the Bib Gourmand winning (4 years in a row) Made by Bobs, Sam opened The Firehouse earlier this year to wonderful reviews. You won’t find any advertising, it’s not needed, Sam’s reputation alone fills The Firehouse tables. Jak was Sams sous chef, and they have worked together for 9 years. Now as head of front of house, you are sure to receive the most welcoming of greetings at The Firehouse with Jaks infectious smile.
Opening hours are limited to Wednesday evenings for the tastiest hand spun wood fired pizzas, and Friday Saturday and Sunday BBQ buffet lunches. Sunday’s include the essential Yorkshire puddings of course, and beautiful melt in the mouth Dauphinoise potatoes. Do check their website for occasional special event evenings.
With a chef of Sam’s calibre, you know you are in for a real treat. A large selection of top notch BBQ meats and fish, exuberantly colourful salads and the most delicious homemade ciabatta tempt you at this wonderful all you can eat buffet. When you head to the buffet, close your eyes and take in the aromas, it will send your tastebuds into overdrive.
My husband, the eternal carnivore, managed 3 full plates, I managed 1 with a second helping of Sam’s unbelievably good ciabatta. With change from £20 an adult, it’s certainly a no brainer to the point you feel you should be paying more. (The menu changes regularly and seasonally).
Let’s talk about the venue and the ambience. The Firehouse is in a newly built, warm and dry enormous barn. Think Covent Garden chic with cozy rugs over bench seating. It’s huge but feels almost bijoux in its large scale intimacy, mix in fresh flowers and fairy lights, and it’s just magical in appearance. If uprooted from the Cotswolds and transplanted in one of London’s finest areas you would struggle to ever get a table. It’s sophisticated in its simplicity, it’s cool, it’s dope, it’s rad, it’s whatever your buzzword is and more, far far more.
Sam & Jak have nailed the marriage between exquisite food and the perfect venue, at a great price. You feel at home, and you certainly never feel rushed. It’s a wear what you want venue, you can relax and just enjoy the whole dining experience and very chilled atmosphere. A good drinks menu and happy but non invasive staff really make The Firehouse a very ‘go to’ place.
You may want to take a very long walk after to work it off, or in our case, we went home, lit the fire, opened a bottle of wine, and didn’t move from the sofa for the rest of the day, and no evening meal was required. All photos are my own, and taken towards the end of lunch.. I needed the exercise..
Sam & Jak also cater to outside venues. To find out more, or to book a table, whizz on over to their website: