New York. Istanbul. Barcelona. Chiswick.
Sure, only one of them has a Soho… but all of them have a Soho House.
In fact, the Chiswick branch was amongst the first to get its own branch of the feted members’ club back in 2006, and thanks to the open-to-all High Road Brasserie taking up the ground floor, it’s since become deeply enmeshed in the local food scene, remaining perpetually packed from breakfast until closing.
There’s no mistaking it as you approach – it’s at least three times the width of the neighbouring shopfronts, with al fresco tables spilling out onto the pavement under its distinctive muted green awning. Walk inside, and you’ll immediately be impressed by the venue’s most distinctive feature, a vibrantly patterned mosaic floor running throughout that seems to have been patched together at random from a collection of eclectically colourful tiles. Sitting above it are the more restrained Art Deco furnishings, with puffy banquettes, pendant lighting, and a gorgeous vintage marble centrepiece bar.
On the heavily French-leaning menu you’ll find an array of classic brasserie fare (steak tartare; escargots with parsley & garlic; duck breast with green beans & hazelnuts, etc.) complemented with the occasional European counterpart, like their hearty chicken Milanese, or their delightfully crisp fish & chips.
Pitch up to that marble bar and you’ll find a concise list of house cocktails – the heady Renaissance blends vanilla vodka with chilli, elderflower, pineapple, and honey – alongside a very non-concise list of globe-spanning wines. And if you stay after 9pm, you can score one of nine classic cocktails for a very acceptable £6, including their negroni, daiquiri, vodka gimlet, etc.
In short, it’s every inch the Soho House you’d expect to find in, say…
…New York, Istanbul, or Barcelona.
NOTE: High Road Brasserie is open now. You can find out more, see the full menus, and make a booking at their website right HERE.
High Road Brasserie | 162-170 Chiswick High Road, W4 1PR
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