Most likely, the first thing that attracts your attention about Charlotte’s Bistro in Chiswick – the little sister of Charlotte’s Place in Ealing – is its gin school. Both gin enthusiasts and novices who never went to a proper gin tasting – and in case you are wondering, the answer is no, the occasional G&T doesn’t count – will find Monday’s nights at Charlotte’s place quite fun. Every week a different producer will present their products and give a tasting, participation is free and there are complimentary drinks.
Regardless of how good this might sound, Charlotte’s Bistro has more to offer. The semi-formal venue makes a very good all-occasions local hangout; the bar area with a couple of booths is a perfect place for a cocktail with friends while the upstairs dining room is a cosy and warm place for a date. During the day, the place has plenty natural light coming in from the glass roof. The atmosphere is friendly and the staff manages to be welcoming and attentive even when the place is packed.
But the bistro’s strongest point is, without a doubt, its food. The British with-a -French -twist menu changes regularly to reflect the availability of seasonal products. The food is well served and, even more importantly, prepared with quality ingredients; an absolute highlight of my last visit was the juicy and extremely tasty pork belly. Besides the gin and a selection of cocktails, Charlotte’s bistro also has a respectable wine selection that marries well with the food offering.
All together, Charlotte’s Bistro makes one of the best hangouts in Chiswick whether you only want to grab a drink or have dinner. And if you are still thinking about the gin, then Monday nights are the perfect time to visit.