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Charlotte's W5, Ealing

Bar at Charlotte's W5, Ealing

I keep hearing about Charlotte's community ethos and how they're offering folk who live in Ealing somewhere to run business meetings, perch with their laptops or celebrate special occasions - a 'Third Place' is what they're calling it. Home being first, work being second and Charlotte's being third. On first glance it seems as though Charlotte's is some sort of contemporary eating house, but come evening it is so much more and courtesy of a recommendation from @jodzew I was keen to investigate more.

Small Plates Cured Beef and Salmon, Charlotte's W5, Ealing

Located in Dickens Yard, this old Victorian stable was almost derelict but was recently transformed to what is now a beautiful expansive industrial space. Inside it is modern, open and detailed with vintage lighting. The focal point - a huge bar presiding over colossal sized bench seating. You will feel like you are in a highchair, I'm not particularly short and even my feet were hanging off the ground. However, it is very comfortable for eating and drinking, but you will have to navigate and shuffle about getting in and out.

Pigs Cheeks, Charlotte's W5 - Ealing

I love how Charlotte's feels so inviting and soooo spacious - apart from one or two places it is difficult to find anywhere in Richmond that is greater than 350sq ft, or isn't so rammed with tables that you force your butt cheeks in your neighbours face while trying to squeeze sideways in and out of your table. Who knows what I mean here!? Everything is different, the food is size variant - there are large AND small plates of each type. Their drinks menu is extensive including sizeable Tea and Gin options.

Total Transformation of the Victorian stables inside Charlotte's W5 - Ealing

I really enjoyed Charlotte's, its not far from Ealing Broadway and to be honest you don't need to be local, the food is outstanding and they use every ounce of produce including offcuts. I would definitely opt for large plates of the Risotto and the Chicken and start with a few smaller plates of rice balls, pigs cheeks (yes these are delicious) and the lamb. If you deviate from this it could end up very pricey. We ordered a large plate of lamb which only consisted of an extra half portion so I wouldn't considered this a sharing plate in the traditional sense.

Patrons enjoying Charlottes impressive Bar, Charlotte's W5 - Ealing

Charlottes W5
Price: £££+
Ambience: 9
Food: 8
Service: 9

New eating spot in Old Victorian Stables, Charlottes W5

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