"Brilliant dinner for a big group - nice and buzzy. Bit cramped but was a great dinner option for us. Service was a little slow but it was Saturday at 8pm."
"Good pub food, well above the norm in a large Toby style venue. However, the view is truly spectacular."
"A fish restaurant where fish soup would not be available for another 90 minutes was a bit frustrating. Nice meal. Yes it is fish and London but the pricing is high. Not worth it without a voucher."
"One of my top restaurants of London."
"Best combination since a long time for Londons gastro scene a serious must"
"This restaurant on Deal seafront has an exciting lunch menu, which is great value and always has a fresh and interesting fish choice. Friendly atmosphere, invariably busy. Can always be trusted to deliver."
"I went here with my boss, his wife and my girlfriend and was very impressed with the food and service. I would definitely recommend."
"Lunch time set menu is an absolute bargain especially as it includes a very decent bottle of wine. Cooking was not as cutting edge as I expected but naturally very good."
"Whilst this gastropub close by Covent Garden, but away from the tourist traps, is by no means as popular as it was a couple of years back, its offering of reliable food, decent wine and beers, coupled with efficient and pleasant service is a welcome change from the chains and other offerings in this part of town."
"We needed a quick meal before visiting the theatre and the staff were brilliant at sitting us down quickly, taking the order and bringing the food to us. We had a lovely meal which was really well cooked and beautifully presented. A great start to a great evening."
The complete renovation by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio – the talent behind the interiors of Jackson & Rye and Le Caprice (among others) – started in January with the restaurant and private dining room 'being brought into the 21st century'. The extensive refurb meant that The Ivy was closed for five months this year but it means the venue now boasts a more spacious entrance, 'sumptuous loos' and a dining bar.
All the venue's old fixtures and fittings were auctioned off at Sotheby’s in March, with artwork, cutlery, glassware and even linen up for sale. Proceeds from the sale benefited the charity Child Bereavement UK.
In the kitchen Gary Lee remains at the helm, and has created a new menu that comprises recognisable Ivy staples alongside modern dishes with international influences, with a particular nod to Southern Europe and Asia. Dishes include: Togarashi popcorn shrimp with yuzu mayonnaise; burrata with Sicilian tomatoes, fried zucchini flower with rocket pesto; and raw & pickled vegetable salad with citrus vinaigrette and chia seeds.
The relaunch comes just in the nick of time – with some foresight, the new edition of Harden’s notes a call for the Ivy to receive “a complete overhaul”!
It didn’t used to be this way. You only need to go back a decade to find an era when the Ivy was Londoners’ Favourite Restaurant, with bookings – famously – needing to be made months ahead, even for quieter times of the week. Unless, of course, you were Famous. Perhaps the 'New’ Ivy will once again seize the ‘Favourite’ crown!
Bookings can be made online on www.the-ivy.co.uk or through 020 7836 4751.
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