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The Ivy

British, Modern Restaurant in London

The Ivy, 1-5 West St, London, WC2H 9NQ
020 7836 4751    Email    Website   
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2016 Survey Result
Overall Value
out of 5
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Richard Caring’s famous Theatreland idol – now the original of a fast expanding brand – emerged from a massive overhaul too late to be rated (just before the survey closed). Too often a let down in recent years, a handful of first-days reports say its “beautiful refurb” is “superb in every detail” – “wow, wow, wow!”
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STOP PRESS: Reopened 1 June after complete renovation.
Features
Business Facilities Yes1
Private Rooms Yes60
Last Orders 11 pm, Sun 10 pm
Dress Code no shorts
The Ivy Restaurant Reviews
Reviews of The Ivy Restaurant in WC2, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Ivy restaurant.
Anne D
After several years away, and what I unders...
Overall Value
4
out of 5
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Reviewed 11 days ago

"After several years away, and what I understand is a change of ownership again, this visit proved The Ivy remains one of London's best dining options. Overall excellent evening with a perfect balance of 'very good' in all respects."

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Paul B
Great clubby atmosphere and cosy dining roo...
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3
out of 5
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Reviewed 1 months, 19 days ago

"Great clubby atmosphere and cosy dining room - the menu offers a lot of rich comfort food (often leading to some weird combinations of courses), ranging from very good to average (but lacking consistency), but the service is a bit variable - from hypercharming to dismissive."

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Michael L
The ambience and service are superb but the...
Overall Value
4.5
out of 5
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Reviewed 3 months, 2 days ago

"The ambience and service are superb but the food seems to have lost some of its verve and originality since the reopening"

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Carl J
Ambience of prosperity, and assured and eff...
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5
out of 5
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Reviewed 6 months, 21 days ago

"Ambience of prosperity, and assured and efficient service. The food was above average in quality, and don't fill yourself on a substantial starter if you have the roast chicken main course. That classic dish will prove to be rich and filling. The restaurant has benefited from its revamp, and the dining experience is one of style."

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The Ivy News
Paul Winch-Furness / PhotographerTheatreland fixture The Ivy reopens today (1 June) after a major refurb which sees the renewal of almost everything – with the exception of the iconic stained glass windows. The landmark restaurant turns 100 in 2016, and it seems that Richard Caring's Caprice Holdings plan to have the old girl looking her best for the centenary celebrations.

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.


The Ivy burrata with Sicilian tomatoes, fried zucchini flower, rocket pesto by David Griffen HR (3)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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