Harden's survey result
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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!”
This former Theatreland idol still wows fans with its “slick and polished” style and “predictable” nursery fare; those who remember the glory days when this was London’s favourite restaurant, though, may find its current performance “embarrassing” – time, they say, “for a complete overhaul”.
“Forget the celeb label and enjoy!”; this “iconic” panelled dining room, at the heart of Theatreland, is still – for its huge fan club – a “vibrant” metropolitan lynchpin; critics, though, say it has “had its day”, and offers “rather underwhelming” British dishes at “silly” prices.
Reopened 1 June after complete renovation.
The Ivy Restaurant Diner Reviews
"The environment is lovely, relaxed but also calming. I don't think one really goes for the food though. Lovely for lunch!"
"The refurbished Ivy was well worth a visit. Food good and the atmosphere is relaxed and unpretentious."
"a lesson in how to improve a legend!"
"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."
"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."
1-5 West St, London, WC2H 9NQ
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lunch noon - 3 pm, Sun 3.30 pm, dinner 5.30 pm - midnight
Last orders: Mon-Weds 11.30pm / Thurs-Sat 12.00am / Sun 10.30pm