Reopened 1 June after complete renovation.
Harden's survey result
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“A lesson in how to improve a legend!” – Richard Caring’s “perked up” Theatreland star has staged an impressive return to form since last year’s revamp: “the old menu classics – bang bang chicken, shepherd’s pie, etc have been spruced up” (they needed to be!), service is “discreet and professional” and – “even without the buzz of all the c’lebs who are now upstairs in the adjoining club” – its vibe, romance and glamour have rediscovered their mojo. That said, there is a large band of refuseniks for whom it has “lost its verve and originality” – it doesn’t help that with spin-offs sprouting all over town it can now “feel like a high-end franchise” rather than the unique destination of yesteryear.
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.
The Ivy Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Food can be disappointing and service haphazard, but there's no denying the buzz."
"3 is a bit too much for the food. There's an East Asian fusion section but basically rich and posh school dinner food. Great burgers. Loony and annoying booking policy where if you are not a name you are offered a table at baby's teatime or 10 o'clock at night. Good fun, lots of napery and cutlery. Waiters act like they are slumming it a bit."
"All I expected it to be and more. A really very enjoyable evening."
"The environment is lovely, relaxed but also calming. I don't think one really goes for the food though. Lovely for lunch!"
1-5 West St, London, WC2H 9NQ
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Mon to Wed 12 noon to 11.30pm, Thur to Sat 12 noon to 12 midnight, Sun 12 noon to 10.30pm
Last orders: Mon-Wed 11.30pm, Thu-Sat midnight, Sun 10.30 pm