Another spin-off of Caprice Holding's Ivy brand, this time at One Tower Bridge – a new development next to City Hall and Tower Bridge. It is due to open in summer 2017 and will serve a similar all-day menu to the Ivy Chelsea Garden.
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The vote remains fairly equally split on Richard Caring’s burgeoning bevy of Ivy spin-offs which are popping up like mushrooms ‘in carefully selected locations’ across the country. (These – the ‘Grills & Brasseries’ are not to be confused with the mere ‘Cafés’, and aim for a more faithful reproduction of the original’s magic). For ‘The Ayes’, they make “a great local addition” providing “great British food in a buzzy setting” (“I keep expecting to be disappointed, and I’m not!”). For ‘The Nays’, “hugely underwhelming food” and “uneven” standards generally make it “feel like they are trying to milk the franchise, but are destroying it in the process”. The most popular is the “ladies-who-lunch” favourite on the King’s Road, whose “garden is to die for” (although “it’s an uphill struggle actually being seated in it”) – a “super, bustling and tastefully decorated venue with fabulous people watching opportunities” (and where the Top Tip is “its great breakfast: it’s much quieter so service is spot on!)”.
If you don’t count the Ivy Cafés, this is the fourth spin-off from Caprice Holdings’ Ivy brand, this time at One Tower Bridge – a new development next to City Hall and Tower Bridge – set to serve a similar all-day menu to the Ivy Chelsea Garden. Given the, so far, remorselessly middling performance of all the spin-offs, next year we will likely treat all the properties as the single M.O.R. group which seems to be Richard Caring’s aspiration.
The Ivy Tower Bridge Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Large, well thought-out sibling to the famous original, right next door to the new Bridge Theatre. The menu is similar to to that in the West End, the prices reasonable. Service is friendly and helpful, but a bit weak on specific detail in its first few weeks."
"Slick operation, that was buzzing inside and out on a sunny Friday afternoon in August. The food was good without being outstanding, ditto service, but overall impressed and not too punchy a bill at the end. Pleasantly surprised and heard good things from others."
"A pre theatre meal, two simple courses ordered well ahead of when we wanted to be in the theatre. We explained this to the waitress and she said we had penty of time. The starters arrived promptly, the mains much, much later and only after I had pressed for them. We ended up running to the theatre. The food was just OK, not significantly better than Cote which is in the same ownership. The lace is very nice however."