RestaurantsBuckinghamshireMarlowSL7

Harden's says

The Ivy brand expansion reaches Edinburgh; in the group's first Scottish venture, Eric Garnier (former co-owner London's Racine) will oversee the New Town restaurant, which will open all day and boasts a mezzanine terrace and bar as well as 130-cover dining area.

survey result

Summary

£68
  £££
2
Average
2
Average
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“There is always a buzz” at this Thames Valley offshoot of the famed London celeb haunt (so much so that it “can be just too loud” at times). As per many of its siblings, it does attract rather middling ratings for its food, but there are those who say “it’s always a joy to eat here”.

Summary

£56
   ££
2
Average
2
Average
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

While it’s generally agreed to be a “good addition to the Marlow scene”, with a “nice ambience” and in particular “a beautifully glamorous room” – this Thames Valley link in the national chain Richard Caring has spun out from the 1980s West End celeb haunt attracts familiar criticisms. Too often it’s “a bit of a disappointment”“a little pricey for albeit fancy comfort food” – and just too obviously samey: “couldn’t each restaurant have a unique signature dish appropriate to the location?”

Summary

£56
   ££
2
Average
2
Average
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

While it’s generally agreed to be a “good addition to the Marlow scene”, with a “nice ambience” and in particular “a beautifully glamorous room” – this Thames Valley link in the national chain Richard Caring has spun out from the 1980s West End celeb haunt attracts familiar criticisms. Too often it’s “a bit of a disappointment”“a little pricey for albeit fancy comfort food” – and just too obviously samey: “couldn’t each restaurant have a unique signature dish appropriate to the location?”

Summary

£56
   ££
2
Average
1
Poor
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A touch of London glamour in the Thames Valley” – this “convivial” and “always busy” outpost of Richard Caring’s brand is one of the most commented-on in the survey, and many reporters do see it as a “lovely” spot (“you’d never believe that it used to be a shoe shop from the stylish interior”); and “a good addition to the ever-increasing Marlow foodie scene”. Characteristically for this brand extension however, there are also many who report “such a disappointing experience: I’ve persevered four times and each time the service was as bad as the first (which I first put down to teething problems) – shame as it is indeed a beautiful spot”. There are also a worrying number of reports where the food experience was plain “poor”“uneatable” even.

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Restaurant details

No dress code

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £17.95 £23.95

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£10.00 £29.00 £4.25 £8.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £25.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
Opening hours
Monday11:30 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10:30 pm
Tuesday11:30 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10:30 pm
Wednesday11:30 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10:30 pm
Thursday11:30 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10:30 pm
Friday11:30 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm
Saturday11:30 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm
Sunday11:30 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm

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