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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

£56
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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
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2
Average
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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.

Summary

£54
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

In a ‘roll-out’ that would do McDonald’s proud, this iconic brand has gone for it this year, opening virtually simultaneously in practically all of the UK’s top restaurant cities. The ambition is impressive: let’s hope standards hold up better than they did when, for example ‘Browns’ tried to pull off a similar trick.

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always £16.50 £21.00

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£7.95 £20.00 £4.50 £7.95
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £23.00
Filter Coffee £3.50
Extras  
Bread £3.95
Service 12.50%
Opening hours
Monday8 am‑12:30 am
Tuesday8 am‑12:30 am
Wednesday8 am‑12:30 am
Thursday8 am‑12:30 am
Friday8 am‑12:30 am
Saturday8 am‑12:30 am
Sunday9 am‑12:30 am

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