Caprice Holdings announces yet another site for its Ivy Brasserie brand, this time in York's St Helen's Square.
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To a striking extent, this recent addition to Richard Caring’s billion-dollar Caprice Holdings empire has generated very little enthusiasm and feedback last year – York seems to have yawned loudly, where in other towns folks have flocked in droves.
Fans say it’s a “great restaurant for socialising” and there are some “reliable” dishes on the menu, but there’s a strong sense among reporters that, having only opened in December 2017, The Ivy’s York outpost feels very average all-round… perhaps “this chain is tired after all the expansion” of late?
The Ivy’s provincial roll-out landed in York amid reports of a “packed”120-seat dining room. It also generated a familiar split of opinion: some see it as a “fun and delicious addition” to the city’s dining scene, while to others it is “pure commercial exploitation – almost London prices for something akin to cook-chill food”. Adding insult to injury, there’s “not a celebrity in sight…”
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.
|Wine per bottle||£19.95|
2 Saint Helen’s Square, York, YO1 8QP
|Monday||8 am‑12:30 am|
|Tuesday||8 am‑12:30 am|
|Wednesday||8 am‑12:30 am|
|Thursday||8 am‑12:30 am|
|Friday||8 am‑12:30 am|
|Saturday||8 am‑12:30 am|