The Ivy’s national takeover continues apace with its first Scottish site opening in Edinburgh this autumn. Caprice Holding’s bankable brand has snowballed in recent years with a string of Ivy Cafés launching across London, as well as the Ivy Chelsea Garden, Ivy Market Grill, Ivy Kensington Brasserie and the Ivy City Garden. Brasseries in Bath, Exeter, Harrogate, Cheltenham and Manchester are also in the works.
Edinburgh’s Ivy on the Square vaunts a 130-cover restaurant, bar and mezzanine terrace overlooking the square. The brasserie will offer all-day dining, seven days a week – everything from breakfast, elevenses and weekend brunch to lunch, afternoon tea and dinner – and an extensive cocktail list to boot.
The kitchen will be overseen by executive chef Sean Burbidge, expect Ivy classics (shepherd’s pie anyone?) alongside international, with a focus on British ingredients.
The original Ivy on West Street, Covent Garden – the wellspring from which all subsequent Ivy incarnations were drawn – celebrated its 100th anniversary last year. It reopened after a complete renovation in June 2016: “A lesson in how to improve a legend!” say our reporters.