For the first time in a history that spans almost a century, Richard Caring’s theatre land idol The Ivy is set to open for weekday breakfast from Tuesday 10 May. Executive chef Gary Lee has created a menu featuring English breakfast classics, including a traditional Full English, as well as an entire section dedicated to eggs, where guests are able to enjoy them in whichever style they wish – be it boiled, baked, scrambled or poached.
There will also be some lighter options such as the Super Seed Bowls; raw superfood-packed bowls of chia, flax and oats, soaked for maximum nutritional gain and served with an option of dairy-free milks, plus plenty of fresh fruit. A selection of homemade breads will form the ‘Bakery’ section, accompanied by nut butters, crunchy gianduja spread or traditional jams, and for those feeling more indulgent, Waffles, Pancakes and French Toast will be available.
Coffee beans for that morning caffeine injection are sourced from family-run British roaster, Street&Co. A bespoke Peruvian espresso and a medium roast Kenyan filter coffee will be offered alongside a range of specialist teas from The East India Tea Company, plus fresh juices. Breakfast will be served Mon-Fri, 8-10.30 am.
The Ivy was given a sprucing up last year and reopened on 1 June 2015 after a major refurb which saw the renewal of almost everything – with the exception of the iconic stained glass windows. The landmark restaurant turns 100 this year, and it seems there is plenty in store for the old girl’s centenary celebrations.