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|Address:||1-5 West Street, London WC2H 9NQ|
|Tel:||020 7836 4751|
|Price: £55.00||Wine: £25.00||Champagne: £63.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-11.30pm (Sun -10.30pm)|
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After a ten years hiatus today we went back to the Ivy for lunch. It was the wife's birthday and we were with the children. I must say that in the past I was never impressed by the “fame factor” of the place. I just always found it a very good restaurant with a great atmosphere. Well ten years on…nothing has changed. Everything is just as good as I remembered it. Actually even better. The service today was impeccable, unfussy, precise, friendly and efficient. As in the past the menu carries the old stalwarts. You go to the Ivy for the big meaty, comfortable dishes, because the portions are good size and the textures and flavors are huge and for no other reason. The kids had burgers and in their opinion the club sauce was the best thing in the northern hemisphere. I had a starter of pumpkin soup and the toasted pumpkin seeds floating in it were a nice touch. The wife had the iceberg salad with blue-cheese dressing and she gave the thumbs up. As main I had the veal rump with cepes and polenta and it was all you would ever want for lunch in a lovely autumn day. My wife had bangers and mash which I tasted and they were absolutely lovely. Sweet tender sausages, supported, not smothered, by a tasty onion sauce. Since it was a big occasion we went for the puddings with a vengeance. The apple crumble was by far the best I ever had, my son's syrup sponge was fluffy and delicate and the mint and chocolate ice cream accompanied by a slab of dark chocolate that popped on your tongue was a kid's dream come true. With coffees and two glasses of red, the bill was not outrageous for an establishment of this quality and history. Actually I think prices haven't changed much in ten years. In conclusion: well done Ivy. We will be back more often.