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1-5 West Street
020 7836 4751
Celebrating its centenary in 2017, The Ivy is a celeb-friendly fixture of the glamorous West End scene. Yet, behind the iconic harlequin stained glass, the old girl certainly isn't showing her age – thanks to a glittering 2015 makeover that gave pride of place to a beautiful vintage-styled bar. Although the hype around the refurb has died down, there's still a warm glow of approval from readers, who praise the "utterly impeccable" service, "unflappable staff" and "buzzy, not noisy" atmosphere. The eclectic menu is a winning mix of Ivy perennials such as the "truly wonderful" crispy duck salad and classic shepherd's pie, alongside on-trend raw dishes like "delicious" yellowfin tuna sashimi with avocado or salmon ceviche with tiger's milk, as well as ultra-trad confit duck or grouse with bread sauce. The kitchen’s special talent lies in the fact that it manages to cook such a varied range of dishes equally well. "The Ivy will always have a place in my heart", declares one fan, while another reckons it’s “a delight all round”.
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1-5 West Street
020 7836 4751
Leicester Square Tube Station 221m
Covent Garden Tube Station 228m
New Ambassadors Theatre 12m
St. Martins Theatre 51m
Mon-Sun 12N-11.30pm (Sun -10.30pm)
The Private Room at The Ivy is just as glamorous as the restaurant downstairs and can host up to 60 guests for seated celebrations or 100 for a cocktail reception. The room features a bar and a collection of contemporary art. Complimentary flowers, candles and menu cards are provided for the tables, while there is also a baby grand piano in the corner, and a jazz trio, string quartet or other musical entertainment can be easily arranged.
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Food + drink: 4
By mistake, I booked for 08:00 instead of 20:00 so arrived 12 hours late! Staff could not have been more helpful in accommodating us and we had a great meal, on schedule to go on to the show we had booked.
Will be back
Consistent excellence, with great food atmosphere and staff. There's not much else to say. Those who have been here before, know what to expect, and in my view it rarely disappoints.
When I go regularly (a I did some years back), it's like a club where you see old friends. When you go after not going for a while, it feels as if you will meet someone - even if you don't!
The service is just right, friendly and efficient - around when you need them - not when you don't. More information if you need it. Just fast and friendly if not.
An enjoyable lunch.
I have been a fan of the Ivy for many years but hadn’t visited since it’s refurb last year, the Ivy Café in Marylebone is usually more convenient and serves similar fayre and I’m not that interested in celeb spotting. I was surprised we could get a table for Sunday lunch, booked a couple of hours before arrival, it used to be rammed at this time, but perhaps it is because it’s August and their usual clientele are sunning themselves in the South of France?? What a difference the central bar makes, it really opens up the restaurant and provides a welcome pit-stop for a pre-lunch drink. It felt much brighter and airier than before, it’s a shame that it was only one third full. The staff, as always were charming and efficient. I opted for the thai chicken curry with pumpkin and husband had the shepherds’ pie (he is a creature of habit and I can’t tempt him away) and we shared a delicious yellowfin tuna sashimi with avocado to start. I chose a bottle of Txakoli di Guetaria, Ameztoi, which was fresh, light and spritzy and went perfectly with the sashimi and the curry (perhaps not the shepherds’ pie but I didn’t hear any complaints). The Ivy will always have a place in my heart, it has one of those menus that caters for most food cravings and executes it very well.
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