The Ivy City Garden

Dashwood House, 69 Old Broad Street , London, EC2M 1NA

The Ivy City Garden London restaurant bar
The Ivy City Garden London restaurant bar
The Ivy City Garden London restaurant bar
The Ivy City Garden London restaurant bar

SquareMeal Review of The Ivy City Garden

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"VERY GOOD"

There’s something very full circle about this Ivy site, which is the second to possess the ‘Garden’ moniker after The Ivy Chelsea Garden. It was Vintage Salt under previous tenant Des McDonald, who himself used to be head chef at – you guessed it – The Ivy. Located right by Liverpool Street station in serene Bishopsgate Gardens, the space incorporates a restaurant, bar, private dining room and the namesake garden, all decked out in the brand’s well-groomed, colourful interiors. A long, cuisine-leaping menu features everything from the famous shepherd’s pie to tuna carpaccio; ask one of the one-the-ball waiters for advice if you’re stumped what to order. We’d recommend prawn tempura pepped up with a matcha tea sauce and sprinklings of green papaya, edamame beans and cucumber shavings, and a generously portioned main of perfectly-cooked lobster with a side of rich truffle-and-parmesan-topped thick-cut chips. Dessert was a real showstopper, a chocolate bombe on a bed of milk foam, soft vanilla ice cream and sticky-sweet shards of honeycomb, melted at the table with a hot salted-caramel sauce. Vibrant surrounds (including a DJ) help this incarnation of The Ivy keep up with its younger City counterparts, and for big groups there’s a 32-cover private dining room upstairs which overlooks the garden.


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The Ivy City Garden Location

Dashwood House, 69 Old Broad Street , London EC2M 1NA

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020 3146 7744

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Opening times

Mon-Sat 7.30am-12M (Sat 11am- ) Sun 11am-6pm

Private Dining

The Ivy City Garden
The Ivy City Garden

This swanky private room on the first floor has all the familiar Ivy restaurant trappings that instantly shout class and flair, while picture windows onto a verdant garden square and St Botolph Church give the setting a serene ambience and the feel of an oasis away from the concrete jungle beyond.

Details such as the blue woven fabric paneling, parquet floor and decorative antique mirrors engender the feeling of special occasion finesse while vibrant contemporary art, studded leather chairs and a proper bar hint at decadent cocktail making – and it’s no illusion.

It’s a great choice for either stand-up receptions or seated dinners, breakfasts or dinners, and you’re in good hands with a well-trained events team who’ll make sure you get a menu that suits your occasion and budget.

The Garden Room Capacity: 32

The Ivy City Garden's Reviews

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Food & Drink: 7.8

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Service: 7.2

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Atmosphere: 8.2

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Value: 7.8

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Food + drink: 4

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 4

05 March 2018

1st March, bad weather, time for a quick catch-up over a drink, but last minute decision to have a fast, early dinner at The Ivy City Garden. Sharing two starters and one main course, a bottle of wine and Espresso Martinis for dessert, the cost was not even slightly more than drinks-only anywhere nearby; the service (thank you Ellie from Sheffield) was well timed and as-usual-efficient. A 5pm early dinner was, by 5.30, in a bustling, busy room, and two hours later, back out into the elements. Excellent, as usual. Regards, David

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 5

23 January 2018

An excellent restaurant for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner. The food is delicious and the restaurant has a very clean and fresh feel to it. The ambience is great and the layout of the tables means that although it has a friendly bustle you also have your own privacy if meeting for business. The only con is the menu looks so inviting it's hard to choose what to order. I am a sucker for good customer service too and this adds to the many reasons why I keep returning and recommending the Ivy City Garden cafe to others. The cocktails are a must, however if on Dry January then the Smoothies are also a welcome treat! Please keep doing what you're doing ICG as you're a breath of fresh air in a smoggy city!

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Food + drink: 4

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 4

Silver Reviewer
08 November 2017

We had a 1.15 pm visit for 7 people for a celebratory lunch. We were well accommodated at a table with a large sofa seating 3 people and 4 chairs. It was very noisy and busy when we arrived but had quietened down significantly by 2.30 pm. The food was delicious and well worth the money. The rib eye steak filled the plate! The staff were very helpful and attentive. Look forward to my next visit before Christmas.

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