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It’s hard to imagine a better match than old-money Kensington for the latest roll-out of the Richard Caring brand. As with the original Ivy, the feel here is of a classic dining establishment: white tablecloths, suited or apron-clad waiting staff, beautifully old-school, dark-wood-and-brass styling, idiosyncratic Victorian artwork. But with shining floors, higher ceilings and a wall of windows, the brasserie label suits. On the menu, the Ivy blueprint of unchallenging all-day international comfort food remains – including the classic shepherd’s pie and chicken Milanese. Each dish we ordered satisfied, from an aromatic duck curry feathered with coconut shavings to a pleasing combination of mozzarella, roasted squash, chilli, pumpkin and mint. Set menus underline the good value, and a wine list offers interest across the price range. The Ivy name is arguably being diluted with each new sparkling branch, but with such a winning formula we’re struggling to begrudge the invasion.


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The Ivy Kensington Brasserie

96 Kensington High Street ,London W8 4SG

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great addition to kensington!

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Jul 2016

i'm always surprised by how few good restaurants there are in and around Kensington, so was excited to see the ivy open up here. it did not disappoint! I think the food is better than in the original one in covent garden, and has more atmosphere than the ivy cafe in Marylebone. It was good to see they kept some of their signature dishes too... my husband loved the shepherds pie! We had a really lovely evening and although its pricey, i did actually think it was worth it. if you live in the area...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 6

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The Ivy Kensington Brasserie

96 Kensington High Street ,London W8 4SG

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Vanessa Gallant

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Apr 2016

Editor's pick Went for anniversary meal. Had previously been to the Ivy in Covent Garden some years ago and the Kensington branch did not disappoint. The table was great, food top class and all staff attentive and professional. I had the tuna carpaccio to start which was perfect, followed by the lemon sole with mash and side salad, seasoned well and the cheese to finish. My husband had the scallops, duck curry and finished with the chocolate bomb. Both happy customers. Great atmosphere in the restaurant and we...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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The Ivy Kensington Brasserie

96 Kensington High Street ,London W8 4SG

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Mr & Mrs B approve of this chic new addition to High Street Kensington

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Feb 2016

Mr B's review: I’ve never quite understood what the fuss is all about with The Ivy. It’s years since I went to the restaurant (the club above is quite swish, admittedly, and I have been there quite a few times) - the food is notoriously mediocre. The clientele is the thing, I suppose. It’s a great brand of course, after all those pap shots on its doorstep – and, on the back of Soho House’s monstrous global sprawl, plus the roll-out of the Wolseley’s formula to spots like the Delauney and...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 7

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