The Ivy has long been on my list of places to go, but the formula 1 pace of new exciting restaurants in London have thwarted me. The Ivy has had a glamorous make over and opened 2 new branches, one in well-heeled Chelsea and another in Covent Garden. I happened to be having a day in the sales at Harvey Nics and booked The Ivy Chelsea Garden, for a rather convenient indulgent lunch with the girls in London's heatwave. The draw here is the Orangery , which is a mix of English country garden/ Miami hotel and the Chelsea Flower Show. The inside is very smart as well with brass and posh fittings, but for me sitting outside in London, with a glass of Rose and nice bit of fish is hard to beat. As expected from the Ivy the food delivers at a high standard and but rather surprisingly economical as well if you go for the set lunch. A bargain at £16.50 for 2 courses including a perfectly cooked white fish and a choccie nutty heavenly dessert, result, next stop harvey nics to spend my savings! The a la carte menu is one to cherish and take to bed.... it has all your cosy but sophisticated classics... crispy duck salad, eggs benedict, shepherds pie, dark treacle tart and the list goes on. Service was a little slow but otherwise polite.
Go catch the rest of London's summer sun and bagsy a classy table at the Ivy Chelsea Garden.