The Ivy RIP
If you ever went to the original Ivy, you would probably have shed a tear when it was turned into a sort of upmarket Cafe Rouge. Well, if you ever go to this branch on the Kings Rd, you will wail and beat your breast at the horror of what the Ivy has become.
I went for brunch on Saturday. I booked a table for 10 am,. I turned up on time and was told to wait at the bar as the table wasn't ready. I waited at the bar for 10-15 minutes looking at the half-empty restaurant, asked two different staff why I couldn't sit down. They would find out, they never did. Finally, we sat down. After 20min wait, we got to order. When they came. One of us was missing sausages. We asked if we could have some, they went off to find the missing sausages, never to return. We asked again. Sausages arrived. Espresso was returned for looking like the dregs of a cafetiere, weak and thin with no crema. Tea arrived with no milk. Toast arrived with no butter. Butter arrived with no knives. And on and on it went.
And we weren't the only one. Literally, every table around us, bar the couple taking pictures of each other was complaining.
Why it is so bad, I really don't know, It's not like it was full or that they didn't have a lot of staff running around, albeit headless.
What a sorry excuse for a restaurant. It deserves to be empty, the very fact it wasn't just shown how lazy and complacent people in this corner of LDN have become.
I really hope it closes down soon for the sake of the original Ivy's reputation.