The Ivy Clifton Brasserie

Afternoon tea, Brasserie, British·
Bronze Award

SquareMeal Review of The Ivy Clifton Brasserie

Bronze Award

Covent Garden’s iconic The Ivy has been sprouting offshoots for a while, with this being its first move outside of the capital in Bristol’s well-heeled Clifton Village. It might lack HQ’s trademark harlequin stained-glass windows and A-list celebrity clientele but its magnificent, high-ceilinged Georgian stylings and elegant slate-blue and mustard flooring more than compensate. Equally impressive are the old prints and paintings on the walls, depicting Bristol’s industrial heritage. The breakfast-to-dinner menu offers a please-all range of international dishes, such as the Ivy trademark shepherd’s pie and crispy duck salad, along with fish cakes, steaks and a sprinkling of Mediterranean salad starters. Afternoon teas range from a simple cream tea to a blow-out Champagne affair, while Clifton Royale and Brunel Breeze cocktails nod to the location. Service is smooth and prices reasonable given the grandiose setting: it’s a glam addition to Bristol’s burgeoning food scene. 

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Afternoon tea, Brasserie, British
Luxury, Traditional
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Celebrations, Dates, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


The Ivy Clifton Brasserie was the first Ivy restaurant outpost outside of the capital and it’s clear to see why it spawned the further expansion of the Caprice Holdings chain all over the UK. The typically timeless nature of The Ivy Clifton Brasserie lends itself brilliantly to any occasion whether that is a celebratory dinner, or a relaxed breakfast.

Based in an old bank, the entrance to the restaurant is impressive in itself with four stone pillars guiding visitors to the front door. Once you head into the dining room, prepare to be greeted by a wave of colour with the restaurant done up in bold blues and yellows. Pieces of modern art hang in wherever you look and the impressive, glowing bar adds to the grandeur of the room.

In terms of food, you won’t be short of choice at The Ivy Clifton Brasserie with their classic all-day menu full of British comfort food. Starter options cover everything from smoked salmon on rye bread to a lobster risotto. For main courses you might go for the roasted half chicken served with smoked aubergine purée, tomatoes, peppers and a Moroccan sauce, or perhaps a classic fish and chips. The tempting dessert menu includes a chocolate bombe as well as rum baba, ensuring a good end to any meal.

Aside from the all-day menu, The Ivy Clifton Brasserie also offers a fantastic breakfast menu in the mornings consisting of everything from pastries to a full English. On top of this, there is the option to have afternoon tea at the restaurant for a set price of just under £20.

To top all of this off, there are a huge range of drinks available throughout the day whatever the occasion; from a lengthy wine list to a selection of cocktails and craft beers, The Ivy Clifton Brasserie has got you covered.


42-44 Caledonia Place, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4DN

0117 2034 555 0117 2034 555


Opening Times

All day
Mon 08:00-23:00
Tue 08:00-23:00
Wed 08:00-23:00
Thu 08:00-23:00
Fri 08:00-00:00
Sat 08:00-00:00
Sun 09:00-23:00


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11 Reviews 

Shelley B

11 December 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Ivy Clifton

Amazing service as always and fab celebration cake for my daughters 18th! Thank you!!

simon P

10 December 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Nigel E

29 November 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 4
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Monday Lunch

Food was excellent, service was a little slow to begin with but after ordering drinks our waiter was excellent throughout our time at the Ivy and we will no doubt return..!!!!

Audrey B

07 November 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 4
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 3.5

I have visited The Ivy in London, St.Albans, Cambridge, Brighton, Guildford. On Sunday evening I went anticipating another good evening, this time in Bristol.  The first disappointment was that the menu doesn't change very much. I am vegetarian but my companions ate from the main menu and whilst they had no complaints they found the food just 'OK'.  I have often had the vegetarian curry, which I enjoy, but I have always found the spear of broccoli almost impossible to cut. This time I ordered the warm Asian Salad. Nothing about the salad was warm. Although it looked attractive with its many spears of broccoli these were almost impossible to cut. I like my vegetables al dente. The may not look so attractive, but perhaps the broccoli could be cut into managable pieces. The Christmas decorations were atteactive, but otherwise the dining room lacked atmosphere. Altogether a disappointing evening.Sorry!


Anita M

06 November 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Lovely place, amazing staff. Great food and cocktails 

Edward John M

31 October 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Try it, you will not be disappointed

Delightful restaurant. Staff brilliant. Fixed priced lunch is fantastic value and top quality.

Will be returning for sure.

Jill G

22 October 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4.5
Enjoyable Diamond Anniversary Dining!

We had a very enjoyable evening, customer service was first class, food excellent and ambiance was very relaxing - overall good value for money but drinks were expensive!

Katy B

16 October 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

I booked this for my friends 40th birthday and it was amazing the service .. the food .. the drinks ... so nice and comfortable and welcoming!! I will be returning Xx 

Barbara A

14 October 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Elegant old building. Cosy

What a beautiful and relaxed venue. The staff were friendly and chatty, the food excellent. It had been worth the walk. Will definitely return

Anne B

14 October 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 1
Service 1
Atmosphere 2
Value 1


Took my grand-daughter as special treat. We had to wait about 45 mins for B the main course. My salmon under cooked I asked for it well cooked vegetables very poor. So not very happy. Have always had a good meal before.


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