I’ve heard some great things about the Ivy Soho Brasserie recently, so I thought it was about time I gave it a try! The Ivy is a collection of ‘all day casual dining’ restaurants and cafes scattered thought out London’s popular West End district and across the UK. The chain has been successfully satisfying its customers for one hundred years.

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Where is the Ivy?

The Ivy Soho Brasserie is popular amongst theatregoers who are looking for a tasty meal before attending a show, and shoppers that are looking to retire from a busy day spending. As with many Central London restaurants, the Ivy is super easy to find as it’s just a short walk away from the famous Oxford Street and Oxford Circus Underground station.

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What experience can you expect?

The Ivy boasts an incredibly designed venue, which follows a theme that I can only describe as a modern take on the Great Gatsby. It offers customers a dining experience that is both classy and comfortable.

First impressions were great, the servers were extremely friendly and the bar, which features a ceiling covered in wine, champagne and martini glasses, was an impressive centerpiece. The velvet chairs offer a cosy and relaxed dining experience, and if you lucky and are seated at one of the colourful booths it can also be quite intimate.

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When to dine?

If you want to chance it and turn up without a booking, the Ivy reserves a number of tables for spontaneous walk in’s so if you’re lucky, you may not need to waste an hour at the bar whilst you wait for a table (although in this case I wouldn’t complain about spending an hour at the retro bar drinking a martini!) The evenings are always busy but if you fancy a pleasant lunch or afternoon tea, the weekdays around 2-4 pm can be a nice quiet time to visit.


What to eat?

So onto the food, the Ivy offers a selection of classic dishes that everyone can enjoy including a fair priced steak, a traditional burger and a true British favourite, fish and chips. For the starter I enjoyed a seafood prawn dish that was served with some fresh green leaves, both perfectly crisp and crunchy. For the main I decided to go with another seafood dish (can you tell that I’m abit seafood mad?), the whole lobster, which arrived with a thin layer of a tasty garlic and parsley butter, and a hearty side serving of delicious thick cut chips. The portion sizes are great value for money when considering the top class service and dining experience you receive in return. Overall, our experience was pleasant and relaxing and I have no reservations when I say I would recommend everyone visit!

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If you fancy taking a trip down to Soho to try some of the Ivy’s tasty nosh, then take a sneak peak of the menu here to get your taste buds tingling!

The Ivy Soho info