This week I was kindly invited to The Ivy’s preview evening before they open next week. The whole evening was such a delight. As you enter you are greeted by this sophisticated yet vintage 1930’s/40’s aura- large elegant chandeliers hanging from the vaulted ceilings, bright and cheerful wallpaper taking a playful take on the Norfolk broads accompanied by colourful vintage prints and locally referenced artwork inspired by Norwich, Norfolk and the surrounding areas.
On arrival a glass of bubbles or freshly squeezed orange juice was served. As we meandered around the restaurant and the private dining area a range of savoury and sweet canapés were served- the king prawns were by far my favourite!
Not only was I invited to the preview evening, I somehow managed to bag a breakfast taster session for my partner and I. If you know The Ivy well, you’ll know it’s not just about the food it’s about the whole dining experience. The whole encounter was pretty exceptional, including the service. To start with my partner and I shared there breakfast pastries served warm with butter and preserves (£4.75). Matthew tucked in to a full English breakfast (£13.50) whilst I indulged my avocado and spinach Benedict with freshly made hollandaise sauce (£7.95). Not only is there food super instagramable but the drinks are too! My green juice (£4.00) definitely took the wow factor over Matthews latte (£3.25).
The Ivy officially opens on Tuesday 21st August 2018. They serve breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, weekend brunch, dinner, cocktails and everything in between. I am already looking forward to another wonderful dining experience at The Ivy, I’ve got to go back and try there hot buttermilk pancakes! To make a reservation call 01603 273888 or book online here.