My Secret Garden in the City
When talk started five years ago about the iconic Ivy restaurant opening a chain of Ivy-esque restaurants across the UK, I will admit I was expecting a watered down version of the original theatre-land legend, but I am in awe of what has been created, very much aligned to the heritage brand and delivering exquisite food, ambience and service.
The first one opened in Covent Garden in 2014, followed by Chelsea in 2015 and the rest is history with a total of 27 restaurants across the UK in the Ivy collection, with my local, Ivy City Garden, which launched last summer as a much needed addition to city eateries.
Located in the historic Bishopsgate Gardens – one of the City’s few garden squares – and next-door to the famous St. Botolph church, the Ivy City Garden brings the familiar luxury of The Ivy in the West End to the City of London together with a much needed green refuge from the steel and glass of the square mile. The Ivy City Garden boasts a sensational interior designed by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, and also has an outdoor space with a retractable roof, in which if the (at times unpredictable) British summer allows I hope to enjoy some al fresco dining over the coming months.
It is fast becoming one of my favourites having done number of client lunches here as well as great place to meet friends. I cannot wait to try the truffle beef Wellington sharing platter served with foie gras sauce and dauphinoise potatoes, which apparently is simply divine and exclusive to Ivy City Garden!
Highly recommend and if you visit be sure to try the Garden Collins cocktail – Beefeater Gin infused with rosemary & lavender from the restaurant’s own herb garden.
Cheers – here’s to a fabulous summer!
Love Sangeeta x