There was a time when The Ivy felt like a bit of a closed school. I remember my first full-time job working at a literary agency and all the agents holding meetings at either The Ivy or Soho House. The former especially had an element of mystique for me. I loved hearing the stories that had arisen out of long boozy lunches and I still remember the tale of a friend of mine having had a meeting with his TV producer boss when he tried to take off the lid of a pie, only to see it fly into the handbag of a TV commissioner. He had to sit throughout the entire meeting hoping she wouldn’t have to reach into her bag.
Flash forward to many years later and it seems as if The Ivy is springing up everywhere: Chelsea, Marylebone and soon, Kensington High Street. You may wonder if The Ivy’s brand is running the risk of losing its magic. I did but from what I’ve experienced at The Ivy Chelsea Garden and most recently The Ivy West Street, I don’t think it is.
A few weeks ago, I met up with some wonderful blogging pals: Angie, Catherine, Suze and Kelly for a Sunday afternoon lunch at The Ivy West Street. It was my first time here, so there’s very little I can comment on with regards to the refurb. But as interiors go, this place is pretty sumptuous. It’s different to The Ivy Chelsea Garden. It’s cosier and there’s a richness in the details of the restaurant.
We skipped starters and went straight for the mains. I ordered the classic shepherd’s pie, which I …
The other dishes also caught my eye, all for the right reasons …
For dessert I chose The Ivy tasting plate which included the sloe gin fizz jelly with lemon sherbet along with a chocolate sponge and ice cream selection, which I had …
… with a soya flat white.
As usual with these gorgeous ladies, there was plenty to talk about and not enough time. But with the time we did have, I enjoyed every minute.
The charm of The Ivy West Street is found in the friendly staff, the simple yet satisfying menu and the design of the restaurant.
And when you step outside, into the West End, it’s difficult not to look back at the beautiful art deco building and feel as if for a short period you had stepped back in time. A wonderful experience.
The Ivy, 9 West St, London WC2H 9NE