If you want to spoil your loved one this weekend, treat them to Valentines Day at the Ivy…
There’s a lot of bad press about Valentines Day. This notion that it’s a commercial holiday that forces couples to fork out money on chocolates and flowers that they wouldn’t usually buy any other day of the year. The truth is you don’t need a day to show the person you love that you love them, however if there ever is a occasion to truly spoil your other half then Valentines is the one. And Valentines Day at the Ivy is a sure way to do it.
‘A table at The Ivy is one of the most sought after pieces of furniture in London – A A Gill’. A firm favourite with celebrities everywhere, it goes without saying that the Ivy has to be one of the most infamous restaurants within the west end, or the capital for that fact. After a brief period of closure for its refurbishment it’s back and bigger and bolder than ever. Oozing with elegance and a timely charm, where else could be better than to treat a loved one? The Ivy is known for its ambiance and this is only heightened by its brand new decor. Classic features such as the harlequin stained glass windows, green leather banquettes, wood, mirrors and art all remain but have been polished off with a modern touch. However, there’s also been the addition of redesigned luxury toilets, a grand spacious new entrance and a glorious dining bar which acts as the focal point of the dining room. Also there is a new and improved luxurious cloakroom because you have to hang your Hermes coat in style right?
Now it’s not all about interior, all that people watching (if you can take your eyes off of each other that is) is hungry work! Executive chef Gary Lee has pioneered a menu that includes seasonality if nothing else. Naturally the classics such as the Ivy’s shepherds pie is still there but a gradual change in people’s taste has been taken in account when incorporating new dishes onto the menu. The Asian section of the menu has grown with salads and vegetables becoming more prolific and the ‘sea and shells’ part of the menu has expanded due to a growing demand for all things shellfish related. Remember it’s Valentine’s Day so sharing is obligatory, don’t feel bad about eating half of your partners food – just as long as you don’t feed it to each other. The same high quality standard of service at the Ivy remains because certain things don’t need any adjusting.
The Private room.
If dining at the Ivy wasn’t romantic enough for you additionally they have recently redesigned their private room, fashioned by Martin Brudnizki complete with plush soft furnishings and stunning decor. Despite the redesign it still plays homage to the Ivy’s roots with it’s stained glass windows and oak panels. Also, music is still high up on the agenda with its baby grand piano tucked away in the corner and a jazz quartet that may used for special events upon request. With pieces of contemporary art on display and the new and improved bar area, the private room exudes understated elegance, bound to impress anyone you take inside. With capacity to accommodate up to 60 people and with special menu’s it’s the perfect venue to entertain any special occasion. Perhaps for engagements…
With such a wonderful history and faultless reputation there is no a reason why the Ivy wouldn’t be the perfect place to truly spoil your other half in style this year. So why not celebrate Valentines day at the Ivy this year?
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