Last week Jonas and I had the pleasure of visiting the Ivy in Guildford! I was originally invited to go to a blogger’s brunch but on the day they were holding it I had work so was unable to make it. Nonetheless, I was then invited to come in for a complementary lunch and review the restaurant.
You may know that we’ve been to the Ivy in Cobham about a year ago and I absolutely loved it! The Ivy has such a wonderful feel to it and I was super excited to find out that one was FINALLY coming to Guildford! I must say, the location is great- even though there are still some building works happening as the shopping centre the restaurant is situated in is not fully finished, the view from the restaurant is beautiful, plus it is very easy to access from the High Street 🙂
We went at 1pm on a Tuesday and were seated on the balcony with the view of the castle. We were very lucky with the weather as well as it was very sunny and warm so knew we had to make the most of it! Jonas and I started with a cocktail each- I took the English Spritz (Kamm & Sons aperitif, Pierre Ferrand dry curaçao, fresh pink grapefruit juice, Prosecco & soda) and Jonas got the Guildhall Cooler ( Kanu coconut rum, cranberry juice and fresh strawberry, raspberry and blackberry served cool and long). Both were delicious and I’ve got to say- the Ivy never disapoints with presentation!
Our waitor was Ross, who was super friendly and polite and made our lunch there really enjoyable. The manager Daniel also ensured we were happy with everything and even cracked a few great jokes 🙂
For starters Jonas and I both had an eye on the same dishes- the Mozarella and the Scallops so we decided that one of us gets one and the other gets the other. That way we can taste both and share if we want 🙂
I ended up ordering the Mozzarella di bufala which came with Asparagus and edamame with roasted pine nuts, pesto and baby basil. Let me just say- it was PERFECT for the setting and the weather. It was light, creamy, fresh and the asparagus was prepared amazingly. Still crunchy but easy to eat and the pesto was so refreshing!
Jonas got the Atlantic sea scallops with Pea purée with broad beans, lemon zest, sea cress and crispy shallots. They were also incredible. Melt in your mouth, fresh and an amazing starter at the Ivy! We know what we are getting the next time we go there!
For our mains we took a while to decide as we weren’t sure what we wanted to try the most. As it was quite warm outside I decided to order the Grilled chicken salad which included Quinoa with avocado and kohlrabi, pomegranate, toasted seeds, coriander, yoghurt, ginger and lime dressing. Although I was a bit worried about my choice as I thought a salad was going to be very simple, the dish was massive and very delicious! Packed with Quinoa, 3 chicken breasts and lots of leaves it was so filling I didn’t end up finishing it all. But I must say – you really do get a lot for your money!
Jonas got the Yellowfin tuna which came with shaved fennel, edamame and cucumber, wasabi mousse and daikon cress. The Tuna was perfectly rare and so soft and delicious. It was also amazing for the hot weather outside. Alongside our mains we shared a side of Truffle and Parmesan chips which we were probably the best chips we have had! Even Daniel mentioned that ordering them was the wisest choice we made 🙂 These two dishes were the perfect and complemented the weather really well along with the delicious white wine (Soave Classico, Suavia, Veneto, Italy) that Daniel suggested we get with our meals.
If you know us, then you shouldn’t be surprised that we left room for dessert and coffees. Jonas got his traditional favourite dessert- the Panna Cotta and a double espresso whilst I went outside my comfort zone and for the first time tried a Baked Alaska! I am a massive lemon curd and lemon dessert fan, but I had never tried a Baked Alaska before. I don’t know what the others taste like, but this was so beautiful. A soft sponge on the bottom, delicious lemon sorbet and a creamy curd topped with a sweet and fluffy meringue. The delicate baby basil leaves complemented the dish very well and it was definitely an incredible dessert. Jonas loved his Panna Cotta and, although, I am not normally a fan, I must say, this one was very tasty! Firm, creamy and the fresh warm rhubarb and raspberry compote that comes on the side was beautiful!
Overall, we had a wonderful time at the Ivy in Guildford and finished our lunch off with a tour of the private dining area which they have available for hire. Jonas and I loved the food, the atmosphere and the service was probably the best we’ve had in Guildford! Now we’re just hoping our parents come to visit us sometime soon so we can take them out for a lovely meal at our new favourite restaurant!
You can visit the Ivy Castle View website and book a table here!