The Ivy, the iconic restaurant in the West End, has recently opened a Chelsea outpost situated on the King’s Road.
The Ivy Chelsea Garden is a casual British restaurant serving an extensive all-day menu of food and cocktails. The restaurant, bar and café inside have an aura of approachable sophistication and familiar luxury; outside is an extensive garden, complete with a terrace and orangery.
The Ivy Chelsea Garden is housed in a Grade II listed building which dates back to 1722, when it was a licensed public house – Six Bells. The building and the garden have been extensively refurbished to create a gorgeous space open all day long for coffee, meals and drinks.
The restaurant is made up of various areas, indoor and outdoor, offering a distinctive setting suitable for all the occasions, from everyday eating to fine dining. The interiors combine vintage with luxury: the orange – gold – green palette, antique mirrors, colourful illustrations and lanterns add a touch of faded glamour to the space.
The restaurant officially opened this month, so it’s a brand new addition to the King’s Road. I wasn’t able to attend the launch party, so instead I was invited to dine at the restaurant and review the menu. Of course I chose the Ivy Chelsea Garden for breakfast, my favourite meal of the day!
I was there for breakfast last week with my friend Federica (Pasta Bites). We met there on a week day at 8am and at the time we were the only guests of the restaurant, although the tables around us started to fill up pretty soon afterwards.
The breakfast and brunch menu offered everything I had wish for: from Full English to Avocado & Scrambled Eggs, from Pancakes to Eggs Benedict.
Since it was an early morning breakfast, we were both leaning towards the “Light & Healthy” section of the menu. In particular, our eyes were set on the Avocado, Tomato and Sesame: Chopped avocado with roast plum tomatoes and poached, hen’s eggs on toasted seed loaf with spicy sesame dressing.
Mmm…that spicy sesame dressing!
Federica kindly let me order the avocado and, in the interest of photographing two different dishes, she chose the Avocado and spinach Benedict: Sliced avocado, raw baby spinach and two poached hen’s eggs on toasted English muffin with hollandaise sauce. This is what friends are for, right? ;)
We finished the breakfast a bowl of yoghurt, fresh seasonal fruits and grains to share.
I am sure the restaurant has already become popular with Chelsea residents, especially as a destination to have a few drinks in the garden on a warm evening or for a special dinner occasion.
I really enjoyed my breakfast: the food, service and location were great! I would pass on the coffee though, I much more preferred the tea in this occasion. Overall I loved The Ivy Chelsea Garden, as it offers a nice environment to meet friends for a casual meal as well as clients for a formal work meeting.
Disclaimer: I was a guest of the restaurant for breakfast. All opinions are my own.