In recent years, the iconic London restaurant The Ivy, has been branching out across the UK, and luckily for us Yorkshire-based folk the county has seen a large portion of the new openings popping up right on our doorstep.
There is now an Ivy restaurant in York, Leeds and Harrogate.
Having previously visited the Ivy in Harrogate last summer, I was absolutely delighted to be invited along for dinner at the Ivy in York as part of the York Literature Festival, a few weeks ago.
Jill Dawson at the Ivy York
As part of the York Lit Fest, the Ivy York hosted a fabulous night with author Jill Dawson, which included a 3-course meal alongside a Q&A with Jill and a reading from her latest book The Language of Birds.
If Im being honest, the offer of a 3-course meal was which first peaked my interest in the event, but the talk with Jill was truly fascinating too. She provided some very interesting insight into her writing processes and inspiration, and I’m now very much looking forward to getting stuck into her latest novel which is based on the scandalous Lord Lucan mystery – the perfect read if you’re always binging the latest crime docs on Netflix.
The Ivy York Restaurant
Of course, the highlight of the night was the incredible setting of The Ivy and the top-quality food which was on offer.
As well as the Ivy’s menu, the restaurant is famed for its elaborate stylings, with floral decor, intricate patterns and grand furnishings adorning the venue.
I’d previously visited the bar area of York’s Ivy, and this time I was thrilled to get a sneaky peek inside of the restaurant’s private dining room, where the event was held.
The private room would also be the perfect choice for any special birthdays or other celebrations, I’ve already added it to my list for any future party planning!
Food at the Ivy
Having previously dined at the Ivy in Harrogate, and being seriously impressed by the food I was very excited to sample more of the menu.
Prior to my first visit to the Ivy I did worry whether the much-hyped restaurant would live up to expectations, and it actually exceeded them. On my first visit to the Ivy I had the tempura prawn starter and the crab linguine pasta, and can highly recommend both.
This time, we were served with a set menu which included some of the Ivy’s most classic dishes:
-Bang bang chicken to start
-Shepherd’s pie main
-Crème brûlée for dessert
Crème brûlée is my favourite dessert so I was already in my happy place as soon as I read the menu.
The highlight of the meal for me though was the bang bang chicken starter, which is a dish I most likely wouldn’t have chosen myself but very much enjoyed. The shepherd’s pie was also delicious – totally hearty and comforting, just as you want from a traditional dish like this.
The other star of the show was the incredible homemade bread which we were served on the side, which was extremely soft and flavourful with just a small hint of salt to enhance the taste.
There is also an impressive cocktail menu – try the strawberry spritz – and the restaurant also serve their very own brand of beer.
If you’re considering dining at one of the Ivy’s new Yorkshire venues, I certainly recommend it for the food, the setting, and just that extra-special experience.
And make sure to keep your eyes peeled for any events too, for something a little bit different!