Following a significant redesign, London’s iconic restaurant, The Ivy, has announced that it will reopen its doors in May 2015.
Known around the world, The Ivy has been synonymous with style and status for almost a century; it is the quintessential London restaurant. Following a five month closure which has seen the renewal of everything except its famous stained-glass windows, a significant auction taking place at Sotheby’s later this month will see the sale of artwork, cutlery, glassware and even linen from the restaurant, highlighting the extent of the change. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the charity Child Bereavement UK.
Martin Brudnizki Design Studio has been employed to bring the restaurant, bar and private room firmly into the 21st century whilst retaining the essence of what has made The Ivy such a special place for so long.
Art, as in the past, will be a focal point at The Ivy, with major commissions being installed by renowned British artists, as well as a range of pieces created by emerging names from the British art scene.
In the kitchen, Executive Chef Gary Lee remains at the helm, and has created a new menu that comprises recognisable Ivy staples alongside modern dishes with international influences, with a particular nod to Southern Europe and Asia. The menu, divided into easily navigable sections, will feature starters such as Togarashi popcorn shrimp with yuzu mayonnaise; Burrata with Sicilian tomatoes, fried zucchini flower with rocket pesto; and Raw & pickled vegetable salad with citrus vinaigrette and chia seeds. Larger dishes will include an extensive steak menu of daily cuts, as well as legendary Ivy “classics”. In addition there are new, lighter dishes such as Seared and marinated salmon, grilled asparagus, and shaved minted cucumber; and sides that include Parmigiano courgettes; and Farro with edamame beans and pine nuts.
Front of House, Director of The Ivy Fernando Peire will lead a strong and experienced team to deliver the same, excellent service for which The Ivy has become well known over the years. He states: “I have been involved with The Ivy for the largest part of my career but it still astounds me how far our reputation reaches. It is a much loved restaurant and has become something of a national treasure. The Ivy’s latest refurbishment heralds a new chapter in the life of the restaurant, and one in which I am sure she will shine more brightly than ever.”