It’s nice to have a well connected friend, isn’t it? Mine sent me an invite link to book on to the opening trials for the new Ivy Tower Bridge restaurant, which happened to fall on our anniversary weekend, (23rd July) so immediately we jumped at the chance to book – who wouldn’t turn down a free meal and a night out in London?!
Last year we coincidentally went to the Covent Garden equivalent of the Brasserie chain, which appear to be springing up everywhere at the moment don’t they? We’ve been hearing such rave reviews of the new Cobham, Surrey brasserie, that we knew we were in for a treat, and we certainly weren’t disappointed.
Unlike our wedding day six years ago, this year the weather was typical British summer time weekend, raining! However just as we were leaving the house (early eve) the Sun came out, yay, and so did my pins – it was a bit chilly, but I point blank refuse to wear black tights in July. So here’s a look at what I wore…
Top – New look, Skirt – Zara, Shoes – H&M, Jacket – Zara, all bought June ’17 time.
Our table was booked for 7.45pm, just as the Sun was starting to go down and as we walked over Tower Bridge we could see the famous green awning from afar. I made Ant take this photo of me outside the restaurant, as a little memento of the day, which he found extremely embarrassing… but I’m not a great fan of random photos without people in, and he refused to pose.
We were seated at the back of the restaurant, overlooking the river, which had the most incredible views of Tower Bridge. For entrées and aperitifs we ordered a glass of Prosecco (for me), a Southbank Mule cocktail for Ant, super chunky olives and our favourite Truffle Arancini balls.
For starters I had the signature Prawn Cocktail with a glass of white wine, Ant had the scallops and tried the Golden Hind cocktail, all super delicious and cooked to perfection.
Truffle Arancini | Seared Scallops | Prawn Cocktail
I was keen to try the Seared Tuna for my main and Ant was too tempted by the Steak to refuse. Sadly they had run out of Tuna so they suggested a subsidy of the Black Cod, oh my goodness, I was so pleased they did. I had seen lots of friends post pictures on their Instagram, raving about how delicious it was and for sure, they were not telling fibs. For sides we went with Tenderstem Broccoli and Chunky Chips and 100% the Chunky Chips are nowhere near as good as the Truffle and Parmesan chips – so if you’ve had these before and been tempted to try something different, don’t!
Fillet Steak| Blackened cod fillet | Mini chocolate & salted caramel truffles
We’re not big desert people, so we decided against having one and instead ordered a sweet Riverside Spritz cocktail for me and a desert wine for Ant – they brought to the table with a tray of mini truffles and a cute Happy Anniversary plaque.
If I had to give the restaurant a rating, it’d be 5/5 – reason for this you cannot fault the food – five star food at Gastro pub prices. Three drinks each, most of them cocktails, entrés, starters and mains (remember scallops and a £30 steak), all came to approximately £140. Now, because this was a trial, we were super lucky and the cost of all food was deducted, £90. So I’d say personally, it’s special treat prices. For a meal in the City of London with unrivaled views of Tower Bridge, it was perfect for the special occasion that it was.
However, because this was a trial there were a few teething problems, service wasn’t up to scratch or anywhere near the five star service we’d received from their Covent Garden brasserie last year (or heard about in the Kensington high Street and Cobham equivalent). Except I would say this one certainly had the wow factor for location! I can’t really describe why, but everyone just seemed to be bumping into each other the whole time; after our names we were a bit forgotten about and staff generally seemed a little flustered. I’m trying not to be mean, but if I had to give a reason it’s not 5/5 it would be for that. We all have room for improvement and don’t let this put you off! It’s fabulous.
Food: 5/5 | Location: 5/5 | Service: 4/5 | Price point: Special occasion/treat.
The Ivy Tower Bridge officially opens on 26 July 2017 and we can’t wait to go back. However according to the lady on the front desk you’ll be lucky to get a table this Summer!
Disclaimer: This post is in no way an ad or collaboration and the Ivy Brasserie did not ask me to review, I just wanted to! All thoughts are my own and my honest opinion. A few of the photos I borrowed from Trip Advisor and The Ivy Tower Bridge