I, like almost every twenty-something living in London, have a passionate love of Brunch. I mean, whats not to love about being able to enjoy all the fun of breakfast, but at midday and with cocktails? It is because of this obsession that I’m constantly on the hunt for new favourite places to fuel my addiction.While I had been to The Ivy Chelsea Garden many times before for lunch and dinner, it had simply never occurred to me that they could also do a pretty amazing brunch. This weekend, however, that all changed…
Located towards the more quiet end of the Kings Road, but still just a short walk from all of the fabulous shops, The Ivy could not be in a more perfect location. In fact, its now hard to imagine the Kings Road without The Ivy on it, with its understated elegance, all day menus at reasonable prices and the gorgeous garden that practically invites you while away the day.
When my group of three wandered down on Sunday, we were brought to our table in the Orangery, towards the back of the restaurant. Our corner spot was comprised of a large plush sofa, overlooking both the rest of the restaurant and its beautiful garden. While I love the feel of the whole restaurant, I must admit that this area is my favourite. Though the main restaurant can sometimes feel slightly more crowded as noise levels rise, the Orangery maintains a constant buzz without ever crossing the line to excessively busy.
Once settled, we ordered drinks and perused the rest of the breakfast menu. Being rather good, I steered clear of the cocktails and instead opted for a mocktail called the Garden Iced Tea (£4.75). This delightful drink consisted of peach, elderflower and lemon combined with Ivy 1917 and afternoon tea blends and was presented beautifully, in a highball glass, topped with a slice of dried orange. The rest of my group enjoyed a pot of tea and a cappuccino, complete with a little cocoa ivy leaf sprinkled on the top.
The brunch menu offered a hugely varied selection of classic breakfast options, with the Buttermilk Pancakes and Garden Breakfast particularly calling out to me. However, I eventually decided upon a delicious twist on an old favourite: the Lobster Benedict (£16.95). This dish was truly scrumptious: plenty of meaty lobster, atop of toasted brioche, finished off with with asparagus, two poached hen’s eggs, a wonderfully creamy hollandaise, and garnish of lemon for an added sour kick.
Both of my dining partners enjoyed the full english (£13.50) which, as always, I got to sneakily try a bit of, and can confirm its quality. Made up of two wonderfully meaty, herby sausages, a nice big slice of black pudding, crispy bacon, a grilled mushroom, roasted tomatoes and two fried hens egg, this would be the perfect breakfast to set you up for a busy day!
Whether you’re starting a day’s shopping in Chelsea, or are local to the area, The Ivy provides an ideal base from which to begin your day.The restaurant is a perfect example of relaxed but elegant dining, providing a beautifully sophisticated but informal atmosphere at a reasonable price.
Love, Sophia x
The Ivy Chelsea Garden, 195 -197 King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5EQ