The Ivy Cafe
May 11, 2018
Part of the ever-growing chain of Ivy restaurants across the capital, The Ivy Cafe is a more casual counterpart to the original restaurant in Kensington, opting to offer all-day dining in what can only be described as a “posh bistro” setting. The charcoal-painted walls are lined with vintage posters and patterned wallpaper, while the red leather high-top stools and globe lighting wouldn’t look out of place in a classy diner. All this is to say, of course, that the food and drinks at The Ivy Cafe are still served with flair and both are guaranteed to draw a pretty sophisticated crowd.
The drinks menu at The Ivy Cafe is extensive, and features everything from cocktails and coolers to fresh juices, spirits, soft drinks and coffee – all to be expected from somewhere open from breakfast onwards. The small selection of cocktails delights with creations like the Espresso Martini – served with hot cross bun, amaretto and creme brulee infusions – or the posh-sounding The Ivy Cafe Royale, complete with hibiscus gin, sloe infusion, rose water and sparkling wine. Wines (red, white, sparkling and dessert) are an international bunch and are served by the glass, and there’s also many premium spirits, including an impressive selection of gins. But if you’re only stopping for a post-shopping pick-me-up or a sedate business meeting, The Ivy Cafe also makes its own coolers (iced tea, lemonade and cream soda), as well as fresh juices and smoothies, and even serves its own blends of both breakfast and afternoon loose tea.