The Ivy Chelsea Garden, Is it Worth the Hype?
From being situated in the heart of the historically famous Kings Road in Chelsea, to being a cast favourite in Made in Chelsea; The Ivy Chelsea Garden falls nothing short of an extravagant experience.
Along with its stunning interior décor and charming outdoor garden, The Ivy Chelsea Garden prides itself as being a luxurious yet laidback all-day dining experience.
Just a ten-minute walk from the South Kensington tube station, The Ivy Chelsea Garden is not hard to miss along the high street; the front door and wall are carefully garnished with flowers all over. These flowers are frequently changed and tailored according to the season, creating a delightful botanic experience for the arriving guests. The aesthetically pleasing and enticing front entrance draws many visitors to the establishment, serving as a perfect, Instagram-worthy setting.
We arrived at least twenty minutes before our scheduled reservation, which allowed us ample time to absorb the floral flair that the Ivy Chelsea Garden had to offer – and of course, take a plethora of photos.
Upon entering the restaurant, we were promptly greeted and taken to our table; each table is equipped with a lit candle, full set of cutlery, a menu and one linen serviette per guest. Our reservation was shortly after lunchtime, so we were able to be seated almost immediately – however, during conventionally busier times, there is also a bar available to occupy those awaiting their table.
The Ivy Chelsea Garden boasts a varied menu, ranging from traditionally simple British dishes such as shepherd’s pie to international dishes including chicken bourguignon. Glancing at the menu for the first time may be slightly overwhelming with the vast array of options, however, it is made simple and user-friendly by breaking down the dishes according to its main speciality i.e. ‘Fish & Seafood,’ ‘Steak’ and ‘Chicken.’ We decided to follow through with an authentic, high-class British experience and so ordered one ‘Afternoon Cream Tea’ each. The cream tea consisted of freshly baked scones, Dorset clotted cream and strawberry preserve, with traditional breakfast tea. In terms of our drink preferences, we were also offered the choice between infusions or coffees.
Conforming to the rest of The Ivy Chelsea Garden's sophisticated aura, the scones are crafted and tailored for those with refined taste buds, with a delightful, warming smell. Alongside this, the superior quality of their choice in clotted cream and strawberry preserve is evident in its taste. At just £7.95 per person, we were sceptical about how small the portion of scones was and how much tea we would receive. To our delight, two teapots, and two cake stands with the scones, clotted cream and strawberry preserve assorted on them were brought to our table- allowing us to put on as little or as much cream and strawberry preserve as we wished!
Not only was the overall aesthetics of The Ivy Chelsea Garden visually alluring, but the high-quality food offered and the customer service was also second to none. We were constantly paid attention to and served within a timely manner, making us feel like truly valued customers. The Ivy Chelsea Garden It is the perfect place to go to if you are looking for an excuse to dress up and experience a chic restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere.
Due to the immense popularity of The Ivy Chelsea Garden, it is renown as one of the hardest places to secure a table. It is therefore essential to book a reservation ahead to avoid the disappointment of being turned away on the day. Click here to reserve a table.