Ever since The Ivy opened their doors in York about a year ago, I’ve been desperate to visit. I was kindly invited to visit a couple of weeks ago to try their Limited Edition Poppy Afternoon Tea with my Mum and it was well worth the visit. Throughout November, there was an incredible installation outside of the restaurant with over 2,000 poppies to commemorate 100 years since the end of the first world war. The Limited Edition Poppy Afternoon Tea was been served alongside the installation to support The Royal British Legion’s North East and Yorkshire branch.
You’ve probably heard a lot about The Ivy as being a famous haunt in London for top celebrities. It’s famous for not allowing photographs in order to keep the privacy of their well known diners. In recent years, they have branched out across the country with some very glamorous and fine dining restaurants. Yorkshire has seen openings in Harrogate, York and most recently Leeds in the Victoria Quarter. The Ivy in York is located very centrally in St.Helens Square and it’s truly a beautiful restaurant.
My Mum and I were seated towards the back of the restaurant in a cosy little booth, even at mid-week and mid-afternoon the restaurant was rather busy. We went for the Champagne Afternoon Tea which is priced at £26.50 (without Champagne is £18.95 and a Cream Afternoon Tea is also available). As I don’t drink Tea or Coffee, I got mine with a Hot Chocolate and my Mum went for a classic pot of tea. It wasn’t long before all of the food arrived and it all looked pretty spectacular. With two tiers of Sandwiches, topped off with a tier of desserts and a separate stand of scones, cream and jams!
Although I was very keen to get tucked into the delicious looking desserts (I’m very much a pudding gal), we got started with the sandwiches. I’ve got to say the truffled Chicken sandwich served in a brioche roll was on point and definitely my favourite of the trio. I loved that you got two scones each and they were not only served with Dorset clotted cream and jams but also, strawberries. The scones were delightful and baked to perfection.
Moving onto desserts where the Poppy Theme comes in. With this limited edition Afternoon Tea is the The Ivy Poppy Pot which takes centre stage on the top tier of desserts. Served in a little plant pot and featuring an edible poppy leaf on top and a poppy & lemon cake, lemon curd, popping candy and yuzu foam. In addition to the cute Poppy Plot were two mini Raspberry Cheesecakes and two Crème brûlée doughnuts. The doughnuts were a bit too much for me but I think I’d mainly hit the wall and had entered into a food coma.
The whole dining experience was lovely at The Ivy and I’d recommend paying a visit whether that’s just for drinks, food or an Afternoon Tea like myself. The place has got a really great atmosphere and service with great attention. I’d love to go back for dinner sometime, it would make the perfect place for date night. I also spied someone tucking into the famous Chocolate bomb dessert and it’s something I’m very keen to try myself.
Have you been to The Ivy before?
*Our Champagne Afternoon Tea at The Ivy was complimentary in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.