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Sunday, 15 April 2018

REVIEW: The Ivy Temple Row, Birmingham

To say that there has been anticipation for The Ivy arriving in Birmingham would be a total understatement. It seems like every other person has been excited for the restaurant to launch, and it finally did this week. 

In fact, the restaurant has received thousands of reservations and is very much the new place to be in the city. So when I was invited along to taste the breakfast menu and have a good look around the place, I immediately cleared my calendar and made sure I'd be there. 

The Ivy Temple Row still boasts the sophisticated glamour and exclusive vibe of its Covent Garden restaurant, but with more of a focus on accessibility. 
Upon arrival, I was totally overwhelmed with how strikingly beautiful the place is. I imagined that it would be incredible of course, but it is so much more than that. With top to bottom art deco vibes, stylish prints and a whole load of colour, it is unlike anything else in Birmingham. 

Lets just say, at The Ivy, the more extravagant style, the better. The decor isn't for the faint hearted, but it is absolutely wonderful, especially for people like me who crave OTT decor and endless colour. It is romantic and classic, and at times it felt like I was in a 1950s movie with a fantastic atmosphere and a huge amount of excitement in the air, that I haven't experienced in a very long time.
In fact, the decor was by far my favourite aspect of the restaurant. It is completely captivating and impossible to take your eyes off everything from the walls to the tables. 

We were taken up to The Archer Room, which overlooks St Philip's Cathedral and was named after after the cathedral's architect Thomas Archer, for a spot of private dining. We were shown the breakfast menu and whilst we made our decision for the most important meal of the day, we were treated to tea, coffee, and a Beet It juice which is a delicious blend of beetroot, carrot and apple. We were also given a selection of pastries to enjoy.
On the menu, we had the options of crushed avocado on toast, hot buttermilk pancakes, eggs royale or eggs benedict and a range of others. I've said it before on this blog, and I'll say it again: I LOVE eggs royale, so I saw it as the perfect opportunity to see what twist The Ivy would put on my favourite dish. Needless to say, it was absolutely delicious and packed full of flavour which got me set for the sunny day ahead.

The Ivy have a huge breakfast menu and offer everything from crumpets and omelettes to kippers and yoghurts. Their main menu is also worth shouting about and is surprisingly a large menu with a wide selection to choose from. Just one scan over the main menu made me certain that I will be definitely heading back sooner rather than later, especially for an Afternoon Tea!  

The venue also offer a huge selection of Ivy branded beverages and cocktails, and with a gorgeous and totally on-trend bar, it is the perfect place to sit and enjoy a drink - or two.
Although the restaurant do advise to book a table in advance, there are a number of tables available for walk-in diners for you to pop in an experience The Ivy. And that is exactly what it is; an experience and so much more than just a bite to eat. I can't recommend this place enough, and I couldn't be happier to see it so at home in our city. Get ready to fall in love with The Ivy.

The Ivy: 10/10

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