DINE & DESIGN: SUNDAY LUNCH AT THE IVY CAFE IN RICHMOND
Hey you! How's it hangin'?
I thought I'd share my first "Dine & Design" post today after visiting The Ivy Cafe in Richmond yesterday as another belated birthday treat for Mumma C.
For anyone who hasn't been to any of the Ivy branches before, the cafe's serve modern british cuisine in very chic village-style surroundings and visiting the restaurant really does feel like a treat from you, to you!
I absolutely love everything about the Ivy, from the architectural structure of the building, to the Art deco style encapsulated throughout, and it's safe to say that I was in full tourist mode yesterday when I visited with Ma and Big sis Bee (yes, I have a sister- we are 13 months apart).
We arrived for our 2.15pm lunch reservation and as always, the service was phenomenal. Hats off to the waiters and waitresses because they're truly on their toes all day and make it look so effortless.
Anyway, if you fancy a butchers at the decor inside the cafe and to stare at fabulous selfies of Ma and I, keep reading...
On trend: the marble tables and elegant glassware really brought the dinner table together and I love the various pops of colour which seems to be a consistent theme throughout the restaurant, like here with the menu:
And here with some fancy pants art work...
is displayed throughout the entire venue and is the prominent feature of the restaurant in it's various forms.
The art deco theme didn't end with the colour palette or interior furniture carefully sourced for the cafe, as the four-tone tiles used on the floor also made up part of the overall ambience and was far too striking to go unnoticed.
Before ordering, I took a walk through the hall of fame (well it's as close as) on the way to the bathroom so that I could admire the various pieces of artwork, get a closer look at the gold sconces on the wall and some images of the rest room area, which is my favourite spot in the whole restaurant to be honest,
The seating area outside of the restrooms on the first floor. Can we talk about that olive green sofa?!!!
Ahhh, and then we had the bathroom... gorgeous lighting, more marble surfaces and dark vanity cabinets for the win. OH, and did I mention the PERFECT selfie spot?
Anyway, now that I'd had my moment in the bathroom I made my way downstairs to order... I was starving by this point, but I couldn't tell whether it was a hunger craving or a design craving. You'd be surprised at how easy it is to confuse the two, and I'm being deadly serious.
By now you're probably wondering whether I ate at all, or just walked around the place taking photo after photo and drooling over the multitude of patterns, colours and texture.
WHAT WE ATE
If you come out for lunch with mum, sis and I you're probably likely to see us get some form of "bready" starter. I was adamant that I was getting a salad for mains so agreed to getting some crusty bread with sea salt butter to share as a starter and it was delightful.
And there you have it... our Sunday lunch at The Ivy Cafe Richmond.
Fancy visiting the Ivy yourself? You can book a table here. FYI- if you're considering driving to restaurant, the nearest parking is the Richmond Riverside car park, which by the way has super tiny bays and feels really enclosed. The good news is that it was super cheap so you could park for as long as you need to without breaking the bank. (It was something like £2.45 for the day on the Sunday).
P.s how do you feel about raw fish? Yay, or Nay? Do you usually order the same things when you visit a restaurant or do you like to mix it up and try new things?