|Monday - Friday||07:00 - 00:00|
|Saturday||08:00 - 00:00|
|Sunday||08:00 - 23:00|
|Budget||Reasonably Priced (£30 - £40)|
|Nearest Station||Leicester Suare|
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
5 minutes walk away from Covent Garden Station (Piccadilly line) and 10 minutes away from Leicester Square Station (Piccadilly line, Northern line).
Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
The Ivy Market Grill is an all-day café and restaurant, a home-from-home, where regulars of The Ivy, industrious Covent Garden workers, WC2 residents and visitors to the area will be able to drop in for a quick fix – breakfast, coffee, a snack over a meeting; or while away the time, relishing the extensive fare on offer. When The Ivy Market Grill was first conceived, regulars at The Ivy were asked how they felt about popping into The Ivy for a quick burger or shepherd’s pie pre or post theatre, and many of them thought that The Ivy was somewhere where they wanted to spend more time, kick back and relax, and not have to rush. The Ivy Market Grill is the perfect complement to this, offering easier access all day long (over half the tables are available to “walk-ins”), a terrace for sun worshippers and crowd watchers, and a chance for more people to experience a smidgen of Ivy magic.
The kitchen is being run by Sean Burbidge, an experienced and talented chef. His menus are an eclectic mix of modern British, comfort food and international dishes and run through breakfast, elevenses, A La Carte lunch and dinner, pre and post theatre, afternoon tea and weekend brunch. Highlights on the breakfast menu include avocado, tomato and sesame, truffled eggs, griddled buttermilk pancakes and the Market Grill vegetarian breakfast (with grilled halloumi, flat mushrooms and watercress and other délices). Lunch and dinner are a veritable feast – including crispy duck salad, lobster cocktail, rack of lamb and whole lemon sole. Afternoon tea entails the traditional fare, plus a rather delicious truffled chicken gougère; elevenses – toasted crumpets with Marmite “with a difference” (has to be tried to be believed!), toasted teacakes and dark treacle tart jump out. There is an all-day, mouth-watering sandwich menu and weekend brunch offers all the usual suspects, with additional “light & healthy” options plus mouth-watering desserts for the less “light & healthy” conscious!
The cocktail menu is simple, straightforward and eminently quaffable. The Ivy Market Grill has its own gin and its own Champagne – both of which are integral parts of this menu. Highlights include Inigo Jones’ Fizz (Fragola Tosolini wild strawberry, basil & black pepper, topped with fizz) and Henrietta Maria Treacle (rum Treacle with Havana Especial, Amaro Averna and a dash of fig honey and orange bitters), not to mention classic martinis, negronis and juleps. For the martini virgin or indeed the indecisive devotee, there is a “Three Martini Lunch”, which includes the Gibson, the Vesper and the dry vodka martini with Nocellara olives. An impressive list of craft beers and IPAs is in evidence, all painstakingly sourced to provide a little originality for the customer.
Another venture from Richard Caring and Caprice Holdings, The Ivy Market Grill is made for special occasions. You’ll notice a few trademark aesthetics from the team behind The Ivy such as, the atmospheric dark wood and racing-green banquettes, even the staff uniforms and cutlery have been replicated. The menu is also similarly extensive with something to suit everyone’s palate, whatever time of day you manage to get a table. The Ivy Market Grill offers an all-day menu which starts at 7am with classic breakfast options and later on sandwiches, afternoon tea and pre-theatre menus are available. For dinner customers can choose from a selection of classic dishes like the Market Grill Shepherd’s Pie or there is plenty on offer from the Grill section of the menu, including a range of steaks and Lobster Thermidor. In the Summer make sure you reserve an alfresco table for front row seats over-looking Covent Garden piazza.