The Ivy Cafe Blackheath

4.3
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£26 to £40
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British
Relaxed yet sophisticated all-day dining in the heart of Blackheath. The restaurant makes for an ideal spot to enjoy an accessible all-encompassing menu, serving British classics from dawn until dusk, including breakfast, elevenses, weekend brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, light snacks, dinner and cocktails.
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.3
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4.3
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved it! Only gripe was sat near the door and in winter a bit chilly every time the door opened.

WA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing, best service I've experienced and will definitely go back at some point.

MR
Kent
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Marked down for service only because waiter insisted on leaning over me to serve friend sitting opposite when he could have easily served from without disturbing me!!! Maybe in need of some additional training.

LL
London
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely as always

JS
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience1

I expected more!

The restaurant was busy, which is fine, but there was no room to move or even to get your coats as we were leaving. The restaurant was too noisy and music too loud. Basically they are have to many punters but not enough room..

Early dinner for 7 - food, looked nice but we had to season our own food! That is poor, does the kitchen not taste the food before it goes out? Food was warm but not hot.

Service was sporadic and not consistent. Our finished plates were left on the tables for quite some time. We had too wait a little while between starters and mains.

Access to bathrooms is poor - difficult staircase to manage if you are more senior or ambulant disabled.

BL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food, wonderful attentive service but sometimes noisy.

E
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Had a great meal on Friday at The Ivy. Food was fabulous. There was 5 of us and disappointed that they no longer had oval or round tables to accommodate 5. We were given a rectangular table - so one of us would be sitting with Boone opposite . But when I asked about the oval table we were asked if we wanted a table for 4 with one of us sitting at the end. It was great. Thoroughly recommend it

OT
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely meal and nice atmosphere

a
London
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food1service4ambience5

What a shame the food was awful poor quality steak and cooked badly - no wow factor will avoid Ivy cafes and just stick to the original which after 2 recent visits did not disappoint

JM
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent. But service was quite slow. Maitre d apologised for delay in meal and offered olives while we waited but these were only served as food arrived 10 minutes later. 1 sweet was served about 5 minutes after the others. Waitress continually stretched across the table instead of walking round to the other side of the table.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, great service and brilliant atmosphere

MR
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a great experience and now our first choice of restaurant in Blackheath Village.

JT
London
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

It can be very loud even at weekday lunch and the tables are very close together. Portions are small but food quality is high. Prices are high and 12.5% will be added to everything.

RK
London
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I’m a regular at Ivy restaurants in Cobham and Richmond both of which are superb. Sadly the Ivy in Blackheath is not up to their standards.

c
Kent
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here with my son for an early supper and we had a perfect evening. The food was the usual high standard and the service was excellent - an attentive team who were engaging and we felt no pressure to hurry up our evening ! It was also a very relaxed space, will definitely be returning to Blackheath.

AZ
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Unfortunately the most dissapointing visit to this restaurant since it's been open. It was my mother's 71st Birthday, my brother and myself took her for a late Sunday lunch to The Ivy in Blackheath. We had a dirty napkin from the previous table lying next to the table for almost all our visit... Finally when we were paying the bill one of the waiters spotted it and picked it up. The food was really bad... I had a Crispy Duck and Watermelon Salad as a main - duck was so crispy that I thought I'll end up eating all my fillings... Watermelon was really really old... Probably was sliced a week ago... We had a side of tomatoes - been sliced at the same time as a watermelon... Old and tasteless... The rest of the food was just ok, nothing special. No one checked on our food, sharing starters arrived without table being set up for them. Mains arrived and were dropped on the table without clearing the plates and cutlery from the starters... I mentioned on my booking that it is a special occasion - birthday - 2 tables around us got a Birthday cupcakes with a candle... Noone even asked our table if we would like one... Really really horrible experience... If you put a service charge on the bill - I would expect you to provide it, same with the food quality. Will not recommend to anyone, really dissapointing.

s
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and wonderful food - perfect place to go with friends and family . My favourite restaurant !

RO
London
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went for Sunday brunch to celebrate some good news. Staff were attentive and friendly, food was delicious and the restaurant is beautiful! My only slight criticism is that there could be some more brunch style food on the menu!

p
London
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food staff look clean and tidy

JA
London
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to this ivy a few times now and probably had the best meal of all

ML
London
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great meal and service at Ivy, lovely ambience overall but a bit too noisy - packed out, do love decor. My 2nd time there. Our waiter was so nice, v attentive and his recommendations were excellent. Only issue is the bar area its a waste of space - it’s a pass through for staff serving or customers going to loo, therefore tables feel very tight on space, you could not relax at bar- get rid of stools. Well worth going - highly recommend.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely night with fantastic food and a fantastic waiter called Ivor. He was very attentive and patient catering to our ever changing minds! I always have a good experience when I come here.

TR
Dorset
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and excellent food...... thank you!

R
London
33 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Solid but not spectacular restaurant

Upper end prices for good food

Not a cheap eats place

DD
London
10 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great restaurant with great food.

We hit a busy New Year’s Day service which missed a little bit of attention which I know we would get on a different day.

Nothing really to fault.

M
London
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food! Very good vegan options too!

LP
London
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and great service. A bit noisy but it was the first day of the year anyway...

NA
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Awful service very poor customer service and the restaurant had zero ambience

VW
London
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Based on the level of service I will definitely recommend the cafe. The value for money is also very good.

B
London
12 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was super meal at the Ivy. Ivar was our waiter and he was incredibly helpful and courteous. He was attentive to the dietary requirements of one of our group and consulted the kitchen regularly.
The atmosphere was beautiful with the regular decor even more beautiful with the Christmas decorations!
We will definitely be back.

JH
London
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It is a lovely restaurant for a special treat or celebration, big group or just a couple, you will not be disappointed.

NR
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Poor service for an Ivy not at all attentive and hard to get a waiters attention. Anecdotally others have said the same to me since I have been there.

RS
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience2

The lady that served us didn’t know the drinks menu. Ordering Madagascar cola caused quite an issue as she didn’t know what it was and then thought it came in flavours. Then she dropped one of our drinks over the table. Initially shoved on a table for 2 that was half way across the washroom corridor. Then they allowed a lady with a pram to shove the pram right up behind my chair and squashed me in. She was asked to move but didn’t want to so they rammed the pushchair even further across which went over my girlfriends hand bag and the staff didn’t seem to care. Our orders were not given to the right person and there was only two of us! The food was actually excellent and value for money of food alone is good. Service and attention to detail is quite poor and rather distracted from a nice experience. It’s also too cold with the door opening and closing frequently with customers, prams anc children

JH
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely in between Christmas and New Year breakfast treat for my husband and I and our two daughters. Fabulous food as ever. Christmas decorations beautiful and staff very attentive.

AM
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The service was excellent but I didn’t enjoy the food the way I’d have loved too.The food was under seasoned and plain no flavour

LM
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is our third visit and we chose Boxing Day as it is my birthday, and we just wanted a nice late lunch. Everything is lovely, food delicious, drinks served beautifully - but we (a couple) were seated next to a rather noisy group, which made our own conversation a little challenging! We spent most of our time there saying “pardon” “sorry” - it really wasn’t the romantic lunch we had hoped for on that special day! My only other gripe is the reception/cloak room area gets very clogged up quickly if there is more than one table waiting to come in/get their coats! There really is nowhere to wait, and there was only one person taking coats/giving them back & also accompanying people to their tables! We still had an alright time, but we might think about expanding our experiences and trying different places.

LC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had an enjoyable Christmas eve at the Ivy Cafe Blackheath. The only downside was the bar and bar area which were too small to accommodate us for pre-dinner drinks.

SH
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good value for money, quality food and great location to my Mums for famikt get togethers

k
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve treat. Lovely location and decor. Little disappointed with portion size on the special ;’goose cottage pie’ but overall our dining choices were all tasty and beautifully presented

DE
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was very good, staff very friendly and welcoming. Posh, but definitely not stuffy/uncomfortable posh