The Ivy Castle View

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The Ivy Castle View is an all-day British brasserie in the heart of Guildford, located just off the High Street, with the main entrance located within Tunsgate Quarter.

With an all-encompassing menu serving modern British and international Ivy-inspired classics from dawn until dusk, the restaurant is open seven days a week and is also featuring a private dining room, outdoor terrace and a bar, offering tranquil relaxed yet sophisticated dining with beautiful views across Guildford Castle.

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still a great experience despite the COVID restrictions.

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mikeb
London
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A good place to dine, we felt safe with the precautions taken and enjoyed our meal.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent, as always.

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vivvy
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful to be out in the fabulous Ivy.It all felt normal and fun with lovely food and waiters.

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FionaD
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A very good birthday lunch experience - excellent cocktails and very good food from the lunch menu choices. On one of the hottest days of the year, a great experience.

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AntoniaA
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice waitress it was very hot but she kept her cool 😎

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Paddy
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all the way round. Felt very confident with the safety points put in action for the Covid 19. Staff also very good.
We took advantage of the Eat Out - Help Out but will definitely do another visit regardless.
Thoroughly enjoyed.

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NickyS
London
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was great, service was wonderful, outdoor seating a tad hot. More umbrellas would be great.
Also the new house rose wasn’t great. I sent it back and swapped for a white as they had sold out of the French rose by the glass.

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TraceyG
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

First time at The Ivy in Guildford and we were very impressed. The food was absolutely delicious and very well presented. Our waitress was lovely and made our experience a good one. Also, as we sat downstairs in what would normally be a private function room, the tables were well spaced out and it was probably quieter than the upstairs dining area. We had a table by the window with views of the castle - very nice.

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Tarmum
Surrey
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Service was somewhat pretentious for a casual all day dining bistro. Food was OK but overall pricey considering both the portion size and price.

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JohnW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Super table on balcony overlooking castle. Drinks a little slow in coming but food service was good.
Staff need more training in preparing the bill. Ours came originally to almost £350 for 4 people. After corrections, the total was less than £100. Reason given was that the account from the previous occupants of the table had not been cleared and my bill was added to theirs.
Obviously a mistake but if I hadn't queried the bill, I would have been £250 out of pocket.Not good for a pensioner.

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JaneC
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I hadn't been out for a meal since lockdown. It was our 20th Wedding Anniversary and we wanted to celebrate. We were really pleasantly surprised. The restrictions like having our temperature taken on arrival meant we felt safe but they didn't inhibit us having a really enjoyable meal. Our waitress was lovely, the service was quick, the menu was really varied and the food we chose was absolutely delicious. We hadn't been to the Ivy before and will certainly be going back. In fact we have recommended it to family and they are going to be booking a table for their anniversary.

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SueF
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely place with a beautiful view across the city. The restaurant is beautifully laid out and always very welcoming. Our waitress was lovely and friendly, even coping with 30 deg heat!
Food was nice and overall a very enjoyable evening.

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valb
Surrey
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Not our first visit and certainly not our last - staff always go the extra mile

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HollieL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Despite being busy, the service was still really good. It was good to see the restaurant doing well. Our waitress was really nice and attentive. Well presented and delicious food as always. We sat outside on the balcony and felt like we were abroad which was a lovely tonic for us as we can’t go away this year!

Thank you for great hospitality and scrumptious food.

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MalcolmG
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The Ivy easily lived up to expectations. We are regulars and enjoyed our first visit back after lockdown

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Singaporegirl
Surrey
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Guildford as always. Lots of parking places, historic town to walk around.

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Woody
Surrey
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service with a ‘cool’ thermometer, that gave peace of mind in the present circumstance.

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RalphG
Surrey
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Ivy Guildford never disappoints. Food quality, presentation staff are def 5 star. I have been 4 times now in past 2 years. Great place and for high end quality food and restaurant is is reasonably good value.

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vipKCUK
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Lovely restaurant. Chose the sirloin and it doesn’t come with anything and was really chewy. Very disappointed. Service was great though but food counts for a lot.

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ElibjonaM
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great service, friendly staff
Great ambiance
Great drinks

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KatB
Buckinghamshire
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Guests allergy well catered for, attentive service, very good food. Only slight annoyance was intrusive and inappropriate music for the refined environment.

JH
JaneH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous table with view of castle.
Charming waiter
Delicious food

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LucyB
Brighton
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and excellent service , can’t wait to visit again !

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food the staff were great and the location is heavenly! Highly recommend and will definitely come back!

JH
vipJayH
London
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Excellent service and hospitality, lovely polite helpful staff even when reasonably busy unlike some of the other branches. Our second favourite Ivy after the Kings Road branch.

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PaulaB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived at the Ivy and were immediately greeted by a happy friendly face who asked us to have our temperature taken, once that was done we were asked if we would like to sit outside or in. We choose outside as the weather was beautiful. I ordered a pink G&T which was lovely and my partner ordered the Ivy G&T which also was lovely. Our waiter was extremely helpful and courteous- very smartly dressed and knowledgeable. We shared the salt and pepper prawn and squid which was gorgeous in taste and beautifully presented. We ordered the prawn and avocado burger and my partner had the curry - they were both amazing we loved it. We were there a couple of hours and it was lovely to enjoy the outside and beautiful food. We also weren’t pressured to leave. To sum up - food amazing, drink amazing not just in taste but presentation and staff amazing. An absolute must visit.

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Clare
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really delicious food and top notch service. Couldn’t fault it and it’s a beautifully designed restaurant with the option of being outside on a balcony.

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DaviddK
Surrey
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely interiors and terrace with great views of Guildford Castle and surrounds create a sophisticated yet relaxing atmosphere. The food gives a nod to fine dining without being fussy. The service is always excellent - understated and never intrusive. I would highly recommend the Ivy Guildford.

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as usual. All Covid guidelines followed.

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Jammy
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sunny Sunday lunch, sitting outside, but did expect there to be a roast dinner with Yorkshire pud on the menu. However, had Roasted Salmon which was very nice.

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SamanthaP
Surrey
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We visit the Ivy regularly for brunch and have never been disappointed. The food is always on point and the service impeccable, I would recommend it and will keep returning.

JA
JorgeA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Good setting, good ambience and service. Noisy at times, music doesn't need to be as loud .

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Karen
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined with you to celebrate my husband’s 60th birthday. The five of us had a thoroughly enjoyable evening - the service was faultless and the food was exemplary - It was lovely to be seated near the open doorway on such a beautiful summer’s evening - thank you so much for making us feel welcome - we will definitely be returning soon to dine again with you. Perfect!!

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Foodlove
Surrey
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent first class experience. Could not fault the Ivy Castle View. Food - ambience - service always spot on! Well done 😊

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MirandaL
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good overall, the waiters were super nice and food was good as well as the drinks. Happy with my experience at the Ivy

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vipGiulioR
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience1

Air con was broken so at 32deg made for an unpleasant experience

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SteveD
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the food and the overall experience

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Helen
Surrey
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat on terrace in sunshine, beautiful meal, great service.

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CLAL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The food was stunning. Although they forgot the bread & hadn’t cleared away our starters before bringing the main courses out, so a juggle act started. Unfortunately the whole restaurant was incredibly hot, to the point where ladies were having to tie up their hair and use menus as makeshift fans. I advised the first waitresses I had a nut allergy but this wasn’t passed on to the second waiter, as he had to rush back and check my dessert.

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