The Ivy Castle View

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£26 to £40
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British
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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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SJP1
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

lovely food as always and a lovely place to dine. service a little slow compared to usual.

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JoanneA
Warwickshire
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a lovely time and really enjoyed the food, we had the prawn and and squid tempora to start, the terrine and the duck salade. I had steak, my husband had the blackened cod and loved it. The monksfish curry was also fab.
Great ambiance, just a shame the entrance inside the shopping centre as that detracts and if you sit that side in the summer you can see through to the shopping centre, which wouldnt be so attractive. I would ask for window to the road/green seat next time.
great polite staff

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TerryB
Surrey
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience and will be back.
All was exceptional except that the neighbouring table was very noisy!

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EleanorK
West Sussex
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely service, very COVID friendly and the food was incredible! Definitely recommended xx

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vipILS12
London
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service and atmosphere with good quality food.

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AnnM
Surrey
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite place to meet friends. Wonderful food, fabulous cocktails, great service.

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ChandraG
Surrey
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good service,good food but quite noisy. Overall it's brilliant 👍

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DeniseW
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I usually go to The Ivy at Cobham but as visiting a friend decided in Guildford. Have to say I enjoyed Guildford Ivy more than Cobham. Your service was outstanding. We had lovely ladies looking after us. Food was gorgeous.

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LewisT
London
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Service poor from start to finish which was a shame because the food and venue were excellent. There appeared to be some issue with the table allocation despite being called to confirm the table prior to the date. So we were taken downstairs to a cold empty (literally) room away from the ambiance we had hoped for. It was my wife's birthday so after being told we had to stay down there on our own and then requesting a conversation with the manager we were provided a table in the actual restaurant where there seemed to be plenty of free tables. The experience was ended abruptly having been given the dessert menu but soon after being told there was not time for dessert. We were on time for the booking and not particularly slow eaters during the starter and main so this came as a bit of a shock. Took the shine off the birthday treat.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Shocking service, this is the first review I have ever done in relation to restaurant service. I’ve eaten in many fine dinning restaurants all over the world and a regular customer of the Cobham branch but the staff at The Ivy Guildford were rude, unprofessional, unfriendly and unorganised. Here’s the best bit it was my birthday.

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GeorgeW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great waiter, food was nice though steak a bit fatty . Ambiance was exceptional and our waiter was nice enough to let us stay an extra few minutes which added to our enjoyment

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SarahP
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening and felt Covid Safe which was very important. Thank you

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olivia
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good social distanced tables and great service

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Suoxie
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere,beautiful decor,
Amazing food and service. All Covid measures adhered too

I ordered the fish cake and the poached egg was cooked to perfection.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The lobster was over-cooked. People behind us found a hair in their main course and another couple sent their main course back.

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TeresaL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend. Whole experience from the minute we entered to leaving was special. Staff super attentive and food was lovely. My daughter's birthday was marked by a lovely plate with cake and candle. They observed it was her birthday without us saying a word which just shows the attention to detail. Thankyou for a memorable and special evening

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DennisB
Surrey
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent in all areas but a bit too noisy as the restaurant was very busy.

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JuliaO
Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Service and food was excellent, however out started plates were not cleared when our main courses arrived, which was rather disappointing.

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colink
Surrey
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

A good place to eat with a reasonable menu. Service was good

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NaomiB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good afternoon, at the The Castle Ivy View.....

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Ziggy
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great venue for a late breakfast. Lovely, attentive service.

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SandraC
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Food was great generally, service was lacking. Had to try and keep attracting waiter’s attention to get butter for toast, order drinks, take away our plates. Tea and coffee we ordered on arrival (this was brunch) didn’t arrive, until we chased it and then it was a bit cold, like it had been standing waiting to be taken to the table. They just seemed understaffed.

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Rachela
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited for a celebratory breakfast. Vowed to return more often! Perfect for any occasion or just because .....

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OliviaM
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent from the quality of the food, the anniversary surprise cakes and the impeccable service & the bill was extremely reasonable considering the quality. A special place Just love it here .

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susanb
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great table showing view of castle. Waitress was very helpful.

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CharlotteG
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Just booked off the cuff last minute. All social distancing issues were dealt with. Fab drinks at the bar and lovely meal. Made a very sad day a little less so.

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ChristineJ
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing lunch at The Ivy Guildford. Everything about the experience is 5 star. Staff are great very attentive. Food amazing. COVID friendly restaurant, at no time did I feel uncomfortable. Can’t wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good to be there, constant food and service

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CharlieM
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time for a birthday, thank you! Recommend

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RebeccaM
Surrey
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food
Amazing service
Would definitely come back and would recommend! Thanks for making my boyfriends birthday so special!

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NeilB
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was first class. We felt that it was refreshing to take a break from all the pressures associated with Covid and to feel relaxed in a normal atmosphere for a while. We had no issues whatsoever with any aspect of the experience.

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PeterA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Our booking was for 6.45 we arrived on time. The greeting on arrival was very warm and friendly and met the requirements for Covid 19. We had a nice table, and our waiter gave us a warm greeting followed by very good service. Food quality was excellent - some of the best we have had in recent years from a restaurant of this level. My wife and I both had a cocktail which were also very good and an excellent bottle of red wine. I finished my main course at 8.15 and unfortunately things did go downhill after that. Plates were cleared promptly- in fact I was still eating my last mouthful and we were asked if we wanted the desert menu. As we still had a third of a bottle of wine left I asked if we could wait for 5 minutes or so to finish our wine. The waiter replied, "that should be okay you still have 30 minutes left". Within a minute of this one of the restaurant supervisors came over, placed to desert menus on our table and told us, in a rather surly manner he would need the table at 8.45. Just after this the waiter came over and said that if we wanted the apple pie we would need to order asap as it took 15 minutes to cook. We decided not to have desert just coffee. The coffee came immediately followed by the bill £160. I paid partly using a gift card we had been given as a present for our Golden Wedding and in chatting to the waiter I said we had planned desert and a glass of champagne to finish of our celebration - he looked round the half empty restaurant and said things change, I think embarrassed that they didn't really need our table, there was no queue, no one waiting at the bar, just a rule that has to be followed irrespective of the situation. This is not hospitality and I doubt I will be going back. The 2 hour rule for dinner at this price level without any regard to the level of business is a poor deal. I would recommend 'the food' with the proviso "you need to eat quickly it's not a night out".

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RosemarieR
Surrey
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service , good food and friendly, helpful waiter. Shame about rule of 6 and restricted time - we would have brought larger party and spent more.

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CarolineE
London
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely view, well spaced tables and great staff. Will return.

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MandyS
London
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We have often dined at The Ivy Guildford but this was the first time we had afternoon tea.

The food was not at all of the same standard as the lunches. Dry sandwiches and most unexciting pastries.

Lunches are good but afternoon tea a disappointment and I would not recommend them.

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the cream tea. Three scones each, plenty of clotted cream and jam. Very good value as it includes tea or coffee as well. Service is great as always

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PAULAc
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience2

I have dined at The Ivy in various locations and have always enjoyed the experience .
Unfortunately The Castle View in Guildford today did not match up and we will not be returning.
The service was slow, we ordered steak which arrived overcooked and cold . We sent them back and were given replacements these were just as bad but at least hot. The waiter asked if they were ok, we informed they were just as tough and he told us that was how they were supposed to be, we asked for rare then were very well done.
A very disappointing meal a waste four money and time.

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SteveH
Surrey
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very enjoyable lunch, extremely good service, excellent food and a lovely gesture for our anniversary! We will definitely be back.

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Pp10
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience1

This was a very disappointing meal. The food was incredibly overpriced for what it was and the fact you have to order a side to go with your extortionate meal is appalling. We were put in the room downstairs which had no atmosphere and very basic decor - not what you go to The Ivy for. The service is what made it a better experience overall, but the rest was dismal.

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LisaT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lively and fun. The only thing I would change is they allow people to sit at the bar. In the current situation, I think everyone should be seated away from the bar.

Otherwise fab

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The Ivy Castle View is rated 4.5 stars by 4273 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.