The Ivy Castle View

4.5
4623 Reviews
£26 to £40
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.
What 4623 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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StephenM
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Staff were excellent! Food was fine but steak could have been better.

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A meal at The Ivy never disappoints- great service, food and ambiance. Probably even nicer now with less tables as you can also now hear the conversation!

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PeterB
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrendous experience. Also seemed to have abandoned covid restrictions to allow people from the same household into the restaurant to hold work-related celebrations

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BevR
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed another fabulous pre-lockdown family dinner at The Ivy - service was warm and friendly, but professional, and the food was delicious.

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VickiB
London
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Bar service a little slow and burger a bit dry but other than that good food and great atmosphere

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pebble
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The only gripe is the length of time policy.
As we sat down at 15:50we were reminded that the table would be required at 17:15
Then wait 20 mins for drink and order to be taken and again reminded before ordering pud that table was required.
When spending £85 per head I don’t want to be rushed!!!

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sarahe
Kent
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great pre Christmas mother and daughter lunch- we were in the private dining room due to covid spacing but even nicer than upstairs

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AngelaH
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

So lovely to have a fabulous festive lunch before Tier 3 lockdown!

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JohnL
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent on all counts. It made Christmas

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HowardO
Surrey
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Buzzy , vibrant , and actually really nice food for a chain

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DonnaF
London
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food was amazing can’t wait to go back

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JamesG
Surrey
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere and very attentive staff for the perfect anniversary meal.

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Emma
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Food was delicious as always, this was first time visiting this ivy branch and the service paled in comparison to other locations. We had booked a table and on seating the first thing we were told was that our table had been rebooked in an hour... this did not make us feel very welcome and felt rude as we had made our own hooking and nowhere had a one hour limit been stipulated. Another member of staff was rude and stand offish when asked questions about the menu.
Covid protection all in place, with temperature checking on arrive alive, hand sanitizer on tables, but ruined by countless staff wearing masks incorrectly with noses exposed.
Maybe it’s the pressure of the current situation l, but I would choose other ivy locations to return to over this one unfortunately.

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vipPete
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

very good, just let down a bit by a very fatty Côte de boeuf

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GrahamH
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit and every bit as good as our friends had told us. The whole experience from arrival to departure was special. I can’t praise the staff enough.

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BenjaminW
London
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was best, excellent setting, food and again the waiter and service was complete.

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LauraE
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous food, cannot fault the service, we were celebrating our anniversary and from the acknowledgement at the start to the mini cake at the end, everything was perfect.

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Jane
Surrey
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great venue - great tasting food, good and varied menu and fantastic decor and atmosphere, all at a very reasonable price

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Perfik
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Considering current circumstances, our dinner at The Ivy was wonderful.

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ElaineA
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This restaurant is certainly one for a special occasion. Drinks and food are excellent and the service is usually very good. I was a little concerned with how many people were in such a confined space and there were certainly a number of tables that had office Christmas parties of more than three households which was disappointing.

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NatashaM
Surrey
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were made to feel extremely welcome. The food was delicious and we had a super afternoon.

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JaneD
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt like we were sitting outside having lunch in a ski resort! It was sunny and toasty warm with the heaters Food as always excellent. Such a treat having lunch out with a friend.

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SophieP
London
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always feels like a treat. Great atmosphere and service. A lovely meal.

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Chippie
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was for my wife’s birthday treat,and we were not disappointed,my wife being vegetarian was a worry but on arrival she was given a separate menu for vegan and vegetarians.
The food was lovely and the waitress very attentive and helpful with the choices of food and sides to accompany each other.
We would recommend the ivy to anyone
And look forward to the next time

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GillianB
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful view of the castle if you have a window seat

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PatriciaG
London
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff are all very friendly and welcoming and the setting is lovely. Food fantastic nice selection of wines and cocktails a very lovely evening.
Definitely go again.

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SueB
London
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about The Ivy Guildford is superb, but the the noise levels are not good.
The music is far too loud, soft background music would be much better.

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CharlotteR
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a birthday meal and enjoyed everything about it, lovely food, lovely drinks and the service was amazing too! Definitely would go back again.

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vipSophieB
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous time at The Ivy Castle View this week. Really enjoyed the Christmas menu and staff were outstanding and went above and beyond.

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Rose
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

If the bottled drinks are kept chilled in the bucket stand away from the table, it would be good for the serving staff to help with refill diners' glasses, other leave the stand nearer to the table to make it easier for the diners to serve ourselves.

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SarahS
Surrey
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had lunch here for my birthday. It felt really special. The restaurant is beautiful. Food was absolutely delicious. Really hoping they will be able to open for the end of January for my husband’s birthday.

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JohnW
London
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A good meal in a stunning location, we had a good table Thank you.

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TheresaH
Naples
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Ivy Castle View has done the COVID modifications so well. The table are placed so that you are away from other guests and I felt totally safe with all the care and attention given by the staff.

The Ivy has not lost its atmosphere or reduced it's standards in any way throughout this difficult time. Always a real treat to eat here!

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LisaB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fabulous meal on a special occasion. Every course was heaven on a plate. Lovely view of the Castle from the covered outdoor terrace, with a heater at your back - they've thought of everything.

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JanM
Surrey
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional as always - so safe - friendly - excellent service. Food outstanding. Highly recommended

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SueF
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Always lovely to go to, The Ivy is beautifully laid out and great to visit. The food is nice and the ambience. Highly recommended

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MarcB
London
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We very much enjoyed our pre theatre meal at The Ivy Guildford on Tuesday 15th December. Very good food which was only surpassed by excellent service by the waiters and waitresses - polite, personable and very efficient. The only thing I would say detracted from full marks was the size of the table. Sounds ridiculous, maybe, but it was a very small circular table and we had difficulty fitting the dishes, drinks and water glasses on the table. A very crowded table and a fear of knocking something over! Other than that it was excellent and would recommend.

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JayH
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very enjoyable lunch. Busy but service was good. Sat in a quiet part so noise level was good.

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SallyE
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was a celebration of our 48th wedding anniversary, postponed from 15 November as you were not open at that time. The day was lovely and sunny and view superb, just like our wedding day. Thanks Sally and Malcolm Elliott

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Jazz
London
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I enjoyed a lovely breakfast. The service was great and I would definitely recommend.

FAQs

The Ivy Castle View is rated 4.5 stars by 4623 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.