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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4.5based on recent ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DeeC
London
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing and delicious as usual! Service was faultless as was the upscaled hygiene. Will be back soon!

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LesleyR
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food. Excellent Covid safety measures. Wonderful staff.

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Caliban
London
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely evening, The Ivy is such a treat, dinner is always very special

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StuartV
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would really recommend - great food and cocktails. Staff were amazing, could not fault the evening. A little piece of normality in a very different world.

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PaulC
Surrey
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Lovely service , amazing cocktails. Food is average

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Jennifer
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really lovely evening as a celebration for a friends upcoming wedding. Staff were attentive and lovely and the food was incredible.

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RichardW
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. Service OK. Starters took a long time given how many staff were on an appeared very quickly after we reminded them.

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Shirley
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

excellent food and service as usual thank you. We will be back.

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scouser704
Warwickshire
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere in these difficult times. Excellent service and a brilliant duck salad. Champagne was nicely chilled as I have complained once before about temperature. Great response from the floor manager about my concerns. When my time slot was up I was asked to sit at the bar without time limit. Very considerate.

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glennp
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Our server was fabulous not to pushy but sooeared to top up drinks etc. Really enjoyed it.

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chandram
Surrey
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Loved the atmosphere, so nice to have a buzz in these covid times !

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CarolineW
Surrey
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Ivy was a great restaurant to celebrate my husband’s 75th Birthday with some of our family. Our grandsons said the steaks were the “best ever” !

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RayH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

As we are not from Guildford the address we had was 98 high street
We walked up and down the high street and could not find it the Ivy holds your table for 5 minutes only
So I called and spoke to a member of staff and asked her where it was she said I can’t explain I’ll pass you to someone who can
I thought that was very odd that a member of staff could not tell us where the restaurant is I was passed to Alex who managed to explain exactly how to get there
It is in a shopping centre on the 2nd floor there are no obvious signs to point you in the right direction as we are from Eastbourne I think we would have struggled to find it
On entering we approached the booking in desk and despite 3 members of staff standing behind the desk we were ignored 2 members of staff males wearing dark suits I assumed were managers carried on having a conversation the other member was busy on the computer and eventually she acknowledged us and took us to our table the 2 males carried on chatting
We chose the ivy because we have eaten in both Brighton and Tunbridge Wells restaurants and had excellent service and food
Our initial experience with Guildford fell very well short of our previous visits to other ivy restaurants
That said
The table staff that served us were absolutely fabulous and so was our food and wine
Shame about the managers
Ray Hind

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EllieD
Surrey
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Being Coeliac I would really love to see more gluten free options in the menu, such as gluten free buns with a burger rather than a burger between two slices of gluten free bread. The same would apply to muffins and pancakes, breakfast sausages. These items are widely available these days gluten free. A separate gluten free menu with a more comprehensive choice is overdue Ivy! Côte have a fantastic gluten free menu so at the moment, Cote is always my first choice.

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KarenJ
Naples
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our original booking for 8.45 was changed to 8.15 after we realized how tight that was if we had to leave by 10. 8.15 had not been available to book but when I rang to ask if we needed to preorder in order to get two courses in time the receptionist juggled the bookings. Hurrah. Top marks.
We are regulars at The Ivy and we haven't had a poor meal. Good quality relatively simple dishes full of flavour.
We ate in the lower restaurant. Lovely vibrant colours. Very pretty surroundings. The alcoholic hand spray has changed from a Tequila one to Limoncello. We kept using it!

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Percy
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food and service was good but was a bit shocked to get the service charge added to the bill. I was under the impression that tips were voluntary and should be 10% of the bill. Service charge was 12% and not voluntary.

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DanH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We were taken downstairs initially away from the atmosphere. Not sure why. We were moved back upstairs upon request though. The menu was pretty basic, which surprised me considering the Ivy's reputation. The service was a little better than some restaurants but equal to others. The atmosphere was great though.

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AndyS
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Celebrating my wife's retirement we chose The Ivy for this special occasion as living in Guildford for many year, we haven't dined here before. We were very impressed by the quality of the food and service - on par with expensive London restaurants. We only had a 90 minute slot but the service was very prompt and courteous, and so managed 3 courses and coffee. The ambience was pleasant, but quite noisy. Would go again.

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DarrylC
Brighton
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A usual the Ivy Castle view was excellent. Service, food and the ambience was first class.

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn't ask for better service and food was amazing. Highly recommended.

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HelenS
Surrey
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time. The service and meal were both lovely

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Very good service. Great ambience and it was CoVid safe

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NatalieC
London
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal, great service and friendly staff. Would recommended to family and friends

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vipsimianfriend
London
96 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Impressed with Covid precautions. Great service. Food is good overall but my Burger was a little dry and needed more seasoning which I found slightly disappointing

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Cara
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food & service.
Will definitely be returning!

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Jacklyn
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you to all the staff at the Ivvy, the service was exeptional, the food was superb. My husband & I really enjoyed our visit, the ambience, friendly and helpful staff and prompt service all helped to make the day special! We look forward to returning in the not too distant future.

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AngelaO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely setting, nice decor, excellent service & very goof menu/food. The lunch time menu is also very good value.

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EmmaB
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious and civic safe, lovely setting and atmosphere

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GrefaF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very lovely place
Came with my partner for the breakfast and I must say it’s the best thing and the best place ever
Very great service
Tall handsome guy who serviced us was really amazing and smiley dude

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great 👍 food lovely although a bit rushed !

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EmmaF
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Incredible Monkfish and Prawn Curry - and sublime truffle mash

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BonnyD
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very welcoming & friendly. Our waitress was very attentive & friendly. Precautions were in place for our safety.

The sweet potato vegetable curry was excellent!

Will be booking again for our Christmas get together!

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MarianP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I booked for a celebration birthday lunch. On arrival we were greeted and promptly shown to our seats. Our waiter was attentive and polite and the food was superb.
Thank you for a lovely time. We will definitely recommend to our friends.

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JackB
Brighton
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely first experience dining at The Ivy Guildford. Our waiter Steven did a fantastic job of interacting with us and delivering his recommendations and dishes of the day. Not only this, but the additional birthday cake was a complete surprise and really appreciated. He’s a great asset to your restaurant. Our meals were delicious and the service was very quick but certainly not rushed. I would highly recommend going here, particularly for a special occasion.

Thanks

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BunnyBugs
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed every element of our dining experience. Great atmosphere and vibe!! Particularly in Covid times! Staff was very friendly and attentive.

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NicholasBiffaB
Surrey
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab service and delicious faultless food and wine.

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PatriciaH
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely time had and food good, Would like more choice in main courses on gluten free menu
Service excellent
Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful! The food was tasty and presented very well. Staff were polite, friendly and professional.

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RebeccaB
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent waitress !! Attentive without being too much

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194747272
Surrey
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent with good amounts for the price. Environment is lovely with friendly staff who are very helpful.

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The Ivy Castle View is rated 4.5 stars by 4331 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.