The Ivy Brasserie in Cobham recently opened and luckily for us on the weekend my parents were here. As parents of two under three (the youngest being seven months old) we don’t get out much as a couple so when I realised that the two coincided I jumped at the chance to go on a date night with the husband.
We went on day two of the Ivy’s opening week and weren’t surprised at how busy it was – this place is going to be popular!
The restaurant is deceptively big, we were seated in the original part of the building on big comfortable sofas in a corner area which meant we could sit next to each other. In this area there was a private table upstairs which could be used if you were having a big celebration meal for example. The extension part of the restaurant huge with a big bar area and views to the outdoor area. We didn’t sit outside but had a little look and it looked like a wonderful area for al fresco dining in the summer for lunches or afternoon teas.
The Ivy is open all day; for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and for dinner – so there is a meal there for everyone. I am especially interested in trying the afternoon tea (I’ve been looking for a nice one in Surrey for ages so I might try and persuade my Mum and sister to go with me for one of our birthdays).
The outside of The Ivy and the original part of the building
Looking in from the garden The bar area which looked like it was serving some delicious cocktails – one for next time!
We were impressed with the variety of meals on the menu from traditional British classics like Shepherds pie to fragrant duck curry and wasabi tempura.
There was something for everyone and we really struggled to decide what to have! I always try to have something different to food that we cook at home and I was in heaven with all the choices.
There were so many delicious things on the menu we struggled to decide!
Cheers to a parents night out!
We decided on a prawn cocktail (for the husband) and prawn and squid tempura with a wasabi mayo for me.
We loved the presentation of the dishes – there was something exquisite about them. My prawns and squid came in a silver dish almost wrapped in a napkin and Nicks, for a classic dish, was beautifully presented.
We noticed that lots of other tables were having these two dishes, so they must be popular!
For our mains we had a chicken milanese and blackened cod, both absolutely delicious and I especially enjoyed the blackened cod. It was cooked perfectly, it was silky smooth and melted in the mouth. Nick really enjoyed his chicken and especially enjoyed the truffle and parmesan chips!
We also treated ourselves to desserts – mostly because we didn’t want the evening to end and a little bit because we fancied a bit more of the delicious food! I really enjoyed my chocolate bomb and Nick had a wonderful looking cheese board with three cheeses to enjoy.
What we thought…
It was an absolutely delicious meal with beautiful surroundings and a really nice atmosphere. We really enjoyed getting out together and didn’t feel rushed so we could really catch up (we definitely spoke about the girls 80% of the time but as parents of course you will)!!
It was an expensive meal though, I’d put this in my list of places for a special occasion. We didn’t go crazy and the bill was over £130 for two. The big costs were drinks. I am a keen Sauvignon Blanc fan but as I am now on statutory maternity pay we couldn’t really justify the £38 price tag of one of the bottles so we tried a Spanish wine instead (£22) and were pleasantly surprised.
I would definitely recommend The Ivy Brasserie if you have a special occasion and want to splash out.
Until the next date night…
We have also recently reviewed Prezzo in Weybridge, for that review click here