Following the success of the launch of The Ivy Market Grill late last year, Richard Caring’s illustrious Caprice Holdings group is set to open yet another spin-off of the original Covent Garden restaurant, this time on Kings Road. The venue, which will occupy a Grade II listed building dating to 1772, is earmarked to open 30th March after 12 months of refurbishment.
It’s a tall order to try to replicate the boom of one of Britain’s most famous restaurants not once, but twice, but if the plans shown to Corner are anything to go by, the Chelsea ‘branch’ of The Ivy will be distinct in style and concept, with only the occasional nod to the flagship.
Interiors are by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, who have married the original elements of the building with luxe features amongst a palette of orange, pewter, forest green and mustard, with reclaimed parquet, marble mosaics and antique lanterns lingering in the background. The showpiece is undoubtedly the refreshing trilogy of an orangery, terrace and garden at the back of the restaurant, which have been designed by Anthony Challis and Dan Curran of Ginkgo Gardens. Here, wisteria and climbing roses snake over pergolas to dramatic effect, while granite-edged terraces, stone fountains and arched antique mirrors add a dose of glamour.
From the menu diners can expect a mixture of British and international dishes, such as raw yellowfin tuna carpaccio with spiced avocado, lime zest and crème fraîche, or the decadent melting chocolate bombe with milk foam, vanilla ice cream and hot salted caramel sauce. Dishes unique to this arm of the restaurant include the Chelsea garden salad; a plate of thinly shaved raw garden vegetables with avocado hummus and a Manuka honey dressing, no doubt influenced in part by the lush greenery of venue’s own garden.
We’re told that over half of the tables will be available to walk-ins, but the bar lounge with its menu of both classic and innovative cocktails will make waiting more bearable. Stay tuned for updates.