Restaurant of the Month – The Ivy Chelsea Garden

by / Monday, 20 April 2015 / Published in Exclusive, Food, Lifestyle, Luxury, Restuarant

As a pre-requisite to The Ivy’s rebirth in the West End, the boutique restaurateurs Caprice Holdings have launched The Chelsea Garden, The Ivy’s stunning, prettier and altogether more relaxed all day restaurant on King’s Road.

Styled similarly to Bourne & Hollingsworth’s Buildings in Farringdon, this expansive (275 covers, in and out) plot is half-saved for walk-ins, who can enjoy all styles of Modern British food in formal dining space, a lounge dressed with burnt orange booth seating or outdoors. All areas wear their sleeves rolled up and formality is an afterthought. Wicker seating on stone decking with centered flower beds and fountains will be stunning in summer months for aperitifs, and an inside-out greenhouse has a modern Asian aesthetic with a mode-ish black and white scheme of colour.

On the wall in the dining room are – amongst other bits – botanical illustrations of oranges that pay homage to an orangery that occupied this spot in the 1700s, when a bowling green made use of the King’s Road’s forgotten greenery. Chelsea’s later history is in the lounge, via a large collection of vintage signs and illustrations which make for charming viewing through breakfasts, elevenses, lunches or suppers from Executive Chef Sean Burbidge – or come in later for a spree-on-cocktails.