The anticipation in Cambridge has been growing ever since news broke that the Ivy would be opening a brasserie. At long last the doors to the stylish restaurant are open and the crowds are piling in. We booked a table to see what all the fuss was about…
Almost 20 minutes late for my reservation, I hurried along the cobbles towards the warm glow of the restaurant which spilled onto Trinity Street on a wet and windy spring evening. On arrival my husband and I were greeted by a team of hostesses dressed in red. We were promptly shown to our cosy corner booth table. Being on time is essential if you want to keep your reservation at Cambridge’s newest hotspot. Tables are only held for 20 minutes and I’m not surprised, as even though it was a Wednesday evening, the restaurant was packed, full of couples, friends and colleagues.
We started with a refreshing Midsummer G&T, which uses Chase Seville orange gin mixed with Fever Tree Mediterranean tonic alongside a portion of Truffle arancini. The menu features a good selection of meat, fish and seafood dishes. We’re both pescitarians so there was plenty of option for both starters and main.
To start I tucked in to juicy scallops, while my husband chose Tuna carpaccio. Fish dishes on the main menu range from yellowfin tuna and sea bass to cod and lobster. Meat lovers will be satisfied with a selection of succulent steaks, duck, lamb and more, while vegetarians can dine on halloumi and pardron peppers and butternut squash and grains.
For main we both chose the crab linguine, a simple but plentiful dish. The lure of dessert was too tempting and we finished with a flourless cappuccino cake and the Instagram worthy chocolate bombe.
Bold, bright and beautiful, the restaurant features tables and booths and chic bar, while walls are adorned with vibrant art prints and vintage images of Cambridge. Whether it’s a special occasion or a casual brunch, The Ivy Cambridge is certainly worth a visit.
Prices: Starters from £5.50, mains from £12.75, desserts from £5.25
16 Trinity Street, Cambridge, CB2 1TB | Tel: 01223 344044