Breakfast at The Ivy Bath Brasserie
New this Spring, The Ivy Bath Brasserie has opened a truly fabulous private dining room and enchanting al fresco terrace, located on the first floor of their premises on Milsom Street, Bath. Having reviewed their restaurant on the ground floor earlier this year (yes 'Chocolate Bombe', I'm still dreaming about you!) I was delighted to be invited back to attend a press breakfast meeting last Tuesday morning, to mark the occasion of their new opening upstairs.
Upon arrival, I headed straight for the outdoor terrace, which you'll see, provides a perfect playground for taking photos...
Colourful wicker chairs and marble top tables are situated beneath a large gazebo (well, most of them ;)!), protecting diners from rain or shine - ah, typical British weather, how we love and despise you in equal measure!
Introducing a romantic and secret garden-esque feel to the terrace, the walls are adorned in elegant mirrors which cunningly enhance the feeling of light and space.
Festoons of climbing plants and a combination of small trees and potted shrubs work beautifully to create texture, warmth and vibrance. Adding to an already captivating and relaxing space, the terrace is home to an outdoor fireplace too. Just imagining the glow of embers, warm evening air and dusk light, whilst enjoying food and drinks with friends or family... it conjures up my idea of an ideal evening in the city.
Not to mention the picturesque views from the terrace which look out onto Georgian rooftops and the spire of St.Michael's Church on Broad Street.
Guests can enjoy all the usual meal options out on the terrace, including dinner and cocktails (weather permitting). Clawing myself away from these gorgeous surroundings, I made my way back indoors to be delighted by what awaited me in The Baldwin Room...
Similar to the interior decor of the restaurant downstairs, this private dining room, which can hold up to "30 guests on one long table, or 40 on four round tables of ten", boasts beautiful Art-Deco style details and glamorous furnishings at every turn. Upon our visit, one vast table occupied the centre of the room which was set for breakfast. The table was laden with delicious pastries and preserves which were nestled upon tiered stands. These pretty floral centrepieces immediately caught our eyes. Mirrored glass fish bowl vases filled with colourful, hot pink hydrangeas and soft fern leaves featured in all of our photos, I'm sure!
"The walls of The Baldwin Room are adorned with sandstone fabric panels and locally referenced artwork inspired by the Bath’s ancient spas, Roman history and local botanicals." I noticed similar eye-catching panels with references to Bath in their downstairs restaurant when dining for my review, and can't help but think how thoughtful and apt it is to incorporate elements of our city in the interior decor here. Us Bathonian's certainly appreciate it!
The views from The Baldwin Room look out onto Milsom Street. Plush, deep velvet seats are positioned by the windows, granting diners, or those enjoying a quick drink, a cosy corner to enjoy a bit of people watching below!
Breakfast in The Baldwin Room is certainly worth waking up for! With the difficult option of choosing from the mouth-watering dishes, I went for the 'Avocado, Tomato and Sesame'...
Alongside a piping hot tea.
Chopped avocado with roasted plum tomatoes, poached hen's eggs on toasted granary with a sesame dressing.
It was SO TASTY!
A visit to The Ivy Bath Brasserie's new food and drinks quarters is not to be missed! The glamorous space of The Baldwin Room can cater for private parties, corporate breakfasts, lunches and dinners. It also provides a beautiful backdrop for entertaining family and friends. So, what are you waiting for? ;)
Many thanks to Madeleine Waters from Coco PR for kindly inviting me along to the press morning, and of course, to The Ivy Bath Brasserie for hosting our wonderful breakfast.
For booking details and all other information and enquiries regarding The Ivy Bath Brasserie, please head here...