Set Menu at The Ivy Bath Brasserie - Bath
Last year, 'The Ivy Collection' celebrated its 100th anniversary, and, in the lead up to this milestone birthday, its owners, Caprice Holdings, were busy extending its footprint across the UK. Bringing glitz and glamour, which is of course synonymous with The Ivy, to our bustling city last autumn, we welcomed The Ivy Bath Brasserie to Milsom Street. I have written about this elegant dining venue on a couple of occasions before, but, I have never reviewed their 'Set Menu' meal.
So, I was delighted to receive an invitation to return to sample their set menu, and, bespoke new 'The Ivy Roy-Owl' champagne-based cocktail, which has been created in celebration of the Minerva's Owls of Bath campaign.
In addition to the set menu, which runs from Monday to Friday, 11:30am to 6:30pm, The Ivy Bath Brasserie serves an all-day dining menu too. Open seven days a week, for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as weekend brunch and afternoon tea, diners are certainly offered plenty of delicious opportunities to visit, whatever the occasion...
Choosing to dine on a recent Thursday, at just gone 6:00pm, Scott and I were very much looking forward to a taste of The Ivy Bath Brasserie's eclectic mix of modern British comfort food and international dishes, all of which have been created by The Ivy's Executive Chef, Sean Burbidge.
Now, before I reveal what dishes we ordered from the set menu, I must just for a moment mention the interiors, it goes without saying, the restaurant is a feast for the eyes...
Every which way you turn, you'll notice opulent nods to Art Deco-style architecture and design. Deep blue leather banquettes and plush velvet chairs promise a luxurious and comfortable dining experience. The gallery-like feel to the eclectic display of locally referenced artwork that adorns the walls prompts interesting conversation starters too! Beautiful floral displays, that wouldn't look out of place at a wedding, frame corners of the restaurant, whilst twinkling chandeliers shimmer from above. Crisp white table cloths are immaculately pressed and topped with shiny cutlery and flickering votive candles, whilst sparkling service is delivered by impeccably dressed waiting staff...
Opting for three courses (£21.00 pp) we set to work, choosing what dishes tickled our fancy. Meanwhile, two cocktails were brought to our table. The aforementioned 'The Ivy Roy-Owl', (£10.75) consisting of hibiscus gin, sloe infusion, rose water and The Ivy Champagne.
This playful twist on 'The Ivy Royale' is only available until Monday 10th September, so best be quick if you want to swoop in on the action!
The second beverage we sampled was a G&T, but, not as you know it! Seedlip (a non-alcoholic spirit) replaces the gin, is served with Indian Tonic Water and finished with a ribbon of fresh cucumber. If you are a gin lover, you may be raising your eyebrows, but, don't knock it till' you've tried it! It was so refreshing and a great alternative.
Our fantastic waiter, Luis, invited us to try some small bites whilst we waited for our starters to arrive. We opted for a bowl of 'Zucchini Fritti' (£5.75)...
Excuse us whilst we scoop up mouthfuls of these gorgeously golden courgette fries that we've coated in lashings of lemon, chilli and mint yoghurt sauce!
Then to start, officially! A 'Creamed White Onion Soup' served with confit onion and crispy sage.
As well as a 'Pork, Apple, and Peppercorn Terrine' served with a pear and stem ginger chutney, cornichons and toasted ciabatta.
Next, 'Roast Hake' with a white bean cassoulet, pork lardons and baby onions.
No fuss or frills here, just perfectly cooked fish with well-balanced flavours coming through from the rich and creamy cassoulet.
Luis suggested we sampled a side, so we ordered the 'Tenderstem Broccoli, Lemon Oil and Sea Salt' (£3.75)
Whilst Scott chose to surf, I opted to turf! Trying the delicious 'Steak, Garlic Butter and Thick Cut Chips', for my main. (This is a £3.50 supplement).
Our set menu concluded with two decadent desserts...
An unashamedly, self-indulgent 'Vanilla Ice Cream' submerged in a river of molten salted caramel sauce and chocolate shards. All day, every day? Yes please!
And, a summery 'Strawberry Panna Cotta' adorned with edible flowers, fresh herbs and strawberry halves.
Our verdict? We will certainly be recommending the set menu at The Ivy Bath Brasserie. It offers great value for money, is ideal for those who prefer a stripped-back menu (there are only a handful of dishes per course to choose from, perfect for indecisive eaters), and, the standard of cookery was fantastic from start to finish. Moreover, even as the restaurant began to swell with other diners filling the seats fast around us, (by just gone 7pm, almost every table was occupied!) our waiter, Luis, kept a beady eye on us, ensuring we received a smooth and attentive service throughout.
Ah, now you may be wondering why I am concluding my review today with a photo of this striking feathery fellow who sits outside the brasserie?! Well, he belongs to The Ivy Bath Brasserie for the duration of the Minerva Owl's of Bath Summer Sculpture Trail.
Cornucopi-owl is his name, and he was designed by award-winning local artist, Richard Twose. Featuring all the varied, seasonal fruits, vegetables and meat offerings that The Ivy Bath Brasserie have on their menus, as well as paying tribute to their colourful and contemporary artwork and interiors, Cornucopi-owl is a particularly eye-catching piece of art. All the more reason to stop by this former NatWest building, not only to admire him, but of course, to step indoors for all that fabulous food!
For the all-important details regarding this set menu and reservations, visit The Ivy Bath Brasserie here.
Thank you so much to Rebecca Elmer and The Ivy Bath Brasserie for giving me the opportunity to review.