THE IVY CAFE BLACKHEATH

February 23, 2018

Rivington Greenwich has been part of the community and Greenwich dining scene since 2006. British comfort food and an impressive list of Gins and cocktails feature in a simple but concise menu. We visited Rivington on a Sunday night. Being part of the Caprice Group (see The Ivy, Le Caprice, Harry’s Bar etc), we expected classic British dishes with a modern twist. 

Upon arrival, I was greeted almost immediately by a member of staff and was asked to take a seat at the bar whilst our table was getting ready. The bartender swiftly acknowledged me and asked if I wished to order drinks. Since my co-diner was on the way I chose to order my drink when we were at the table and not at the bar so he offered me some cold water, which was well received. In the meantime I was enjoying the beautiful live music by Simone Craddock, a fabulous jazz singer and by Robin Banerjee, a talented guitarist.

Our very friendly waitress took us to our table and she allowed some time for us to choose our drinks, which I always find so courteous. We both loved the fact that she was very friendly and her suggestions were actually on point. Our cocktails were exactly what we asked for and although we never tried neither of them before we were impressed that they matched our taste and what we asked for. Their drinks menu has possibly the best variety in Greenwich and the cocktails were well presented and executed. They do after all, pride themselves in their gin collection, with a total of 215 labels and rightful so. Also, they currently run Gin O’Clock (every weekday 5-7pm) when they offer G&Ts for £6 and each month you can try a different gin.

Photos: Julia Kourmpidou

Following that night, some friends and I booked a table to have brunch and taste their morning menu.

From the very start they were extremely accommodating! We requested a window table and a high chair and all was set up for us before we arrived. From a hospitality point of view, our first impressions were really good. That was rather apparent from the opening evening too.

Photo: from The Ivy Cafe Blackheath website

For my starter I chose the Burrata and Heirloom tomatoes salad, with rocket leaves and a basil dressing and my dining companion ordered the Smoked salmon with a beetroot and horseradish remoulade. Both plates arrived in a timely manner, with a clean and simple presentation. My burrata was fresh and creamy but my tomatoes were lacking that punchy taste of the heirloom tomatoes, that you find especially this time of the year. I was hoping for more sweetness from the tomatoes and more flavour.

Photo: Julia Kourmpidou

For my starter I chose the Burrata and Heirloom tomatoes salad, with rocket leaves and a basil dressing and my dining companion ordered the Smoked salmon with a beetroot and horseradish remoulade. Both plates arrived in a timely manner, with a clean and simple presentation. My burrata was fresh and creamy but my tomatoes were lacking that punchy taste of the heirloom tomatoes, that you find especially this time of the year. I was hoping for more sweetness from the tomatoes and more flavour.

Photo: Julia Kourmpidou

One thing that I have to comment on was their attentiveness and how discreet it was. I truly hate it when a waiter comes to ask how your food was, and you are mumbling with a stuffed mouth. At The Ivy, they were always keeping an eye on us, at close proximity and with just a nod they were by our table instantly.

What a great brunch we had! We felt welcome, well looked after and in such a beautiful setting, because the restaurant is exquisitely decorated. Big points for using local pictures on the walls. And it is really family friendly too, there were at least 4 families with young children around us.

Overall a wonderful and relaxing morning and we are all looking forward to coming back for lunch or dinner soon.