The Ivy Garden, Chelsea

A new restaurant in Chelsea is something people get very excited about.

In the hipper parts of London, the East, Soho, Brixton, restaurants pop up like mushrooms over night. There’s always a new pizza place, a burger joint, or a green juicery setting up shop.

In Chelsea things happen a little slower, the rents are astronomical so opening here is serious business. But with the well heeled, time rich, hungry, (very thirsty!) crowd, restaurateurs can win big.

Especially if they bring something new. Something that’s been missing.

Like a stonking big garden where punters can revel in the sunshine all afternoon with a jug of Pimms, for example!

Next time you’re wandering the streets of Chelsea or shopping on the Kings Road, I’ve got just the place for you.

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The Ivy’s new garden just opened and it’s basically paradise.

You’re led through the bustling restaurant and out into the sunshine. Sumptuous striped cushions surround every table and you weave your way through to find yours.

The crowd of city boys, yummy mummies and Made in Chelsea* types look up to eye whoever walks by.

*If you’re not from Britain, it’s a TV show. A bit like “Real Housewives of wherever”.

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Since our adventures in actual paradise, I’ve been keen not to let this one get away! So she stayed with me in London for a little while.

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The menu is pretty all-encompassing.

You can have breakfast until 11.30, very civilised.

And then things move on to the All Day menu; Tuna Carpaccio, Crispy Duck Salad, Seared Scallops, Fish & Chips, Lobster Pasta, Steak & Chips, Chicken Salad, Suckling Pig belly, Spring Risotto, etc.

With Cream Teas served from 3.

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The Tuna Carpaccio, raw yellowfin tuna with spiced avocado, lime, crème fraîche and coriander shoots.

Light, fresh, utterly delicious.

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Warm seared scallops , pink grapefruit and soused fennel salad, with a citrus dressing.

Plump, rich scallops paired with the sharp grapefruit… just excellent.

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Couple of cheeky cocktails, to celebrate the sunshine!

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But things really got exciting when the main haul arrived!

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Sautéed tiger prawns with ginger and chilli, grilled sweetcorn salad.

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Zucchini fritti (a bit disappointingly limp and floury as it happens), buttered kale & spinach, and truffle parmesan fries to share.

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Mum’s lemon sole.

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Resulting in two very happy campers.

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Who after just one more glass of wine, convinced each other that pudding might actually fit after all!

So shared the Chocolate bombe and Lemon meringue Alaska.

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Melting chocolate bombe with milk foam, vanilla ice cream and honeycomb centre with hot salted caramel sauce

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Baked meringue with lemon ice cream, lemon curd sauce and baby basil.

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We chatted and nibbled until we were almost the only ones left, save for a pair of boozing estate agents (who, seeing as Chelsea is the smallest of ponds, were old friends of mine who came over to join us!)

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The Ivy Garden is exactly what Chelsea needed, and is sure to be a roaring success.

Be sure to book ahead and order the top cocktail on the list, it’s the best.

Inspired by our tipsy property chaps, we strolled off for a little of my favourite game; Dream House Hunting.

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I think it’s fair to say, I found The One!



Chicwish skirt

(I’ve told you about these guys before, they do gorgeous retro styles and feminine cuts)

Pink linen shirt // Cashmere cardigan (40% off) // Pink boaters

Prada tote // Silver May bangle

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Here’s hoping for many more new things in Chelsea.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and (chel)sea what happens!


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  • That salted caramel desert! Just divine. I have been looking for a great outdoor London restaurant to enjoy this Summer and I think I have just found the one. Thanks Rose!
    Sophie xx

  • Tal

    You’re breathtaking, Rose. I need one of those tiger prawns!

    My Little ‘Dream’ Box REVIEW | April 2015 UK

  • HAHA that last pun Rosie – it’s okay 😉 The food looks scummy and it’s nice to see a garden to enjoy in the summer. Pink looks fabulous on you, that skirt is so pretty

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty –

  • Holly von Bock

    love the last shots of you – so pretty, lovely colours xxx

  • Irene

    Beautiful post has a bit of everything. Love all the food description and the pictures are so so beautiful.
    House Hunting game is so so fun!


  • This post is the epitome of spring; long lunches, champagne cocktails, pastel colours, fresh food, tanned skin… it’s gorgeous.

  • Love how you got two types of french fries! girl after my own heart! Ps LOVE the skirt! <3

    Michaela x

  • I love the chicswich skirt, and with it being on sale, I may have to take you up on that recommendation.
    After reading your posts, I want to visit Chelsea just to do a foodie tour of all the great eateries!

  • Jeannie C

    Your outfit is exquisite! And that place looks like it was plucked out of a story book

  • London in the spring does sound like a delight :3

  • Pippa

    I also had the Ivy Garden Royale and the Tuna Carpaccio when I visited the Ivy Garden and they are both amazing! I can’t wait to go back with the girls!

    Great post as always Rosie! Thank you.

    Pippa x

  • Goodness, that outfit is darling and lunch with mom sounds like a perfect pass time! Ps. I’m working on a little watercolor print for you x) Hope you’ll like it <3

  • Rebecca

    Looks like a wonderful way to spend an afternoon!

  • Corina Cucutianu

    you are amazing. So effortlessly chic and charming. That shirt makes me dream of boats and calm waters.
    Wonderful assemble!

  • Helena

    This post made me so hungry! If I ever visit Chelsea, I’ll be sure to stop by this amazing place. Oh, and you look absolutely stunning as always. Love this outfit ♥

  • hair tutorial? always so beautiful! xo

  • Oh my gosh, the desserts!! Plus, I think that’s the perfect outfit for Chelsea. 🙂

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • Oh wow, I was really enjoying the lemon sole pictures .. until I got to the desert .. that chocolate bombe looks amazing!! And lemon meringue .. oh my! My mouth is watering just looking at it. And I’m loving your outfit!

    Ree // Coffee with Ree

  • Sally Bardayan

    Rosie your hair is a thing of beauty!

  • The slow pace

    That chocolate bomb has to be mine!

  • The place is beautiful and the food looked so yummy!! 🙂

  • OMG no that desert looks soooo good! This place looks incredible, I’ld love to visit next time I’m in London!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  • Julia

    Oh my god your posts never fail to make me starving even if I’ve just had a huge meal! The dessert looks especially to die for, I’m drooling over the chocolate. And I love your outfit as well! 🙂

  • These deserts look way too good!! I can’t believe I missed that place on my last trip to London. 🙂
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

  • Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!! Also love your relationship with your Momma – it’s a beautiful thing to have your Mom as a best friend x

  • You really tempt me to hop on a plane and go on a culinary tour of London town. Love the blush color on you!

  • Oh you always take the best food pics! And your outfits are always great, but this one is a true inspiration haha Pastel pink is the best xx

  • Alexandra Cordato

    Great photos, can’t wait to try it! I think I will take my Mum as well when she visits 🙂

  • Loving the preppy vibes to your look Rosie. Chocolate bombe & salted caramel sauce…..I’m there!
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Love the pop of blue your bag adds to the photos!

  • Your prawns look delicious Rosie but that chocolate bombe takes the cake. Or errr, takes the bombe.

    Love Hayley,

    Water Painted Dreams

  • I was SO CLOSE to getting past the four pm slump without chocolate, but after seeing that chocolate bomb.. alllll the Lindt, please. There’s always tomorrow to be good, right?

    michelle marie

  • This food looks to die for!!! Also adore your outfit, you look adorable x

  • Yeah okay, but which is better, the chocolate bomb at Bob Bob Ricard or the one here? The people demand to know!!

  • Maggie Fitzsimmons

    Ohh my friend and I went to go here last week as we were told a couple of NYC gals would enjoy it — we walked by and thought it looked lame (granted it was at 10 pm). Looks like we unfortunately missed the main attraction, the back garden! Never judge a book by it’s cover I suppose 😉 guess another London trip is in my future. xx

  • mariel

    The Ivy Garden sounds amazing and the food looks so good! those desserts are just scrumptious…your outfit looks so lovely Rosie, the pink shades are so gorgeous <3


  • Haha, that’s so funny! Me and my sister always play Dream House Hunting when we’re passing Notting Hill or Chelsea area after shopping, my idea of an absolutely devine sunday!!

  • Haha, that’s so funny! Me and my sister always play Dream House Hunting when we’re passing Notting Hill or Chelsea area after shopping, my idea of an absolutely devine sunday!!

  • Kandi Pack

    So preppy and summery! Looks amazing.

  • Looks like a charming restaurant. In love with your outfit, perfect for Spring!

    – The Southern Adventurer

  • Oh my god it looks amazing ! The deserts seem stunning I’ve never seen something like this !!! I’ll go sometimes…


    Céline from Larry & Co.

  • Lydia

    I love your blog and am a regular visitor. I gather that you love the ocean and enjoy the beauty and reefs within it. I wonder if you have ever thought about the fish you eat in resturants. A lot of the resturants you review serve incredible looking fish dishes but I was wondering if they are fished sustainably? and whether this is something you consider when chosing places to eat?

  • Kate

    What a delicious post! I’m really craving that chocolate bomb now! Wish we had desserts like that in the states, I have yet to find one!


  • ninegrandstudent

    All that food looks gorgeous…I can’t wait to live in London this summer! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

  • Victoria

    Wow, delicious! :O so jel!! And I love your outfit, it’s gorgeous! X

  • What a lovely looking place! And my gosh, look at those delicious puddings!

    Gemma x (a UK lifestyle blog)

  • Rūta

    Mmmm your main dish looked so good. I’d love to learn to recreate that. Wish I lived in London so I could try this restaurant.

  • Your food photos need to come with a warning, if you’re hungry and not expecting them, your face will be in the fridge within moments.

    That caramel dessert looks good enough to lick my screen! Yum.

    Rachel x
    The Inelegant Wench

  • I was at the Ivy Chelsea Garden for breakfast last week and I agree, it’s paradise!

  • Everything looks delicious and oh my goodness those desserts!! Definitely want to go here if I’m every in the area.

  • That outfit! Such a cute skirt!


  • Queenie Lee

    Ooh the food looks yum and I’m lovin’ your outfit! xx

  • Steph @ Lipstick & Cake

    I am positively salivating after reading this and even more excited about returning to London soon. x

  • This looks so delicious Rosie. Wow. Desperate to go… I have started up a food blog by the way:

    Love your blog x

  • Love, love, love this blog post! You look beautiful and the food at the Ivy Garden looks divine! Thanks for sharing.
    Georgie x

  • Natasha Lancaster

    Those desserts look stunning – but a very bad thing to see just before lunch! All good intentions to have a healthy salad evaporated like a morning fog…

  • The prawns look out of this world! Your posts always leave me feeling hungry

  • Looking fab. What a delicious looking meal. Thanks for the hit. next time in London I will have to check it out.

    Rosie x

  • This sounds like a fabulous lunch! Glad you got to enjoy it with your mum!! 🙂

    xo Emily

  • Such a lovely post Roise, the photos are really stunning xx from Dubai !

  • I recently went to the Ivy Market Grill with my ma and had the exact same starters and desserts as you and your ma! We clearly all have fantastic taste! Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

  • This meal looks incredible – YUM! – Charlie,

  • Kate

    I love how the restaurant tables have a polka dot pattern on them!


  • Wow it looks incredible and just the right weather to enjoy too.

    You nearly lost me at the salted caramel desert though, I was too busy drooling on the keyboard.

    Mel ♥ everyword

  • So tasty!! I love this pastel combo as well, it’s beautiful for Spring!

  • Livia S.

    very cute pink outfit and that food looks so delicious especially the chocolate bomb! 🙂

    Broadway Nature

  • Nicola Bonn

    You and your Mum are adorable and inspiring. I hope to have a similar relationship with my little girl when she’s older.
    Nicola xx

  • That is just the cutest outfit ever!

    And lobster pasta – HOOK A GAL UP!


  • I am in love with that pink skirt!! And The Ivy Garden looks like such a nice place.

  • This food looks and sounds amazing and I love that you went with your mom! Plus, the blue of that bag is divine!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Ah! That chocolate bomb!

  • Cannot wait to try this! I adore your posts and your style. Very inspiring and exactly why I included you on my list of 8 Inspiring Women For International Women’s Day.

    Beautiful photos as always!

    The Student Traveller

  • goundy

    Wow that salted caramel… so jelly! I’m looking forward to going to London and trying out these spectacular restaurants.

  • Adaleta Avdic

    My boyfriend & I were literally drooling and our eyes popped open at the desserts. Yummy is an understatement! xx, Ada

  • Emma McLeod

    Ummm….Where can i buy legs like yours? Thanks
    Emma xx

  • Really enjoyed reading this post, lovely photos as well


  • Those two desserts… I just can’t get over them Rosie, they look so tasty!!!

  • Inspired to plan a brunch and do some spring shopping after reading this post, love it!

  • The Chocolate Bomb…Oh My God!!! The Ivy Garden looks perfect for Chelsea! It’s been a while since I last visited that area of London! Walking down Sloane street and then turning right on Kings Road is my favorite walk in London! The Farmers market is also a favorite of mine, but again it’s been more than 5 years since I last visited!!

  • This is my favourite place in Chelsea.. I am going twice next week. Think its great that there is a place where you can combine people watching and good food together. Roziani xx