The Ivy MARLOW & GARDEN
Words Susie Smyth
There was a definite frisson of excitement in the air when The Ivy Marlow Garden opened its doors last May in the busy riverside town where locals are already spoiled for choice when it comes to top-notch eateries. Now well and truly bedded into the heart of Marlow High Street, The Ivy Marlow Garden on a freezing Friday evening in February offers up a glamorous, buzzing vibe from the moment you step into the cavernous space where well over 100 covers are comfortably accommodated.
Overall, the first impression as we take our seats is one of an artful blend of sophisticated, polished luxury that’s also casual and relaxed. With a glass of Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rose in my hand and a refreshing Ivy G&T for Rory, it was time to take in the menu. The A La Carte offers an overwhelming choice of dishes covering every possible element of all day dining and is a true reflection of the Brasserie’s desire to be an ‘all encompassing, contemporary British venue for breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, light snacks, cocktails and dinner’.
There’s surely something to suit all tastes – with starters ranging from staple classics such as Oak Smoked Salmon to my heavenly Crispy Duck Salad with five spice dressing, toasted cashews, watermelon, beansprouts, coriander and ginger which alone was worth the visit. It was a truly delicious medley of oriental flavour with a satisfyingly crunchy texture and a pop of refreshing sweetness. Rory’s Atlantic Sea Scallops with Truffle risoni, shaved Parmesan, black truffle and sweet potato crisps were equally as delicious – fat, juicy scallops perfectly balanced with the delicate flavour of truffles and a contrasting crunch of sweet potato.
Service was excellent with smartly dressed, white-aproned waiting staff – Adrian was attentive and happy to recommend wines for each course, and every one was perfectly paired and delicious. Between us, Rory and I enjoyed an elegant Pinot Noir, a light-bodied Soave, the palest pink quintessential Provence Minuity Prestige Rose, a ripe and juicy Plaisir de Chateau Siaurac and finally, a gently effervescent, sweet but not syrupy Moscato d’Asti to complement our desserts.
TLB VERDICT: Marlow may well be packed with a fine selection of well-loved eateries, but there’s always room for one more and The Ivy Marlow Garden seems suitably set to take its place among the best.
66-68 High Street, Marlow