Celebrity hang-out The Ivy is rumoured to be taking over the site of one of Birmingham’s most upmarket shops to open a new restaurant.
The Caprice group – owner of the expanding Ivy Collection chain – is refusing to confirm the location of its planned new Birmingham restaurant.
But it recently confirmed that it was “investigating opportunities in the area”.
And several sources have now told me that the site being considered is the Louis Vuitton and Austin Reed shops in Temple Row overlooking Birmingham Cathedral.
London-based Epic Property Asset Management revealed plans to the large stylish modern space into a restaurant or bar as long ago as September 2015.
The Colmore area is fast becoming the hub of Birmingham’s food and drink, with a string of independent and chain establishments.
The Caprice Group is rolling out a wave of new Ivy grills, brasseries and cafes after their success in London – the so-called Ivy Collection, with Manchester also in line for a new eatery.
What to expect
The legendary Ivy itself, in London’s West End, has attracted a host of stars such as Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Angelina Jolie, Madonna and David and Victoria Beckham with its relaxed style and repertoire of simple but beautifully-crafted and satisfying dishes.
The Ivy Collection outlets build on that informality and quality.
Tables can be booked in advance, but a number are kept free so people can wander in throughout the day to eat and drink.
There are breakfasts, weekend brunches, afternoon tea and pre-theatre and post-theatre meals as well as an extensive a la carte menu.
Based on the menu for the Ivy Market Grill in Covent Garden, expect starters such as chicken liver parfait (£6.75), seasonal soup (£5.50), prawn cocktail (£9.75), crispy duck salad (£7.95) or tuna carpaccio (£8.95).
Main courses might include shepherd’s pie (£13.50), slow-roasted lamb shoulder (£16.25), pukka-spiced aubergine with sweet potato (£13.95) or fish and chips (£14.50).
The dessert menu includes flourless cappuccino cake (£7.25), apple tart fine (£7.95) and chocolate bombe (£8.50).
There’s an extensive wine list starting at less than £20 and rising to £200 plus cocktails, beers and other drinks.