What to expect when The Ivy spreads to Birmingham

Celebrity hang-out The Ivy is looking at opening a sister restaurant in Birmingham.

The location of the new Ivy Collection outlet has not been revealed, with the owners keeping details close to their chests for now.

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But a spokesman for the Caprice group – which owns the brand – confirmed that it was “investigating opportunities in the area”.
The company is rolling out a wave of new Ivy grills, brasseries and cafes after their success in London – the so-called Ivy Collection.
Manchester is another city targeted by the group.

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.

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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.

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There are breakfasts, weekend brunches, afternoon tea and pre-theatre and post-theatre meals as well as an extensive a la carte menu.

The 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).

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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).

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There’s an extensive wine list starting at less than £20 and rising to £200 plus cocktails, beers and other drinks.
You can check out the Ivy Market Grill menu and find other information here: http://theivymarketgrill.com

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