Well, this is one we’ve been waiting for – The Ivy Oxford Brasserie is finally due to open, after announcing a launch date and reservations opening!
The restaurant, which will seat around 185 in its main dining area and 24 in a private dining room, revealed it will officially open on Tuesday, 5th November 2019. In celebration of the opening and the announcement of the reservation line details, a fleet of mini coopers and the Ivy Bus – fully adorned in green ivy – travelled through Oxford, passing key landmarks of the city, including the historic Radcliffe Camera, the Bridge of Sighs and Magdalen Bridge.
The restaurant is set to open in what was the old Nat West bank, at 120-121 High Street.
- Opening date: The Ivy Oxford Brasserie will open on Tuesday, 5th November 2019
- Reservation lines went live yesterday – reservation line number/booking details: 01865 416 333 or visit www.theivyoxford.com
I’ll be heading along to the preview night in a couple of weeks, so keep an eye on Bitten’s Instagram stories and Facebook Live for updates. Some interior mock-up images have already been shared on their Instagram feed.
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So what can we expect from The Ivy Oxford Brasserie?
According to the press release, The Ivy Oxford Brasserie will be accessible and relaxed, with a proportion of tables held back for walk-ins to allow locals and visitors to drop in throughout the day. It goes on to say:
Whether visiting for a leisurely breakfast, working lunch, cocktails with friends or a three-course dinner, The Ivy Oxford Brasserie brings a taste of ‘Ivy magic’ to the beautiful and iconic city of Oxford. As well as the main restaurant and bar, guests will also be able to make use of a striking private dining room – The Botanical Room – seating 24 seated guests and offering an ideal location for private events, celebrations and birthdays. The restaurant will be adorned with beautiful and colourful artwork referencing the local area, including pieces depicting literature, botanical gardens, and academia.
The eclectic, brasserie-style menu will offer everything from breakfast, elevenses, lunch, light snacks, afternoon tea, cocktails, weekend brunch and dinner, ensuring there is something to suit all occasions. The kitchen, overseen by Head Chef Wojciech Niesluchowski, will serve sumptuous dishes including The Ivy’s vegetarian shepherd’s pie, roast pumpkin soup with truffle ricotta, pine nuts and crispy sage, and truffled wild mushrooms with potato rosti, creamed mushroom and fried quail’s eggs.
Sitting alongside the food menus will be an extensive cocktail and wine list incorporating locally sourced ingredients and distilleries. Created by the brasserie’s expert bar team, cocktails will include a refreshing Parson’s Pleasure with Cotswold Gin, Cocchi Americano, lavender & earl grey syrup, lemon, and Ivy Champagne, and a delicious Magdalen Manhattan martini with Cotswold single malt whisky, Sacred English Spiced Vermouth, Amaro Averna, whisky barrel-aged Bitters, Bitter Truth orange bitters and a Bourbon-soaked cherry.
We’re hopeful it will be good, but I guess we’ll find out soon enough! Are you looking forward to visiting? What do you fancy from the menus?