London's Famous Ivy Restaurant Now Has a Little Sister

London's famous restaurant The Ivy, loved by socialites and wannabes, now has a new sister restaurant

Bold lines, dark wood paneling and racing green leather bar stools create a striking, masculine look in Ivy Market Grill & Cafe, the newest addition to the Caprice Holdings restaurant group. The culinary scene’s 'new kid on the block' has been labeled as the little sister to legendary restaurant The Ivy, where, for over 90 years, superstars such as Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier have been coming in their droves. Now, it’s as popular with London’s elite as ever, and it’s not unusual to see celebrities such as Kate Moss or Brad Pitt dining there. It sits in the heart of Covent Garden’s Theatreland, housed in what was the Covent Garden Hotel back in the 19th century.

Griddled buttermilk pancakes at Ivy Market Grill & Cafe, a new restaurant in London's Theatreland
A feast for any time of day – griddled pancakes with bacon and maple syrup (©Sim Canetty)

Set over two floors, Ivy Market Grill & Cafe features a grill restaurant, bar, café and a dining terrace. The food is modern British, with comforting dishes that offer everything from weekend brunch to afternoon tea, cocktails to pre and post theatre meals. It’s both sophisticated and welcoming, with a warm atmosphere to entice a varied clientele and perfect for this time of year.

Start off with a cocktail such as My Fair Lady (Ivy Gin, Belle de Brillet, Lemon and Orange Blossom) or the Market Grill Negroni (Antica Formula sweet vermouth, Ivy Chase gin, campari and saffron) with small plates including zucchinni fritti and freshly baked sourdough bread.

Shepherd's pie at Ivy Market Grill and Cafe, in London's Theatreland
Ivy Market Grill & Cafe serves up a warming Shepherd's pie (©Sim Canetty)

Sean Burbidge, who was previously head chef at Gordon Ramsay’s Michelin-starred restaurant Pétrus, works his magic in the kitchen. His menu features simple British classics such as fish and chips and the Market Grill shepherds pie, or if you're in the mood for seafood, there's an extensive selection including potted shrimp and lobster, grilled to perfection. Desserts include chocolate bombe and tangy lemon meringue Alaska with a touch of basil.

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