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The Ivy Castle View, Guildford, ENG

The Ivy Castle View

4.5
4.5
8017 Reviews
£26 to £40
Contemporary British

The Ivy Castle View is an all-day British brasserie in the heart of Guildford, located just off the High Street, the main entrance is within the Tunsgate Quarter. With an all-encompassing menu serving modern British and international Ivy-inspired classics from dawn until dusk, the restaurant is open seven days a week and is also featuring a private dining room, outdoor terrace and a bar, offering tranquil relaxed yet sophisticated dining with beautiful views across Guildford Castle.

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Booked 161 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British, British, Breakfast

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 08:30–22:15 Sat, Sun 09:00–22:15

  • Phone number

    01483 920100

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Sean Burbidge

  • Private party facilities

    The Looking Glass Room at The Ivy Castle View accommodates 30 guests either on one long table or across three round tables of ten, or 70 guests for a standing reception. The walls of The Looking Glass Room are adorned with colourful vintage prints and locally referenced artwork inspired by Guildford’s historic heritage, the Surrey landscape, Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, and the golden sands of the ancient River Whey. The Art Deco-style, polished dark oak parquet floor and gilded iron pendant lighting add a touch of glamour to the space. In addition, The Looking Glass Room features a beautiful silk clad and pale orange onyx bar, decorated with antique brass rod detailing, as well as its own private covered terrace, complete with beautiful views across Guildford Castle, making the room suitable for both seated and standing receptions.

  • Area

    Guildford

  • Parking Details

    Castle Car Park, Sydenham Rd, Guildford GU1 3RW (4 min from the car park) Bright Hill Car Park, Guildford, GU1, UK (6 min walk from the car park)

  • Public Transit

    Guildford train station, Station Approach, Guildford GU1 4UT (9 min walk from the station)

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 8,017 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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    Brunch

  • Surrey

    Hot Spot

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  1. DO

    DavidO

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent evening at the Ivy GLD; great food, drinks, service etc.

  2. S

    Stan

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Well ventilated dining room with friendly efficient staff

  3. SL

    SheilaL

    Surrey

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Very helpful person serving about complimentary drink

  4. B

    Bonzuales

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent all round. All of the staff are lovely, the food is fantastic and the venue is beautiful. We tend to go late afternoon when it is quiet.

  5. CF

    ChristopherF

    Surrey

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great to return to The Ivy - great service - staff are always first class

  6. MG

    MattGaskin

    London

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What can i say, a real treat, great service, great food and a good price. We went for the set menu this time that did not disappoint

  7. PH

    PhilH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    There's a few standout dishes on the menu such as the crispy duck salad- otherwise fairly standard but food is tasty and portion sizes good and a great venue on a summer's evening when the terrace is open and you can eat al-fresco

  8. C

    Catherine

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience5

    Beautiful setting, interior decor delightful, service very good. The only thing was the food. We had 2 steaks that were not that tasty and chicken milanse, which I didnt like either. If the food was better this would be an outstanding place to come. However, the staff did address these issues on check back and were grateful for our feedback so we will be back.

  9. LA

    LauraA

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, and lovely staff. Brunch was nowhere near as expensive as I expected and the staff made my 4 year old really welcome.

  10. PD

    PeterD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Keralan duck curry was stunning best I ever had, well done to the chefs. Service was outstanding and attentive, well done to the waiting staff especially for the Celebration Plate. Nice touch. First time at the Ivy Guildford but definitely not the last!

  11. CM

    CherylM

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    This was a birthday celebration for our son-in-law. We appreciated the courteous and professional way that we were looked after and thought the food was simply delicious. The addition of a small birthday cake was much appreciated.

  12. AS

    AmandaS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Celebrated my daughters 18th lovely setting great food fantastic service.

  13. CL

    CharlesL

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect lunch venue with a relaxed atmosphere. Excellent food and service Highly recommended.

  14. RM

    RogerM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    It was our first visit to The Ivy and we really enjoyed it. The table was very well positioned and the sun was shining. We enjoyed it so much that we returned for afternoon tea. The thing that made it so special on my birthday was the welcome we received from Ross. I felt he went above and beyond what we would normally expect in a restaurant. I actually said to him when we left what an asset he was . The Ivy are very lucky to have him.

  15. E

    Emily

    Surrey

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    A lovely brunch with a friend. Great way to start the day

  16. JH

    JolandaH

    Surrey

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Took my partner for birthday meal and we had a treat. Service was excellent and the food delicious. Surprisingly busy for a Monday night would recommend

  17. R

    Robf

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    We were lucky enough to sit outside on a sunny afternoon with view of the castle, cant complain there it was beautiful, tables were a little small we had to be careful to make room. starts were amazing , the mains were okay, not bad but nothing amazing either,

  18. DB

    DavidB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Very happy birthday celebration- prices were a little high - especially for my 6 year old

  19. CS

    ColinS

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    our Italian waitress was outstanding she deserves a medal

  20. MK

    MaggsK

    Surrey

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    A really nice meal for our anniversary. The restaurant was very busy because it was Father's Day and the early diners had a lot of children so it was a bit noisy, but I knew that when I booked. The service was impeccable as always, the finishing touch was a lovely profiterol with happy anniversary chocolate.

  21. RE

    REBD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service1ambience4

    The service was extremely slow, still waiting for the main 1 1/2 hours after sitting down and pudding arrived at the table at 9.30pm which is 2 1/2hours after sitting down!!!

  22. M

    Mark

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Father’s Day meal. Faultless.

  23. AT

    AllanT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely perfect great happy staff wonderful food can’t to revisit

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Surrey

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    5* service, great food and fab cocktails *****

  25. BB

    BerniceB

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had afternoon tea was really delicious would recommend it

  26. F

    Foodlover25

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent Father’s Day lunch. Food and service outstanding. Felt very well looked after and we had a beautiful table. Thank you for having us!

  27. BC

    BeckyC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Service was excellent, efficient and charming even though they seemed slightly short staffed. Unfortunately this is our second visit and on both occasions the food was mildly warm at best when served, disappointing for such an establishment. We will attempt third time lucky at some point but in no rush to go back sadly.

  28. LB

    LottiB

    Surrey

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We booked 11.00am brunch. Excellent menu, lovely food, great service, and not too busy for Fathers Day. Cannot recommend highly enough.

  29. JS

    JoanneS

    Surrey

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Father’s Day breakfast lovely service as always

  30. P

    Pmsg

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely food again, very good value for money. Being Father’s Day it was very busy and rather loud. Service fantastic x

  31. ST

    SueT

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Another amazing meal, friendly waitress and excellent service. Could not fault anything

  32. LB

    LisaB

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing evening celebrating mine and my friends birthday

  33. TB

    TamasB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service & atmosphere absolutely brilliant 5*+

  34. IT

    IanT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service1ambience4

    We where seated for 10 min no one came to serve us, a couple sat next to use and got served in a couple of minutes, very poor it was our anniversary

  35. DJ

    DrJohn

    Kent

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    As one expects. Definitely one of the best chains

  36. s

    scouser704

    Warwickshire

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I was seated on the outdoor terrace overlooking the castle. Perfect. Chilled out with a glass of champagne before ordering food. Steak tartare and a portion of chips. Absolutely delicious. Always good service and friendly staff.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Booked lunch at the Ivy to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. It was a very busy Saturday but all the staff we met greeted us with a smile and wished us a happy anniversary. The food and cocktails were delicious. Special thanks to Sol who recommended several cocktails for us to try - our favourite was the house cocktail the Cheshire Sour. Hope to come back to the Ivy Guildford very soon!

  38. s

    saraha

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love it - good service and friendly staff would eat there every day if I could. Sarah

  39. RC

    RobinC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    It would be good when one books to be able to request a table position. We were told this cannot be done even though we had booked some time prior to our arrival date. Is this still correct?

  40. DW

    DavidW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Very nice . service was really great especially the dark haired waitress with the green earrings.

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The Ivy Castle View is rated 4.5 stars by 8017 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

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Booked 161 times today
Google Map for The Ivy Castle View

Tunsgate Quarter, 98-110 High Street Guildford, ENG GU1 3QY

Additional information

  • Area

    Guildford

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 08:30–22:15 Sat, Sun 09:00–22:15

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British, British, Breakfast

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Castle Car Park, Sydenham Rd, Guildford GU1 3RW (4 min from the car park) Bright Hill Car Park, Guildford, GU1, UK (6 min walk from the car park)

  • Public Transit

    Guildford train station, Station Approach, Guildford GU1 4UT (9 min walk from the station)

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Sean Burbidge

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    01483 920100

  • Private party facilities

    The Looking Glass Room at The Ivy Castle View accommodates 30 guests either on one long table or across three round tables of ten, or 70 guests for a standing reception. The walls of The Looking Glass Room are adorned with colourful vintage prints and locally referenced artwork inspired by Guildford’s historic heritage, the Surrey landscape, Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, and the golden sands of the ancient River Whey. The Art Deco-style, polished dark oak parquet floor and gilded iron pendant lighting add a touch of glamour to the space. In addition, The Looking Glass Room features a beautiful silk clad and pale orange onyx bar, decorated with antique brass rod detailing, as well as its own private covered terrace, complete with beautiful views across Guildford Castle, making the room suitable for both seated and standing receptions.

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