The Ivy Castle View

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£26 to £40
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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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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LP
Surrey
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very enjoyable evening and delicious food- thank you!

HD
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Went to Ivy Guildford.

It’s was a really nice experience, good food and good service.

The food was tasty and at a sensible price but I thought the price for drinks was excessive. Drinks were probably 20-30% more than what other restaurants charge.

JE
Surrey
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Ivy is a special place and immensely popular. I have been to the Ivy in Guildford 3 times now and have always enjoyed the atmosphere, food and venue. I really look forward to my next visit.

SR
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very buzzy environment; really good food with excellent and attentive service

h
Surrey
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always look forward to a meal at The Ivy.The food never fails to amaze and the staff are really polite and make you feel very welcomed and relaxed.The Aromatic Duck Curry is one to have, its very delicious.

KP
Surrey
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The experience was Okay. The food was very nice but I had a tea and the cup was dirty, also the teapot was with very limited with hot water which only allows you to 1 cup and @ £3.45 I did not think it was value for money .

I
Surrey
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

A good breakfast with the husband on a very cold day . Very quiet. Coffee was a bit cold when it arrived and bean quality could definitely be improved in general but I guess one does not go to The Ivy for the coffee! All in all another good visit.

AB
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night regular place - we love it. Great drinks, food, service and ambiance. Top pick in Guildford!

T
London
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Lovely food but slow service and table (for 2) not ready when we arrived - waited 15 mins at the bar. Not sure if this is a deliberate policy to make more money at the bar....?

h
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the most fabulous time and although quite noisy the staff went out of their way to accommodate my elderly father ....we will be back!

A
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue. Had a perfect pre Christmas lunch with a friend. Outstanding service with delicious cuisine. Will be visiting again in the New Year.

KW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A beautiful and grand setting for a special occasion. Great choice of food and staff were brilliant in dealing with my food intolerances and offering advice. A brilliant lunch and we hope to be back.

R
New England
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very friendly professional staff and good food. A bit more expensive than others on Guildford but it is very civilised like.

VI
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Surprised my sistet with lunch at The Ivy and she was thrilled. Food delicious and service amazing. Bringing whole family back at Christmas time. Can't wait.

H
Surrey
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely lunch for two. The lobster risotto (starter) was amazing. Duck Curry a very close second. As we were driving and trying to stay focused for Christmas shopping we had a "Virgin Mary" and an "Espresso no Martini" and both were fantastic. Service attentive but not overbearing. Knowledgeable young waiter and Sommelier.

DE
Surrey
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Went to celebrate a birthday. The atmosphere was great and our server very friendly. However..... the taps were not working in the bathrooms and the toilets were blocked! The steaks were tender and flavoursome but the sole was overcooked and rubbery. Then coffee machine was broken ! Sadly just not worth the money!

R
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very pleasant evening, outstanding service from Louella( i am sorry if i spelt name incorrectly) very good quality food and nice atmosphere. Will be coming again and again. Thank you for a nice evening.

S
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my sisters had the most amazing time. The atmosphere was great and jack who served us was brilliant.
Not the first time I’ve been and certainly won’t be the last.

BS
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Food order incorrect. When amended was still missing avocado!

Bill was then miscalculated. We were expecting recompense by way of a reduced bill but unfortunately all we got was a weak apology from our server...

AN
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very noisy but otherwise ambience attractive menu had some traditinal choices and some more excitting choices separate menu for vegans . Portions generous. Service was good although we had to wait quite a time for all our main meals to be served together.

A
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Service and food was outstanding as was the ambiance.

NT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere. Very good staff. Nice view over Guildford.

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

I arrived ahead of my two friends - we were celebrating for her birthday. The staff were absolutely lovely I could not fault them for their attentiveness. The only downside was that it was incredibly noisy you could barely hear each other talk across the table. Probably the acoustics of the dining room. Still... we had a lovely evening anyway :)

WG
Kent
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very good service, great atmosphere and location. However the mains came within 5 minutes of ordering. Definitely felt like they had been warmed up. Which is not exactly expected for the price tag.

MH
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Reason I wouldn't recommend The Ivy is because the noise level was so high conversation was more or less impossible. This was partly because we sat next to a very noisy group, but also because the overall noise levels were high. You can do something about this, you know.

Also I hate timed reservations. Generally, I don't use places that do this, but in your case, had been unaware I would get kicked out.

FM
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Once again had a super time, staff are just fabulous and food was tasty as usual. One person didn't like their desert that they had chosen, the waiter was extremely accommodating and took it off our bill. We all hope to return soon.

v
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great tasting food !
Staff couldn’t do more for you

RB
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Staff were polite and attentive to our needs.
Food was excellent.
Table was perfect with outstanding views of the castle and grounds.
Our only complaint was the high level of noise from other diners. Not quite sure how this could be overcome???

PH
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food and great service. We had a lovely lunch.

SC
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place for brunch - very reasonable prices and perfect portion sizes.

SM
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great Breakfast with my wife. Amazing setting. Thank you

CC
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive staff, delicious food, great ambience. Would highly recommend. Lovely bar area, great gin and tonic! Menu is varied, something on there for everyone.

JS
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really attentive friendly staff with right amount of checking in with you. The food and drinks were really great. Vegetarian squash dish was absolutely delicious , and Banana dessert also delectable. Portions are generous , with prices that are pretty reasonable. It is a bubbly atmosphere, but conversation uninterrupted , a bit of a treat resteraunt for me, but one that is within reach and will visit for other occasions, and get together with friends and family. Superb thank you
Love it.

e
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Apart from being a little noisy it was an excellent afternoon tea. Attentive but not overbearing service and wonderful scones. Only minor point- a choice of jams would be appreciated.

C
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Very attentive service and beautiful looking restaurant

CW
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely meal as usual. Extremely busy and very noisy due to the number of works Christmas lunches. Staff very attentive and said it was their busiest day of the year. Beautiful location, lovely food what’s not to like.

SF
London
5 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had a lovely birthday celebration. Service is amazing and staff so smiley and friendly. Food very nice.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was for a 21 Birthday and was a lovely occasion

J
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband is self employed so we decided to go out for a “Christmas work party”
We had the best time, the staff were amazing, really helpful, friendly and fun! A particular shout out to Natasha who served us! She was awesome!

C
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

With all the Christmas parties etc. the restaurant was VERY noisy. The waiter was not well trained, he dropped a piece of cheese on the table, picked it up with his fingers and replaced it on to the plate. He also reached across others to serve meals instead of walking around the table and did not know that the wine taster is the LAST person who should be served a glass of wine -- poor training!