The Ivy Castle View

4.5
5427 reviews
£26 to £40
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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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DeanB
Surrey
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wife's birthday with friends. Service and ambience was lovely. A great night

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JaneE
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A special place to dine. Service is always excellent and food never disappoints

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Phill
Surrey
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service1ambience5

Excellent location, fantastic views. However, service was slow compared to Ivy Cobham, food was cold and the waitress forgot to put the order through so waited an hour and a half before we had our main meal.

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RichardL
Surrey
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant in the heart of Guildford with outlook looking out onto the castle with a pleasant airflow and deco on ambiance.
Staff are very courteous and efficient and the food presentation and quality was excellent.

JC
JessicaC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely evening at The Ivy - food was fantastic as was the service. Made every effort to accommodate dietary requirements with the vegetarian menu. A fab dining experience.

KM
KeithM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

All the staff really helpful and a lovely sunny evening brought indoors via the open window
Good food and a really enjoyable evening

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Andysmithchef
West Sussex
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was lovely though sandwiches were a little cold but probably straight from fridge. Initially, only half a cup of quite stewed tea brought but they were happy to top up with hot water. Would recommend tea review policy 😀.
Cakes were delicious and scones warm and crumbly. Overall, a pleasant way to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary.

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DeborahT
Surrey
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere/busy restaurant even on a Monday lunch time. The doors were open with lovely view to castle. Service excellent, food good. Very good drinks menu - pricey but worth it.

Only negative was being told that table was needed in 2 hours 10 mins the minute we arrived.

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SharonS
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful waitress. Fantastic food and amazing surroundings.

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Was one of the girls birthdays and normally a small birthday desert comes out, but it didn’t which was a shame - but was still a lovely meal

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PaulG
Oxford
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We felt a bit rushed and we in and out in just over an hour. The food was superb. We lost count of the number of times our waitress said "Amazing" :-)

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TTTTTTTT
Surrey
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service excellent . Drinks were slightly on the expensive side. We were dining out with my parents who found it hard to hear over the noise level. Maybe turn the music volume down one .

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our Silver Wedding Anniversary at the Ivy in Guildford we had super friendly service and the meal was excellent as usual. Can’t wait to go back for our next celebration…

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KarenF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great staff and service. Very knowledgeable on the gluten free foods. Great experience

DE
DavidE
Surrey
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely location and great food. The service team were very pleasant and efficient. I’m sure we will be back soon

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SallieB
Surrey
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Whilst our food was very nice, the service was not great and we waited 15 minutes to order our first drink. This was compounded by the fact that when we arrived we were told we had to leave our table at 7.15 so that only left 1.5 hours to eat 3 courses and have a coffee!

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jcx2
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a lovely, and beautifully presented, afternoon tea. The staff were efficient and helpful but they were very busy.
It was bad weather and they were unable to use the outside dining area which made the indoor space quite crowded

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vince
Surrey
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic atmosphere great food service was excellent attentive but not intrusive booked at short notice would definitely recommend

JL
JustinaL
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always food, drink and service was outstanding.

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Anon
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Pleasant experience, wish they would do breakfast during the week. Then it would be less busy and better service at weekends!

KB
KenB
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The overall experience was one of excellence and the focus of all the staff was to give a dining experience to be remembered and want to go back.
Anyone walking in you immediately feel the professionalism, attention to detail and if they can accommodate your request they will.
Highly recommended.

AB
AnisaB
Brighton
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing experience, the food was amazing, all of the staff made us feel really welcome. Especially the young man who took us to our table. Only thing we would of liked our table for a bit longer!!

JS
JenniferS
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

At some points the music got quite loud so if you struggle to hear then maybe this place isn’t for you.

The food was amazing and the decor is very cool!

KB
KittyB
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Friendly service, great food and a good range of mocktails for those driving (always appreciated!). Atmosphere was fun and lively thanks to the DJ. A great Saturday night!

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal, great atmosphere brilliant!

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WeronikaK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic! Need to back over there. Highly recommened.

BE
vipBeverleyE
London
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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TeresaS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a beautiful inside table but right by the open doors, with a view of the Castle and the breeze through the windows - perfect.
The service was impecable.
The food was very good - a few more vegetarian/vegan options would have been appreciated.
Wine was good but no large glass options available so the cheaper option was to buy a bottle, although we really only wanted 2 large glasses.
The wine was placed away from our table on ice but we would have appreciated it by the table so we could help ourselves and not have to disturb the waitors every time we wanted a top up!
We would have appreciated the option of free tap water.
Overall, I have wanted to visit here for so long and we were celebrating something special and The Ivy did not disappoint.
In the last 2 days we have had breakfast and dinner at The Ivy and will return for Afternoon Tea! We will definitely return for my husband's 60th coming up soon.

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IvetK
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were treated by the staff very well, all were very polite.

MJ
MeganJ
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, fabulous service. The only thing I would say is a few more savoury options wouldn’t go a miss. 3 finger sandwiches wasn’t enough really.

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Rose
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thank you for a wonderful meal and experience once again. We were celebrating our anniversary and the thoughtful attention to detail with 'happy anniversary' cakes on-the-house was excellent.

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BenB
Surrey
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Definitely a favourite of ours if we have something to celebrate or a treat!

Having eaten at the Ivy a week previously I ordered the same vegan dish, tomato & avocado cocktail starter & it wasn't quite as good, less flavour & felt less fresh.

Would love more vegan options.

MT
MaddieT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely experience, gorgeous food and drinks. Even the toilets are beautiful!

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CEEH
Devon
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food1service5ambience4

I went to the Ivy as a big treat for my partner and we had both been really looking forward to it. Although the Ivy was beautiful and our server was so attentive, the food really disappointed us. Unfortunately the steak was gristly and fatty, my main of cod was rather bland and the cocktails rather average. As this was something I had been saving for, I was really upset that it didn’t impress and meet expectations.
Like I said, I cannot fault the service and the ambience but the same cannot be said for the food and value for money.

AC
AbbyC
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place for a evening meal. They made one error but resolved it very quickly and took that error off our bill so did not affect our experience there.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and attentive staff, pricey but worth it

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Wendy1973
Surrey
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely view of the castle seated outside ,fab food and service a great end to our daughters graduation day!

JB
JulieB
Surrey
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Lovejy evening just felt a bit rushed. Waitress asked if she could take starter plates away when one member of party was clearly still eating. Other than that lovely evening but felt very aware of limited time so couldn’t fully relax.

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ChloeH
Surrey
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely brilliant could not fault anything about the entire meal!

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Ganda
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great food. Venue has a fantastic view so the overall ambience was super. Very well looked after throughout. It’s a long time since I have enjoyed a meal so much. Beautifully cooked and presented with an abundance of flavour. Thank you!!!

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The Ivy Castle View is rated 4.5 stars by 5427 OpenTable diners.

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