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The Ivy Castle View, Guildford, ENG

The Ivy Castle View

4.3
4.3
10380 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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2 people

21:00


Booked 106 times today
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • 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 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. For those special celebrations we offer our elegant private dining room.
  • Private party contact
    The Events Team: 020 3727 6548
  • 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

Experiences

  • Breakfast Set Menu

    £15.95 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Elevate your mornings with our £15.95 breakfast set menu. Begin your day with a choice of refreshing smoothies and a tempting selection of pastries to start, accompanied by The Ivy Breakfast featuring all the classics.
    Breakfast Set Menu photo
  • The Ivy Castle View Afternoon Tea

    £34.95 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Beautifully presented in a three-tied stand and served with your choice of tea or coffee, The Ivy Afternoon Tea includes an assortment of freshly baked scones with rich clotted cream and strawberry preserve, a selection of delicate finger sandwiches, and dainty cakes and tarts, crafted with the finest ingredients. *Prices are subject to change.
    The Ivy Castle View Afternoon Tea photo
  • £19.17 All-Day Set Menu

    £19.17 per person

    4 Jan - 8 Nov 2024
    Available Monday to Wednesday 11:30 to close and Thursday to Friday 11:30 to 6:30 pm. Elevate your dining experience with our £19.17 All-Day Set Menu. Embark on a culinary journey with our seasonal and classic dishes, and delight in two courses for £19.17 or three courses for £24.17 per person.
    £19.17 All-Day Set Menu photo

What 10,380 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Surrey

    Great for brunch

  • Surrey

    Great for scenic views

  • Surrey

    Most Booked

  • Guildford

    Best Overall

  • Guildford

    Best Food

  • Guildford

    Best Service

  • Guildford

    Best Ambience

  • Guildford

    Best Value

  • Guildford

    Good for business meals

  • Guildford

    Good for business meals

  • Guildford

    Good for groups

  • Guildford

    Healthy

  • Guildford

    Good for special occasions

  • Guildford

    Lively

  • Guildford

    Most Booked

10,380 Reviews
  1. Stackiles

    Devon

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent last night and the decor and atmosphere is always fabulous in the Ivy. The server was nice however he did clear out plates when we were still eating. Regardless we had a lovely time.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I love The Ivy let me say. The menu selection is excellent, the ambiance superb and the aroma in the bathrooms is quite intoxicating (yes I know this sounds super weird but it’s true). However the service was very friendly but somehow lacking attentiveness. For example we had 1 bottle of wine but would easily had at least another if our glasses were regularly being topped up - and we were never asked if wanted more wine - management should take note here - you’re certainly losing revenue through this lack of attention to detail. Overall the food was excellent, however my steak, ordered medium rare, came out well done and a little chewy as a result. I didn’t want to wait for another to be cooked so I ate it and pointed it out to our waitress at the end. She asked if I wanted anything knocked off the bill and I said no, but could I have a grand marnier - it never arrived! So yeah, generally good but could very easily have been the usual outstanding level.

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  3. SheenaP

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Disappointing! We were married in Guildford yesterday, a small service of 7 of us as having a party tomorrow! We thought we would book the Ivy as a special occasion. Told them it was our wedding, came in all dressed for a wedding obviously! I was not expecting freebies but was expecting to be treated specially. Not one member of staff congratulated us (and we saw a few throughout the meal) and we were treated just like any walk ins!! The food was good, however overall experience on our wedding day very poor, would not recommend for others, in hindsight we should have gone to a smaller restaurant, I am sure others would have pulled out all the stops!!

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  4. AlanaWoking

    London

    293 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    293 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful place one of the the most beautiful and comfortable of the Ivy restaurants. Warm welcome & superb service.

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  5. NeilR

    Surrey

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food. Very good service. Lovely setting. Would definitely recommend.

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  6. David

    Surrey

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The meal was good, but the service wasn't great, I've been here 10 times and I have to say it's always been pretty low quality. It's still better than the places around it. But I much prefer the food and the Staff at the cobham location, much for professional and they don't forget things.

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  7. PhilippaK

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the Ivy Castle View…amazing value, delicious food - perfect.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Surrey

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very enjoy lunch with a friend, the food was exceptionally well presented and service to match. I would however like to have one more dish at each course to choose from on the lunch time menu.

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  9. CharlotteB

    Surrey

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We had a nice evening, although I found the background music too loud. We were a table for five and could barley hear each other. The staff werent particularly friendly and barely managed a smile. They seemed very keen to clear our table without checking if we'd finished. Not great!
    The Ivy Castle ViewResponded 5 days ago
    We regret your most recent visit with us was not up to the standards we strive for. Your feedback helps us improve. We will use your comments to refine our efforts to ensure this issue does not happen again.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely meal celebrating daughter’s special birthday. Good atmosphere, delicious food, friendly waitress however they forgot our drinks order (well one turned up but not the rest) and it was hard to get the attention of anyone as they were quite busy. But overall, would visit again.

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  11. Floss1

    Surrey

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our meals and the service was excellent. We had a great table on the balcony area apart from being somewhat hemmed in by the heater we were next to. This meant two of us could not move our legs and there was no way of moving the table or heater to adjust that. Having said that we enjoyed our evening very much
    The Ivy Castle ViewResponded 5 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your positive experience! Thank you again for the great review! We hope to see you soon!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Thought the food this time was not great and quite expensive. Also had to miss coffee because out of time.
    The Ivy Castle ViewResponded 5 days ago
    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for us at The Ivy Castle View. Your feedback helps us improve. We will use your comments to refine our efforts to ensure this issue does not happen again.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best meals we’ve ever had, the food was excellent, service outstanding and overall ambiance made it an exceptional experience
    The Ivy Castle ViewResponded 5 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your positive experience! Thank you again for the great review! We hope to see you soon!

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  14. JuliaB

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We are regular Ivy diners but had never been to the Ivy Castle View. Lovely decor and setting but very poor service. We sat down at 7.40 and having ordered our starter did not arrive until 9.10. When we asked the waiter where the food was he seemed very unconcerned. By the time the mains came we were no longer hungry! Staff wandering around but no one checking our table and seeing that all was well apart from the wine waiter. Very disappointing.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Surrey

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Not as good as it used to be! Food okay Service terrible not enough staff on Mondays to Wednesday night. Expensive night out I don’t think I’ll be going again.

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  16. Charles

    London

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Pretentious, too expensive, poor food, basic wine minimum of £36 a bottle… chicken Milanese crispyness destroyed by drizzling over pesto and placing salad on top

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  17. LynneP

    Surrey

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The maitre d' heard that it was a birthday and efficiently, brought out a chocolate profiterole, which was perfect ! Very good value lunch and it was delicious

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely lunch. It took some time to get served but when we did. Thoroughly enjoyed the flatiron Mexican chicken. Thank you.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Surrey

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Went for breakfast to celebrate my husband’s 50th birthday…lovely location and food was good but spoilt by unfriendly front of house person (never smiled, didn’t say goodbye when we walked past her when leaving either) and a totally bizarre mix up experience with the set cooked breakfast: my husband didn’t want black pudding which they didn’t put on plate so that was fine but they also didn’t put bacon on which was the main part of the dish ! My dish had a mushroom on which was fine but the waiter quickly took it away as he said it shouldn’t have one on there as it’s not the vegetarian option ! We both ordered toast which didn’t turn up. Asked the waiter for it later on and still didn’t turn up. Asked the front of house lady for it when she walked past and it still didn’t turn up ! Eventually, what I think was the head waiter walked past and he was good and sorted it for us. I just don’t understand why our simple dishes were so difficult to get right and it was very quiet in the restuarant so no one was rushed off their feet. Shame as it’s a lovely setting but good service is not difficult to get right but The Ivy sadly was wanting in that regard.

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  20. Tony

    London

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good food and service and Sunday evening quieter than most other days.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Guadalajara

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very accommodating to our requests for table location and bringing down the awning for us as the sun was getting too hot. Service was attentive but not intrusive. Good was 4/5. Great lunch overall!

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  22. Loub

    London

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Very disappointing as expect much more from The Ivy. First coffees were cold so sent back & replaced. Service poor/ slow 2nd coffees ordered and no show, so gave up, cancelled and asked for the bill.

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  23. Benallan15

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The service is incredibly slow, awful in fact with a pinch of attitude and a sprinkling of arrogance! The food is good, but the burger is clearly frozen, which for the price is terrible. It’s a shame.

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  24. LizM

    Surrey

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great cocktails to start - always fun to find something new to try! We always like the ambience and food selection but were a bit disappointed this time that a couple of ingredients (mustard and mayo) weren't mentioned on the menu so that spoilt a couple of our dishes that we chose. We still had a fun night though with excellent service.

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  25. SteveB

    Surrey

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing as always, we’ve been going here 7 years now and never had a bad experience.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter Benjamin made our birthday meal special. He was extremely pleasant and knowledgeable

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  27. Yasmin

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really enjoyed the dining experience. The 19.17 menu had great choices. I really enjoyed the watermelon salad. It’s a shame we didn’t get a table on the balcony but still it was really nice .

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very enjoyable time service and food exceptional . The staff friendly and attentive

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  29. Npm99

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great set menu celebration - lovely views and service in the sunshine!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful setting, delicious food and service! Highly recommend.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service here is superb. Nothing is too much trouble. Food always good, obviously. We usually visit now and then on a Friday morning for breakfast and it's nice and quiet. Highly recommend.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Surrey

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely setting on a sunny day and windows open. Waiters knowledge of menu was outstanding. Lovely food with great selection of dishes

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Surrey

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the best time! Went in for a little solo dinner date and the staff could not be more welcoming. I was served by Annya who is a bundle of joy, she was so attentive and very accommodating to my million and one allergies. Dan was the bartender who recommended some amazing cocktails to try on the new seasonal cocktail menu! I hope if you visit you receive service from these two!!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Surrey

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Was not impressed, not what I would expect from the Ivy

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  35. RachelB

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Well located in the centre of Guildford with amazing views of the town. Really great menu with options for everyone. Restaurant is beautifully decorated.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Yasmin was a stand out host for us. Table staff were also excellent.

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  37. SMEC

    Surrey

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    A lovely restaurant with lots of character, quite true to the original Ivy. Good selection of food which came within a reasonable time. Our waitress was great and attentive, however at some point she disappeared and the quality of service went down. It wasn’t clear which waiter was supposed to be looking after us. Empty plates left for a while and not cleared properly when the main plates were taken. Had to ask multiple times for the dessert menu. Quite a drop in quality of service between the initial waitress and the various waiters that came after that. So overall a decent restaurant in terms of food, decor, atmosphere, however mixed bag in terms of service.

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  38. JennyS

    London

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Restaurant was quiet when we arrived on Bank Holiday Monday. Initially the service was good but as the restaurant got busier the service was a lot slower. The food was delicious and was very well presented. The noise level increased as the restaurant filled up making it a bit harder to have a conversation easily.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If I could click more stars I would, fantastic food and service! Beautiful restaurant! Chefs kiss

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Although the food was nice and we had the window table, I’m giving a 3 stars because the service was very slow, we ordered a still water that never arrived. Additionally, it took nearly 25mins for someone to come with a credit card machine to take the payment.

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The Ivy Castle View is rated 4.3 stars by 10380 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

21:00


Booked 106 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Ivy Castle View

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

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Guildford
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 08:30–22:15 Sat, Sun 09:00–22:15
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • 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 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. For those special celebrations we offer our elegant private dining room.
  • Private party contact
    The Events Team: 020 3727 6548
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