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The Ivy Castle View, Guildford, ENG

The Ivy Castle View

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4.5
7760 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 146 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

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

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  1. CA

    CAlmeida

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Excellent food, always fresh, consistently good throughout the year. Great wines, also the house Champagne and wines by the glass. Service lacks at busy times as waiters dont scan the room for signs of attention, therefore suggest guests to order the next drink or coffee well in advance or feel frustrated, distracted from the meal and company trying to get someone's attention.

  2. f

    foodie

    London

    103 reviews

    4.0

    103 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Great food as always with wonderful service. Restaurant was a little noisy .

  3. J

    John

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food3service5ambience2

    Too noisy we couldn’t have a proper conversation at our table. Chips were cold and had to be sent back.

  4. L

    Lily

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food2service2ambience3

    Went with a friend for aftwrnoon tea but it was very busy so service was not up to standard. I had to remind waitors more than once for a second service of tea. Also the menu never arrived. I was so busy trying to catch a waitor's glance all afternoon, that I hardly relaxed to enjoy the experience. We had about 5 diff waitors that dealt with our table and half of them didnt speak English very well so we had some communication problems. The food selection was average, I wasnt impressed with the sandwiches and the 3tier cucumber one was messy to eat as was too large to handle. The views were nice, but you couldnt see the castle for the massive tree that was in front of it! Not sure if I would go again purely for the lack of good service.

  5. O

    Occasion

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    We had a birthday lunch. It was very busy and there was no recognition that it was a birthday at all. We enjoyed it, but the extreme business and loudness of the venue mean I will prefer to visit on a weekday in future.

  6. BB

    BuBu

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always lovely to go to the Ivy in Guildford, never rushed, always a friendly service and great food

  7. GG

    GillianG

    Surrey

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We had a small table for two by the window as requested. Felt a little too close to other diners!

  8. FH

    FallulaH

    London

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Usual lovely ivy experience. Would recommend. Relaxed and efficient service. Delicious food with good variety.

  9. J

    Jann

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our first visit to The Ivy but not our last! The service for myself and my 91 year old mum was fantastic!

  10. D

    Dpark1701

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ivy is a go to for consistent level of service, food quality and ambiance

  11. GB

    GuyBeckington

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and always good ambience and good views in the restaurant. Service was efficient and friendly.

  12. DT

    DavidT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    Had to wait 40 mins for our first drink, turns out they lost our order even after we had checked with them to see where they were. Therefore, we received our food before any drinks.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Surrey

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience5

    A few issues with service (10 min wait on drinks and an incorrect main dish) did take the gloss off the evening. Then to still put service on the bill was a bit cheeky!

  14. ET

    EvelynT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely venue Lovely atmosphere Food great Cocktails are amazing

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great waiter! Lovely gesture for my other half’s Birthday. Thanks

  16. AK

    AKOSUA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    A beautiful place to have celebrated our anniversary. Tasty food and the afternoon tea was wnning The staff made us feel special and the surprise dessert omg!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Surrey

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had Afternoon Tea for a birthday, it was very enjoyable. Always a good ambiance and excellent service.

  18. EK

    EmilyK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went here for my friend’s hen do, and the staff were so welcoming and lovely! They kept telling her congratulations and even brought her out a surprise dessert! Cannot rate this restaurant high enough- food was amazing, ambience was amazing, service was amazing. Even the toilets were amazing! Can’t wait to go back!

  19. TB

    TrishB

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Busy bustling and gorgeous as ever - not the place for a quiet chat on a Saturday lunchtime but we loved it

  20. AS

    AnitaS

    Kent

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food5service4ambience4

    The food and service were great, however was very disappointed that when I asked for a nice table to celebrate a birthday, we were put towards the back with no view of the castle. When I asked if we could move once a table outside was available we were forgotten about and I watched May people arrive and put on a table which could of accommodated our party of 3. This to me is not great customer service and you should reserve tables not first come first serve.

  21. i

    ianw

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Lovely surroundings and view Food v good Service comparatively good and not too long to wait Ian

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Surrey

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Lovely lunchtime venue to celebrate a special birthday.

  23. P

    Piersa

    Brighton

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food1service4ambience3

    Food very average. Gone very downhill. Dreadful value for money

  24. M

    Martin

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Another fabulous evening in our favourite restaurant in Guildford - thank-you to all of The Ivy team

  25. NB

    NigelB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Food was excellent service outstanding full of people so background noisy but hey nice to see in full flow Recommended

  26. SH

    SueH

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food4service1ambience1

    Reluctantly tried this restaurant again after a bad experience last time. Still awful. They are trading on the name but couldn’t be further from the true The Ivy experience. Not enough staff. Too noisy. Poor attention to detail. Too crowded. Terrible place

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Surrey

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service3ambience2

    Order taken, but they have missed to bring one item and we did have to remind them where is the item, 1.Toasted break was rock solid and hard to eat 2.Hash-brown was under cooked 3.sausages were not a good tased 4.Pancakes taste very dull and were tasteless 5.Tasteless Smoothie 6.Very poor attention to detail Overall the food is not up standard and what you will be expecting from Ivy!

  28. AA

    AndreaA

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place with tasty food. Vegan and vegetarian options even for dessert. The portions are perfect and the value is fair.

  29. FD

    FionaD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Lovely view out across the park creating a nice ambience. The service was friendly and efficient. Portions were much larger than expected particularly the bread and courgette fritters. Overall a very enjoyable experience and the bill was very reasonable - at £30 per head (although we skipped pudding as we were already full) The only slight downside was the noise level and slightly stuuffy and hot.

  30. SD

    ShaunD

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great staff very professional , love the bar area for pre drinks , nice food good service what’s not to like

  31. B

    Berwick

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service5ambience3

    This was our first time at the restaurant . All the staff were lovely , the waitress was especially nice . Initial thoughts were that the tables for two by the window where we were sat were too close together . We had to lean across the table to talk to each other as the two men next to us were loud ! We could hear all the conversations on surrounding tables Overall the noise level was noisy ….. considering the restaurant wasn’t full ! No complaints on the service or quality of the food . A tad pricey for the drinks in comparison to other restaurants .

  32. M

    M992

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was amazing as always when we visit. The food was delicious and staff so accomodating. They really do ensure that your experience is unique. Would definitley visit again.

  33. MH

    MariaH

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    The decor and atmosphere really good. Food overpriced - steak was mediocre . Served our starter before we had drinks. Felt cramped in - too near other diners - lacked privacy - felt the tables too close together.

  34. A

    Arthur

    Surrey

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service1ambience3

    Greeting very poor, service slow. Meal good. Pleasant environment.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything is perfect from the service, food and ambiance. Selection of food is amazing, so many choices. I tried fried squid and arancini truffle which is cooked perfectly and tasty. Portion is even good for 2 people. My mains is chicken Milanese which they can improve more by adding contrast of flavor, since it’s cooked deep fried. Our waitress is so helpful and accommodating. Good selections of music, calm and relaxing. Highly recommend restaurant in high street especially if your celebrating your birthday they have complementary chocolate croquembouche without even asking. Thank you so much to the whole team.

  36. MH

    MiaH

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely restaurant, service was amazing all the staff were really friendly and on top of everything, food was delicious!

  37. AH

    AnneH

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience2

    I booked the restaurant online and requested a window setting. However, ALL the glass doors were open and it was fairly windy and cold so we asked to be moved to a more inner place. i mentioned on the booking form that it was a birthday celebration which i also mentioned to the receptionist upon arrival. No candle or any acknowledgement was made for my grand-daughters birthday. the fish and chips were underwhelming. The fish looked and tasted like a previously frozen piece of fish - not chef cooked. All in all a very disappointing early meal (5pm) at a cost of £90!

  38. PG

    PGreen

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really delicious food- the crispy squid and baked aubergine was epic! Very attentive waiter.

  39. DF

    DenisF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely location food presentation and quality excellent. A little pricey on the alcohol. Otherwise great.

  40. LI

    LINDA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The entire experience was 5 STAR all the way. I was given a table with an amazing view. Had the margarita which was really good. The weather outside was gorgeous as well which made it even more perfect. The food was outstanding. I had the chicken with parmesan, a green salad with cheese and pinenuts, and the sourdough bread. Every single thing was perfect. and the server was exceptional. highly recommend and I will be back.

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The Ivy Castle View is rated 4.5 stars by 7760 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 146 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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