The Ivy Marlow Garden

4.5
5391 reviews
£26 to £40
British
Relaxed yet sophisticated all-day dining in the heart of Marlow, Buckinghamshire.
Open seven days a week offering all-day dining to local businesses, residents and visitors alike.
As with its sister sites, The Ivy Marlow Garden serves an all-encompassing, contemporary British menus for breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, light snacks, cocktails and dinner.
What 5391 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RhiannonB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fabulous evening celebrating various special birthdays

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PeteS
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great return visit to Marlow. Great food and very attentive service. Would recommend.

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ChristineH
Oxford
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Argument about our drinks order at the table and cold eggs. Sadly not their finest hour.

If you are worried about social distancing and the restaurant team wearing masks. That's all gone. Very few wearing masks and tables close together again.

Still hand sanitizer on the tables.

Will be back as its one of our 'treat' places but probably not for a while.

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Char
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can not wait to return.
Excellent service
Excellent food
Beautiful atmosphere

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VikkiC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Location, choice, service, setting all very good.

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Cathy
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great brunch. Really baby friendly which is fantastic

KD
KateD
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening. Thank you so much for making such a special celebration

JM
JohnM
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Best around when taken together food quality, price, service and ambiance. Never disappoints.

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ShannonP
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holy guacamole what a great night! The menu choices are fantastic - I literally wanted to try everything! The decor is lovely too - so different and unusual - very cool! Favourite things were the chocolate bombe dessert and The Candy Man and Ivy Sling cocktails. Can’t wait to go again!!

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AM11
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fabulous venue and great food! Such a treat for the senses.

MR
MichaelR
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service was a bit slow and a round of drinks which I ordered were forgotten until I chased this up.

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FiTrav
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great location, lovely food and friendly service. Only negative was when the bill came. We had a voucher for afternoon tea for 2 (bought and received as a birthday in March this year). The voucher states it’s valid for 12 months, yet the first bill showed it as only part payment.

When questioned I was told that it’s “a problem with head office” as the price had gone up. It was eventually resolved as I held my ground - insisted I would only cover extras and the service charge, the voucher covered the cost of afternoon tea for 2.

This really isn’t acceptable service. If you sell vouchers for people to give as gifts, the recipients shouldn’t have to pay more… or be put in the position where they have to question the bill. Leaves a rather unpleasant taste.

Shame as it took the edge off a very lovely afternoon tea experience… you can do better than this!

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traceyb
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely lunch food service excellent. Would prefer wine by the bottle not carafe. Only real complaint
was the two seater table far too close together you could hear every word of the next tables conversation very off putting

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LisaH
Bath
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, highly recommended really made my friends birthday really special, can’t wait to return

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the Ivy never disappoints .. wonderful ambience, great staff … highly recommend

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Blaise
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another lovely experience overall. Greta service, great food and the carpaccio of tuna deserves a visit on its own. 5/5

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SueC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Not sure what had gone wrong, but something certainly had, as we had the worst experience of The Ivy Marlow Garden.

Turned up for our 8.30pm booking to be told we would have to wait about 10 minutes, but even then we were just moved to the bar with a complimentary drink for the delay, but unfortunately it was just the first one. Then told there would be a longer wait and could they bring us some nibbles which they duly did.

Finally taken to a very small round table at about 9pm and given our menus and then we just sat there. No one came to take an order despite walking past us innumerable times. We had to call over one of the hosts who went and got someone to take our order by this point it was about 9.20pm.

Placed our orders and about 10 minutes later, still without our drinks, we were told our main courses were no longer available and to choose again and they would come back in 2 minutes, sadly they never did. My friend had to grab one of the managers to take our food order and ask where our drinks were.

A few minutes later we got 3 of the 4 drinks we ordered - I had to chase for my non alcoholic cocktail twice more. Food finally arrived about 10pm, though one side order still missing which again we had to chase for.

When the restaurant emptied out a bit it seemed a little more in control. In fairness when we asked for our bill they had removed all drinks as an apology for the unacceptable service which we did appreciate. And some mention was made of being really busy as other places were closed. If the latter is true then either The Ivy over committed itself or took walk ins at the expense of people who had booked.

Sadly I am unlikely to visit again in the near future after this type of experience when there are other reliable places to go and especially not for any kind of occasion!

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leem
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Service poor, mainly by inept server.
Food well over cooked with poor presentation and attention to detail.
Caveat all what I’ve said as was very busy but that doesn’t help me as the bill was the same regardless.

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LauraF
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service, outstanding food, lovely setting. Recommend.

AJ
AngelaJ
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Too close to neighbouring tables. Men's toilet too far away. My husband has heart trouble and found the stairs too much.

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I had requested a little birthday msg on my husbands pudding but as we didn’t order one (so full!!) - the staff could have at least wished him a Happy Birthday?!
But that aside it was lovely 😍😍

CG
CarolynG
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful venue, fantastic food and friendly helpful staff. I have already booked my next afternoon tea visit

OT
OpenTable Diner
Bath
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The welcome and service throughout our meal was exceptional even though the restaurant was very busy.
Every meal was amazing and the cocktails and Gavi were delicious .
Will definitely return soon.

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HelenW
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing lunch with the swimming mums. Wonderful setting, absolutely lovely food and brilliant staff who were the right level of attentive. Would highly recommend.

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DeborahG
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and excellent food. The staff were delightful!

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OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service and a nice relaxed atmosphere. A good place to meet clients for lunch.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Birthday meal in a very attractive courtyard

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Efficient staff and great atmosphere, enjoyed our visit very much.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Essex
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal for our anniversary dinner . The staff were very attentive and the food was fantastic. We will definitely be back.

LM
LornaM
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyable experience and really enjoyed the experience

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Pleasureseeker
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Will not revisit. Having being told the dress code was Smart Casual was very disappointed to be seated near a person wearing flip flops, training shorts and a singlet top!
Win some lose some I guess. Not The Ivy I loved before lockdown!

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IJW1204
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The kithchen was clearly under strain, the food wasn’t the quality it usually is and everything was a bit late. The nibbles came out after the starters too. Otherwise good and waiters were great.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal out with colleagues, cannot say a bad word, really great

JK
JudyK
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Really nice outdoor seating very attractively decorated with running water fountain. Service was very good. Slight mixup with the bill but the manager sorted it out very discreetly.

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ReenaT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic,l food and environment!

I am definitely going back again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Outdoor setting was amazing. Was disappointed with the food being completely honest, steaks were average and cold but it had taken so long for us to order them and for them to arrive we didn’t want to send them back. The prices charged I would expect far higher quality of food and better service in terms of speed. The table next to us complained about waiting for over an hour for their food also. Real shame as the outdoor setting was amazing

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Jack
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit and I wanted to treat my husband for his birthday. We had been recommended to this restaurant by friends and we thoroughly enjoyed the food and attentiveness of the staff. Cannot wait to revisit.

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vipdodgy
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Sat in their garden at the back which was magical. Great service initially, but faltered as they got busier. Food really nice. Will definitely be back but will make sure it is in a quieter period.

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HelenB
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A superb afternoon tea in the lovey garden outside. Thank you

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janeth
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's my favourite.... the staff are dressed immaculately, charming and efficient. The menu isn't big which I prefer and the whole atmosphere and decor lovely. Would highly recommend.

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The Ivy Marlow Garden is rated 4.5 stars by 5391 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.