The Ivy Winchester Brasserie

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Located within the heart of Winchester at 103-104 High Street, The Ivy Winchester Brasserie offers sophisticated and friendly all-day dining to both residents and visitors alike.

With approximately 150 seats, guests will be able to enjoy the main restaurant and bar, as well as a Parisian-style terrace during the warmer months. The brasserie’s all-encompassing menus offers a wide selection of British classics and internationally-inspired dishes, from the iconic shepherd’s pie to the spoiling Champagne afternoon tea and Ivy Royale cocktail.

The Ivy Winchester Brasserie offers a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere, holding back a number of tables each day for locals, visitors and passers-by wishing to drop in at their leisure
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DM
Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son and I had pancakes and both swapped the fruit for bacon. Thought it a bit mean that I was charged £7 extra for the bacon! £18 for six small pancakes a bit much!

David.

JS
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Live music is lovely but can make it too hard to hear what you dinner guests are saying.

CB
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was very professional, attentive and friendly. Really enjoyed the experience.

SB
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful welcoming service, beautifully presented food and a lovely atmosphere. Definitely would recommend for a treat.

B
Bath
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

It is the third time I came to eat and appreciate your winchester Brasserie , always for lunch time :
1st time just before Christmas with set menu (working days) that was very very good - top value
Second time was a Saturday lunch still sutisfactory,
Last Tuesday lunch time always set menu ...I frankly noticed smaller portion than previously , the batter cod was good inside but too oiled outside - chips good but nothing special and on top of that ...the bill was wrong - asking (for one of us ) a 3 set menu instead 2 courses.
Probably it was due to the change turn time of service waiters (was about 3 or 3.30 pm) but is a bit annoying when happens also because I brought a friend and she invited me ...
Better to inform you
Anyway see you again

GA
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a table for 8 people which was oval shaped so we could all talk to each other easily. Food / service and staff were all fabulous - everyone in our party were very happy with their food, so we will definitely return in the near future.

WR
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Perfect for brunch. Tasty real and virgin bloody Marys
Tasty main dishes.
Great ambience in heart of Winchester

CS
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Only OK, nothing special. 2 guests with birthdays to celebrate but no special effort or treatment given.
A little disappointed. Very expensive.

NA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience2

I was really looking forward to dining at The Ivy and we were treating my sister and her husband who were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary.

Unfortunately we were rather disappointed on several levels.

On arrival our table wasn’t quite ready, which wasn’t a problem and we waited at the bar. However, it was a good 10 minutes wait before we were served at the bar. We then ordered a round of drinks from our table a little later and after waiting 20 minutes we asked if the drinks would be coming soon. The man we spoke to assured us he would ensure they were on their way, but another 10 minutes went by before we then caught his attention again. A few minutes after our second time of asking they arrived. Each time we asked we received no apology for the wait but just felt like we were being annoying for asking.

The food was nice but the quail’s egg on my husband’s starter was very hard and the chips with his main course looked and tasted like they had been re-heated. However, the butternut squash curry was lovely.

If we hadn’t been out for a special occasion we would have spoken to someone about the food we were unhappy with but we didn’t want to spoil the evening when we had already had to keep chasing our drinks.

On the whole, we had a nice evening but attention to detail was missing in terms of service. Also the waiter did his job but absolutely nothing else to make us feel welcome. This was not his fault, as he appeared to be completely rushed off his feet and had no time for a smile
or a simple hello greeting. The whole
evening lacked the personal touch.

The only item that we asked for that came immediately was the bill and that was probably because it was so busy and our table was needed for other diners.

As I previously mentioned this was a special anniversary dinner and I chose The Ivy with high expectations of a great evening. Unfortunately all four of us came away disappointed.

AB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service faultless. In back room but still quite noisy. Very busy throughout but staff kept moving and were no delays. Food was very good, well cooked and well presented. Reason I didn't give a 5 star is could have been hotter but absolutely recommend.

MT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous restaurant. Beautiful setting. Really nicely looked after by the staff. Dinner was so good we went back the following morning for breakfast!

J
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service1ambience3

I’ve been to multiple Ivy restaurants in London and greater London but have to say this was the worst by some margin.

There were lots and lots of staff but somehow the service was pretty poor. The food wasn’t very good at all; starters were under seasoned, drinks didn’t really have any power, mains were bland and not very well cooked (one actually taken off the bill because it was so overdone) and despite being seated late we were ‘chivvied’ along 25 minutes before our ‘allotted’ lunch window to make room for the next punters.

Really very poor indeed I’m sorry to say.

F
Dorset
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having visited on several occasions for either special or just casual occasions we have always felt like a VIP. The whole experience has always been of the same high standard and we enjoy the quality of the food the drinks and service would recommend the Ivy to anyone who likes a quality experience.

CB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely atmosphere. Great bar and service. Attentive but not OTT staff. Good lunch ... excellent selection of differing meal choices.

SW
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

First time here and for a family birthday celebration breakfast. We were very well looked after. Menu was varied and interesting. Food was wholesome and well presented.
Looking forward to next visit

KB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We enjoyed the food; service through the majority of the meal was excellent until we had finished main course, when we didn’t see our waitress again and had from then on to try to catch someone’s attention to request dessert, bill etc. Aside from this we did find the music very monotone (only one bass note could be heard) and wondered whether the same track was on repeat. In contrast the dinner jazz playing in the Toilet sounded great!

RP
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Beautiful food, great atmosphere and location would definitely recommend

SH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Ok, but just Ok, not living up to its reputation. Expensive. Prefer Brasserie Blanc

NR
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very friendly staff, lovely atmosphere, we were sat in the private dining room however the main restaurant was very noisy. The food was amazing, the service was really quick too.

J
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the restaurant , always feel very welcome , can be a little noisy at times ,but tables not too close together. Prefer the booths.
Food good and fresh.

KH
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked this as a treat for my husband. As usual it was pleasant with excellent food and good wine. Waiters were courteous but neither obsequious or inattentive.

OT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Breakfast - day off

GA
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Disappointing breakfast - one order taken incorrectly . Had to ask for sauces and chase up the toast . Coffee poor and had to ask 2 different people for the bill . Nothing special for the price - not what you expect from the Ivy !!

a
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The ambiance was vibrant. The vegetarian food was excellent I had shepherds pie. It was my birthday and it was lovely place to celebrate my birthday.
However we did find service very slow it took ages for our table to be cleared after main course which stopped us ordering deserts.
I do feel as you added a rather steep service charge it stops the staff being attentive.
Disappointing on the service front.

CH
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely relaxed meal in lovely surroundings. Great service, lush food.

SH
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The attention to detail was outstanding , down to the surprise birthday dessert fro my Grandaughter. Thank-you

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My son’s 21st birthday.

A little noisy with a jazz duo playing - a little bit too loud considering our proximity to them how we other than that it was another excellent evening at the restaurant with great service and lovely food.

VP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely time for my Nan’s 80th.. They really went above and beyond to give us a special night.. They also had live music but sat us in the corner where it was quiet.. That kind of attention to detail is so appreciated!
The food was very nice and looked spectacular.. I just felt personally the egg and steak didn’t quite go well, as well as the crab and watermelon. But I’m no chef myself, that was just personal preference.. But the ingredients separately was very high quality!
Maisie our server was lovely, very attentive and made sure we had a great time - thank you!
They also brought out a cute little cake and candle for Nan.. Just these little touches that Nan really appreciated!
Thank you!

s
Dorset
3 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely lunch, super food, as ever great staff but very noisy for elderly parents.

SG
London
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Unfortunately when the waiter bought over our 2 glasses of champagne To start - one was put down on the table & the other spilt absolutely all over me! Of course it was an accident- luckily it was champagne, if it had been red wine this would have been expensive for you as it went all over my bag, bag strap, trousers, jumper & shirt. It was very uncomfortable I had to sit with wet clothes despite have patted dry, the replacement glass of champagne also took a very long time to appear considering what had just happened. The staff were however apologetic & did not charge for the champagne but to be honest the experience ruined the whole lunch as it was rather embarrassing & eating it sticky wet clothes was not great! Please train staff before letting them loose!

OT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as ever

DM
Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Big fan of the Ivy. Only minor criticism is my son ordered the regular Shepherd's Pie and we felt it was very small for the price. Vegan Pie much bigger!

MD
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful decor, and lovely food. Staff were extremely helpful and friendly. Reasonably expensive but this would not be an everyday restaurant for us so great for a special occasion.
Wasn't expecting the service charge on the bill, this was unusual for a party of two we thought.

w
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First visit - loved the atmosphere. I had the mushrooms with rosti and truffles(good) followed by the Blackened cod (outstanding) my partner was not so impressed by the shepherds pie however. We then shared a sundae which was also very good. We will return and I will order exactly the same again - may even attempt the cod at home.

JM
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, courteous staff, plenty of time between courses and excellent food.

BJ
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A lovely environment for a lunch with grandparents. Our server was very attentive and the food was amazing. Would recommend and will return!

HS
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our visit to The Ivy, will definitely be back!!

OT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent service-efficient but friendly. Food was very good. As a couple we like sitting in the banquette (hope that’s the right word/spelling!). It meant we could talk easily and also look out onto the restaurant area itself. The decor was fantastic - liked all the artwork on the walls. Background music needed to be more in the background with less bass. Looking forward to our next visit for lunch with friends.

OT
Jersey
4 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous dining experience many thanks

JS
London
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We loved our time there and felt everything was extremely well presented. Well done, it was lovely.