Having been to The Ivy, Cambridge twice before for breakfast and once for lunch, the only meal left to go for was Dinner, so I was delighted when they asked me to go in celebration of their ‘month of inspiration’ to mark Isaac Newton’s birthday menu. Isaac Newton, best known for formulating the laws of motion and universal gravity, was a fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge.
If you know me well, you will know that food is one of my favourite things ever, so I was very excited to experience dinner at The Ivy, and was lucky enough to be able to take Matthew along with me as well, so you will see his food choices below too!
As part of their month of inspiration, two cocktails have been added to the menu. Firstly, the Seedlip Spicy Apple, incorporating Seedlip Spice, apple juice, pineapple juice, egg white, gingerbread syrup and shaken with a red chilli and a star anise. And secondly the Newton’s Flute including Calvados, lemon juice, maple syrup, a dash of Peychaud’s bitters and topped with Apple cider. Of course both Matthew and I went for the latter, and it was so delicious, really light and perfect as a drink whilst we waited for our food and during our starter.
For starter I went for the Tempura prawns with salt and pepper squid, which was divine!! Perfectly crispy and not too heavy. Matthew opted for the Crispy Duck Salad, which was also delicious! Both good sizes for a starter as they weren’t too filling, but didn’t feel like a teeny tiny plate either (teeny tiny is obviously great terminology).
For main, I really fancied something traditional, and had heard great things about the Ivy Shepherd’s Pie, and it did not disappoint. I also added a side of sprouting broccoli, as it is my absolute favourite! The Shepherd’s pie was sooo full of flavour, and the mash the perfect kind of creamy! Matthew chose the Monkfish and Prawn Curry, as he wanted to try something different and his was amazing!! Definitely a good choice!
And finally for dessert I chose the chocolate bombe, which I have had before and had to have again because it is SO tasty. The cold ice cream and hot caramel sauce are soooo delicious, and I would eat it every day if I could! Matthew chose the cappucino cake which he thoroughly enjoyed and that too looked amazing!
The service we received at The Ivy Cambridge was amazing, our waiter was super attentive without being too much, and really lovely with it too. He ensured that we got a beautiful apple which encased a note inside telling us if we had one something for dining during the Month of Inspiration, unfortunately we didn’t, but if you dine there up until the 8th February you can be in with the chance of winning one of the many prizes, including Afternoon Tea or a bottle of The Ivy Champagne! He also presented us with a notelet with which to write a quote/note to hang from the Inspiration Tree, installed for this month, which can be read by diners, a really lovely touch.
You are able to dine under the ‘Inspiration Tree’s’ beautiful, leafy canopy until Friday, 8 February, and both cocktails are also available during the same time period.