Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to the opening day of The Ivy Brasserie in Norwich to have breakfast with several other bloggers from Norfolk.
The Ivy brand is synonymous with high-quality food, exceptional service and stylish interiors and I was so excited when I heard that they were opening a restaurant in Norwich.
With it being 4 weeks into the school holiday’s it’s fair to assume I was ready for a little ‘me time’, so leaving home last Tuesday with a hop and skip I headed off to Norwich for the morning.
I think I stood open-mouthed for a few seconds when I walked into the restaurant – it’s Art Nouveau styling means it’s as much a feast for the eyes, as it is for the taste buds. Every wall, from floor to ceiling, is covered in a variety of brightly coloured prints, and wallpapers, with many designs taking inspiration from the local area and its flora and fauna.
But while the decor is undoubtedly mesmerising, it’s the food and drink that is the star attraction.
We were invited to choose from coffee, tea or a selection of juices prior to making our food order. I don’t know if it was because it was the first coffee I had drunk in weeks that wasn’t interrupted by two children bickering, or if it was just the excellent coffee blend that the Ivy uses but it’s safe to say I was in coffee heaven for a while.
We then enjoyed a selection of delicious pastries – and they really were delicious – before our main breakfast order arrived.
When I go out for breakfast I will invariably order eggs benedict, and I had the option to do so at the Ivy Brasserie, but I saw eggs and avocado on toast with tomatoes and a sesame dressing as an option. The idea of sesame, eggs and avocado really appealed to me, so that is what I chose.
And I wasn’t to be disappointed in my choice either. The sesame dressing was a delicate addition to the dish, and it worked so well with the poached egg.
After our breakfast, we were invited to take a look around the rest of the building. The attention to detail throughout the entire restaurant is obvious – even the washrooms exude Gatsby era elegance.
I had such a lovely morning at The Ivy – it was so nice to finally meet up with other local bloggers, as well as enjoy the hospitality that the team at The Ivy offer. I’m hoping to return for dinner in a few weeks to celebrate our wedding anniversary. When I do I shall definitely write about it here.
The Ivy Brasserie very kindly invited me along for breakfast on their opening morning for the purpose of this review, however, as always, all words, images and opinions are my own.