Sitting under a bar centrepiece which is gold and glitters, with champagne and fresh flavoured cocktails, I felt like an elegant lady about town surrounded by glamour. And that is just it, the Art Deco decor at The Ivy In The Lanes reels guests back to the time of palm trees, fans and cut crystal chandeliers. It is a picture F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby characters would not look out of place in.
Despite the dance of the waiters busy at work, there is something unrushed about the dining experience here. The airy, lit dining area with beautiful botanical designs, muted windows and luscious greenery give the impression of a vintage glasshouse in a summertime aura. Everything is perfectly put together and the result is sun-hazed and relaxing with the murmur of guests enjoying meals, quick coffees and drinks at the bar.
The staff are polite and knowledgeable, without a hint of snobbery. Our waiter was full of stories from the Ivy history books which we loved and found added a bit extra to our meal as it was served. The weekend brunch menu was our choice from the Ivy’s inclusive range and everything we ordered was fantastically finished and tasted delicious, (we enjoyed Truffle Arancini, Duck parfait, Polenta cakes and Crispy Duck salad). I wish there had been space for an Ivy original Chocolate bombe, a dessert available at every Ivy restaurant.
The original Ivy restaurant has many defining features such as this, including connections to many starlet celebrities through the years. Marilyn Monroe, Laurence Olivier and even Winston Churchill enjoyed dining in such sophisticated surroundings. It was partly this popularity that allowed the restaurant chain to blossom into its current state through the hard work that was originally undertaken by one man. Ivy restaurants are spreading throughout the country with all of the polished and pleasant finish that is expected from a culinary legend and long may they continue.
For anyone who sees the Art Deco years as a Golden age in time, an opportunity to visit The Ivy in the Lanes is too good an opportunity to miss.
The Ivy in the Lanes is housed in the old Brighton Post Office, in Ship Street, Brighton.