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There's a secret sun trap terrace at The Ivy Cobham Brasserie and it looks beautiful; You'll feel like a celebrity at this exclusive sun trap garden in Cobham.

Byline: Laura Nightingale

The Ivy Cobham Brasseriehas opened its garden terrace for the summer and it looks stunning.

The chic eatery inCobhamHigh Street has updated its rear terrace with beautiful yellow and blue flowers to create a quintessential English garden and al fresco dining space for guests to enjoy throughout the warmer months.

Alongside the glorious sun trap, the restaurant has also launched two limited-edition cocktails taking inspiration from the iconic RHS Chelsea Flower Show and paying homage to the colours of Silent Pool Gin based inDorking.

The Silent Sparkle costs [pounds sterling]10.75 and is made up of Silent Pool Gin, ginger and lemongrass cordial, lime juice, Ivy Champagne and garnished with dried lavender.

While Camomile Garden, also featuring Silent Pool Gin costs [pounds sterling]11.50 and features honey water, Fever Tree Indian Tonic and is finished with a spritz of camomile aromatics and garnished with a kaffir lime leaf and orange.

Sneak peek of the summer garden terrace at The Ivy Cobham Brasserie

James Storey, general manager at The Ivy Cobham Brasserie, said: "I'm very excited to reveal our summer terrace to locals, regular guests and visitors alike..

"We're delighted to be collaborating with local distillery, Silent Pool Gin, and are looking forward to what the summer months have in store."

Darren Macaskill from Silent Pool Distillers, added: "Silent Pool Gin is delighted to be partnering with The Ivy Cobham Brasserie to bring this Chelsea Flower Show-inspired summer terrace installation to Cobham.

"The Ivy Cobham Brasserie is the perfect partner for Silent Pool Gin and we're honoured to be collaborating with the restaurant in celebration of their second birthday.

"The summer terrace takeover showcases elements of the magnificent Silent Pool Gin Garden featured at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show."

The Silent Pool inspired installation is available to enjoy until August 26 with tables outside allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If you've never been to an Ivy brasserie before, expect a bit of class.

It's not your average restaurant chain, so make sure you dress to impress and indulge in fine food and bubbles.

The secluded garden terrace at The Ivy Cobham Brasserie is a hidden gem and you wouldn't know it existed if you walked by as it is concealed from the road side.

I popped along with my nana to see what diners could expect this summer and I luckily chose a superb sunny day to see it in all its glory.

Our table for two in the garden enjoyed direct sunlight so we were able to soak up the rays while sipping on our Silent Pool cocktails, of which were both fabulous by the way.

Our drinks were very different from one another and The Silent Sparkle was similar to a French kir royale as it was served elegantly in a flute without crushed ice.

The glitzy restaurant offers an all-day menu that ranges from breakfast through to lunch and dinner including light snacks, sandwiches and a sumptuous afternoon tea.

There's even a weekend brunch selection featuring hot buttermilk pancakes with strawberries, raspberries and blackberries with Greek yoghurt, lemon balm and warm strawberry sauce - yum.

We arrived at 1pm for our alfresco three course lunch and we were spoilt for choice when it came to options.

From classics such as fish and chips, hamburger and prawn cocktail, to more swanky dishes such as steak tartare, asparagus with truffle hollandaise and swordfish, there are around 20 mains on offer.

There's also something for vegans and vegetarians with a separate menu just for them featuring the likes of jackfruit and peanut bang bang salad with chayote and mouli (both vegetables), Chinese leaf, crispy wonton, peanuts and coriander.

Among the favourite dishes I tried from the a la carte menu was marinated yellowfin tuna.

At [pounds sterling]9.95, I had high hopes for this Japanese inspired starter and I was not dissapointed.

Silky thin ribbons of tuna were drenched in a citrus ponzu dressing and blobs of wasabi mayonnaise and chilli and coriander added a vibrant, but not spicy kick.

Another stand out plate was the grilled halibut ([pounds sterling]27.50) from the Market Specials menu.

Served simply with capers, cornichon and a dill sauce, the portion size was huge and the quality of the fillet was exquisite.

It was perfectly cooked - moist and flaky - and I added a side of sprouting broccoli with miso butter ([pounds sterling]3.95) to accompany it.

The dishes I tried cost more than you would normally expect to pay in a restaurant, however there were plenty of more affordable options including garden pea soup at [pounds sterling]5.75 and The Ivy Shepherd's Pie at a bargain price of [pounds sterling]13.95.

But that said, dining an Ivy Brasserie is a special occasion and one you probably wouldn't do every day so you won't feel too guilty treating yourself.

Plus, with excellent service, a buzzy atmosphere and gorgeous surroundings, it was a special experience.

I only have one gripe... the car park is far too small.

Other than that I need to go back again soon for those hot buttermilk pancakes...


Credit: Laura Nightingale

The gorgeous terrace is located at the back of the restaurant
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Date:Jul 21, 2019
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