Ivy Marlow Garden Afternoon Tea

I recently visited The Ivy in Marlow, Buckinghamshire for a champagne afternoon tea and I thought I would share my thoughts for any of you who are thinking about going!


I've visited The Ivy before for breakfast and it is a beautiful restaurant, reminding me a little of Toronto's interior goals Drake One Fifty with it's jewel tones, mix of patterns and leather bar stools. I do wish it had more natural light as the front half of the restaurant feels so dark even on a sunny day, however due to the positioning of it I can understand why they don't have too much natural light to play with. The Ivy Marlow Garden would make the perfect setting for a special occasion meal or cocktails!

Ivy Marlow Garden Afternoon Tea

The one thing I thought was a little strange was that we were sat at a corner sofa seat, but with a round table, making it difficult to sit comfortably as you want to be close to the table, but you don't have a chair to pull underneath. Even if you pulled the table closer to you, you would still have to sit at an uncomfortable angle to be able to talk with your companions. It wasn't the best arrangement for socialising and you feel quite exposed all sat on one half of the table looking out at the rest of the restaurant! If I were to visit again, I would definitely request to sit elsewhere.


Visiting on a Sunday in May, the restaurant was of course pretty busy (Marlow tends to be heaving on the weekend, especially if the weather is lovely!). We were greeted by one of the girls front of house, who showed us to our table. We had booked in advance, but even so I was worried we might have to wait a little while but we were seated and our waitress popped over to take our drinks order in just a few minutes.

As we were having the afternoon tea, we didn't have to wait long at all for the plates to arrive. Our waitress checked on us throughout the tea to see if we needed anything extra, and was quick to supply more tea and jam for our scones when we asked!

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Ivy Marlow Garden Afternoon Tea

Food & Drink

Mum and I chose to have a glass of champagne with our afternoon tea. I can't for the life of me remember the name (sorry!) but it was really nice; I rarely enjoy champagne but thought I would give it a go and it did not disappoint! We also had the Earl Grey and The Ivy blend teas.

Now on to the part we really care about - the food! The savouries consisted of a truffled chicken brioche roll, a marinated cucumber and dill finger sandwich, and smoked salmon on dark rye style bread with cream cheese and chives.

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The truffled chicken was the standout winner of the savouries in my book; the chicken paired with the sweetness of the brioche was divine and I could quite happily have just had more of these over the other two. I enjoyed the cucumber and dill sandwich, but it did feel like it was lacking in flavour a little. It perhaps needed more dill, as I wasn't getting that usual distinctive taste very much at all.  I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of smoked salmon we received; the rye bread was just a small piece, but there was a thick piece of salmon on top. I am a big fan of smoked salmon and cream cheese, and this made a nice change to a finger sandwich.

Ivy Marlow Garden Afternoon Tea

The sweet was warm fruit scones, served with clotted cream and strawberry jam, a mini raspberry cheesecake, a crème brûlée doughnut and an adorably presented chocolate and salted caramel mousse that was served in a mini teacup, topped with flowers!

I've never had a doughnut at afternoon tea before, but these little glazed treats were divine! They were definitely the winner of the sweet, I wish I could have had a dozen to-go! I loved the little bitesize cheesecake; the sharpness of the raspberries on top was the perfect accompaniment to the sweetness of the biscuit base. I am a huge salted caramel fan, and the chocolate mousse was delightful. The botanical theme was so cute (even if I did manage to spill a load of the "soil" on the tablecloth, classy and composed as always!) and I love that the cups had The Ivy branding on. I decided to finish with a fruit scone, topped with jam and then clotted cream; they were beautifully fresh and not too heavy.

Ivy Marlow Garden Afternoon Tea

When the plates first came out, my first thought was "doesn't look like much!" but by the time I had devoured the savoury, inhaled the sweet and finished my first of two scones (with jam and cream of course), I was so full! I've been to other afternoon teas where there has been so much rich food, and so many different flavours to try, that we've ended up leaving so much (and I hate waste!)

Ivy Marlow Garden Afternoon Tea

When we booked our table and took a look at the prices, I was pleasantly surprised by how cheap it was, compared to other afternoon teas. You can have The Ivy Marlow Garden Afternoon Tea for £18.95, or their Champagne Afternoon Tea for £26.50. I think this is such excellent value for the amount of food and the beautiful setting. If you are ever visiting the area, it would make a lovely treat for a birthday gift!

Have you been for afternoon tea? Where is your favourite? Let me know in the comments! 

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