If you’re looking for a bit of winter cheer, check out the seasonal dining and interiors on offer at the Ivy Harrogate.

Any excuse to cheer up January is welcome by me and my local Ivy restaurant has come up with a few tempting reasons to visit over the last season. I love the way they have transformed their heated outdoor terrace into a winter botanical garden, with the help of local florist Helen James and Slingsby gin. The place is a proper treat, complete with lanterns, candles, winter foliage, fairy lights and cosy rugs. And look at that gorgeous fire place!

A couple of months ago, me and the mister were invited to try the special Halloween menu and since it was my birthday it seemed like the perfect excuse for a treat. The Ivy is always coming up with seasonal ideas to tempt guests and the Halloween menu was a great mix of fun, playful and delicious. After enjoying a spiced martini at the bar, we started the meal with Grave-lax and Blood Orange plus Tombstone Tartare, followed by Roasted Pumpkin and Tuna steak through the Heart! It might sound a little gimmicky but the presentation was lovely and everything tasted great. It was nice to put a little twist on the usual birthday dinner, and though Greig and I didn’t go in for full fancy dress, various members of staff were sporting some fab Halloween costumes.

As you can see the desserts were pretty special too and we washed it all down with wine and coffee, of course. Aside from the fact it was my birthday and there was a bit of a party atmosphere in town, I always find a visit to the Ivy feels like an event because the interiors are so special. And if you were to wrap up warm and snuggle up with a drink in the garden, you couldn’t help but chase away the January blues I reckon. The terrace has that real indoors outdoors feel and is a great extension of the dining area.

Who knows, you might even be lucky enough to get a few fluttering flakes of snow and you’d feel like you were in a real winter wonderland!


Disclosure: Our meal was complimentary, as part of this review. All views are my own, as always.



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