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“Cosy cafe with a warm welcome”
Review of Ivy House Cafe

Ivy House Cafe
Ranked #4 of 11 Restaurants in Montgomery
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed November 27, 2012

We stopped here for a hot drink and cake last Saturday whilst we were waiting to check in to a nearby hotel. We received a very warm welcome from Tegai and Denice. I had a scone with cream and jam and my partner had a home made 'bara brith' with ? Snowdownia black bomber cheddar cheese accompanying it. It was Denice who suggested this combination, and we both agreed that it complimented each other well. My scone was equally as tasty. Denice makes an array of home made cakes which looked very inviting. Tegai came from the kitchens to chat with us in Welsh about an impending rugby match that was on that afternoon. He even showed us results of a rugby game on his tablet- The ivy house is in a nice spot overlooking the square so you can keep warm and cosy whilst watching the world go by with something nice to eat. If we ever go to Montgomery again, we would return here.

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Reviewed November 3, 2012

We've been visiting this relaxed dining restaurant for a couple of years now, and it's under new ownership, so weren't sure what we'd find. I'm pleased to say that the new owners have continued with a nice selection of lunches, cakes and vegetarian choices, and there aren't many places around this area that lay on so many options for non-meat eaters. Also a good selection of home made cakes on display to choose from, good coffee and some organice drinks too.
The food is wholesome and very reasonably priced, and you get more of a portion than another place just down the road that's more expensive.
Two can eat a good lunch and drinks for £15, and I would recomment this place above many others in the area.

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1  Thank Clare R
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

We last visited the Ivy House about 9 months ago and loved it - delicious food, warm welcome, great atmosphere - and we recommended it to our friends. We visited again yesterday and couldn't believe it was the same place. The service was unforgivably slow (despite there being only one other table occupied) and the person serving gave the distinct impression that she'd rather be doing something else. When the food eventually arrived it was so disappointing. The soup was tepid, completely devoid of seasoning and absolutely tasteless. The chicken liver pate was brown, dry, slightly granular in texture and distinctly unpleasant. The garnish was like something from the 1970's, complete with an inexplicable sprinkling of cheddar cheese. One wouldn't want to eat food like this at any price, but at £15 for a pot of tea, one bowl of soup and one plate of pate it's not cheap. Has the Ivy House changed hands? Was the usual team not there? Regretfully, we will not be going back.

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4  Thank Susan R
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TegMontgomery, Owner at Ivy House Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2012

Very sorry that we got things so badly wrong for you. There are no excuses for giving you a bad time - tea shops / cafés like ours are about enjoyment.

We took over running the Ivy House in August - although we had worked with the previous owner before then.

Our pate is supplied by Patchwork pates, an award winning Welsh producer. Our soups can be 'under-seasoned', this was a continuation of the previous style, and is a valid point that we are slowly changing. Today's soups were Parsnip and Celeriac, Roast Butter-nut Squash with Pumpkin, and a Pea and Ham. They should never be tasteless or tepid - sorry we got that wrong.

As I replied directly to you we are happy to give you a full refund, or a free meal - we have had an overwhelming positive response to our food and service and would welcome the opportunity to win your custom back.

Tegai and Denice.

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Reviewed September 6, 2012

We visited the museum and then had a walk up to Montgomery Castle. We met a couple who knew the area who recommended the Ivy House Cafe. We had a lovely lunch, a pot of tea with as much hot water to top up as I wanted. I had the bean soup with grated cheese on top with some lovely local fresh seeded bread.
We will definately go again.

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Thank Evelyn G
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

Had a great lunch, fresh coffee, ploughmans cheese platter with a good selection of welsh cheeses followed by a nice selection of ice creams. Welcoming and friendly service. Idyllic position being elevated and overlooking the centre of Montgomery.

Thank Mike G
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