Start with the positives. Nicely turned out, staff pretty pleasant on the whole. Food was pretty decent - not cheap as we paid £130 for 3 courses each and wine but then not positioned as pub grub but my wife and I have fine dined before and The Ivy has a long way to go before it can be called fine dining . Things that could have been improved included the gentleman pouring our wine missed my glass and soaked the tablecloth but blanked it. When I said to the waitress she blanked it too. We were sandwiched between 2 couples- first couple got a free dessert as they forgot their mains order and the other couple complained as they kept having to pur their own wine (we didn't incidentally as our waitress was vet attentive). Food was good as mentioned but the main course portion size was skimpy. Really nice shepherd's pie @£17 but looked like it was cooked in a ramekin. Not looking for comfort food size but a bit bigger would be good. Main issue though was when we wanted to go upstairs for a post dinner drink. Really fussy and borderline pompous . No standing at bar - fine _ but loads of room to have more barstools. Was embarrassing scouting for seats, barmaid finding 2 only to be told the manager had already promised them to 2 other custs - spent over £100 but made to feel unwelcome. The barmaid finally found us 2 seats and we have 4 drinks - not cheap at £50 - but lose the snobbery upstairs!
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