Passed this frequently while staying in St Merryn but avoided it at first due to slightly rustic look - I'm a sucker for the focus group generated curb appeal of chain establishment. On a day out however my 2 year old was repeatably asking for spaghetti for tea and all the other places we tried only offered typical junk style children's food. On a whim my wife rang to see what they could rustle up, and luckily the chef said he could do it. I have to say this establishment is a proper restaurant so if you are expecting a 5000 calorie meal you will be disappointed, however your
cardiologist won't be. Portion size is exactly what you would expect to eat for a meal at home - I'm no lightweight but I was satisfied. Returning to my theme, food quality was outstanding. Even the rustled up bolognese clearly wasn't out of a jar - some of the tastiest I have ever had thrown at me (parents among you will understand). For freshly cooked food it arrived quickly and well presented and the service provided most definitely wasn't Fawlty Towers - the previous poster either visited on a one off day or (more likely) was the obnoxious party (I suspect they may have consumed extra portions of Ratler after my conversation with the proprietors). If you visit and don't like the Ivy House ask yourself when was the last time in the UK you actually went to a restaurant, not a gastro-pub, not part of a chain, not a pub that does food or not an Indian - like most people it's probably not that often so try to compare like with like. This place is ideal for adults wanting a non celebrity restaurant experience, less suitable for small children (its intimate inside and you may feel on edge if your children are 'enthusiastic' like mine) but the owners were very accommodating.
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