Breakfast at The Ivy Chelsea Garden, London

The Ivy Chelsea Garden was this summer’s hot spot. It’s one of those places that you book a couple of months in advance for dinner. I was never that good with planning ahead, but I did book a week in advance for brunch with the girls, where we sat outside and drunk many a Mimosa/Buck’s Fizz. My Dad wanted to know a good spot to get drinks with a friend, so I told him about it, and warned him he might not be able to get in. The next day he said not only did they have drinks, but there was a table for them too for food. Are you kidding me? Clearly I should hang out with my dad more. I tell this legendary story whenever someone talks about making a reservation in advance here. Yep, mind blown.

Anyway, I know for a fact that if it’s the weekday and the morning, you pretty much can stroll right in for a table. I’ve been doing this a little too frequently this week.

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In the summer (or at least when it’s a little warmer), their garden is the place to be. There’s a reason it’s in their name, you know.

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In reality, today was bloody cold. Winter is coming, people

We were snug as a bug inside.

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In true Bridges style, we needed some food on the table while we waited for our breakfast. Mama Bridges was about to suggest a croissant when I spotted the Breakfast Pastries. Sold!

It was a little variation of mini pastries with preserves and butter.

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I felt very tiny and elegant eating them. Who wants big pastry when you can try lots of tiny, cute ones?

We also got our coffees and teas. I had my Americano with Almond Milk.

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Ming was very excited that the tea bag had the same logo on it. Excited enough to take a picture.

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For the main breakfast event, Ming went for the ‘Light & Healthy’ section, picking out the Baked Egg White Omlette with Goat’s Cheese, Kale and Soft Herbs.

It didn’t look anything like I expected. It actually looked so good.

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Mama Bridges had her all-time favourite, the Scrambled Eggs and Smoked Salmon.

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I ordered my favourite dish here. I honestly think this is the best, and if this appeals to you at all, you MUST order it. It is so, so good!

It’s the Garden Breakfast – Grilled halloumi, avocado, poached hen’s eggs, hollandaise, flat mushrooms, potato hash, roast plum tomatoes, watercress and baked beans. Is this not everything you want in a meal? WHO NEEDS MEAT, I TELL YOU.

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It’s then served with a choice of white, brown or gluten free toast. I went with brown because I’m healthy like that.

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In my head, this breakfast is full of health. Which it kindaaaa is? Right? Well, it’s keeping me warm during these chilly days, which is all I can ask for.

Look at those poached eggs snugly in the avocado. It’s super dreamy.

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Great place for a breakfast meeting, or to sit with a newspaper, pastries and coffee. The prices are pretty standard for breakfast in London, so it’s a must-visit, even if just for that Garden Breakfast!

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