Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the North
Graham Clark
Features Writer
11:49 AM 7th October 2020

The Ivy Harrogate Offers A Taste Of Morocco

The Ivy Harrogate is offering guests a taste of Morocco in the heart of Yorkshire with a beautiful installation and limited-edition cocktail menu.

Working closely with Yorkshire florist, Helen James, the brasserie’s entrance and terrace have been updated with a colourful display of eye-catching blooms. Guests are also able to relax on the terrace whilst enjoying a delicious cocktail from a specially curated menu, created in collaboration with Elephant Gin.

Cocktails include The Elephant G&T (£9.50), a refreshing classic gin and tonic garnished with an apple fan and served in a balloon glass, and the Effervessing Elephant (£10.25), a delicious combination of ginger juice, apple juice and prosecco. Finally, the Kandual Fizz (£11.95) combines lemon juice and Champagne to create a perfectly celebratory concoction.

The bright blues and yellows along with the flowers on the terrace are inspired by Yves Saint Laurent’s Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech.

You might think twice about visiting a terrace in Harrogate on an autumn day or night but do not worry as the terrace is undercover and fully heated.

It was reassuring to see the COVID 19 measures being implemented, such as your temperature being taken at the main door and a foot pumped sanitizer at the side of the main door too.

It was a cold Tuesday night but you might be forgiven for thinking it was a Friday or Saturday night as the restaurant was very busy. You can see why they have such a regular following as the service and food are both first class.

Beetroot CarpaccioBeetroot Carpaccio
Yellowfin Tuna CarpaccioYellowfin Tuna Carpaccio

The new additions to the menu however do not stretch to anything Moroccon inspired. The Beetroot Carpaccio comes with a Cabernet Sauvignon dressing, a slightly harsh horseradish sauce, blackberries and hazelnuts. Together it is a very tasteful mix.

My partner chose the Yellowfin tuna carpaccio which comes with Citrus ponzu dressing, miso, mayonnaise with toasted sesame seeds, edamame, crispy shallots and mizuna. Another great combination.

Shepherd's Pie
Shepherd's Pie
They seem to have improved the Ivy Shepherd’s pie, it seemed meatier and more flavoursome than previously.

Roast Fillet of Salmon
Roast Fillet of Salmon
Looking at my partner’s Roast Fillet of Salmon, cooked either pink or well done it smelt as delicious as it tasted. Served with grilled sprouting broccoli and crushed pink peppercorn with hollandaise and lemon it is apparently one of the best selling dishes - you can taste why.

Fig and Pistachio Feuillete
Fig and Pistachio Feuillete
New on the dessert menu is the Fig and Pistachio Feuillete - you have to wait 14 minutes for it to be cooked but it is worth the wait. Served warm, the moreish sweet is unique in that it tastes like nothing I have had before.

Cheese board
Cheese board
The new cheese board is a welcome addition too, rightly served at room temperature you would be hard pressed to find a more mature tasting Pitchfork Mature Cheddar this far north of Somerset. The Camembert from Normandy could have done with being slightly more mature, but the Quicke’s Devonshire Red was so tangy that I needed a break before continuing with the Melusine Goat’s Cheese.

As we ventured out into a cold autumn night the warmth of Marrakech had been reflected in the service we had received at The Ivy along with the cocktails and food which were as always first class.

The Ivy Harrogate, 7-9 Parliament Street, Harrogate HG1 2QU
Telephone 01423 787100