Want a taste of the high life? Well, you don’t have to travel down to London any more.
The Ivy has opened its swish York restaurant, and its sumptuous interior is everything you might expect from a company that attracts stars and supermodels to its West End hotspot.
But what about the food? Who better to ask than the head chef, Steve Scoullar.
He studied at York College and worked at the Blue Bicycle and Middlethorpe Hall Hotel in York, then ran the kitchens on luxury cruise line Regent Seven Seas before taking the helm at The Ivy.
We caught up with the man behind the menu to find out more about him and the dishes now being served in St Helen’s Square.
And we have a great competition below – you can win a meal for two at the Ivy York.
York ‘one of the great food hubs’
At Middlethorpe Hotel, arguably the best hotel in North Yorkshire, I gained experience managing a larger brigade as this was my first managerial position of sous chef, at the time serving the best food in the area.
Seven years ago, there were just a few reliable restaurants. Nowadays, York boasts a huge number of high-quality restaurants across a great variety of cuisines and there’s much more to choose from.
In my opinion, York can now be seen as one of the great food hubs of the north, doing wonders for the city and our tourist trade.
The Ivy St Helen’s Square head chef position seemed to tick all of these boxes. I’m very lucky to be supported by such a strong and passionate team who are just as excited about the opening as I am!
Also the opportunity to work alongside chef director Mark Askew and executive chef Sean Burbridge was a chance I couldn’t pass by.
Our shepherd’s pie is topped with Cloverdale Cheese from the Wensleydale Creamery in the Yorkshire Dales, our cheeseboard features Yorkshire Blue, Wensleydale and Fountains Gold Cheddar, all sourced locally, and our cod is line caught in Whitby.
This Christmas, the chocolate bombe will also be undergoing a festive make-over, re-named as The Ivy Christmas Flambé and available until 31 December – flambéed at the table and featuring a dark chocolate shell, Christmas pudding, redcurrants and vanilla ice cream.
We’ll be open seven days a week, from dawn till dusk, ensuring there is something to suit all occasions. Expect friendly staff, good food and beautiful surroundings.
Win a meal for two at The Ivy York
** The competition is now closed **
Here is your chance to dine in style. We have teamed up with The Ivy St Helen’s Square to offer a great prize – a meal for two at the new restaurant.
The prize will include:
- arrival cocktail or glass of Champagne
- three course meal
- bottle of wine for the table – manager’s choice
All you have to do is answer this question:
Ivy head chef Steve Scoullar worked at which of these restaurants?
1) The Green Bus; 2) The Red Milk Float; 3) The Blue Bicycle
Fill out your details on the form and add your answer. The winner will be chosen at random from all the correct entries.
Closing date: Midnight, Friday December 29 2017.
All entrants will be added to the list of readers receiving our weekend email newsletter, but you can unsubscribe at any time.
Best of luck!