Coincidence is a really strange thing and we’ve noticed a real beauty with THE IVY restaurant in Cardiff. First of all the good news. The Ivy Collection have just announced the re-opening of The Ivy Cardiff next Monday, 3rd August.

Keep reading for that strange coincidence the team here at SOUTH WALES LIFE noticed.

If you haven’t had chance to see what’s on offer, perhaps a post lockdown celebration is the way to go. Like their other restaurants around the country, Cardiff has the ultimate dining experience across two beautiful floors. Of course, if a celebration is in order then maybe you’ll choose your designated driver, or get a cab booked and enjoy a couple of their Wales inspired, creative cocktails including the Dragon’s Fire and Bae Caerdydd.


Service will of course, remain a priority, the restaurant will however be putting in place the highest standards of health and safety, ensuring both guests and employees will be dining and working in confidence and in a safe environment. Something we have all come to expect as we ease out of lockdown.

Measures will include thermal cameras for temperature checks, the use of tracking software for all employees logging daily temperature readings over a seven-day rolling period, and professional deep cleaning and disinfecting on a daily basis. Dedicated members of staff have also been appointed to ensure that health and safety is at its highest standard on an on-going basis. 

These are a few of the measures that have been implemented but The Ivy say they’ll tell us more about those prior to reopening. The restaurant’s concern is not only to give guests and staff the most positive of experiences, but also to ensure that Health and Safety is paramount.

Matt Glister is the General Manager of The Ivy Cardiff. He told us……

“I myself and all of the staff are extremely excited to be opening once again on Monday, 3 August. We can’t wait to welcome back our regular guests and members of the community who we have greatly missed over the last few months. The team are also looking forward to being united again on the restaurant floor and in the kitchen, whilst maintaining a safe distance at all times.”

So what about this coincidence we noticed?

It was actually back in 2017 when The Ivy Collection first expressed an interest in coming to Cardiff, a few weeks later they shelved those plans. We then heard they we planning to move into the former Jamie’s Italian site, and this time, it was all steam ahead. From that day to the official opening was near enough 130 days.

The opening was quite an event, in fact you can look back at the evening and find out more about the official opening, right here. OPENING.

Near enough 130 days later, the restaurant was forced to close because of the pandemic.

Now, around 130 days later, The Ivy will be reopening. Seems that number is a pretty significant one for the group.

Incidentally, 130 days from Monday’s reopening will get us to 11th December. The only significant event on that day, is that it celebrates the 53rd anniversary of the world premiere of the movie GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER. So maybe another, very tenuous coincidence.

The Ivy Cardiff are also taking part in the Government’s EAT OUT TO HELP OUT SCHEME, which also officially opens on Monday 3rd August. If you take part in the scheme you will……

  • Get a 50% discount on food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in (up to a maximum of £10 discount per diner)
  • Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 3rd and 31st August
  • Use it as many times as you like

You don’t need a voucher to use this scheme and you can use it at the same time as other offers and discounts. There is no minimum spend.

You cannot claim discount on alcoholic drinks or service charges.

The discount will be automatically available to you at participating establishments. Places, like The Ivy, will then claim a reimbursement from the government for the discount they’ve given you.

Participating establishments will include…..

  • Restaurants, cafés, bars or pubs
  • Work and school canteens
  • Food halls

The great thing is, all diners in a group of any size can use the discount. This should help us after a pretty tough few months, but more importantly, support many establishments through this challenging times.

For more information on the scheme go HERE. And to see what THE IVY, Cardiff will be serving up, and to book a table, go here. THE IVY.


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