Food Review: Breakfast at The Ivy, Glasgow

The Ivy Glasgow brunch Eggs Royale

The Ivy Glasgow opens today!

World-famous London restaurant The Ivy has now opened in Glasgow (from 5pm Monday 29th July), located at 106 Buchanan Street on the corner of Royal Bank Place (yes, the wee passageway through to Royal Exchange Square has a name!) beside Pink shirtmaker across from All Saints and near to both Glasgow Central and Queen Street railway stations, this is a prime location. The building previously housed the Nationwide Building Society and was originally built for the Royal Insurance Company.

the Ivy Glasgow inside photos

Being a former financial building, the inside looks grand and glitzy, with beautiful lighting, Art Deco features, bold and sometimes surprising artwork, and greenery everywhere!


Served Monday – Friday until 11:30am, Saturday and Sunday until 11:00am, the breakfast menu covers all the classics like Eggs Royale and full Scottish breakfast but has some twists such as pulled honey roast ham with the Eggs Benedict and gluten-free Granola and dairy-free yoghurt.

The Ivy Glasgow, Breakfast Menu

The Ivy Glasgow Breakfast Menu

The Brunch menu is for anything after 11:00am.

The Ivy Glasgow, Brunch Menu

The Ivy Glasgow Brunch Menu

There are two floors with a bar on each and a private dining area, The Morgan Room, where we were lucky enough to be some of the first people to eat here, for breakfast this morning. The room seats up to 20 around a single long table. The surroundings here are sumptuous with gold, mirrors and a huge opulent design on the ceiling above.

the Ivy Glasgow inside photos


Well, as early mornings often go, we started with coffee!  A good filter style coffee, not too strong but enough for a caffeine buzz. Served alongside a selection of mini pastries with butter and preserves. I think I will be demanding silver dining ephemera from now on!

The Ivy Glasgow Breakfast

Next up healthy juices, there was a choice of two for us.  Beet It – beetroot, apple, lemon and ginger – which Mr Foodie picked as he’s a big ginger fan (I mean the plant!).  I picked Green Juice – which is Avocado, mint, spinach, apple and parsley.  Fresh and healthy tasting.  Even though I am allergic to birch tree pollen (I know I’m weird it took me ages to figure out I’m allergic to raw apple, I get itchy ears after eating them, really!) this was well worth the risk and itchy ears!

The Ivy Glasgow brunch green juice drink

For the main attraction, we plumped for the classics, Eggs Benedict and Eggs Royale.

The Ivy Glasgow brunch Eggs Benedict
The Ivy Glasgow, Eggs Benedict
The Ivy Glasgow brunch Eggs Royale
The Ivy Glasgow, Eggs Royale

The battle of the poached egg and muffins was won by Eggs Benedict, runny eggs with beautiful bright yolks and a perfect Hollandaise. The pulled honey roast ham a much more pleasant taste and texture than the usual bland slice of ham.

The Ivy Glasgow Toilets

Before leaving, you must pay a visit to the loos! Look at that toilet, isn’t it stunning? In the ladies are individual cubicles with some serious Art Deco styling and pink toilet seats, but it’s not just the ladies’. Here is the woodland creatures-themed gents’ toilets.


Now a nationwide chain, The Ivy has now branched out into Glasgow following successful launches in Edinburgh in 2017 and more recently Manchester and Birmingham, and already we can tell that it’s a welcome addition to the city. With beautiful surroundings throughout and a wide range of dishes available for breakfast. The eggs Benedict stole the show on this visit with its different take on ham. The breakfast pastries were small though – you do get four however, we didn’t feel that they were that special for the surroundings, one large homemade pastry would’ve excited us more.  We absolutely recommend visiting, and when you do remember to take your phone (or camera!) with you to the toilet! Service was also polite and we were offered regular coffee and water top ups.


+ Some of the most attractive interiors in Glasgow
+ Private dining area available
+ Marvellous toilets
+ Great service
– Pastries could be better

the Ivy Glasgow inside photos


The Ivy,
106 Buchanan Street,
G1 2NB


Book a table at The Ivy Buchanan Street, Glasgow

The Ivy Glasgow exterior

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Disclaimer: we received a complimentary breakfast but Fred vouches for our veracity, even though he wasn’t there, but that’s cats for you, they have a sixth sense, and nine lives!

fred purr of honour




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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