Food | Fun | Family | Life

Your destination for local reviews, recommendations and real-life stories from women just like you.

REVIEW | Halloween Menu at The Ivy Harrogate

27th October 2018

The Ivy in Harrogate is kicking off Halloween in ‘fangtastic’ style with some seriously spellbinding and rather spooky dishes.

And the swanky restaurant didn’t disappoint when it came to haunting first impressions last night. The Hubby and I were invited along to sample their Halloween Menu, available until 31 October from 4pm daily.

The entrance to the restaurant and the interior walls were adorned with climbing green thorns and blood-red roses, interspersed with an occasional skull. It was like something out of a darker version of Beauty and The Beast. Less Disney – more Bram Stoker. The restaurant was packed and the vibe was electric. The atmospheric lighting, sumptuous décor, fabulous artwork and glamorous bar area is in keeping with other Ivy restaurants and combines old-fashioned Art Deco-style glamour with luxurious modern comforts. I felt like I’d gone back in time – I was half expecting Poirot or Miss Marple might make an appearance at any moment.

We were presented with a spiced apple martini on arrival – setting the scary scene perfectly. I left the wine choosing to our superbly attentive waiter, Rob. He selected a Malbec for us –  it was blood-bloodcurdlingly divine.  

The Ivy Harrogate

The Ivy’s Halloween menu offers three choices of starter, main and dessert. To start, Hubby opted for the Grave-lax and Blood Orange (cured salmon with a blood orange dressing) and I went for the Vampire soup (roast garlic soup). The presentation was exquisite, and my soup was delicately poured over the perfectly roasted garlic in front of me at the table by our waiter – Rob.

We then both opted for the Skull and Crossbones for our main course (Fillet steak), which carries an £8 supplement. It was served with roasted bone marrow, blood sauce (a jus made with black pudding), chips and a spinach pesto, which was topped with Parmesan and pine nuts. It was cleverly presented and incredibly tasty. The huge slab of Fillet steak was melt-in-your-mouth good – I’m ashamed to say I struggled to finish it.  

The Ivy Harrogate

I’m not ashamed to say that I had a little room left for dessert. I selected the Chocolate Skull dessert (salted caramel chocolate pudding, golden syrup popping candy and honeycomb served with vanilla ice cream) and it was devilishly divine. A rich chocolate brownie with the most delicious syrupy caramel sauce on top. Again, I struggled to finish it.  

Ivy Harrogate

Hubby chose the Pumpkin Patch. The presentation was off the scary scale. Hot raspberry sauce was poured on his white chocolate pumpkin, once again by the ever-attentive, Rob. I put on my best witchy voice and, for some reason decided to cackle, “I’m Melting!” as we watched the chocolate pumpkin cave in on itself. Rob the waiter threw me a strange look.  

The Ivy Harrogate

If you like a bit of dining drama and foodie theatre this is for you this Halloween. The service was exceptional. The food was inventive and creative – not only did it tickle the taste buds, it tickled the funny bone too- a humorous and rather genius nod to spooks, ghouls, ghosts and everything Halloween.

The Halloween Menu is £40.00 per person for 3 courses and is available until the 31st October from 4pm. The fillet steak carries an £8 supplement, but I would say it was definitely worth it…. I haven’t had a steak that good in years!

The Ivy Harrogate is at 7-9 Parliament Street, Harrogate. To book call 01423 787100. For further information or to book a table visit www.theivyharrogate.com

Thank you to The Ivy in Harrogate for inviting us.  Spooktacular stuff.

Girl About Harrogate


Follow Us

Thanks for reading this post, we hope that you enjoyed it. You can follow Girl About Blog Squad by clicking in the links below – keep up to date with Girl About news and Reviews.

Share this Article

Share it on your own social media channels or with friends


Children’s Wellbeing | Kids these days – they’ve got it made – or have they?

Children’s Wellbeing | Kids these days – they’ve got it made – or have they?

I’m a primary school teacher and I’m a mum to a beautiful, bright and bubbly six-year-old. I witness the ups and downs of wellbeing in children every day. Every parent faces the same dilemma – how to ensure the wellbeing of our children – particularly from a mental health perspective in a world that is more pressured than ever in more ways than one.

REVIEW |  Locksley Distillery Gin School – If you love gin you MUST to do this!

REVIEW | Locksley Distillery Gin School – If you love gin you MUST to do this!

“THIS IS THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE!” my friend Kat yelled to me over the sound of a gently bubbling still with a massive gin grin on her face. For me, it probably doesn’t quite trump my wedding day or the birth of my babies, but it’s not far off! We became master mixologists, creating our own gin recipes before distilling ‘Madam Geneva’ in our own miniature stills.

RECOMMENDATION | Darkhorse Stratford, East Village – East London

RECOMMENDATION | Darkhorse Stratford, East Village – East London

Hidden in the heart of the East Village, part of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and just a stones throw from Stratford station, are a handful of restaurants and bars. And right in the middle is Darkhorse bar and restaurant. It’s described on their website as a ‘modern European restaurant with Italian and Spanish influenced food wrapped in a British attitude’.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Follow us on Instagram @GIRLABOUTBLOGSQUAD


Instagram has returned invalid data.



The Girl About Blog Squad is a collective of female bloggers across the UK. One platform made up of lots of localised personal blogs from ladies just like you.

Each blogger has their own personal patch - they are the official Girl About their own little corner of the UK. Their mission is to provide Girl About readers with their recommendations and honest and frank reviews on places to eat, sleep, drink, relax & unwind and have fun in their neck of the woods - with or without the kids.

The Blog Squad and Girl About readers are largely made up woman in their 30s and 40s - multi-tasking fiery females with a lust for life and a level of expectation that comes with being a modern mum, friend, a career woman with responsibilities, commitments and a serious lack of free time - Girl About provides proper honest, down-to-earth, easy to digest and well-written content for your enjoyment, so grab a cuppa and catch up with the Girl About Blog Squad.


Be the first to hear about competitions & special offers and never miss an article