Preview night for St Albans’ Ivy brasserie proves to be the hottest tickets in town

PUBLISHED: 09:48 04 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:55 04 May 2018

The Ivy St Albans Brasserie preview evening - Luisa Zissman.

The Ivy St Albans Brasserie preview evening - Luisa Zissman.

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It’s been the biggest buzz on social media for months, and lucky local residents found out why first hand when they were invited to a preview evening for the city’s new Ivy Brasserie.

The Ivy St Albans Brasserie preview evening - Bob Golding.The Ivy St Albans Brasserie preview evening - Bob Golding.

Guests including reality TV star Luisa Zissman, local comedy hero Bob Golding and actor Vincent Franklin enjoyed an advanced look around the restaurant while enjoying a night of Champagne and canapés.

Preview evening at The Ivy St Albans Brasserie.Preview evening at The Ivy St Albans Brasserie.

Other locals in attendance included social media legend Sharon Linney, crime authors Matt Arlidge and Angela Clarke, prosthetic limbs campaigner Sarah Hope and comedian Vicky Arlidge.

Preview evening at The Ivy St Albans Brasserie.Preview evening at The Ivy St Albans Brasserie.

Luisa told the Herts Ad: “I adore the Ivy group and now they have come to St Albans is a dream come true, no more trekking to London for a fancy dinner or girlie lunch. A wonderful addition to St Albans once again putting our beautiful local city on the map!”

Preview evening at The Ivy St Albans Brasserie.Preview evening at The Ivy St Albans Brasserie.

Cucumber and Twenty-Twelve star Vincent agreed: “How great to have a bit of West End glam without having to brave the Thameslink.”

The Ivy St Albans Brasserie preview evening - Bob Golding.The Ivy St Albans Brasserie preview evening - Bob Golding.

Alban Arena pantomime dame Bob said: “This looks like it’s going to be a fun, classy and cool eatery for the city’s discerning diners.”

The Ivy St Albans Brasserie preview evening.The Ivy St Albans Brasserie preview evening.

Crime writer Matthew Arlidge said: “Dining in the original Ivy is a unique experience. It’s great to have a slice of this now in the heart of St Albans! The decor is amazing, the food delicious and the wine first rate. A great addition to the St Albans scene.”

The Ivy St Albans Brasserie preview evening - Bob and Nikki Golding.The Ivy St Albans Brasserie preview evening - Bob and Nikki Golding.

Fellow author Angela Clarke added: “It’s so exciting to have our own pocket of old school London glamour in St Albans. Plus, those cocktails...!”

The Ivy St Albans Brasserie preview evening - Vicki Arlidge, Bob and Nikki Golding.The Ivy St Albans Brasserie preview evening - Vicki Arlidge, Bob and Nikki Golding.

Pride of Britain winner Sarah Hope said: “A fabulous evening, with hibiscus gin cocktails and yummy canapes in the most beautiful setting in the shadow of St Albans Cathedral and right in the heart of this wonderful, vibrant city.”

The Ivy St Albans Brasserie preview evening.The Ivy St Albans Brasserie preview evening.

The critically-acclaimed Martin Brudnizki Design Studio consulted on the brasserie’s interiors, with features including an onyx bar, pendant lighting, marble floor tiles and polished parquet panel flooring, as well as a mixture of leather banquettes, dining chairs and bar stools.

The Ivy St Albans Brasserie preview evening.The Ivy St Albans Brasserie preview evening.

The Ivy St Albans officially opens next Wednesday, with a menu featuring a mix of modern British classics and internationally inspired dishes.

The Ivy St Albans Brasserie preview evening.The Ivy St Albans Brasserie preview evening.

The Ivy St Albans Brasserie preview evening.The Ivy St Albans Brasserie preview evening.

The Ivy St Albans Brasserie preview evening.The Ivy St Albans Brasserie preview evening.

The Ivy St Albans Brasserie preview evening.The Ivy St Albans Brasserie preview evening.

The Ivy St Albans Brasserie preview evening.The Ivy St Albans Brasserie preview evening.

The Ivy St Albans Brasserie preview evening.The Ivy St Albans Brasserie preview evening.

The Ivy St Albans Brasserie preview evening - Luisa ZissmanThe Ivy St Albans Brasserie preview evening - Luisa Zissman

Matt Adams, Sophie Banks and Luisa ZissmanMatt Adams, Sophie Banks and Luisa Zissman

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