Review on Blueprint Café

Dazzling views of the river, Tower Bridge and the 'Gherkin' are just part of the attraction at the Blueprint Café at Shad Thames, an outpost of the Conran empire (now D&D London). The restaurant is aptly housed on the first floor of the Design Museum; tables on the balcony and rooftop terrace are at a premium and there are mini-binoculars on the tables if you want to home in on the vistas.

The cooking mines a fruitful seam of modern British and European cooking, garnering all manner of seasonal ingredients and subjecting them to imaginative treatment. Autumn, for example, brings plenty of game, geese from Seldom Seen Farm and a line-up of dishes that could include salted mallard with watercress and damson cheese, skate with mustard and parsley crust and a mille-feuille of caramelised pears.

Visit the Café at other times in the year and you could be treated to, say, young garlic with tapenade and goats' cheese, lamb's sweetbreads with capers and black butter, a summery assemblage of brill with broad beans, peas and mint, plus almond tart with plum jam. The wine list is peppered with interesting stuff, mostly from European sources.

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Modern British / European


Rudi Warner

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 - 2.45pm Tue-Fri (11.00am - 2.45pm Sat & 12.00 - 3.45pm Sun)
Dinner: 5.30 - 10.00pm Tue-Sat

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Visa, Master Card, American Express

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Facilities at Blueprint Café

  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access
  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Family Friendly


Blueprint Café
The Design Museum
28 Shad Thames
South East London

Nearest tube station: Bermondsey

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