Review on Rex Whistler Restaurant, Tate Britain

'An oasis within an oasis', is how the Sunday Telegraph once described what is arguably the best - and prettiest - museum/gallery dining room in the UK, the Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain. It's still something of a hidden gem, although crowds descend on the place at peak times and the noise levels can be high. A great talking point is the specially commissioned Rex Whistler mural entitled 'The Expedition in Pursuit of Rare Meats', which covers all four walls of the room and is an ever-present reminder of the Tate's reputation.

Ingredients are garnered from a network of regional producers and the results might include Jersey Royal and spinach soup with wild garlic leaves, roast rump of Welsh lamb with a warm bean salad and mint dressing plus fish specials from the Newlyn day boats. To finish, expect tempting desserts such as lavender and honey crème brûlée or white chocolate and berry trifle with Champagne jelly.

The Tate's wine list is one of the most legendary in London, thanks to the knowledge and experience of head buyer Hamish Anderson. It's a far-reaching and civilised global selection, with cutting-edge discoveries and an adventurous choice if you fancy exploring by the glass.

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Alfio Laudani

Restaurant Opening Times

Breakfast: 11.30am - 3.00pm Sat Brunch
Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm (3.30 - 5.00pm Afternoon Tea Sat & Sun)

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Facilities at Rex Whistler Restaurant, Tate Britain

  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access
  • Partial disabled access
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Family Friendly

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Rex Whistler Restaurant, Tate Britain
South West London

Nearest tube station: Pimlico

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