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Rex Whistler Restaurant @ Tate Britain

#3,147 of 18,063 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
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Pimlico
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Millbank, London SW1P 4RG, England
Tube: Pimlico, Westminster
+44 20 7887 8825
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11:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Originally opened in 1927, the Rex Whistler Restaurant was described as...
Originally opened in 1927, the Rex Whistler Restaurant was described as 'The Most Amusing Room in Europe', owing to its specially commissioned mural, The Expedition in Pursuit of Rare Meats. It has been the site of political and social intrigue over the decades, as well as gaining a reputation for having one of the capital's finest wine cellars. With a nod to its heritage, head chef Nathan Brewster serves traditional British dishes inspired by menus from 1927 to the present day. Wine list of the year 2014 The Tate's wine cellar has long been famous for its extensive collection of fine wines, half bottles at exceptional prices. The cellar is curated by Hamish Anderson and he is delighted to make recommendations and decant wine prior to your arrival.
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Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
excellent food, beautiful room

An absolute pleasure and thoroughly recommended. A beautiful restaurant, possibly the most striking in London. Food is of a very high quality, but with £27 for two courses, excellent value. Service is a bit amateur, but overall a top classs restaurant.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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London, United Kingdom
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6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

An absolute pleasure and thoroughly recommended. A beautiful restaurant, possibly the most striking in London. Food is of a very high quality, but with £27 for two courses, excellent value. Service is a bit amateur, but overall a top classs restaurant.

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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The service was spot on, helpful and friendly. What better ambiance than surrounded by the mural by Rex Whistler? And don't forget to ask Kate for advice about the wine to accompany your meal. You won't be disappointed.

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015 via mobile

I ate lunch at the Rex Whistler with three friends recently, and had a really enjoyable time. To be honest I was worried that it was going to be a bit 'fine dining', however the staff were friendly, and the meal less stuffy than I had expected. Having said that it is formal, and the portions are micro-portions (my scallop... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

No really, this is a great restaurant. Of course you're already in a good mood because you've come through the portals of this magical building. You may even have enjoyed some of the breathtaking works of art. But now it's time to eat! The decor befits the surrounding building with a wonderful mural round the walls. We went at lunch... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Having been a Rex Whistler's customer since 2001, I still can't fault it. Never had a BAD experience at Tate Britain's restaurant. It is true that the service used to be more efficient (more staff) and the wine list much more extensive; however, one has to consider the balance between running a not-for-profit institution such as Tate in thrifty times... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

The service was attentive and friendly. The food looked great and was tasty. The wine was delightful. The restaurant has a nice atmosphere, we went on Saturday afternoon for lunch. Lovely space with the Whistler mural. The meal isn't that cheap at 2 courses for £25 plus wine at £6 a glass. Ate the pigeon starter and the venison main,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I had an excellent lunch here, ate from the express lunch menu which I had to ask for as we were only given the standard menu when we were seated. Three courses for £20 and a free glass of wine for Tate Members, I thought it very good value for money. We were given a choice of table when we... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

If a dish is described on a menu as having pureed parsnips with it then surely it should have some? The dish I had at this restaurant had 3, 5p sized dots of said vegetable as a decoration only. If this is going to be the case then why mention it at all? It certainly isn't enough to taste. The... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Food was fine but nothing special. It was a shame as the setting was lovely and set up for high class food. The food was certainly not high class! Plates of the same dish arrived looking complexly different to each other which was strange. One of the lamb roast dinners was simply one small piece of lamb on a plate... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

The Rex Whistler Restaurant is beautiful and up-scale. The food is not quite up to the same standard.a rout vegetable soup with apple (one could not taste the apple in the soup, but but some grated apple on top went well with the soup, and so did some chestnut cream). Sea bass, panfried and very good. The sauce tasted more... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Millbank, London SW1P 4RG, England
  • Public Transportation: Tube: Pimlico, Westminster
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Pimlico
  • Neighborhood: Pimlico
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7887 8825

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 26 - 40
  • Cuisine: European, British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Originally opened in 1927, the Rex Whistler Restaurant was described as 'The Most Amusing Room in Europe', owing to its specially commissioned mural, The Expedition in Pursuit of Rare Meats. It has been the site of political and social intrigue over the decades, as well as gaining a reputation for having one of the capital's finest wine cellars. With a nod to its heritage, head chef Nathan Brewster serves traditional British dishes inspired by menus from 1927 to the present day. Wine list of the year 2014 The Tate's wine cellar has long been famous for its extensive collection of fine wines, half bottles at exceptional prices. The cellar is curated by Hamish Anderson and he is delighted to make recommendations and decant wine prior to your arrival.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 5:30 pm

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Pimlico
Time spent in Pimlico is a slower-paced affair than most other Central London neighborhoods. This largely residential area orderly arranged beside the Thames, is a treasure trove of quaint pubs, subtle architectural charms and local boutiques. Here, art lovers thrill at the chance to visit the world class Tate Britain gallery for its collection of British art from the 1500s to the present. For peace and quiet and some downtime spent along the Thames, Pimlico is highly recommended.
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