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Rex Whistler Restaurant @ Tate Britain

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Millbank, London SW1P 4RG, England
Tube: Pimlico, Westminster
+44 20 7887 8825
Today
11:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, 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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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very helpful and discrete staff nice food and well presented.

1. Stop it with the shoots as if its a vegetable! 2. Really - look at 1. I had a lovely light lunch here, of pasta and tomatoes. I am beginning to wish I had photographed it as it came as a Lego or Meccano kit for me to assemble. It was chopped tomatoes in a consomme with three very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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Dereham, United Kingdom
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  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Dereham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

1. Stop it with the shoots as if its a vegetable! 2. Really - look at 1. I had a lovely light lunch here, of pasta and tomatoes. I am beginning to wish I had photographed it as it came as a Lego or Meccano kit for me to assemble. It was chopped tomatoes in a consomme with three very... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We like to find a gallery or museum with a good restaurant as one supports the other. We haven't been to the Rex Whistler for a number of years so this was a very pleasant surprise. The two course lunch with wine pairing is a bargain and probably the best gallery food in London right now - NPG, Wallace Collection,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I knew nothing about this restaurant but was ready for lunch after touring the museum and took a chance on it (rather than the museum cafeteria across the hall). It paid off! Wonderful food in an elegant setting. I had the three course set menu (base price around 35 pounds). Started with the oysters (three come with the set but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Before feasting our eyes on Turner’s paintings at the Tate Gallery on Millbank, we decided to first have lunch at the lovely Whistler Restaurant located on the lower level of the museum. On entering, one is struck by the idyllic-looking murals painted by Rex Whistler that spanned the breadth of the restaurant’s walls. They made for a lovely setting for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

We visited this restaurant last weekend for brunch before a visit to the Gallery. The weather was good so we sat outside: very nice! The food was OK, the omelette moist and the eggs benedict as you' d expect them, with plenty of smoked salmon. The bill however was a bit of a shock: nearly £70 for three people with... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

I took my partner for tea following an exhibition and have to say I have never seen such a mean offering, when it arrived I genuinely expecting more to arrive soon after. The 'Afternoon tea stand with a glass of sparkling English wine' consists of one sandwich slice and two canapes, one very small scone and three mini cakes. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Top of the line restaurant. Marvelous service. Had a wonderful Pimms. Truly enjoyed the fish and wine. Bit on the pricey side, but worth every penny. And yes, the have linen serviettes (something top eateries were missing)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

I am a great fan of both the Tate Britain and of the Rex Whistler dining room within it. The wine list is more than acceptable. The food is very good. The staff are charming and efficient. But, the best part is that the restaurant has tables outdoors next to a quiet and green lawn between you and Milbank. Enjoy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Tate Britain is essentially the National Gallery of British Art, so it is appropriate that the Rex Whistler Restaurant serves British food made from British ingredients. The lemon sole was superb, and the selection of three artisanal cheeses provided a wonderful ending to the meal. I tried the Dunkertons Organic Cider. It's exceptionally good: It's dry and it's refreshing. The... More 

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

After many years of desiring to do so I enjoyed a splendid meal in the restaurant at the Tate gallery that has been there since 1927. The food was excellent, fresh, delicious and imaginative based on English fare. How wonderful that is to have a meal based on the fair products this country can offer. They have an excellent wine... More 

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Additional Information about Rex Whistler Restaurant @ Tate Britain

Address: Millbank, London SW1P 4RG, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7887 8825
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Pimlico
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
Average Prices: USD 26 - 40
Cuisine: European, British

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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
  • Price Range: $ $ $
  • Cuisine: European, British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic

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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