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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
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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: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
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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    Very good
  • 27
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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
good value in a lovely setting

I've eaten here quite a few times, including this week, and I recommend the restaurant. I have had very few poor experiences. The room is lovely, of course - but in addition to the mural the tables are reasonably well spaced with proper linen and sparkling glasses. The lunch set menu is very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I've eaten here quite a few times, including this week, and I recommend the restaurant. I have had very few poor experiences. The room is lovely, of course - but in addition to the mural the tables are reasonably well spaced with proper linen and sparkling glasses. The lunch set menu is very reasonably priced with a good range of... More 

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38 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the Tate Britain's fancy sit-down restaurant named for the muralist whose scenes cover the walls of the pleasant space. The specialty is fish perfectly prepared and very simply served. With ingredients of unusually high quality there is no need to dress them up. While not cheap the prices are not budget-busting and the service attentive but absolutely unobtrusive.... More 

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Thank BBonnet
Loughborough, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Back in December I tried booking a lunch for several days later. Not a chance; and I could hear on the phone that the restaurant was also very busy the day I called. We were next in London in January. Very different: no problem making a reservation, and when we arrived at 12:15 there was one other couple. But it... More 

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Thank Lboro
Guildford
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61 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very much enjoyed our first visit to this restaurant. good food, excellent service in a delightful environment. £27 fixed price menu for 2 courses £32 for 3. Very good value for fine dining.This is a hidden gem with the added benefit of a beautiful art gallery to peruse.

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Thank newlywedMay2007
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

Ambience and staff were good. We were all disappointed with the standard of the food. The ox s cheek was sitting in the saltiest gravy i have ever tasted, inedible. One plate of broccili between 4 meant cutting 2 stalks in half, we complained and were brought more. The lamb was dry and tasteless. We all thought £27 for 2... More 

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Thank Joyce K
London, United Kingdom
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152 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Enjoyed a long business lunch with colleagues here recently. We enjoyed the food given not excessive prices. The wine list is exceptional and not overpriced. Service very friendly. Nice room with amazing murals.

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Thank skippy-rates
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72 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Surprising to find such a good restaraunt in a gallery but it competes with some of the best and outpaces its big sister across the river

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Thank AndyBe11
Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Monday lunch here between exhibitions Service was raher slow although very friendly. I think it was underpowered for Monday before Christmas. Chose. 2 dishes to be paired with wines which was a good decision and wine pairings excellentand unusual. The food was good and bad..Partridge breast good with juicy blackberries, S amon and crab mousse too haevy and all brown... More 

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Thank rm282015
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We just had our company Christmas lunch. The food was good, but the portion was much less than it used to be. The service was good. The staff seemed to enjoy their work, probably because the tip was added to the bill as default. The restaurant seemed to be quite popular among celebrities and TV journists. The wall painting is... More 

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Thank Ming-Yuan T
London
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

My friend and I went to the Frank Auerbach exhibition and decided to lunch at Whistlers Restaurant and what a pleasant surprise it was and what simply delicious food and attentive service they offer. We both had a Negroni to kick things off - very refreshing and made with fresh o.j. Then I had a crab soufflé - historic -... 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: British, European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Business meetings, 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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