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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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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, 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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  • 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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  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

I had the vegetarian choice which was 2 pieces of pasta with small pieces of onions and tomato. The chef obviously had no nutritional training - there was no protein in the meal. The rhubarb dessert was awful, there was no taste of rhubarb. This is worst vegetarian meal I have ever had. ANY London pub does better. The cost... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This is an amazing restaurant with a wine list 2nd to none! The service cannot be any better and the sommelier Montserrat is also so knowledgeable and helpful! The outdoor patio in nice weather makes for an in beatable experience!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Wow is all you can say about every aspect of this very unique special place. The room is gorgeous a surround mural by a less well known Whistler that is all about a hunt in the Countryside. Every table is well placed and sees the murals on all four walls. The cuisine is divine, wines unusual and vast. Service prompt... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Looking at the menu this place seemed expensive, but actually for the area it is comparable to similar restaurants, and you can't beat the convenience if you are going to the gallery anyway. Consider it a treat and you'll not be disappointed. Staff were very courteous, and the food was very nice. Probably want to eat all three courses fo... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

We lunched in the Rex Whistler restaurant after viewing an exhibition. Service was efficient, discreet and pleasant. Our meal was delicious. I began with Ham Hock on Sourdough Toast, my wife with the Wild Trout Ceviche - both very tasty and beautifully presented. For mains, we had Roast Black Bream with chorizo, baby leeks, peas & saffron cream, accompanied by... More 

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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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London, United Kingdom
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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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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: Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine, 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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