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Rex Whistler Restaurant @ Tate Britain

#2,718 of 17,156 Restaurants in London
#2,904 of 18,036 Places to Eat in London
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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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  • 21
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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
Fine art and fine food in a wonderful setting

What a great combination, fine art and fine food all under one roof. We went on a Sunday for an afternoon out . The artwork is, as you can imagine, but the restaurant is a great bonus. We chose The Henry Moore collection as a pre lunch aperitif and a short stroll around the Turner collection as... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
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  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Sydney, Australia
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139 reviews 139 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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London
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26 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Went there for Sunday lunch. Really lovely food but unfortunately everyone's food was cold and had to be returned. It wasn't just tepid but cold. We had the Sunday lunch and the meat was delicious and the veggies were good too. Very kind and attentive staff. My hot dessert was cold too!

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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

... My first visit to Rex Whistler since its (relatively) recent refurbishment, & I'm left wondering why on earth I left it so long before returning. The Tate itself remains magnificent; the Victorian sculpture exhibition that accompanied our meal was jaw- dropping; the restaurant is even more stunning following its face-lift; & the food & drink were the jewel in... More 

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Swindon, UK
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144 restaurant reviews
199 helpful votes 199 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Our second visit since the refurbishment, this time for Sunday lunch, left me wondering if the marvellous value wine list, with its rarely seen treasures, really justified the visit - and, very sadly, the answer was 'no'. It remains a lovely room to dine in and the charm of being here (not to mention that wine list) can easily suck... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

What a great combination, fine art and fine food all under one roof. We went on a Sunday for an afternoon out . The artwork is, as you can imagine, but the restaurant is a great bonus. We chose The Henry Moore collection as a pre lunch aperitif and a short stroll around the Turner collection as an alternative to... More 

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Seattle, WA
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64 restaurant reviews
193 helpful votes 193 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Dining in the famous Rex Whistler room was a pleasure. Spacious, elegant, fine service, delicious food. 3 courses @ 32 GBP, glass of wine @ 6 GBP. Worth a detour. Open only for lunch.

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Twickenham England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

The restaurant offers good food supported by a great wine list upon which the expert and helpful sommelier can give good advice. The decor is most attractive and the setting inside the gallery is peaceful. The menu choice now offers both brunch and a full lunch, so the length of each section is more limited, but this did not trouble... More 

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Cambridge, UK
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16 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Good food and wine in lovely surroundings. However, we were disappointed that, when three of us ordered beef cooked medium, it was served decidedly rare.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

With a friend at the Tate, we wanted to eat and decided to try the Rex Whistler. What a fantastic place, not a bad thing I can say about it. Service very good indeed, lovely setting, acoustics pretty good. The menu is big enough to offer choice without giving the impression that they can't do everything well. The food was... 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: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Doing business

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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Neighborhood Profile
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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