The Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain

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Following Tate Britain’s renovation, the gallery’s thoroughly British lunchtime restaurant (established 1927) is “probably better than ever”. The airy ground-floor space is named after the artist whose mural, The Expedition in Pursuit of Rare Meats, embraces the room. White columns and an imposing bar make for “a delightful, formal restaurant” in which chef Nathan Brewster sources sublime ingredients from artisan producers, daily fish from Cornwall, and Scottish meat. Traditional recipes include Trafalgar trout poached in sloe gin, and luscious Suffolk pond pudding (a lemon in its liquid buttery heart) while more unusual, seasonal ingredients deliver the likes of Dorset air-dried mutton with fennel and mint, or Kentish cobnut sausage with the kick of chervil-root rémoulade. But the pièce de résistance is the “outstanding” wine list, long on value and plenty of off-beat labels from both Old and New Worlds.

Wine List Of The Year 2014 Winner

Louis Roederer Wine List of the Year 2014As you might expect for the Tate Britain’s restaurant, this is a classically-hearted wine list. Yet there is plenty going on here to show that wine buyer Hamish Anderson is pushing the boundaries where he can. Yes, there’s plenty of good older claret and Burgundy, but there are also aged Australian reds and Rieslings, and (as you might expect for a lunchtime venue) a decent half-bottle and by-the-glass selection, too. Clear, easy to navigate and informative, it’s perfect for its purpose while still modern and full of personality.

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Essential Details for The Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain

  • Cuisine: British
  • Area: Westminster
  • Price: £42.00
  • Wine: £21.00
  • Champagne: £50.00
  • Lunch: £17/£21/£27 (1/2/3 courses)

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