National Café 1

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square , London, WC2N 5DN

020 7747 5942

Visit National Café

  • The National Cafe interior
  • Pancakes
  • Peyton and Byrne at The National Cafe
  • Grapefruit salad
  • Cocktails at The National Cafe
  • Bavette steak
  • The bar at The National Cafe
  • The restaurant at The National Cafe
  • Steak Tartare
  • Lunch on Trafalgar Square
  • Orange cocktails
  • Spaghetti Vongole
  • Afternoon Tea London
  • Doughnuts at The National Cafe

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SquareMeal Review of National Café

After a reboot in spring 2017, Peyton & Byrne's café at the National Gallery is an appropriately pretty space, using a pastel colour palette Monet would approve of. The high-ceilinged dining room and cocktail bar has no windows at eye-level, which muffles the tourist throng outside but also mutes the restaurant’s iconic surroundings, which will please those seeking soothing minimalism. The seasonal, European menu starts the day with the likes of freshly made crumpets with black pudding and Marmite. Lunch and dinner follow with an assured selection, the stand-outs during our visit including simply presented squid drizzled with olive oil, and deeply buttery and pungent Devonshire crab ravioli. There’s a quintessential afternoon tea offering too, while you’ll find plenty of interest by the glass on the short wine list. Prices are modest, but with so much similarly-priced competition in the West End, we’d recommend this for a classy breakfast or lunch stop only.

Special offers

Pre-theatre set menu - 2 courses £17 or 3 courses £21 per person

This offer is available from October 24, 2017 until December 31, 2017, subject to availability as displayed in the booking interface. Offer excludes service and includes VAT. Not available in conjunction with other offers.

From: 24 October 2017

To: 31 December 2017

Max: 9

National Afternoon tea £22.50 per person

Afternoon Tea with a glass of Jean Paul Deville £31.50

From: 24 October 2017

To: 31 December 2017

Max: 9

Breakfast from £3 to £14

This offer is available from October 24, 2017 until December 31, 2017, subject to availability as displayed in the booking interface. Offer excludes service and includes VAT. Not available in conjunction with other offers. This promotion has additional information available. Click on the link(s) to view.

From: 24 October 2017

To: 31 December 2017

Max: 9

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8.0

Food & Drink: 8.0

Service: 8.0

Atmosphere: 8.0

Value: 8.0

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

SEW bronze reviewer 12 August 2017

There are two sections of the National Café, one is self-service, which offers the most delicious selection of cakes that I have seen in a long time, however, where we were eating is the table service part of the café, where it is possible to making a booking. There is a set lunch with two or three courses which had enough variety for us all and an excellent vegetarian option. Particularly delicious were the salted caramel and cinnamon doughnuts with toffee sauce. Not only was the food delicious, but it was also extremely good value for money. The staff were lovely and the service excellent without disturbing us. Highly recommended, will be back.

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  • The Trafalgar Room at The National Cafe Private Dining
  • Steak Tartare
  • Cocktails at The National Cafe
The Trafalgar Room
Capacity: 30
Special offers

Pre-theatre set menu - 2 courses £17 or 3 courses £21 per person

From: 24 October 2017

To: 31 December 2017

Max: 9

National Afternoon tea £22.50 per person

From: 24 October 2017

To: 31 December 2017

Max: 9

Breakfast from £3 to £14

From: 24 October 2017

To: 31 December 2017

Max: 9