The National Café

Bronze Award
Bars, International

The National Café
The National Café
The National Café
Book a table

Find a table

You won't be charged for this service.

SquareMeal Review of The National Café

Bronze Award

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.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Bars, International

The National Café Also Offers

The National Café
Private Group Dining

Location for The National Café

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN

020 7747 5942


Opening Times

Mon-Fri 8am-10pm (Mon -7pm Fri -10.30pm) Sat-Sun 9am-6pm (Sat -7pm)

Reviews of The National Café

Share your thoughts with other diners

Write a review

1 Review 

Shamila W

A little treasure for lunch in town
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.
Food & Drink

Other restaurants near The National Café

Check availability
Back to restaurant
Complete your booking

You are requesting to book The National Café for people on at .

Select a special offer

These offers are optional, and there's no commitment.

Error adding booking details, please try later.

First Name is required field
Last Name is required field
Email Address is required field
Phone Number is required field
Diner First Name is required field
Diner Last Name is required field

By clicking 'complete booking' you agree to the SquareMeal User Agreement