Tate Britain's Rex Whistler Restaurant

Tate Britain’s Rex Whistler restaurant

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.

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:

The wine list – long a whispered, greedy little secret among the capital’s bibulous – should be preserved for the nation in the galleries above
Marina O’Loughlin, The Guardian


Afternoon tea

Afternoon tea is served in the restaurant Friday to Sunday. We take reservations by telephone on 020 7887 8825 or by email.

Al fresco dining and picnic lawn

Lunch and afternoon tea are also served on the terrace.
Picnic baskets and refreshments are available on our lawn with a choice of deckchairs or traditional picnic blankets.
Both the terrace and lawn seating opens weather permitting.

Weekend Picnics Tate Britain Lawn

Opening times


Daily 12.00–15.00

Afternoon tea

Friday – Saturday 15.30–17.00
Sunday 16.00–17.00


Make a reservation at the restaurant

Corporate and private events

The Rex Whistler Restaurant can be hired for events

Contact us

Call +44 (0)20 7887 8825
Email britain.restaurant@tate.org.uk