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.

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:

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

Rex Whistler Restaurant

© Tate Photography


Afternoon tea

Afternoon Tea is served daily from 15.30–17.00.  Reservations can be made by telephone or by emailing Britain.restaurant@tate.org.uk.  The restaurant takes group bookings for afternoon tea for up to 20 guests. Personalised gift vouchers are available. 

Late at Tate

The restaurant opens for dinner during the gallery’s Late at Tate events. We serve a four or five course tasting menu with wine matching.

The next Late at Tate dinner is on Friday 5 December.

Reservations are required, please email us at britain.restaurant@tate.org.uk or telephone +44 (0)207 887 8825


Celebrate Christmas at the Rex Whistler Restaurant this December. Our three course Christmas lunch menu starts from £29.95 per person.

Christmas reservations can be made by emailing Britain.restaurant@tate.org.uk or by telephone. 

Please ask to speak to our Manager or Maitre d’. 

Opening times


Daily 11.30–15.15

Afternoon tea

Daily 15.30–17.00


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