• 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.

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


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

Please ask to speak to our Manager or Maitre d’


Continuing the series Exploring the Tate collection through Food and Drink, with two nights celebrating the works of Barbara Hepworth on 26 June and 3 July 2015, the gallery will open for a private view of Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World exhibition with talks from Tate guides.

Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World at Tate Britain, 24 June – 25 October 2015

Drinks and a seafood bar will be served outside around the Barbara Hepworth-inspired garden. (Weather permitting)

The evening will continue with a three-course Cornish menu matched with wine in the Rex Whistler Restaurant.

Tickets are £85 per person excluding service charge.

Reservations are required, please email us at Britain.restaurant@tate.org.uk or telephone +44 (0)20 7887 8825 and ask to speak to Antonino or Montserrat for further information.

Opening times


Daily 12.00–15.00


Saturday 11.30–15.00

Afternoon Tea

Saturday and Sunday 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