The Portrait Gallery provides a glorious backdrop for this cherished café, serving carefully composed seasonal food and a lovely afternoon tea.
A visit to this spectacular gallery happily brings the excuse for coffee at the café and one of their ever-popular scones. Lentil soup with bread baked in-house tempts visiting art buffs, parents with buggies in tow and tourists, while the food has enough cachet to bring in regulars from local offices for a takeaway croissant or panini without even the pretence of art appreciation. Perhaps most alluring is a regularly changing selection of salads with creative seeds and pulses mixed through alongside herbs and oils, though the tray bakes give them a run for their money and an unconventionally plump Florentine is pleasingly chewy. It’s a popular spot, which can at times feel a little frenetic, but efficient staff know their stuff and keep the queues moving, while the light and airy space is big enough that a table usually becomes available when needed.
- Private dining: Up to 30 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: No music
- Live entertainment: Gallery events and cooking masterclasses.
- Capacity: 200
- Largest group: 30 (afternoon tea only in the snug)
- Open since: Dec 2011
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
- House wine: £25 per bottle