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The National Dining Rooms

The National Dining Rooms, The National Gallery (Sainsbury's Wing), Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 4DN +44 2081281598

((()* British
Opening hours
Saturday to Thursday: 10:00 - 17:30
Friday: 10:00 - 20:30

Good afternoon tea

James Wickenden 10 November 2016
from London

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Found within a secluded wing of the iconic National Gallery, The National Dining Rooms offers modern British cuisine. Along with a fresh food counter, guests can look upon expansive murals depicting scenes of yesteryear.

Fresh, British produce forms The National Dining Rooms menu, from summer salads, to warming soups and hearty sandwiches, which can also be enjoyed in the cosy café area. For something more substantial, diners can select from refined dishes such as pheasant and partridge terrine, followed by Dover sole or a homely shepherd’s pie.

There is also a selection of artisan cheese and British charcuterie on offer at The National Dining Rooms in London. Try the caramelised chocolate mousse with vanilla shortbread for dessert. Brought to you by the renowned Peyton & Byrne group, the restaurant also offers splendid views over Trafalgar Square

The renowned afternoon tea shouldn’t be missed, nor should the occasional interactive tasting sessions and wine tasting classes. The National Dining Rooms restaurant is a 3-minute walk from Charing Cross Station.

The National Dining Rooms

The National Dining Rooms, The National Gallery (Sainsbury's Wing), Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 4DN

Contact +44 2077472525
Reservations +44 2081281598

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Customer reviews for The National Dining Rooms

3.4 ((()* (based on 82 reviews)
75% of diners recommend this restaurant
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Recommended for

  • lunch (42)
  • afternoon tea (28)
  • views (26)
  • value (17)
  • dinner (7)
  • romantic (7)
  • business (5)
  • private dining (5)
  • breakfast (3)
  • large parties (3)
  • luxury (3)
  • child friendly (2)
  • trendy (2)
  • entertainment (1)
  • ((((( 8 January 2017 by Patricia Pearl from London

    Good food
    A very amenable dining environment
    I asked for a window table and this was provided
    Attentive staff

  • ((((* 11 December 2016 by Lucille Cole from London

    Unfortunately when we arrived they could not find our booking, but nevertheless they found us a nice table and the young girl who served us was charming. The food and service were very good and they overheard that it was my birthday and when they brought the dessert they had a lighted candle and sang Happy Birthday, which was embarrassing but very sweet.

  • (((** 10 November 2016 by Thomas Thompson from London

    The food was good; ambience was great, but you are seriously understaffed
    Service was very slow

  • ((((( 10 November 2016 by James Wickenden from London

    Good afternoon tea

  • ((((* 24 October 2016 by Nicola Jones-ford from London

    I love afternoon teas and had tried lots. All delicious and service excellent. The scones were yummy much better than the Ritz...........

  • (((** 23 October 2016 by Simon Brewis from London

    Good food, excellent service, but expensive. Never like the obligatory addition to a service charge at the end of the bill. I consider it an insult and would prefer to have the ultimate choice to decide how much I would wish to tip. In this case I may have given more!

  • ((((* 20 October 2016 by Kirsi Laitila from Helsinki

    Good service, polite waitress, children were given extra attention. Cakes, scones, sandwiches are good.

  • ((((* 18 October 2016 by Keith Slinn from Harpenden

    A bit slow. The kitchen seemed short staffed. We were given a free dessert and coffee. Waiting staff were lovely.

  • ((*** 14 October 2016 by Amy Thomas from Portland, OR

    We were very disappointed in this experience. We were looking for a lovely classic English tea experience and were quite disappointed. The restaurant read more like a cafeteria in feeling, and the dishes were dirty - it made the entire experience very unappetizing. We waited a long time for our beverages as well. Food was mediocre at best.

  • ((((( 11 October 2016 by Ann Parks from London

    Wow, we had an amazing tea. Every part of the food was so delicious. The service was quick and our waitress was very friendly. The restaurant at the National Gallery was in a perfect spot overlooking Trafalgar Square.

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