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The National Café

The National Cafe, The National Gallery (East Wing), Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 4DN +44 2081281599

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  • The National Café - London
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Average
Main course: £15
Food spend: £30
Opening hours
Monday to Friday: 08:00 - 23:00
Saturday: 09:00 - 23:00
Sunday: 09:00 - 18:00.

Lovely place for afternoon tea. Just nice enough to feel special without being uncomfortably posh. The only issue was that it took forever to get our bill.

Libby Anderson 31 July 2017
from Portland, OR

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Inspired by its world-famous setting of the National Gallery, The National Café serves classic British and modern European food in timelessly elegant surroundings. Passionate about British produce, ingredients are carefully sourced.

The National Café menu features rich flavour combinations including starters of Capicola, sweet figs, ricotta and Wissey honey, and a smoked duck salad with green beans, chicory, honey mustard and peanuts. Main dishes are equally appealing, and include crab linguini with fennel, chilli and gremolata, Truffle omelette with wild mushrooms, Comte and butter leaf lettuce, and the signature burger which includes maple bacon, gruyere and Portobello mushrooms.

Desserts are an indulgent affair, and include banana split with dulche de leche, chocolate ice cream and Oreo crumble, and Italian affogato with gingerbread biscotti. Bar snacks, wines and cocktails can also be enjoyed at The National Café London.

The National Café at The National Gallery is just seconds from Trafalgar Square, and is a 2-minute walk from Charing Cross Train Station.

The National Café

The National Cafe, The National Gallery (East Wing), Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 4DN

Contact +44 2077475942
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Customer reviews for The National Café

3.5 ((()* (based on 72 reviews)
80% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • lunch (41)
  • afternoon tea (32)
  • dinner (17)
  • value (13)
  • business (7)
  • breakfast (6)
  • romantic (6)
  • private dining (5)
  • child friendly (4)
  • trendy (3)
  • al fresco (2)
  • entertainment (2)
  • large parties (2)
  • views (2)
  • luxury (1)
  • (**** 4 August 2017 by Tracy from Woking

    Awful experience. Staff friendly but inefficient. Extremely slow service we had to walk up to them to get their attention, starters poor, but mains good, cheese stale. One table walked out and everyone else complaining. Would not visit again.

  • ((((* 31 July 2017 by Libby Anderson from Portland, OR

    Lovely place for afternoon tea. Just nice enough to feel special without being uncomfortably posh. The only issue was that it took forever to get our bill.

  • (((** 31 July 2017 by Gwenneth Stone from LOndon

    I have been to this Cafe many times but not since it was renovated. I thought the food and service were excellent, however I think that the new decor looks cheap and doesn't match the quality and prices of the food.

  • ((((( 20 July 2017 by Rita Fish from London

    Had a good experience. Our guests didn't eat much but they still enjoyed their shortvstay

  • ((((( 19 July 2017 by Allison Wood from Tonbridge

    Really lovely afternoon Tea. Exceptional front of house staff, great choices of tea, very tasty sandwiches and variety of little cakes. Booked online, great value for money!

  • ((((* 18 July 2017 by Charles Weeks from North Hollywood CA USA

    Uncrowded, pleasant space part of National Gallery. Service was a bit slow.

  • ((*** 17 July 2017 by Emilie from London

    Poor service, the waiter had to smell the tea pot lid to find out which tea was in! No attention to details.

  • (((** 9 July 2017 by Mike Steidel from London

    Tea was great overall. Lots of food actually. At first...didn't seem like anyone cared that we were there...but it worked out in the end.

  • (**** 26 June 2017 by Claire from London

    Lovely service - a great and relaxed pleasure

  • ((*** 23 June 2017 by Loraine from London

    Staff were OK however there was an overwhelming sanitiser smell (the kind you get from portaloos) which stung my eyes. We were moved to a different table and the smell was marginally better. For my main I had the spaghetti with clams and there were small pieces of broken clamshells in it. I had a moment of panic when there was a crunch in a mouthful of spaghetti and I thought I'd chipped a tooth. This put me off the meal. My companion had the veal burger which was dry, hard and inedible. We told the staff who said they'd inform the chef but overall not a good dinner experience.

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