This would be an excellent 'stand alone' restaurant, and far exceeds expectations for one attached to an art gallery. Don't let the fact it's in the basement put you off, it has an airy feel, and not many dining rooms can boast a Rex Whistler mural!
Chef Richard Oxley offers a concise, ever-changing, menu, but depending on the season, dishes such as 'Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Sorrel'; 'Wild Duck Breast Terrine with Red Onion Confit' and 'Pan-Fried Sea Bass with Shaved Fennel Salad' set the style for starters.
With maybe 'Roast Suffolk Chicken Breast with Game Chips and Bread Sauce; 'Steak and Kidney Pudding with Buttered Chantenay Carrots and Horseradish' and 'Rosary Goats' Cheese with Braised Field Mushrooms and Vine Plum Tomatoes on a Spelt Herb Risotto' among the mains.
Finish with the likes of 'Spiced Apple Tarte Tatin with Cinnamon Ice Cream'; 'Baked Vanilla Cheesecake with Blueberry Compote; or their selection of British farmhouse cheeses.
The Tate Café offers a less elaborate, but still excellent menu.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: all week, 11.30-15.00 (Sat & Sun 10.00-17.00); mains £17; set L £24 (2 courses), £29 (3 courses), Sun L £17
- Dinner: Closed
- Seats: 90, plus 20 outside
- Wine: A world-class list (running to 48 pages), kicks off In the mid £20's. Their list of half bottles alone, is almost bedtime reading
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Pimlico Underground Underground
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Closed: D all week; some Religious Bank Holidays
- Air conditioned
- Outside eating