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The National Gallery Cafe Brunch.
Have you ever found yourself at a gallery or museum wanting to stay longer to see more, but knowing that you need some food, only to be disappointed with a selection of sad limp cling-film wrapped sandwiches? I know that I have.
The good news is that many of our national treasures have upped their game in recent years. The National Gallery on Trafalgar Square invited us to try their all day brunch which is available daily from 9.30 a.m until 5 p.m. and we were keen to experience what they had to offer.
The principal entrance to the cafe is to the side of the National Gallery opposite to St. Martin-in-the-Fields, allowing the cafe to stay open a little longer than the main gallery. Although we entered through the main entrance to the National and wandered through a few of the gallery rooms admiring the Old Masters en route. The cafe is pretty; decorated in soft pink and grey, with comfortable seating and plenty of light.
We started brunch with a breakfast basket containing hot toast, a buttery croissant and home-made jam along with a pot of English Breakfast tea.
With a lovely glass of champagne poured, we moved onto our brunch dishes. Alex, my partner, chose the duck hash. A very satisfying dish of duck, potatoes and a perfectly cooked fried egg sitting atop waiting to be cut and ooze yolk arrived. There wasn’t a lot of chat from him, which I took as a sign that he was enjoying the dish!
I’d opted for the courgette and spring vegetable fritter in some semblance of eating healthily. The deliciously salty slice of grilled halloumi probably put paid to that. It was served with wild garlic oil, which didn’t appear in the description on the menu. Although reasonably subtle, it was still a little too dominant a flavour for me. But then I am peculiar, in that I really don’t like the taste of garlic on its own, it’s fine if it’s in the chorus, just not the solo singer!
The quality of the produce and the attentive service was lovely. The atmosphere was calm; making this the perfect place to come to unwind after a day in the West End or a long day of ‘being cultured’ in the National Gallery. The brunch was the perfect start to our day, and I wouldn’t hesitate to pay the National Gallery Cafe another visit.
Fiona from the London-Unattached team has also been to the National Gallery Cafe recently to try the set dinner menu and found much the same high standard of food, drink and service.
In addition to the waited area of the cafe, there is a grab-and-go self-service cafe for those who need refreshing at pace.
The National Gallery Cafe,
London WC2N 5DN
0207 747 2525
Monday – Thursday 10am–8.30pm
Friday – 10am–10pm
Saturday – Sunday 10am–6pm
Disclaimer: We were guests of the National Gallery Cafe