The National Gallery Cafe

Love galleries?
Love art?
Love Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light?
Love food?
Then you’ll love dining in The National Gallery.

From the vivid seascapes, garden views, and bathing scenes for which he is most renowned, to portraits, landscapes and genre scenes of Spanish life, the Sorolla exhibition features more than 60 works spanning Sorolla’s career – many of which are travelling from private collections and from afar.

A journey of Sorolla art

From 18 March to 7 July, Oliver Peyton’s restaurants, The National Dining Rooms and The National Café, are celebrating the “Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light” exhibition at The National Gallery with a limited-edition Spanish menu.

Inspired by the iridescent canvases of renowned Spanish painter, Joaquín Sorolla y Bastidas, the menu is packed with Iberian flavours.

Kick off tapas-style with starters of Smoked Ham and Manchego Croquettes with pimento aioli, or a simple plate of Pata Negra, served with pickles and artichokes. Flavoursome mains include a classic Hake in Romesco Sauce and almond olive dressing, or Vegetable Paella with sprouting broccoli, asparagus, padron peppers and saffron. Finish on a sweet note with Crema Catalana or Tarta de Santiago served with clotted cream.

Dinner is reasonably priced at £19 for two courses or £24 for three.

Looking for a lighter option, stop by after 3pm for wine and tapas – enjoy two glasses of Spanish wine with a slice of tortilla and pan con tomate for just £12.

National Gallery members receive a 10% discount at The National Dining Rooms.

With the Gallery’s Friday Lates, why not pop in and kick off the start of the weekend in Spanish style.

Inspiring art commands inspiring food so head to the National Gallery for an Iberian feast of the senses. As well as the Sorolla menu, both restaurants will be offering its signature Modern European menus, with a quintessentially British afternoon tea also available every day.

The National Dining Rooms
Sainsbury Wing, National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

The National Café
East Wing, The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

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Thanks to National Gallery for inviting some of us from Love Pop Ups London community to come along to enjoy a food journey inspired by Sorolla art. Plus some members got to go along to enjoy a brunch at The National Cafe.

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“The croquettes looked like golden nuggets sitting upon my plate. They tasted lovely. The filling within the crunchy crispy croquettes was soft, somewhat creamy and gave a lovely smoky taste.  The sauce also really worked well with the dish giving another texture to the tongue and eating along with the croquette it cut the smoky flavour giving my taste buds a milder flavour.”
May 2019

Joanne of Love Pop Ups London blog post or Instagram post

“It was a flipping good piece of fresh fish, beautifully crisped on top and served on a bed of creamy mash, with the robust and flavourful Romesco sauce elevating the whole plate. Seriously, one of the best fish dishes I have had in a restaurant.”
May 2019

Geeta blog post or Instagram post

“The cafe ambiance itself sets the tone – relaxed, with light modern lines and pastel colours, the space is incredibly inviting. We sat below a huge window, and the blue skies outside were brought in through the mirrored paintings.”
May 2019

Aditi blog post

“Visiting any museum or gallery in London is often a day out in itself, and can be very hungry work. One of the most popular Galleries in London is The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square which hosts various exhibitions throughout the year alongside more than 2,300 paintings. Seeing all of this can be hungry work, but did you know there are 3 different places to refresh and fill your tummies?”
May 2019

Beth blog post or Instagram post

“The hake was well cooked – not burnt at all. The charred crust of herbs helps keep the flesh moist inside.”
May 2019 and June 2019

Katie blog evening meal post & brunch post or Instagram post

“The menu selection was different than what I would normally expect. For example, poached eggs was no where to be found, but a duck hash with Clearance Court egg cloud be ordered.”
June 2019

Steve blog brunch post

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