Benugo - The Cellarium Cafe and Terrace

3.9
402 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
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  • Afternoon Tea
  • Brunch
  • Business Meals

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About

The Abbey is continuing the ancient Benedictine tradition of providing hospitality to visitors. The Cellarium, part of the 14th century fabric of Westminster Abbey, was where the monks kept their stores of food and drink. Now the Cellarium café refreshes this tradition of hospitality.
The Cellarium serves delicious salads and traditional British lunches including Fish and Chips every Friday.
The cafe is split over two floors with a terrace on the upper floor with views over the towers of the Abbey.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British, Afternoon Tea
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Hours of Operation

Breakfast:

Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 11:45am Saturday 9.00am - 11.45am
Sunday: 10:00am-12:00am

Lunch:

Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Wednesday supper served 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Sunday: 12:00am-15:30pm

Afternoon tea:

Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 5:30pm Saturday 9.00am - 4.30pm
Sunday: 10:00am- 15:30pm

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Phone number
020 7222 0516
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Public Transit

Nearest tube stations are Westminster, St. James Park, Victoria
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , View, Wine

Private Dining

The Abbey is continuing the ancient Benedictine tradition of providing hospitality to visitors. The Cellarium, part of the 14th century fabric of Westminster Abbey, was where the monks kept their stores of food and drink. Now the Cellarium café refreshes this tradition of hospitality.

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3.9based on all time ratings
3.8
food
3.7
service
4.1
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3.6
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Denver
4.0
Dined on 4 August 2017

Afternoon tea was very enjoyable. For some reason they couldn't locate our reservation.

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London
5.0
Dined on 22 June 2017

Charming setting, great service, interesting menu. Loved it.

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OT
London
4.0
Dined on 20 June 2017

Excellent meal. And, whilst seating was fine, my preference would have been downstairs not up.

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London
5.0
Dined on 19 June 2017

Had afternoon tea after our trip round Westminster abbey, it was lovely, the service was good and the food was better, the overall service was really good and the staff tended to every need.

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New York Area
5.0
Dined on 14 June 2017

The atmosphere was perfect for a day at the abbey. The portions were large and tasty. Afternoon tea was delicious .

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HB
London
3.0
Dined on 14 June 2017

Service was poor. Later arrivals received their drinks before us and the food, when it came, was not as ordered. This was corrected, with apologies, fairly swiftly but it was disappointing, especially as the erroneous dish was obviously not a main course.

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London
5.0
Dined on 8 June 2017

The staff here was so accommodating. I planned to have afternoon tea by myself but ran into my son and his girlfriend and they asked to join me. The hostess graciously provided us a larger table, and we had a lovely, unhurried experience. For London, the prices were excellent. I would love to return to this charming spot.

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F
London
4.0
Dined on 30 May 2017

Very enjoyable lunch in the upstairs part of Cellarium (worth booking an upstairs table). I had the wild mucshroom and tarragon fregola which was delicious. Ambiance is relaxed, the room light and airy with unusual roof scape of Westminster Abbey. Service was hit and miss. Despite me booking, there was no acknowledgement of this, order taking slow and general lack of attentiveness. This wouldn't stop me going again, but it's a shame for a hidden gem in Westminster.

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R
Hertfordshire
5.0
Dined on 17 May 2017

Very nice cafe underneath Westminster Abbey. Lovely afternoon tea.

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London
5.0
Dined on 13 May 2017

Excellent food and great value for a wonderful location.

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London
4.0
Dined on 12 May 2017

Two waiting staff only on the top floor, which dropped to one. This is no reflection on the staff as they were rushed off their feet but service was slow . Both waiters were very hard working, pleasant and fast moving but were continually apologising for the slow service- clearly under staffed and overwhelmed by the lunchtime rush It took 30 minutes to pay! On the plus side, great location, good food and very pleasant team. Nice atmosphere.

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C
London
4.0
Dined on 23 April 2017

Lovely unique venue in the centre of London and great food!

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Yosemite
4.0
Dined on 16 April 2017

we had Tea here before service at the Abbey and it was perfect for us; Reasonably priced and nice tea; semi quiet surroundings. fit the bill! We attended service after enjoying tea.

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WC
London
2.0
Dined on 13 April 2017

This was a very expensive lunch for not so great food. The service was quite slow. The food was mediocre. At £137 for 3 steak sandwiches and a plate of pasta with a couple of glasses of wine it was the most expensive meal we had in London.

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DJ
New York Area
4.0
Dined on 6 April 2017

Food was delicious and the ambience was nice and peaceful. Outside seating is a bit tight but, at the right angle, provides a nice view of Westminster Abbey. Perfect on a beautiful Spring day!

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e
London
5.0
Dined on 1 April 2017

Had the 2 course menu which was excellent lovely waiter serving, attentive and friendly. Great fir lunch before visiting H of P.

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San Francisco
5.0
Dined on 27 March 2017

Who knew Westminster Abbey could have such great food! Most often I stay away from food establishments next to a touristy places, but this place was really recommended by a couple we ran into while in Scotland. I had French toast, OJ and milk. The French toast is made with Brioche and comes with mixed fruit compôte & Greek yoghurt or bacon & maple syrup. I got it with bacon - absolutely delish! Nice and meaty bacon with buttery bread and tasty syrup. The OJ was freshly squeezed. The price was fairly inexpensive too. I certainly recommend you try it!

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m
London
2.0
Dined on 17 March 2017

Typical PE backed modern British offering. Puny portions. Costs extra for sides but not enough without. Nice when it comes but terrible value.

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London
5.0
Dined on 16 March 2017

bright and lovely place. nice service. loved the lamb dish.

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London
4.0
Dined on 4 March 2017

I Booked it through Groupons Discount The Afternoon Tea was what i expected it to be. I took my Daughter in Law, Granddaughter and her School friend the sandwiches were not really child friendly ( smoked salmon and coronation chicken ) but they did like the cakes. I didn't like that the scones were both fruit and not one of each and that after the girls had eaten the chocolate looking cup cake was told it contained Baileys.

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London
5.0
Dined on 25 February 2017

We had just got engaged in the Abbey and in the light and cosy space of the Cellariun we celebrated the moment and our decision. The informal ambience, natural light and access from the Abbey made it a perfect place to go. It contributed greatly to a wonderful day.

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London
4.0
Dined on 11 February 2017

Interesting infill at Westminster Abbey. Could see the rose window and towers of the Abbey from my seat, though those opposite saw blank walls. Looks casual but excellent food. Long queue even in February but we'd booked in advance.

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London
4.0
Dined on 9 February 2017

I'd recommend the upstairs seating area as this is nicer than the cellar. The restaurant offers nice and good value set menus for lunch. (Service was good but the team was understaffed so we had to wait for bread, bill etc. )

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B
London
3.0
Dined on 5 February 2017

It wasn't that warm and was quite empty considering it was Sunday lunch. Needs to be promoted better as the entrance is hidden

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London
5.0
Dined on 4 February 2017

Food was excellent and the staff were lovely. Great to be within Westminster Abbey.

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M
London
4.0
Dined on 2 February 2017

I could really do with more choices about describing this venue. Tucked away behind Westminster Abbey in the quiet of Dean's Yard it is a gem of a place. Very good value 2 and 3 course lunchtime menu, not crowded, no intrusive music and rally nice surroundings. The food is good, the servings are generous. Attentive service from friendly professional staff. Definitely recommended.

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London
5.0
Dined on 29 January 2017

Nice cafe location, could have more food choices

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London
4.0
Dined on 28 January 2017

we had a lovely afternoon tea
plenty of cakes
a few more sandwiches would have been nice

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o
London
4.0
Dined on 23 January 2017

as always service, food and ambience excellent. great place to meet friends and surprise them

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Washington DC
3.0
Dined on 22 January 2017

I'm visiting London and was searching for a brunch spot, booked it based on pics. I had two prosecco, a latte, vegetable quiche with side salad. The quiche was like mush and the crust store-bought. If you're looking for a 30 lb so-so brunch, this is a good spot right by Westminster abbey. The venue is worth checking out for maybe a coffee - apparently it's the Westminster monks' former mess hall, beautiful ceilings. In winter though, it's no warmer than outside! Brr!

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JD
London
2.0
Dined on 14 January 2017

It was a disappointing, expensive experience. Food was not great, overpriced for what we got in the afternoon tea selection and the waiter was exceptionally condescending and made us feel very uncomfortable.

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London
4.0
Dined on 5 January 2017

Really tasty fresh healthy food in an attractive environment. Would def go back.

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New England
5.0
Dined on 30 December 2016

The waiter/chef for afternoon tea was friendly and helpful, and the room was a beautiful atrium with views of the cathedral, lots of light.

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London
4.0
Dined on 28 December 2016

Had afternoon tea - nice experience. Very good service, will be back

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London
5.0
Dined on 19 December 2016

The best "Close to House of Lords" restaurant there is. Great food and ambiance. Pround to bring anyone there.

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London
4.0
Dined on 4 December 2016

We had lunch after a service at the Abbey. It was my friend's first visit and the meal was a fitting conclusion to the day. The food was excellent and the service attentive but the room was a bit noisy and stuffy. We had hoped to be able to eat upstairs but the Terrace was not open.

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London
5.0
Dined on 1 December 2016

Great courteous service, with the staff going out of their way to accommodate for our dietary and logistical needs.

Good food in a beautiful setting - in the Abbey's shadow, with a gorgeous clear roof and lots of sunshine filtering through.

Def recommended!

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London
4.0
Dined on 28 November 2016

We enjoyed a great light working lunch in the 'terrace' area. The service was attentive but not intrusive and had we not had to actually go to work, we might have stayed a lot longer!

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London
4.0
Dined on 21 November 2016

Good afternoon tea and location with helpful people

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l
Worcestershire
4.0
Dined on 16 November 2016

Great venue for lunch to meet friends and family. Good value 2 course or 3 course lunch with adequate choices. Friendly service. We had a table upstairs in a light and airy room with views of Westminster Abbey. No views from the downstairs section.
Would definitely go again for lunch.

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