Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.54mi
  2. Distance: 0.56mi
  3. Distance: 0.62mi
  4. Distance: 0.69mi
  1. Distance: 0.54mi
  2. Distance: 0.56mi
  3. Distance: 0.62mi
  4. Distance: 0.69mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.54mi
  2. Distance: 0.56mi
  3. Distance: 0.62mi
  4. Distance: 0.69mi
  1. Distance: 0.54mi
  2. Distance: 0.56mi
  3. Distance: 0.62mi
  4. Distance: 0.69mi

About The Garden Cafe

The Garden Café offers a daily menu consisting of fresh and seasonal food, and a focus on simple ingredients.

Chefs Harry Kaufman and George Ryle welcome people to enjoy a long and relaxed lunch, both to visitors to the museum, and to curious passers by.
Please note that whilst we welcome customer requests, we cannot guarantee to offer all customers window seats.
We allow 90 mins at tables for lunch and 2 hours for tables at dinner.

Garden Museum
Lambeth Palace Rd
London, SE1 7LB
View Larger Map

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
British

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 8.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am - 4.00pm
Sunday: 9.00am - 5.00pm.
Lunch served 12-3pm

Please be advised we only accept bookings for lunch.
Tea/coffee and cakes are available outside of the hours of 12-3

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
£26 to £40

Payment Options:
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
020 7401 8865

Website:
http://gardenmuseum.org.uk/page/shop

Executive Chef:
Harry Kaufman, George Ryle

Additional:
Beer, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Garden Cafe Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.2

Overall rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

95% would recommend it to a friend

Lunch (41)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Creative Cuisine (21)
See all
Casual (19)
Good Vegetarian Options (19)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Healthy (16)
Neighbourhood Gem (14)
Scenic View (14)
Authentic (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Afternoon Coffee (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Special Occasions (10)
Business Meals (10)
Seasonal (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Brunch (7)
Disabled Access (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Afternoon Tea (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Cosy (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Outdoor Eating (5)
Organic (4)
People Watching (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Child Friendly (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Fun (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Romance (2)
Great Beer (1)
Group Bookings (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Sort by
S
65 reviews
Loading reviews ...
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 10 November 2017

The food at the Garden Museum Cafe is quite superb. This is a real find and well worth making a trip to sample some of the most interesting new cooking I've experienced in a long time. Lovely, imaginative wine too which reinforces the sense that the team are always trying to deliver new sensations - and they are succeeding!

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
·Dined on 10 November 2017

A memorable lunch with excellent food prepared by people who obviously care about food. The wine list was imaginative and the service was friendly. A great place to have discovered.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on 27 October 2017

I love this restaurant. A simple menu all cooked brilliantly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 25 October 2017

Before the Garden Museum was revamped, it always had an excellent cafe but it was a cafe and not a restaurant.

The Garden Museum now has a very nice restaurant with excellent food and excellent service.

I will certainly be recommending it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Casual, Afternoon Coffee, Afternoon Tea, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 17 October 2017

A different experience in atmospheric surroundings overlooking the courtyard garden of the Museum. Delicious Italian food in a warm and welcoming space.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 7 October 2017

A nice modern setting and excellent food. Good value.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on 6 October 2017

Delicious food, incredible atmosphere, friendly staff and fantastic wine. Such a brilliant evening!

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Scenic View, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on 22 September 2017

When we arrived at The Garden Museum Cafe we were a bit concerned as we had the place to ourselves but the staff made us really feel at ease and as it turned out we actually enjoyed having the restaurant to ourselves. We later found out that it was the restaurant and museum's first late night opening on a Friday and as it was announced fairly last minute - not many people knew about it. As we came to the end of a great meal a couple of other tables were filled.

The food could not be faulted, the wine was excellent and the setting was beautiful. We were there for our 5th wedding anniversary and the walk back along the thames was a perfect ending to a great dining experience.

Great value for money - I would highly recommend The Garden Cafe to anyone - I just hope it doesn't get too busy though as I wouldn't mind having the place to ourselves again.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 20 September 2017

Very enjoyable, limited but interesting menu, friendly relaxed staff, great coffee. Windows make it as close to alfresco dining as you can get. Would highly recommend as a venue for lunch with friends and worth a journey.

Tags: Casual, Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Hampshire)·Dined on 13 September 2017

A great find ! Good food in a lovely space - and in a busy corner of south London. Fresh ingredients imaginatively cooked, and a small but acceptable wine list,combined with good service - makes this a lovely venue for meeting friends, or conducting business affairs that will surely benefit from having ones tastebuds tingled. The view of the garden in the centre of the courtyard/cloister from the restaurant is a delight, and it is difficult to imagine the traffic that is the other side of the hedge .

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

 
·Dined on 8 September 2017

Absolutely lovely. Delicious, thoughtful food in a lovely setting with terrific, attentive but relaxed service. A real find.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on 5 September 2017

really interesting and delicious food, and friendly staff

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 31 August 2017

The Garden Cafe is a delightful spot, turning its back on the busy road outside and offering views into a peaceful courtyard garden. In warm weather the sliding glass doors slip back bringing fresh air and greenery into the Cafe. The dishes have an Italian flavour , the vegetables are delicious and the desserts a treat.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 30 August 2017

Excellent restaurant, very relaxing atmosphere. Perfect service and the food just out of this world.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on 29 August 2017

Went to the Garden Museum Cafe on Tuesday night for a museum lates evening. The museum was wicked, great to potter around for 30-60mins pre-meal. The dinner itself was OUTSTANDING. Seriously tasty dishes, seasoned to perfection, with some clearly skilful chefs at the helm. All of the staff were very friendly and accomodating, would really recommend :)

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 29 August 2017

An incredible new space and even more incredible cuisine. The staff are woundefull and look after youbteally well, and very knowledgable about the menu. The food is incredible, changes daily and very inventive; I only wish it was open ever evening!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service5
value4

 
 (Buckinghamshire)·Dined on 27 August 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed all of our visit to the Garden Museum. We spent one hour before and another hour after lunch looking round and taking in all the info.

Lunch was a welcome break, with good food, nice wine and great cossetting. We were looked after like royalty from beginning to end.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on 10 August 2017

The Garden Cafe is such a little gem !
I booked a table for 4 and arrived with an extra unexpected friend, in spite of the busy restaurant the manager in no time changed the set up of our table and accommodated us. As soon as we sat down our drinks arrived alongside good bread and butter and the menus. Being 5 of us we ordered the all menu to share. The service was accurate but not intrusive and the dishes came on the table at perfect pace, on a different order than the menu's, actually more appropriate flavour-wise. The room with its glass walls surrounded by the nice vegetation of the garden is extremely pleasant and create such an enjoyable space for a lunch. Definitely looking forward to come and dine again, possibly for dinner the next time!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 8 August 2017

I have now been to the Garden Cafe for lunch and dinner, and would happily recommend it to anyone. It is a lovely light-filled space, which feels calm and welcoming. The restaurant looks out on to a pretty courtyard which has the added interest of Captain Bligh's sarcophagus! The food and service are excellent. The menu changes all the time, and is very much ingredient driven, and full of flavour. The cold meats are carefully sourced and worth a sharing plate. I have had well cooked skate with cockles and samphire, and rare venison with roasted carrots. I particularly liked their version of Bakewell tart and there is always a good value cheese plate. I would like to see a longer wine list, but that aside, the restaurant offers great value and a pleasing setting.

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 6 August 2017

Having recently rediscovered the Garden Cafe, I was so impressed that I decided to recommend it to a friend who is unusually particular about dining. The last time I had dined with this friend, it was at a Galvin restaurant in London, which I had hoped would impress her, but she was outraged when the cheese she ordered at the end of the meal was cold, and she made quite a scene. So I was really hoping that the Garden Cafe would work for her, and in fact she was just blown away by the quality of her meal and the wonderful wine she had chosen to pair with it; I was impressed as well, but then I am always impressed by the Garden Cafe. So congratulations to the Garden Cafe for its great success!

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 6 August 2017

This cafe is purpose built inside the Garden Museum which is etched out of Lambeth Palace. It is light and airy and next to a small garden with tombs including one of Captain Bligh of Mutiny on the Bounty. There is a small menu and the food is delicate and beautifully cooked. Friendly staff. Wonderful place.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Healthy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on 1 August 2017

Lovely atmosphere, friendly service, spacious seating with an outlook to the green courtyard. We would recommend this restaurant/cafe in the Westminster area. It's only a short and pretty walk over the bridge and so much better value than the touristy places arround Westminster.

Tags: Healthy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 29 July 2017

This is a wonderful find. A lovely environment, friendly and relaxed staff and quite outstanding food. I can't remember being so impressed by a new restaurant for a very long time. Although everything was delicious, the absolute stand out were the pig cheeks with damson sauce - superb. The wine list is short but full of interest and it's priced very reasonably. Portions spot on too. Lambeth is not overburdened with restaurants, but what they have done with the Garden Cafe is a huge bonus to the area. If I was working in Westminster or Millbank, I'd certainly be making the short walk over the river for lunch on a regular basis. Highly recommended.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
·Dined on 28 July 2017

We were in London for an exhibition and wanted to have a casual but quality lunch. The Garden Cafe was perfect. We thought everything was perfect.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Fun, Authentic, Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 25 July 2017

The Garden Museum has reopened recently following an extensive redevelopment. The results are stunning & the Garden Cafe is one of the many wonders to be found in this seemingly tucked away location at the edge of Lambeth Palace – yet it is actually very central being right across the river from the Houses of Parliament.
Great setting – the Cafe is embraced by striking contemporary architecture by Dow Jones and gardens by Dan Pearson & Christopher Bradley Hole, all contained within the historic church of St. Mary at lambeth – the little next-door-neighbour to Lambeth Palace. The beauty of the Garden Museum is the attention to detail and the Garden Cafe, with chefs Harry Kaufman & George Ryle, expresses this perfectly. Delicious fresh food imaginatively combined and PACKED with flavours. This chef-duo is one to watch.
If you are lucky like us the weather will be kind and the large glass doors to the gardens will be open so that you can enjoy the most magical al fresco dining experience gazing onto the extraordinary sculpted tombstone of the 17th century plant hunter John Tradescant which rises above the Dan Person planting. It sounds an odd combo – tombstones & food – but believe me it works!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 18 July 2017

This was a real fun find with great food , kind staff and a lovely ambiance. Go soon

Tags: Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

 
 (London)·Dined on 7 November 2017

The food was delicious if the main course was somewhat cold. The wine was lovely.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

 
·Dined on 2 November 2017

Interesting seasonal menu. Tasty dishes. Pleasant waiters.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 31 October 2017

Inventive menu with interesting tastes innovative starters great fish and and beef mains finished of with some great deserts . The only thing missing were a range of sides to accompany the mains . Nice wine list.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 25 October 2017

Very pleasant ambience, light, airy, attractive views over courtyard garden. Nice and helpful staff. A most welcome addition to a part of London almost devoid of interesting and good cuisine. Reasonably priced menu, wines too. From Westminster worth short walk south over Lambeth Bridge to reach it. Also easy to walk/bus to from Imperial War Museum.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Tea, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Afternoon Coffee
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service4
value3

 
·Dined on 18 October 2017

Nice place - lovely location. No music, which is a blessing, so it is quiet. Can talk easily without having to shout against the noise. Menu bit too up-market for me, and would prefer some more basic, ordinary things to choose from. Even just sandwiches for lunch?

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 17 October 2017

Really lovely food, lots of choice - everything sounded tempting. Despite other reviews, I found the portions to be a perfect size. Highly recommended if you are looking for a foodie lunch and a nice glass of wine.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service2
value2

 
·Dined on 8 October 2017

Lovely view of the courtyard garden. Service polite but very slow and we were not offered bread.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service3
value4

 
·Dined on 4 October 2017

We lunched here because
- we were visiting the adjoining Garden Museum
- we had seen an enthusiastic review in The Guardian
- it looked like a good location for a birthday celebration meal.
The Garden Café did not disappoint: good food in an easy environment (and with a fascinating museum attached).

Tags: Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value4

 
·Dined on 26 September 2017

I have been 5 times now. The coffee is amazing. Two of the meals were out of this world. But on my last visit I had the fish soup which was extremely expensive (over £15.00) and could have come out of a tin called 'lobster bisque'. I realise that 'fish soup' is a real test of a chef (that is partly why I chose it) and I think ambition has caused a downfall in this case.
My only other complaint is that in their anxiety to attend to us the staff have tended to hurry us. But this is a difficult call for them as some diners will have limited time.
This is a stunning place with massive potential, much appreciated - please don't push yourselves too hard on the menu.

Tags: Hot Spot, Afternoon Tea, Vegan, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value4

 
 (Worcestershire)·Dined on 24 September 2017

A lovely venue, excellent selection of healthy and interesting food and pleasant service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4
value3

 
·Dined on 20 September 2017

Delicious food all made freshly in front of you. Very friendly, helpful service.

Tags: Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service5
value4

 
·Dined on 16 September 2017

Read about this restaurant in a Guardian review and it lived up to expectations. Portions are on the small side for big eaters but then prices aren't too high. We thought the starter of Mussels were delicious and really like the Raspberry and Almond tart.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 7 September 2017

We had a light lunch (just a main each) and both dishes were excellent. Mine in particular (octopus) was superb: a brilliant combination of ingredients: grilled octopus, onions, potatoes and fab romesco sauce. I am Spanish and really appreciated the thought and realisation behind it. At £15.50 I thought it was well priced. The bread and butter were very good indeed and we were offered more when we finished (a lovely detail). The coffee was excellent too.
The service was very good, unobtrusive yet attentive. On arrival, I was finding the music too invasive and asked for it to be changed to something less so. After a friendly exchange, the music was indeed changed to a far more appropriate beat and we enjoyed our lunch tremendously.
The room itself is beautifully light and welcoming too, even on a grey and rainy London day!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Business Meals
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 6 September 2017

Friendly relaxed atmosphere, great service and good food.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, People Watching, Casual, Healthy, Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.