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.
Lambeth Palace Rd
London, SE1 7LB
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
£26 to £40
020 7401 8865
Harry Kaufman, George Ryle
Beer, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Garden Cafe Ratings and Reviews
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!
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.
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 .
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.
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 :)
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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).
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.
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!
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