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The Garden Cafe

4.3
115 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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  • Lunch
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 8.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am - 4.00pm
Sunday: 9.00am - 5.00pm.
Lunch served 12-3pm
Dinners Tuesday and Friday from 6pm.

Please be advised we only accept bookings for lunch.
Tea/coffee and cakes are available outside of the hours of 12-3
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Phone number
020 3640 9322
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Harry Kaufman, George Ryle
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Additional
Beer, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 115 People Are Saying
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4.2
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3.0Dined 6 days ago

The food was lovely, but we had to wait for an hour and 10 minutes before our mains came, and that's not what we would expect for a lunch. In the evening, possibly, but most people have other things to do post lunch. Gulped down our main course, as we had a train to catch - no time to try desserts or drink any coffee.

The food we did have was pretty good, but if you plan to come here, you need to have plenty of time to spare.

The waitress was lovely, but perhaps if there is a wait like that, the table need to be kept informed. Sorry, Garden Cafe - we won't be back

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2.0Dined on 17 May 2018

We waited a long time for our starters and main courses, food was average and a bit over priced, staff were nice , we were disappointed thought it would be better, a lot of other people around us were complaining.

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5.0Dined on 17 May 2018

Great food from locally sourced ingredients.

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5.0Dined on 15 May 2018

Super efficient friendly service and innovative food.

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5.0Dined on 11 May 2018

Garden cafe is my favourite restaurant- it’s really delightful

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4.0Dined on 6 May 2018

Quiet place to spend time reconnecting or chilling.

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4.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Staff were friendly and service was relaxed.

Food was good but pork, broaden and potato salad not quite as expected. Seemed a bit more like a carvery roast lunch.

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4.0Dined on 4 May 2018

Lovely space, lovely food, lovely staff. Worth the price.

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5.0Dined on 1 May 2018

We tend to eat at cheap cheerful places now as we have had numerous disappointments at more expensive restaurants and felt they weren’t value for money. My husband and I went to a lecture in the Museum so thought it would be great to have dinner in the cafe afterwards. I had read some good reviews but was still apprehensive. We couldn’t have had a more enjoyable meal. Lovely short menu, interesting wine list, delicious, fresh food, delightful service, a spacious table and no music. Just a lovely vibe of people talking and having fun. Highly recommend a visit. Thank you.

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5.0Dined on 1 May 2018

Brilliant location , brilliant building , brilliant food.

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5.0Dined on 1 May 2018

Dining alone before an exhibition lecture but did not feel out of place. The staff were attentive and friendly and the service very good. The food was outstanding, have not had such a delicious meal for a while. Portion size just right, good choice of wines by the glass and the overall cost exceptionally good value.

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4.0Dined on 28 April 2018

Lovely location with views to the new design courtyard. Food good, but not much choice. Staff service was great. Due to the weather on the day, it was a bit chilly. It would be better on a warm, sunny day.

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5.0Dined on 27 April 2018

There were four at the table: two ancient parents and two 40-ish daughters, all to celebrate my wife's 75th. Three of us came from Devon, one from Brussels. We are moderately sophisticated v-a-v food and wine but our main feature is that we talk and laugh a lot. In every respect the lunch was excellent. The food was delicious and reasonably priced. The staff were very efficient and pleasant. The ambience was perfect. The main road along side the restaurant could not be heard at all thanks to excellent sound control. In every aspect we had a very pleasant lunch. Many thanks to all concerned.

Peter O. Marlow

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4.0Dined on 27 April 2018

Wonderful dining experience. Really good, caring staff who made us feel very welcome and valued as guests.
Delicious food with less common mains like mutton and pollock.
Loved it!

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4.0Dined on 21 April 2018

We enjoyed our Saturday lunch sitting by an open window overlooking the garden. The service was exceptional and the food very good. I recommend it!

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4.0Dined on 10 April 2018

My fifth visit since the Garden Museum Cafe opened twelvemonths ago...so they must be doing something right! This occasion was to treat my visiting father-in-law.

Food as always was excellent. The short menu (£24) has some nicely imaginative dishes...a superbly tender slow-cooked beef brisket, squid risotto served with its ink, white sprouting broccoli, chicken livers, very early Jersey Royals (it's not been a good year for planting there).

Maybe the portions could be a tiny bit bigger...? (But maybe I'm just greedy guts.)

So pleased to hear they are starting to open on Friday evenings (as well as Tuesday). One of Lambeth's best places to eat, well worth crossing the river for. Just don't make it so popular that I can't get a table!

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3.0Dined on 6 April 2018

My husband and I came here as we had our wedding reception here 4 years ago. I’d seen positive reviews and was eagerly anticipating our evening. They setting is unique and the atmosphere was nicely buzzing. Our waitress was exceptional. Unfortunately the food was not to my taste and there were errors which left us disappointed- soda bread that they had run out of and the cake which I was really looking forward to did not set. We were given a different dessert for free which was good but with a limited selection and no biscuits left for cheese and biscuits either, we were given a dessert we weren’t so keen on.
I appreciate menus with limited choices but just one or two more dishes would have been good. It’s a shame, but I think I’ll come back during the day for the cake and a coffee and not for the main courses.
I think my husband chose better and was happy with his cockles and bacon and salted beef.

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5.0Dined on 3 April 2018

Friendly efficient service and delicious, good value food. Will definitely book again especially before future evening events at the Garden Museum 🌸

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5.0Dined on 30 March 2018

Wonderful food and service in a lovely locale - incredibly enjoyable Good Friday meal!

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4.0Dined on 23 March 2018

This is a lovely space (bright and airy), in a area of town without a great deal of choice. The menu is small and considered, though the portions may be considered small for the price.

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4.0Dined on 23 March 2018

The food is so delicious I am now trying to get there at least once a week.

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3.0Dined on 20 March 2018

Good place for coffee, with pleasant garden and church views. Lots of hard surfaces make neighbours' conversations very easy to hear unfortunately.
Staff friendly and efficient.
Lunch was honest food well cooked, portions just adequate. Good bread and coffee. Actually the whole thing was a bit bland, we felt they could do better.

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4.0Dined on 17 March 2018

Very nice lunch - good food good service nice location, definitely one for lunch time chat in friendly and interesting environment.

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5.0Dined on 11 March 2018

The food was absolutely fantastic and cooked to perfection. The staff were wonderful & patient with us and it was really appreciated. Nearly a week later we're still talking about what a wonderful time we had. It is not a criticism, but the venue is clearly *very* child friendly, so it got a bit noisy at times. Worth noting if you are after a quiet date.

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5.0Dined on 10 March 2018

Delicious. Good value, great setting and delicious food.

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4.0Dined on 9 March 2018

Lovely evening here for delicious dinner with 3 friends. Relaxed atmosphere and ingredient-focused cooking with lovely wines. Extremely good value for standards and attentive service.

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4.0Dined on 9 March 2018

Excellent food with emphasis on flavour with new and exciting combinations.

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4.0Dined on 6 March 2018

We had lunch with two grandchildren who were catered for very willingly. Then I had dinner with friends and it was very pleasant, with delightful food.

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5.0Dined on 3 March 2018

Good relaxed ambience, very friendly and professional staff, efficient service. Quiet enough for a weekend lunch/ coffee catch up with friends. View of a little garden was also a treat. I loved how they hand-wrote reservations on the tables!
Gnocchi was on the soggy side (maybe it was just their style, I expected something chewy!) but it was delicious.

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5.0Dined on 25 February 2018

The food, the service and the overall atmosphere was just amazing. Even the weather was perfect that day, making the gardens look even prettier.

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5.0Dined on 24 February 2018

Great little gem by Lambeth Palace - plus with the meal you get an entry pass to the museum

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5.0Dined on 22 February 2018

Despite having problems in the kitchen, some ovens and hobs weren’t working, the food was a delight, as always. The cuisine is inventive, fresh and well cooked. The service is very professional, friendly and swift, without feeling rushed. The glass windows look over the bustle of Lambeth Road on the one side, with the peace of the inner, Dan Pearson designed garden, on the other. Fast becoming one of my favourite places to eat.

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4.0Dined on 18 February 2018

Excellent meal for 4. One quibble: I had an expensive choice of brill with leeks. This was super but not a balanced meal as there were no potatoes/rice/pasta.all other main courses did. White beans with rosemary etc would go very well with it.

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4.0Dined on 16 February 2018

The Garden Cafe is a beautiful, open and airy place to have lunch with it's large windows letting in lots of light. The fish we had as the main course with chicory was perfectly cooked and delicious. Desserts I have had here previously have been inventive and tasty. A great place to meet with friends for an informal lunch.

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4.0Dined on 13 February 2018

Another lovely evening at the Garden Cafe, with great food as always. The wine list has expanded since we were last there.

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4.0Dined on 13 February 2018

THe menu was good, but our gluten free friend was disappointed in the choice and found the vegetarian selection very limited. Why did not not have crepes on Shrove Tuesday?

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4.0Dined on 6 February 2018

A delightful restaurant. We went because of a brilliant review by Jay Rayner in the Observer. Quite simple cooking but unusual ingredients and combinations. But it works. Delicious flavours and sauces.

Very pleasant ambiance and excellent service.

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5.0Dined on 2 February 2018

I had an amazing three course dinner at The Garden Cafe for a recent birthday celebration. Innovative dishes with fresh ingredients, great wine, and wonderful atmosphere. Can't wait to go back.

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4.0Dined on 21 January 2018

Light and airy location overlooking interesting garden with attentive and pleasant staff. Food tasty and good wine.

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5.0Dined on 20 January 2018

The Garden Café is a must stop-off when I visit the Tate Britain. The food is fresh, service impeccable, even the complimentary bread&butter is a perfect warm welcome.

However, what I have found is that prices have increased and the menu is more meat heavy. There was only one vegetarian main, which contains dairy. Out of the whole menu there was only one vegan item – a parsley root soup.

After my first visit I was quick to recommend the restaurant to all my vegetarian friends as we had an array of tasty and seasonal veg dishes. I never knew beetroot could be so delicious! However, I don’t feel I could offer this recommendation anymore. I normally eat vegetarian, but the lack lead me to a fish dish, which was nothing special, a little bland and dry, it could have been the nature of the fish to be fair, but a shame nonetheless.

With their changing menu, I will be back to give it another go, the service and atmosphere is always a delight, a hidden gem.

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