HOME > Chowhound > U.K./Ireland >
What's your latest food project? Tell us about it
TELL US

"National Dining Rooms" at The National Gallery.

Robin Joy Apr 22, 2013 04:30 AM

Three of us had an excellent Sunday lunch there yesterday. It's a rather undistinguished modern room, but there are views over part of Trafalgar Square from some tables and it filled up a bit by 2 ish which gave a decent atmosphere. It is of course also attached to one of the world's greatest art collections, which gave us a couple of hours real pleasure before lunch.

Pretty much a traditional Sunday lunch menu, but really well executed, and the service was spot on with just the right amount of friendliness from the staff. Mains were good roast lamb, good lemon sole, and outstanding roast beef, which is why I'm posting.

The beef was roasted rump of Dexter beef, a breed of which I wasn't really aware. Well it was just a taste revelation. Rare, but a deep purple rather than pink, and a richness of flavour which has had me on the web this morning hunting down suppliers. None in London that I can find, sadly. I recommend Hounds to seek it out.

  1. h
    Harters Apr 22, 2013 05:11 AM

    Dexter is one of the best breeds we have for beef. It's a small breed - maybe about 1 metre high - and, apparently very easy to raise, so popular with smallholders (like the ones who sell at my local farmers market). If I can buy Dexter or Galloway, I come away a very happy camper.

    1. zuriga1 Apr 22, 2013 05:15 AM

      I think this place might sell Dexter beef in London.

      http://thebutcheryltd.com/beef.html

      Oliver Peyton runs the restaurants at the National Gallery and a few similar institutions. Maybe his portrait hangs in the restaurant.

      1 Reply
      1. re: zuriga1
        Robin Joy Apr 24, 2013 03:55 AM

        Thanks for the link June. I had seen that site, but not seen that they had a location in London. I'll try to get to them.

      2. l
        lsernoff Jun 5, 2013 11:02 AM

        My wife and I had lunch/early dinner at the National Dining Rooms in May, 2013 and heartily second the above review. My roast lamb was exceptional and my wife enjoyed her chicken dish. Far, far beyond what you would expect of a restaurant housed in a museum.

        3 Replies
        1. re: lsernoff
          zuriga1 Jun 5, 2013 11:43 AM

          The restaurant is run by a well-known foodie person here.. a judge for a beloved series of cooking contests where winners cook a very special banquet. Oliver Peyton runs quite a few restaurants plus a food shop at a department store. I'd expect his standards to be quite high and I'm glad your meal was just that.

          http://www.peytonandbyrne.co.uk/profi...

          1. re: zuriga1
            k
            klyeoh Jun 5, 2013 06:53 PM

            Same sentiments here, June - I went to the National Dining Rooms four years ago and was blown away by the cuisine. Peyton's good - I heard he's opened a restaurant at the Royal Academy, but haven't tried that yet.

            1. re: klyeoh
              zuriga1 Jun 5, 2013 10:43 PM

              I like art... we'll try that on another of your visits.:-)

        2. FarleyFlavors Jun 7, 2013 06:52 AM

          The East London Steak Company is currently cutting Dexter if you're still interested ...

          http://www.eastlondonsteak.co.uk/

          Show Hidden Posts