Harden's survey result
“Cracking views over the rooftops of Trafalgar Square and beyond from a sun-drenched room” earn the NPG’s top-floor dining room decent ratings as a venue for brunch, lunch or afternoon tea, or for an “early supper before the opera at the Coliseum”. The food is “quite adequate” although “not spectacular”. (There’s also a Spartan café in the basement).
“Great vistas over centuries-old London rooftops to Parliament” lend a frisson to a visit to this top-floor dining room, which remains a highly popular West End destination. Even if the “pleasant”, “unadventurous” food is arguably “nothing to write home about” the “other elements make up for it”. Top Tip: good afternoon tea (“it looks as if Nelson could step off his pedestal and join you – who could blame him with all the goodies on offer…”)
“Views over the rooftops lend a very spacy and special ambience” to this top-floor dining room above the gallery and “justify the trip alone”. “You pay a premium” for “mainstream” cooking, but it’s “not bad” and “great for guests from out of town”.
“A new arrival is faced head-on with an amazing panorama of Nelson, Big Ben, Whitehall and Trafalgar Square”, at this roof-top dining room, above the gallery. “The food is seasonal, British, tasty, and a bit unimaginative”, but – even if “prices reflect the unique surroundings” – generally “better than you might expect”.
The Portrait, National Portrait Gallery Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Nice view, both of the skyline and of Professor Starkey summoning ketchup, competent food, buzzing with over 70s"
"We often eat here before the opera at the Coliseum. Good food, friendly service and wonderful views."
"We had the pre theatre menu which had adequate choice and was good value for money"
|Wine per bottle||£28.00|
St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE
|Number of Diners:|
|Monday||10 am-3 pm|
|Tuesday||10 am-3 pm|
|Wednesday||10 am-3 pm|
|Thursday||10 am-3 pm, 6:30 pm-8 pm|
|Friday||10 am-3 pm, 6:30 pm-8 pm|
|Saturday||10 am-3 pm, 6:30 pm-8 pm|
|Sunday||10 am-3 pm|