Tate Modern Café: Level 2

Critics' choice
© Britta Jaschinski

Tate Modern’s big, bustling entrance-level café has something for everyone: light snacks (meat platters, bloomer sandwiches); main courses that aim higher than they need to (pork cutlet with a salad of pak choi and shiitake) plus a proper wine list; posh breakfasts (duck egg!); afternoon tea; floor-to-ceiling views out to the Thames; and award-winning industrial chic design.

It’s suitably patriotic too, promoting Cornish mackerel, crisp-battered fish and chips, St Jude’s ice-cream, and some particularly interesting English cheeses. An exciting beer menu has been lovingly sourced from smaller UK breweries – our Kernel Black IPA coming from mere streets away.

Children are enthusiastically catered for, with a free children’s meal for every adult main course at lunch – though portions are small and the dishes nursery staples: over-eights might find themselves hungry, and more sophisticated youngsters may prefer a smaller portion of an adult meal.

Although it was clear from all our dishes that ingredients are fresh and good quality, we’d have preferred the burger a lot rarer (or, at least, to have been asked how we wanted it cooked). It’s usually very busy; try to get a window table for a more relaxed, less institutional experience.

Venue name: Tate Modern Café: Level 2
Address: 2nd floor, Tate Modern
Cross street: Sumner Street
Opening hours: Meals served 10am-5.30pm Mon-Thur, Sun; 10am-9.30pm Fri; 10am-6.30pm Sat
Transport: Tube: Southwark tube or London Bridge tube/rail
Price: Main courses £8.95-£11.15
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