The Garden Café

Price guide: Mid-range

Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NU

Price guide: Mid-range

Inside at the Garden Café

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#82 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:3.6 out of 5
Food and drink:
4
4.0
Ambience:
4
4.0
Service:
3
3.0
Location:
4.5
4.5
Value for money:
3.5
3.5
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Singles, Great views / scenery, Nature / wildlife, Relaxation

Expert review of The Garden Café

On summer evenings, this picturesque spot allows you to dine surrounded by rose bushes.

This is one of London’s most sophisticated park cafés, complete with prestige chef as menu consultant and a well-chosen wine list.

Food and drink: 

Everything from Afternoon Tea and scones to roast chicken with smoked bacon, pea and pearl barley broth. The menu is peppered with British regional produce (Cumbrian air-dried ham meets Sussex Slipcote cheese and fresh figs in one delicious starter) and the chargrilled rib-eye (served with scrumptious skin-on chips) is as good as any you’ll find in London’s gastropubs. Desserts tend to be winners – I’ve had a great cranachan and gooseberry syllabub here but at other times of year you could find a seasonal fruit crumble tart, or chocolate brownie sundae.

Ambience: 

The smart décor pays tribute to the hexagonal design of the 1964 building but this is still a park café and the most desirable tables are amongst the plants in the courtyard garden.

Service: 

When you arrive you’ll be asked whether you want counter (cafeteria) or table service and will be pointed in the appropriate direction. I wouldn’t even think of going on the weekend - the influx of local families can be chaotic – but midweek suppers are very relaxed.

Location: 

Deep within the park, bang next to Queen Mary’s rose garden, and close to the open air theatre, but such assets also come at a price: it’s quite a walk from public transport and winter brings early closing.

Price advice: 

Mains range from 8-50-£10.50 so be sure to take a look at the set menu, which contains many of the same dishes: it’s two courses for £13.95 or £17.95 for three.

Other useful branches: 

The same company runs other eateries in the Regent’s Park, including the Cow and Coffee Bean kiosk (a place to grab a cappuccino and a muffin when you’re on the go).

More information on The Garden Café:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Café, Restaurant, Tearoom
Food:
British, Modern, Traditional
Address:
Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NU
Telephone:
020 7935 5729
Website:
http://www.thegardencafe.co.uk
Serves:
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sun 9am-dusk.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

Have you been to The Garden Café? Would you recommended it?