Whitechapel Refectory

Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX
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Tuesday to Sunday

If you’ve never ventured into the wood panelled dining rooms of the Whitechapel Gallery, it could be time you stepped in. After an artful adventure purveying the walls, you’d do a lot worse than slip onto the comfy leather seats at The Whitechapel Refectory.
The head-hunted duo behind the restaurant are Luke Wilson and Cameron Emirali, also of  8 Hoxton Square and 10 Greek Street. Their winning formula is a daily changing menu of hearty in-season fare with modern European flavours. The main of the day was an intensely rich and utterly delicious beef ragu with pancetta, which commanded a slow savouring. The salad was also fullsome and substantial. A rockery of desserts adored the counter, and the rocky road slice hit the spot. Solid yet delicately comforting nosh. The decor is a distinctly wooden affair, with many honeyed grains reflected in the long mirrors that flank the sides. It feels decidedly cosy, with a separate smaller dining room buried deeper in the building. They’re also building up After Hours activity on Thursday to Saturday evenings, with charcuterie, cheese, tastings and talks.
A very cosy place to top or tail the art with.