London bistro Muriel's Kitchen is to open a restaurant, café and espresso bar at the National Gallery in early 2022.
The original venue was opened close to the gallery in South Kensington in 2011 by husband and wife Sam and Charlotte Miller, is named after Charlotte's grandmother and serves seasonal menus in a homely environment.
The espresso bar will provide an ‘on-the-go' service, while the café will be inspired by the South Kensington restaurant, serving a seasonal menu in a relaxed setting. Additionally, a standalone restaurant with its own branded entrance will welcome non-gallery visitors and serve an à la carte menu celebrating British produce. The restaurant will be open from breakfast through to dinner, including weekend brunches and afternoon tea, with a private dining room and cocktail bar.
The Millers said in a joint statement: "Since opening Muriel's Kitchen in 2011, our core ethos has been to serve fresh, seasonal produce all day long. Our lively bistro in South Kensington has always been the heart of our brand, and like many others, the last year has seen our business change in ways we never expected. Throughout this time, the tireless work of our dedicated team has enabled us to bolster our brand and give it a new lease of life. We are incredibly excited to introduce Muriel's to this landmark venue and are dedicated to delivering our quality food, service, and operations. We look forward to welcoming new guests and feeding the National Gallery's many visitors!"
Julie Molloy, managing director of the National Gallery Company, added: "We are delighted to welcome Muriel's Kitchen to the National Gallery. Charlotte and Sam have really impressed us with their passion and commitment to delivering a high-quality guest experience with their attention to great food and exemplary service. We are really excited about the potential of this partnership to enhance the gallery's appeal to our domestic visitors, and our overseas visitors, when travel allows."