Waitrose & Partners Weekend Issue 611

4 AUGUST 202 2 42 WEEKENDING THE GARDEN CAFÉ Garden Museum, London The deconsecratedmedieval church of St Mary-at-Lambeth was saved from demolition and converted into the Garden Museum in the 70s, while the Garden Café opened in 2017 in an airy glass and bronze space between the church and Lambeth Road. Guests dine in the atmospheric courtyard garden while enjoying skate with samphire and gooseberries (below), summer vegetable broth or poached chicken with lentils, chard and dragoncello. Head chef George Ryle sources grass-fed meat fromYorkshire, fish caught by Cornish day boats, and veg and berries fromKent. To start, theremight be sardines à la plancha withmarjoram and lemon and to finish, strawberries and cream. Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic The Secret Garden is the subject of this summer’s exhibition (under 18s go free) and an exhibition of Lucian Freud’s plant and garden paintings follows on 14 October. Lunch daily, dinner on Tuesdays and Fridays. gardenmuseum.org.uk TREMENHEERE KITCHEN Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Gulval, Cornwall Set on sloping ground overlookingMount’s Bay and the tidal island of St Michael’s Mount, Tremenheere Kitchen is the place to eat after browsing the gardens’ subtropical plants and contemporary artwork. Dine on seafood landed in the bay below, such as dressed crab or grilledmackerel with Cornish potatoes, rock samphire and horseradish cream. The croquemonsieur with house salad is a signature and there are plenty of vegan options, including a breakfast of wildmushrooms inMadeira with tru e cream, tofu and toast. During summer, tables are reserved for diners only, but the TKHut is open daily for takeaways, serving drinks, pasties, cakes and ice cream to enjoy on the grassy slope amid giant sculptures. The gardens, with their woods and stream, are a playground for adults and children alike –meandering paths reveal rare plants, dramatic vistas and works of more than 20 artists. Until 27 August, there’s an exhibition of prints by three of the artists, while the nursery stocks RHS award-winning succulents. Breakfast and lunch daily. tremenheerekitchen.com JOSÉ PIZARRO Royal Academy of Arts, London Last August, José launched two new restaurants at The Royal Academy of Arts. The informal Poster Bar by José is somewhere to drop by, while José Pizarro at the RA is a seated restaurant set in the Senate Room. The food stays true to his roots, with a focus on sharing plates. It begins with pica pica (‘a little of this and that’), then tapas and dessert. There are classics such as jamón Ibérico and pan con tomate, seafood including white wild prawns with chilli and garlic oil (far right), or Tolosa black beans with pickled green chilli and almond sauce. The sobrasada andMahón cheese on toast with honey is ameal in itself, while the wine list is thoroughly Spanish. Spain and the Hispanic World opens on 21 January, and climate is the theme of the 254th Summer Exhibition (until 21 August). It’s the world’s largest open submission contemporary art show, with 15,000 entries whittled down to 1,400 works on display. Lunch Tuesday to Sunday. royalacademy.org.uk MATHILDE’S CAFÉ Heaton Cooper Studio, Cumbria A five-minute walk fromLake Grasmere, Mathilde’s provides a slice of Scandinavia with views of the Lake District’s green fells. The gallery dates from the 30s and showcases landscape paintings and sculptures by four The art of dining From Scandi-style open sandwiches to seasonal ingredients cooked simply, Anna-Marie Julyan seeks out some of the best cafés and restaurants at museums and galleries around the country feast for the eyes The view from Tremenheere Kitchen at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens