Last night, the National Gallery played host to guests who came to celebrate the brand new National Café opened by Peyton and Byrne this month.  Over 200 guests were in attendance, many from the worlds of food, art and entertainment. Guests included Jimmy Carr, James Nesbitt, Ronni Ancona, Hugh Bonneville, Clodagh McKenna and Claudia Winkleman.

[Oliver Peyton, Gabriele Finaldi and Ramy Fischler pictured at the launch of the new National Café at the National Gallery, which opened to the public this week.]

Attendees were treated to a preview of the new menu created by Oliver Peyton and Executive Chef Richard Oxley, with canapés including artichoke gnocchi with whipped sage mascarpone, Goosnargh duck and pistachio terrine with blood orange salsa, and 14-year-old Galician beef with gremolata. Cocktails were classic with a twist, including the timeless Negroni and a refreshing Rhubarb Martini.

[Dylan Jones, Oliver Peyton and James Nesbitt pictured at the launch of the new National Café at the National Gallery, which opened to the public this week.]

The new National Café is located within the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, and will be a destination in its own right, sure to attract locals and visitors to the capital looking for a refined eating experience and a vibrant atmosphere.

[Jimmy Carr, Claudia Winkleman, Ronni Ancona and Hugh Bonneville pictured at the launch of the new National Café at the National Gallery, which opened to the public this week]

The restaurant has been redesigned by Paris-based Belgian designer Ramy Fischler and features intimate booths, a self-service area, a bar and an exclusive private dining room.

The National Cafe, The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4DN