The Trafalgar Square gallery’s restaurant, café and espresso bar were previously overseen by contract caterer Peyton and Byrne.
Muriel’s Kitchen’s restaurant will be on the former site or Portrait and will serve an la carte menu celebrating ‘the finest produce Britain has to offer’.
The café, meanwhile, will be inspired by Muriel’s Kitchen South Kensington restaurant, serving a seasonal menu in a relaxed setting while the espresso bar will provide an ‘on-the-go’ service.
Muriel’s Kitchen was founded in South Kensington in 2011 by husband and wife team Charlotte and Sam Miller, and is named after Charlotte’s grandmother.
The site is billed as a popular respite for those visiting the area’s many museum and galleries, making partnering with The National Gallery a ‘natural step’ for the brand.
“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,” the pair say.
“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 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,” says National Gallery Company managing director Julie Molloy.