Sunday, May 26, 2019

Art & Food: Spanish Master of Light, Sorolla at The National Gallery

One of my favourite places in the city is the unmissable Trafalgar Square, full of heart and history. When I had first come to London, I would spend hours sitting at the edge of the fountain, people watching, listening to the street performers, reading a book; the stunning National Gallery adorning the skyline behind.


The National Gallery is home to world-class paintings, sculpture, and other fine art, as well as rotating exhibitions throughout the year. Currently, artist ‘Sorolla: Master of Light’ is being exhibited at the art gallery. Though Sorolla was very famous in his native country, and a hero in Valencia, this is the first UK exhibition of the Spanish impressionist Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida's (1863–1923) in over a century! In 1908, the Grafton Gallery London had hosted “the World’s Greatest Living Painter” and this year a new generation will get to see the cerebrated artist's work.

The artist was dubbed the Master of Light by contemporaries for the way he captured the fleeting effects of light. And as French critic Henri Rochefort acknowledged: 'I do not know any brush that contains as much sun.' That's how bright and lovely his work was. You can see all of it at the exhibition, at the Sainsbury Wing, ending on 7th July 2019.

From the vivid seascapes, garden views, and bather scenes for which he is most renowned, to portraits, landscapes and genre scenes of Spanish life, the exhibition features more than 60 works spanning Sorolla's career – many of which are travelling from private collections and from afar.

Image: Joaquín Sorolla, 'Reflections in a Fountain', 1908 © Fundacion Museo Sorolla, Madrid

And to celebrate the Spanish artist, to give everyone visiting the exhibition, The National Café and The National Dining Rooms at The National Gallery are offering a special set menu of Spanish inspired food, thanks to restauranteur, Oliver Peyton.

Like Sorolla's evanescent paintings that were marked by swift, confident, precise brush strokes, the inspired food menu at the cafe was melt-in-the-mouth light and beautiful.

I was invited along with Love Pop Ups London to try out The National Cafe set menu. Packed with delightful Iberian flavours, and decently priced at £19 for a two course and £24 for a three course menu, this was an evening to remember!

The cafe ambiance itself sets the tone - relaxed, with light modern lines and pastel colours, the space is incredibly inviting. We sat below a huge window, and the blue skies outside were brought in through the mirrored paintings. As our group settled in, our lovely hostess started us off with a refreshing glass of Spanish Cava. This gave us a chance to catch up with each other and browse through the set menu to pick our selection.




I opted for the smoked ham and manchego croquettes, pimento aioli to start. And it was a win across the table! Little nuggets of heaven, these were soft cheesy ham and potato filling with a crispy outside. The mains, undoubtedly were the highlight for me! The blackened hake, romesco sauce, almond and olive dressing, was a stunning piece of fish with crispy skin, peppery sauce and a potato puree so smooth that we had to ask our hostess the secret of its creaminess.


Along with the mains, we also ordered some sides - polenta fries and chips with aioli, broccoli with chili and garlic and asparagus with percorino. These were a good sharing size and quite filling!


All through the evening we sampled stunning Spanish wines; the pairings were considerately done by our hostess, which we all enjoyed.


By the time we came to the desserts, I was quite full but it was hard to say no to the exotic names n the menu - Tarta de Santiago and Crema Catalana. I tried the Crema Catalana – the Spanish equivalent of posset or a set cream, and to be honest was a bit let down. It was missing some tartness and texture. But all in all, a perfect way to end the evening!


If you’re in or near London, and are inspired to spend an evening rich in art and culture this summer, head to the National Gallery and follow Sorolla through his 'Vision of Spain', ending it with a delicious three course dinner at The National Café.

The National Café 
East Wing, The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

www.peytonandbyrne.co.uk/the-national-cafe/



I was invited for a complimentary meal courtesy The National Cafe, along with some other community members of Love Pop Ups London.

Thanks for reading. If you liked my post, leave a comment below, tweet me some love, or come say Hi! on Instagram.


48 comments:

  1. It looks like you had an awesome experience! That food looks so good, you have taken some beautiful photographs. I love London, I am actually going there on Monday for a show, there is so much history and beautiful places to see there. Thank you for sharing your experience xx

    Lauren | www.bournemouthgirl.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ooo Lovely! Which show are you watching?
      West end theater, dinner and drinks make for a perfect London evening, isn't it? :)

      Delete
  2. Looks like you had a wonderful day. Great art and some delicious food is a perfect combination.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Holy hell this food looks and sounds INCREDIBLE. I'm such a sucker for aioli and I'd wolf down those croquettes hahaha. My partner and I love visiting exhibitions, especially from different cultures and backgrounds so we'd love this!
    Alice Xx

    ReplyDelete
  4. That looks like an amazing experience! The food...OMG!

    ReplyDelete
  5. The food looks so delicious. I am sure you had a great time. Loved the write up and that first painting was like a real picture. What an honest and happy account of your day.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I really enjoyed reading this blog post sweetheart and your pictures are so beautiful, great post. I'm sending you all of my love! 🌸💜

    With love, Alisha Valerie x | www.alishavalerie.com

    ReplyDelete
  7. Food and art, the perfect combination, plus everything looks delicious. It sounds like a fun experience, glad you enjoyed yourself dear.

    Tx. // Tajinder Kaur

    ReplyDelete
  8. Really a great addition. I have read this marvelous post. Thanks for sharing information about it. I really like that. Thanks so lot for your convene. Buy CBD Edibles Online

    ReplyDelete
  9. Thanks for providing recent updates regarding the concern, I look forward to read more. top gas grills under 300

    ReplyDelete
  10. We are really grateful for your blog post. You will find a lot of approaches after visiting your post. Great work best grow light

    ReplyDelete
  11. I read this article. I think You put a great deal of exertion to make this article. I like your work. organic ghee

    ReplyDelete
  12. Of course, I would love for you to use the following ideas on me, but this list is as much for me as it is for you. I read a lot of blogs, Please visit this platform to get the right dance tips here https://firstdance.in/dance-knowledge/, and I hope you like it

    ReplyDelete
  13. very interesting post.this is my first time visit here.i found so mmany interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion..thanks for the post! best free instagram likes and followers app

    ReplyDelete
  14. This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I love seeing blog that understand the value of providing a quality resource for free. 토토사이트신고

    ReplyDelete
  15. Awesome article, it was exceptionally helpful! I simply began in this and I'm becoming more acquainted with it better! Cheers, keep doing awesome! Spanish for beginners

    ReplyDelete
  16. Learn Digital Marketing for free. A comprehensive Course helps you to learn Digital Marketing in 40 days or less.

    ReplyDelete
  17. This is really valuable information, thanks for sharing this information. Ogen Infosystem offers leading Website Designing in Delhi, Mumbai and also SEO Services in Delhi at an affordable price.
    Website Designing Company in Delhi

    ReplyDelete
  18. Watch and follow me
    Sexy dance https://vm.tiktok.com/ZSoX4EqE/

    ReplyDelete
  19. Watch and follow me
    Sexy dance https://vm.tiktok.com/ZSoX4EqE/

    ReplyDelete
  20. Watch and follow me
    Sexy dance https://vm.tiktok.com/ZSoX4EqE/

    ReplyDelete
  21. Appslure Technologies is the fastest growing Best Mobile App Development Company in USA. our team builds user-friendly Mobile applications with Customer satisfaction.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Event management company professionals will tell you that strategizing for venue visitors is one thing and planning for virtual attendees is completely different. event marketing and thank you note subject line

    ReplyDelete
  23. We offer German language training at an affordable cost in Chennai. We follow standard CERF (the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). We offer A1, A2, B1, B2. German School

    ReplyDelete
  24. I am often to blogging we truly appreciate your posts. Your content has really peaks my interest. I am about to bookmark your web site and maintain checking achievable details. 먹튀검증업체

    ReplyDelete
  25. Wow! Such an amazing and helpful post this is. I really really love it. It's so good and so awesome. I am just amazed. I hope that you continue to do your work like this in the future also Iron Man Lampe

    ReplyDelete
  26. When you think of industries that still rely on white, non-LED lighting, such as televisions, automotive manufacturers, computer monitors, notebook computers, LCD backlights, etc., you can understand the push to become the leader in white LED manufacturing.led engine

    ReplyDelete
  27. 카지노사이트
    This is my site I need help. This is similar to my site. That's a good post. One of the most effective blogs on the internet. Nice to meet someone with an original idea on this topic. Thanks though.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Great post again! great job. And I am satisfied to read your article. Turkey tourism.You can check all Turkey tourism Guidelines Turkey through Turkey e-Visa website.

    ReplyDelete

  29. I really liked your blog. Really looking forward to reading more. keep writing. India reopened tourism for citizens, foreign citizens can easily apply for Indian tourist visa. The process is completely online. And within 5 to 10 minutes foreigners can apply for India tourist e-Visa.


    ReplyDelete
  30. Nice post. I was checking constantly this blog and I’m impressed! Extremely useful info specially the last part I care for such information a lot. I was seeking this certain info for a long time. Thank you and good luck. Հնդկաստանի-տուրիստական-​​վիզա

    ReplyDelete
  31. The information you have posted is very useful. The sites you have referred was good. Thanks for sharing.. jostoto

    ReplyDelete
  32. Thanks for taking the time to discuss that, I feel strongly about this and so really like getting to know more on this kind of field. Do you mind updating your blog post with additional insight? It should be really useful for all of us. read more

    ReplyDelete
  33. Nice post. I was checking constantly this blog and I’m impressed! Extremely useful info specially the last part I care for such information a lot. I was seeking this certain info for a long time. Thank you and good luck. Visa turistică India

    ReplyDelete
  34. This is a great post. I like this topic.This site has lots of advantage.I found many interesting things from this site. It helps me in many ways.Thanks for posting this again. هند ویزا آنلاین

    ReplyDelete
  35. This is a wonderful inspiring article. I am practically satisfied with your great work. You have really put together extremely helpful data. Keep it up.. kenya business visa allows several foreign nationalities to enter Kenya for business ventures.

    ReplyDelete
  36. Great post, you have pointed out some fantastic points , I likewise think this s a very wonderful website. INDIAN VISA FOR BRITISH CITIZENS

    ReplyDelete
  37. Superbly written article, if only all bloggers offered the same content as you, the internet would be a far better place.. JAV VIZA INTERNETU

    ReplyDelete
  38. I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! keep up the good work... Read more

    ReplyDelete
  39. Probably the most straightforward strategy for learning Spanish is using narrating. best paysafecard online casinos

    ReplyDelete
  40. As a matter of fact, one study discovered that whole-body cryotherapy can be quite effective even in the case of short-term treatment. https://cryohaus.com/

    ReplyDelete
  41. It is somewhat fantastic, and yet check out the advice at this treat. Best Air Fryer Under $50

    ReplyDelete