New Turner Contemporary Café Louie On Sea

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New Turner Contemporary Café Resident Louie On Sea

Launching Saturday 20 January 2024 

Coffee, cocktails, chefs in residence, supper clubs & music 


Louie Louie co-owners and Westgate-on-Sea residents Chris and Lena Greenwood will bring their hugely popular neighbourhood restaurant and café to Turner Contemporary with Louie On Sea. Louie On Sea will launch on Saturday 20 January 2023, in time for the Spring Exhibition – Beyond Form: Lines of Abstraction, 1950-1970. 

A café by day and restaurant by night, Louie On Sea will serve lunch and brunch offerings during the day, and aperitivo with music in the evenings. Louie On Sea will bring a new energy to the café in time for the Spring. And as a welcome addition to Margate’s burgeoning food scene, they will host ticketed supper clubs with nationally and internationally renowned chefs. 

Louie On Sea takes over from Turner Contemporary’s pop-up café Staple. 

Turner Contemporary’s café space is renowned for its views, which take in Margate’s harbour and main sands. Louie Louie has been the resident café at South London Gallery since January 2023, and will take up residency in Turner Contemporary’s café to deliver coffee by Redemption Roasters, pastries and cakes by Staple, cocktails and a range of seasonal and locally sourced menu choices to suit all dietary preferences. 

Turner Contemporary and Louie On Sea are committed to ensuring that produce is locally sourced, and operations are as sustainable as possible. Founders of Louie On Sea, Chris and Lena, bring over 30 years of catering experience.  

Clarrie Wallis, Director of Turner Contemporary, says: “We are delighted to be working with an experienced and creative restaurant team, bringing a new and exciting approach to our café at Turner Contemporary. The café is a warm, welcoming space that significantly enhances the gallery experience. It’s a place where the community can gather, reflecting our commitment to supporting local suppliers and strengthening the town’s social fabric.” 

Louie On Sea says: “We are really honoured to have been given the opportunity to spread our wings and ethos to Margate inside this wonderful building. Having spent the last year running the café at the South London Gallery gave us the confidence to go national. We look forward to serving the gallery audience and public great value quality produce, sourced locally & sustainably.” 

For supplier enquiries, please contact Chris Greenwood on 

The café, and gallery’s Foyle Rooms are available to hire for events and weddings, which can be booked by emailing: 


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About Turner Contemporary   

Turner Contemporary is one of the UK’s leading art galleries. Founded to celebrate JMW Turner’s connection to Margate in 2001, the David Chipperfield designed gallery opened in 2011. Our work extends beyond showcasing world-class exhibitions to driving the social and economic regeneration of Margate and East Kent and transforming lives in one of the most deprived areas of the UK.  Since it opened, Turner Contemporary has welcomed over 4.1 million visits, put over £80 million back into the Kent economy, and connected with thousands of people from the local community through our world-class programme. 


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Opening Hours 

Winter Hours until 26 March: 

Monday, Tuesday: Closed   

Wednesday – Sunday, plus Bank Holidays: 10am – 5pm   


Summer Hours from 27 March: 

Monday: Closed

Tuesday Sunday, plus Bank Holidays: 10am – 5pm