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Sun 5:00PM - 10:00PM

Mon - Thu 12:00PM - 2:45PM 5:00PM - 10:00PM

Fri - Sat 12:00PM - 2:45PM 5:00PM - 7:00PM

About Simpson's In The Strand

Simpson's is one of the few London restaurants offering only the finest quality British ingredients cooked to perfection in classic British style. The restaurant's speciality is Scottish beef on the bone that has been aged for 28 days for maximum flavour. The beef is carved at guests' tables from antique silver-domed trolleys, which is a practice that began over 150 years ago and for which Simpson's is world-renowned. Other Simpson’s signature dishes include classics such as potted shrimps, roast saddle of lamb and steak and kidney pie.

Guests can also enjoy classic cocktails in Knight’s Bar, an art deco cocktail lounge located on the first floor. It is the perfect place to enjoy either a pre-dinner cocktail or after-dinner aperitif.

100 Strand
London, WC2R 0EW
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Dining style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
British

Hours of operation:

Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:15am - 10:30am
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:45pm; Sunday: 12:00pm - 9pm

Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5.00pm – 10:30pm
Satuday Dinner 5pm-10.30pm

Cross street:
Exeter

Dress code:
Smart Casual

Price range:
£41 and over

Payment options:
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
020 7836 9112

Website:
http://www.simpsonsinthestrand.co.uk/

Executive Chef:
Gerry Rae

Additional:
Full Bar, Wheelchair Access

Simpson's In The Strand Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

3.7

noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

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 (London)·Dined 4 days ago

Lunch on a special birthday needs out of the ordinary surroundings and a bit of history to contribute that extra dimension, and Simpsons did that in spades.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Romance, Special Occasions, Cosy
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 (London)·Dined 5 days ago

Once again we enjoyed a great evening at Simpsons with wonderful food and fantastic service

Tags: Special Occasions, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

A spectacular experience. Like a time machine into an era of exceptional service. The food is excellent. The wine list is solid. The pleasant surprise was the cocktail menu. Innovative concoctions along side classic cocktails were executed perfectly.

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Special Occasions, Historic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (London)·Dined on 16 March 2017

A really friendly and welcoming atmosphere. It was a special occasion and we went for the roast beef signature dish. We were not disappointed. A lovely meal in wonderful surroundings.

Tags: Cosy, Quiet Conversation, Historic, Lunch, Family Style, Special Occasions
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 (Essex)·Dined on 15 March 2017

Service and ambience outstanding. I was made to feel very special. Ive been coming to this restaurant for over 80 years and its as good today as its always been.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Historic, Cosy, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (London)·Dined on 12 March 2017

I only went as it it is to close for a refurbishment.i don't mind paying for good food but I dislike being ripped off.the oxtail soup was fine.the calves liver had gristle in it.when you pay £30 for a dish you expect potatoes with it.Not to have to buy a portion.Furthermore something had a lot of salt in as I was thirsty the rest of the day.
The meal cost £46 and I wasn't even offered bread!

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 (London)·Dined on 12 March 2017

We booked a table for our weeding anniversary and were a little disappointed to have a table in the centre of the room, in close proximity to other diners. I just assumed there would be space between the tables. Another time, I would specifically ask for a table on the sides of the room and if this was not forthcoming I would go somewhere else. It is a beautiful room and attentive service. I would also add that on two occasions the waiter reached across me to serve, not what I would expect at a venue such as Simpsons. The Halibut was also a little dry.

I am raising the negative aspects of the experience which overall was enjoyable and would not prevent us trying the venue again.

Tags: Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on 12 March 2017

My table was a bit gloomy, over there in the corner. Disappointed that their sticky toffee pudding was off the menu, despite it being on the website's menu. And do you no longer get a little cake with a candle on when you celebrate your birthday there? Okay, it was my 50th, but my aunt got one there on her 60th.

Tags: People Watching, Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 11 March 2017

Very Nice Place.the food was Good,waiters polite and Good location

Tags: Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (London)·Dined on 10 March 2017

Was my second time in 2 weeks. O had wonderful time & great food.

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic, Cosy, Historic, Outstanding Value, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Happy Hour
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 (London)·Dined on 5 March 2017

good quality ingredients good service great for a different experience on Sunday. enjoyed the experience.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (London)·Dined on 4 March 2017

The reason to go to Simpsons is the decor, history, carvery and ceremony. We had a fantastic meal with good wine and a wait staff that actually wanted to engage with customers. The carvery roast was fantastic as was the beef Wellington and duck. The puddings were not excellent (I would have expected them to be), but everything else was. This is definitely a grand special occasion place and a fantastic spot to take people who are visiting London from abroad.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasions, Business Meals
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 (London)·Dined on 4 March 2017

The offer was bought via Timeout which consisted of 3 courses & a glass of prosecco. We went as it was my friends birthday. The food was delicious and so filling. It was lovely seeing my friend get a candle with Happy Birthday on her pudding. The atmosphere was very grand and the silverware trollies with the famous Roast Beef was divine, the meat was melt in your mouth and not tiny portions neither. The only thing that I would change was the toilets. One of the taps were broken and another tap was bellowing as if it was on it's last legs. The toilets took ages to refill and people left them unflushed. Such a lovely venue but the facilities let it down a bit. I still go back as it's my favourite restaurant, this is my tenth time dining.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Group Bookings, Comfort Food, Romance, Special Occasions, Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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service5
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 (London)·Dined on 3 March 2017

Excellent venue for a traditional breakfast. Good value too.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (London)·Dined on 2 March 2017

Great ambiance and fantastic food. Would definitely recommend

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Lunch, Special Occasions
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 (London)·Dined on 28 February 2017

Yet another great lunch with friends. Three of us had the steak and kidney pudding. The taste was excellent , the best we had ever had. The size of the pudding was big enough to feed two people. The fourth guest had the Skate. She is a fussy eater but she cleared her plate. She too was very impressed with the quality of the food.
The atmosphere in this restaurant is unique and the staff are all well trained in doing things the old fashioned way. So nice to experience standards this high but without fuss.
We were horrified to discover that Simpsons will be closing for a while to carry out a refurbishment . Please don't spoil this wonderful place just because you can. Regular diners like things as they are and please take care of the lovely staff during this changing phase.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Lunch, Historic, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Special Occasions
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 (London)·Dined on 26 February 2017

Simply the best roast beef that I have had in any restaurant and it is consistently so. I have been coming for years and it never disappoints. Coming here turns a meal into an occasion.

Tags: Authentic, Sunday Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on 26 February 2017

We had the most lovely afternoon at Simpsons - delicious traditional food in generous portions served by wonderful staff. Our waiter made a big effort for my father's birthday even though I only mentioned it at the last minute! Highly recommended for a special occasion.

Tags: Historic, Comfort Food, People Watching, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Romance
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food5
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 (London)·Dined on 26 February 2017

Absolutely fantastic restaurant the food was top class the service was brilliant .Would definitely recommend to anyone.

Tags: Cosy, Group Bookings, Sunday Lunch
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food5
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 (London)·Dined on 26 February 2017

The whole experience was a step back to a time of quality, absolutely fantastic .

Tags: Brunch
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food5
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 (London)·Dined on 26 February 2017

We were extremely pleased went above and beyond expectation. Our waiter went even further with a request and our meal was excellent.

Tags: Special Occasions, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on 25 February 2017

Awesome dining experience all round

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 (London)·Dined on 25 February 2017

Lovely place for my wife's 60th birthday celebration, lovely atmosphere, no rushing very calm ambience, three of us had the Steak and Kidney pudding was absolutely delicious, not particularly cheap but had a really great atmosphere.

Tags: Special Occasions
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 (London)·Dined on 24 February 2017

Good old fashioned stuff. Staff excellent. If is not broken don't mend it. I realise there will be a redecoration and the restaurant will close for a spell but I hope it is not glittered up too much.

Tags: Authentic
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 (London)·Dined on 24 February 2017

Excellent service and superb food in a traditional English setting. The rib of beef is superb!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Romance, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasions
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on 19 February 2017

Fabulous dinner. The food was excellent. The service was aloof and not helpful with suggestions. The combination of foreigners serving foreigners made communication frustrating.

I was there solo and the large dining hall ambience wasn't great for me who prefers eating solo at a bar but I'd still go back for a taste of the excellent English cuisine.

I love places like this and would definitely recommend it. Just research what you'd like before you go because the staff is not helpful.

Loved the piano.

Tags: Modern Decor, Quick Bite, Bar Seating
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food5
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 (London)·Dined on 18 February 2017

Everything about Simpsons on the Strand says something. If you are within the Strand early for the reservation I would recommend going to there up stairs bar, the selection of cocktails and drinks are wonderful. I would definitely recommend one of there cocktails.

The grandeur of the restaurant , attentiveness of staff and food says quality. I have definitely added the address and phone number of this restaurant to my phone book.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romance, Comfort Food, Special Occasions
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 (London)·Dined on 18 February 2017

Our visit to Simpsons on this occasion was to thank friends for helping organise a family celebration. Simpsons menu, service and general ambiance did not disappoint and our friends throughly enjoyed the whole experience.
The Dover sole was cooked to perfection , the beef was excellent and the partridge was very tasty. All in all a resounding success.
Thank you Simpsons.

Tags: Special Occasions, Comfort Food, Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (London)·Dined on 17 February 2017

Relaxed atmosphere, superb historical setting with a touch of glass, what more could you ask for........

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Romance
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 (London)·Dined on 16 February 2017

My wife and I dined at Simpsons on Thursday night last, 16th February. We had the most wonderful experience in every way. I had left a note on the online booking saying that we were on a flying visit to our favourite city and would appreciate the best available table. Boy did everybody at Simpsons push the boat out for us - and all the staff seemed to be aware of our request. From the reception at the front door to the most wonderfully situated table, to the attention we received all evening - it was a perfect occasion. The food and wine were superb. My only regret is that I do not recall the names of everybody who looked after us that evening - I would be obliged if this message could be conveyed to all staff at Simpsons - there is obviously a great culture of a very high level of service, and it shows. Again many thanks to all for greatly exceeding our expectations and making it an exceptional evening.

Tags: Romance, Notable Wine List
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 (Surrey)·Dined on 16 February 2017

Whilst I have given excellent ratings, I am annoyed to be forced to write in this box

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Lunch, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Romance, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (London)·Dined on 16 February 2017

Great food and great experience especially if you are new to London and looking for an English roast experience.

Tags: Historic
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 (London)·Dined on 15 February 2017

Impressive service and ambience. The roast beef was magnificent but let down by soggy cabbage and truly dreadful roast potatoes.

Tags: Special Occasions
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 (London)·Dined on 15 February 2017

A very big shame that toast is a separate cost and not even baked on premises ... Filter coffee only warm ..

Tags: People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Historic, Special Occasions, Romance
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 (London)·Dined on 14 February 2017

A nice venue, impressive entrance and really good cocktail bar upstairs that we could enjoy before our meal. I went with my wife for Valentine's Day and was delighted to see they had listened to my request for a booth seat, even though they are clearly meant for at least 4!

However I was really disappointed to see that they had gone down the route of providing a vastly slimmed down menu. Very frustrating when restaurants do this, I had in fact cancelled a previous booking when that restaurant called to confirm I was happy with the use of such a menu.

As such there was very little choice. One of the starters brought out was incorrect; the waiter was more than happy to change but we decided to stick with it (it was one we were considering anyway and it would mean eating starters separately or else wasting two plates of food). Both were good.

For main we had the Chateaubriand, which was very much medium rather than the medium-rare requested. It was served with roast potatoes that would have been much more at home in a school canteen! Overdone, tough and dry.

We wouldn't usually order dessert, but it was a set menu so no choice. Decent fayre, but nothing to write home about.

I'm sure this isn't representative of their usual food, but it seemed like they just had total disdain for anyone dining on Valentine's Day and shoved out some leftovers.

Cocktails were great, the service was excellent - friendly and attentive (if you like the more aloof style you might find it a little too fussy). There was an occasional bit of piano playing, which was nice, but did highlight the lack of background music when not playing.

It is a nice, classy venue, great staff, just completely let down by the special menu and subsequent food on the day (main course mainly). £85 per person (excl. drinks) when there's limited choice and you don't actually want dessert is a bit steep.

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 (London)·Dined on 14 February 2017

The food was generally good, and the beef was excellent. There is an attractive "tiredness" to the decor which seems is unchanged since it was built. We sat in one of the cosy cabins which created a lovely Valentines ambience! One glass of Prosecco was "off" but they happily replaced and did not charge. The service was very good and attentive. Quite expensive at £85 a head but nevertheless an enjoyable evening

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (London)·Dined on 14 February 2017

This place is quite interesting, it's got so much history that it's almost left in the past. When comparing with other restaurants in this price bracket (The shard, city social, sky garden) it doesn't really compete. It's nice to go to, the service was okay, definitely get the beef or lamb from the trolley service as that was the highlight. The ambience was strange, people in hoodies and then people in very fancy suits, a pianist that would only play on and off, so you have a lot of time where it's pretty quiet. If you have family visiting and want a very traditional British meal this place is perfect.

Tags: Historic, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on 14 February 2017

A wonderful old traditional and historic setting. Large old dining room with attentive but not too pressing waiters. Food is good quality- especially good for roast meat on the bone carved at the table

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (London)·Dined on 12 February 2017

Great food and service, recommend for any occasion

Tags: Group Bookings, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasions, Good for Birthdays
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 (London)·Dined on 10 February 2017

The roast potatoes had been reheated and were awful. But to be fair, they didn't charge us for 1 of the main courses.

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