Amazing food, attentive staff and a great location
Simpson was recommended to me by a friend and it did not disappoint. The history of the venue being the 2nd oldest in London makes this a must visit restaurant.
The staff were outstanding and the food was good. My partner had the beef roast medium and the waiter offered if meat that was rare at best. They did cook it further but by that time I had finished my meal which did take the edge of what was meant to be treat from me to him. The waiter also promised freshly cooked bread which we did not receive.
I would not rush back and it is still wortj trying
Roast joint excellent but not hot enough. Vegetables not living up to a past good standard.
Overall eating experience and quality of food good. Service waiting time was very poor.
Was very disappointed. I asked for my sirloin to be black on the outside and bleue on the inside. It was overcooked. More even than well done. I had to leave over three quarters of it. My wife (birthday girl) was very disappointed with her roast beef so perhaps the chef isn't very esperienced with beef?
The wine, especially the Meerlust was excellent. The first course and pudding were very good. Service fair although they forgot my pudding wine - - but they remembered to put it on the bill!!!!!
Overall it was a positive visit. I have visited you several times in the past and likes the traditional style and decor. The food and service are in good class but from where have you got the plates – the Pizzeria on the corner? They destroy unfortunately the positive impression a little bit.
Service by the staff was very good , especially our waitress.
My only criticism of the food was that the pudding on the steak and kidney pudding was very “ clarty “ , too stodgy . Otherwise most enjoyable .
Simpson's is an institution and we hadn't been for a while. Would it be as good as ever ? It was. If you are a meat-loving foodie it's the tops, at least the carving trolley is! My wife had the lamb and I had the beef. Both outstanding. Service good. Cheapest wine was over £30. It was good - but we are in American price territory here!
Very good enjoyable and relaxing o
Overall standards excellent but it was a bit noisy (students) and I was disappointed with my lamb chop which was quite fatty and not a lot of meat which was not easy to cut. Rest of meal was very good. We were celebrating a wedding anniversary and the experience for this was good. We will come again.
If I could give six stars for service I would as our waiter Roy was simply brilliant. Ambience and food was excellent and plentiful. Recommend the Dover Sole or Beef Wellington. Worth a visit.
our second server was brilliant, the food was really good.. but desserts were a little bit bland in taste
Our experience was perfect, It was everything I hoped it would be.
Having promised myself a lunch there for the last fifty years, on my 70th Birthday last weekend, I made it! The food was excellent, other than the rather tasteless Yorkshire puddings, not sure what can be done about those,but that was the only negative, other than perhaps the eye wateringly expensive wine!
Anyway, had a great time.
We booked for Sunday lunch and this was our first visit since the refurbishment and it was a relief to find that overall little had changed. Our friends had never been before and were suitably impressed by the dining room, the ambience and the quality of service.
The quality of the food and wine was second to none and the "birthday boy" remarked that it was the best beef he had ever eaten. Given that we were celebrating his 70th and also that he is a Yorkshireman then this was praise indeed.
Excellent restaurant exemplar if Englishness. Four generations of our family have dined here.
service slow, food very good. Waiter not very attentive
During our trip to London, I took my mother to Simpson's in the Strand for Mother's Day and was utterly disappointed. We got the Roast Beef and the Roast Lamb. The seasoning of both was good however the lamb was overcooked and dry and the meat used for the roast beef was rubbery. One thing I did enjoy was the sides. The Yorkshire pudding, roasted carrots, and potatoes were very good. Although I did enjoy some parts of the food, the service was completely lacking. We were quite cold in the dining room and when we politely asked the maître d'hôtel to close the door to the main hallway which led a cold breeze in from the outside, nothing happened until we asked another two people and even then the door was closed when our check had come. Having left most of the lamb untouched one kind server did ask if we wanted a dessert on the house, but having been disappointed by the main dish, a dish they are supposedly famous for, we decided not to. On our way out we decided to speak again to the maître d'hôtel, but he literally ran towards the dining room basically refusing to speak to us. A hostess decided to speak to us and without knowing any back story she decided that instead of apologizing that she would make up excuses for the maître d'hôtel that had just run away. Overall, I am very disappointed because the restaurant was recommended and had good reviews. The experience I had was definitely not worth the £100+ bill it came out to. I will not be recommending this restaurant to anyone.
Simpson's In The Strand is a lovely, sophisticated restaurant that offers the kind of food and service that is traditional and elegant. The menu offers a wide variety of fare, but the roast rib of beef is the star of the offerings. Everything was exquisite from the greeting upon entering to the good-bye upon leaving. The service is discreet, attentive and no detail is too much. The food is perfectly cooked, perfectly served and absolutely delicious. It was my birthday and they made it so special with a Happy Birthday song and plate of homemade dessert nibbles. This restaurant is the perfect place to celebrate or treat yourself to a perfectly elegant meal.
Myself, my mother in law and my 2 sisters in law had Dinner at Simpson's on Saturday evening after attending the Theatre. We have all dinned in many London Restaurants before but this is our absolute favourite. I shall definitely be returning.
We enjoyed our meal in this famous institution. Friendly service and excellent food.
Booked dinner on a Friday evening in the Restaurant with drinks upstairs in Knights (cocktail) bar before and after. Service was very good and the food was superb.
We went for my 70 th Birthday and had asked for a booth for two.
We got our booth and the waiting staff and management couldn’t have been more attentive.
The food was sublime as usual
We will be back soon
We booked for a special occasion and were very well look after from the moment we stepped through the door. the food was very good and the service very special, not hurried and a very pleasant experience in a grand place!
A pleasant event as always. The wine list is good but the price points are aggressive.
We ordered a rosted beef and a smoked salmon. they were over the moon. especially, rosred beef is good to watch. If we wil visit to British again, we would like to come here.
Very nice restaurant with lovely interior and ambience.
Staff were extremely attentive from the lady who greeted us with our reservation to the waiters- the chap with the glasses deserves a special mention.
Fantastic evening dining experience.
Have been here several times, is good all round British food.
Really wonderful old school restaurant serving traditional British fayre, superb Sunday roast! Friendly, helpful staff. Don’t miss it.
I have been a regular visitor to Simpson's for approaching 10 years. Myself and partner Jes celebrated our first anniversary over the weekend and have a fantastic dining experience. The beef and lamb (both from the trolley) HAVE to be tried. The cuts are beautiful and flavour oozes from every mouthful.
OMG what a place, great food, great atmosphere and the Service was outstanding.
Will be back again and it is a place you must go atleast once in you lifetime.
Thank you all for a wonderful expereince.
I had not visited Simpsons for some time and it did not disappoint me. I took three friends to celebrate the birthday of one of them. Personally I was unadventurous with my choice of food as I had Potted shrimps and Roast beef. They were both superb and left no room for a pudding although all four of us shared a Baked Alaska which was flambéd at the table - very dramatic. We had two bottles of wine which were by no means the most expensive on the list and the bill was over £100 a head including service charge. Not for every day!!
Fabulous from the greeting on the door to leaving - wonderful, friendly and very professional staff who enhanced our 2nd Visit to Simpsons - we were made to feel valued customers and nothing was too much trouble - we will be back soon.
Very good right from the time we went through reception and friendly people.
Made our celebration for 50 years wedding anniversary a great evening.
I was a regular diner at Simpson's on the Strand for 28 years. It was a destination on every trip I made to London and I took countless friends, family, and business associates there. This was my first attempt to dine there since the "renovation". I shall never go back.
They took a unique institution and turned into a bland, pompous, over-priced restaurant indistinguishable from countless other such establishments that cater to tourists who don't know better.
The service was inattentive and rude. The appetizer we shared was overpriced and mediocre. The experience was so loathsome and dissapointing that we left before ordering our main course. Despite being aware of my long history with Sampson's, the Manager watched us leave early without enquiring as to why or whether anything was wrong.
It saddens me to see what had been one of my favorite restaurants in the world for much of my adult life reduced to this level of mediocrity. What a shame.
Had a really lovely meal pre theatre, service was very friendly and efficient would highly recommend Simpsons
Scallops were so small and only two on a plate which for the price was a little steep.
Part of Savoy so very expensive; recalling days of Churchill sitting there dining seem very much a thing of the distant past- mostly Asians & Americans on holiday or business who are staying next door but dining there to tick a box. Of course; that is a thing of the past, but the point being the inherent English factor is gone.
Staff were superb and the cocktail bar upstairs is lovely.
We booked Simpson’s because we wanted to be in the heart of London in one of its most loved restaurants. I read Jay Rayner’s unflattering review and it doesn’t quite square with our experience. The decor is v attractive and comfortable. The staff are extremely professional and attentive. As for the food, it was v good. The Yorkshire fish cake was delicious and the beef & lamb from the trolley were excellent. The vegetables were perfect as was the gravy. We had an excellent bottle of Margaux and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Nothing much changed since refurb. Overpriced wine list. Good food. Excellent bar.
We were tourists. A dinner in Simpson's was our night out to a special traditional chic restaurant. We got nice booth seats. We were very attentive served. The food was perfect. Only the wine was not very good to our opinion. Even a little musty. We should have let the sommelier know, I realize. However, we're no wine connoisseurs, we ordered one of the 'cheapest' bottles of red wine, the Etienne Pochon.
How kind was the receptionist who took care of our coats. When she noticed we were making a picture in front of the building, she hurried outside despite the cold, closed the gate a little so the name Simpson's was also in picture, and she took my camera to make one of use. Sharp too!