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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.
London, WC2R 0EW
Hours of operation:
Monday-Friday Lunch: 12.00pm-2.30pm
Monday-Friday Dinner: 5.00pm-11.00pm
£41 and over
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
020 7420 2111
Banquet, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access
Simpson's In The Strand Ratings and Reviews
The roast beef was still very good but the traditional steak & kidney pudding like something from Waitrose for £1.95. The service was practically non-existent (thankfully, we weren't in a hurry) and the wine waiter surly. In fairness, the GM, Anne, substantially rescued matters and was very generous in what was charged for. But that wasn't the point - we'd rather have paid full price and had the Proper Simpsons. Much work to be done - would I go again? Sadly, I think not.
We were seated promptly and our orders taken. We had the traditional Christmas dinner.The meals arrived timely and were very good however unfortunately we never saw our waiter again, no further drinks were offered and no one returned to ask if we were enjoying our meal. When the meals arrived for the table next to us we realised that part of our meal - the 'pigs in blankets' was missing from our meal. I caught the attention of a passing waiter (not ours) and explained. He offered to bring them to us now - after we had finished! We declined and ordered desserts. As a gesture we were offered complimentary tea/coffee. On the whole it was good, but definitely missing the extra touch.
Simpsons food was ok but not as good as we expected. The carved meat was fine but the accompanying vegetables and Yorkshire puddings were not hot and very bland flavour. Sticky toffee pud was good but ice creams very average.
What really shocked us was the extortionate price of the wine and drinks. Wine that would cost say £9 in a supermarket will be marked us to around £22 in most restaurants but Simpsons cheapest house wine was £36 - too 400% mark up. Average non-house wines were £65+ and this is just not good value. For this reason alone, we would not return.
Back to Langans next year!
My first trip to Simpsons didn't start well. We were running 10 mins late so I called to tell them. I was assured it was fine but upon arrival our table had been given away!
Anyway, Eventually we were shown to another table (as it turned out it was better as a booth)
We all had roast beef from the serving trolley and it was simply sublime-the best beef I have ever eaten!
Remember to order your greens separately as it only comes with roast pots/Yorkshire and a tiny garnish of carrots etc.
Overall it was terrific meal and worth the price tag of circa £90 a head.
Roast beef was excellent. Yorkshire pudding was tough and overcooked. Horseradish sauce lacked heat. Savoy cabbage was salty and should have come with the beef instead of an extra order. Post refurbishment, the ambience and service maintained the traditional high standards of long ago.
Visited with friends for Sunday lunch. Started with cocktails in the bar upstairs , they mix a wonderful ey had a most enjoyable lazy lunch food outstanding and the services was relaxed but professional . Pianist was most enjoyable not sure Sunday lunch in London comes better than this.
This has been my third time at the Simpsons and i can say it never let you down. The real taste of English food is here. I particularly appreciated the soup with a spicy and flavoured taste and of course the meat was at its top , tender and tasty. The service was impeccable. See you soon Simpson's.
The reason for the relatively low score given for food and value is specifically due to the change of menu since the restaurant has been refurbished. It was previously known for providing traditional English food for lunch whereas now the menu has a distinct 'new cuisine' look and taste. An example is the traditional 'steak pie' that has been vastly reduced in size as have the portions of vegetables. Also the soup served just about covered the bottom of the plate when previously a substantial bowl full was the norm.
As to value this refers to the 12.5% service charge. Although it states it is discretionary, when with guests one can hardly ask for it to be removed in favour of an alternative gratuity. The service was good but didn't justify a £40 tip!
Incredible setting, really nice. 6 grown men squashed into a 4 man booth, not pleasant. very disappointed with all the service we didnt receive. Thought we were ignored mostly, will not return unless someone else is paying. Roast beef was OK but not as expected.
The arrogance of and discouteous attitude of a senior member of staff almost spoilt our visit.
We have dined at Simpsons many times over the last 35 years and this is the first time we have ever been made to feel uncomfortable.
The refub looks good and new menu with updates and twists to the historic tradional dishes worked very well.
I've know this restaurant for about 50 years and it hasn't changed. It is definitely the restaurant
I would advice to someone going to London for the 1st time.
The meat, we had the aged Scottish beef from the silver trolley, was perfect and the service amazing, the deserts were luscious and it is so English, what I'm looking for when I'm staying in England.
We had promised ourselves a trip to Simpson's for years. It did not disappoint and was worth the wait. My potted shrimp starter was excellent with piquancy and heat and my husband had a chicken liver parfait which was so good. The carvery beef is legend so we indulged. The welcome was warm and the service second to none. The wines are good but quite expensive for our pockets albeit we splashed out on a glass each (£16! each!) but this was special in the year of our Ruby wedding anniversary and not something we could do everyday of course. Lovely traditional restaurant.
Every time I visit Simpson's it's the same - excellent service, food, staff, and ambiance. It's one of the few restaurants where you can have a conversation without having to compete with other diners voices. The staff are professional, accommodating, without being intrusive. It will be another visit in a few months time!
Was not very impressed on arrival as they could not find our booking and when they did they had booked in 8 people instead of 2! They did find us a nice table but as a result we were seated 20 minutes after arrival. However, things then improved. The waiting staff are very friendly and efficient without being overly attentive. The starters of Dorset crab salad and ham and chicken terrine were both lovely. We both ate from the carving trollies- I had lamb and my husband had the beef both of which were good and plentiful. You then get a separate tray of 2 yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes and carrots plus gravy mint sauce etc. It was a delicious Sunday roast.
Our desserts were lovely too I had St Clement posset as it was light and all I could manage. My husband had the Christmas pudding. A nice bottle of New Zealand Sauvignon at £46 wasn't bad on a very expensive wine list. Overall an enjoyable experience and a definite special occasion place. This was my Christmas present to my husband which he thoroughly enjoyed.
Sunday lunch from the table carvers was superb. I had the roast beef and my daughter had the turkey, which came with all accompaniments. We chose extra sides of mashed potatoes which were the best I have ever tasted and peas. Paired with an ideal red wine . Deserts were the perfect end to lunch and our stay in London. This iconic restaurant is a must . Thank you .
we arrived early for drinks in the bar as incouraged to do so by the Simpson site only to be told that it was full,turned out on to the street to fine another bar, ended up across the road at the Strand Palace deep pockets required.
On our return the evening was a great occasion for the whole family
Beautiful decor went about 3-4 years ago so couldn’t wait to return. Ordered the same steak pudding but unfortunately was very disappointed as it had shrunk to half the size and the starter and the creamed potatoes were too salty luckily I don’t mind salt but even I found it too much. Excellent service and love the interior so maybe I will have to choose something else next time
It happened to be that we were down in London for the weekend, my partner had seen Simpson’s on Howards End recently and thought it would be something special to have lunch there. The dress code is suggested as “smart casual” and my lack of chinos and a blazer caused her some concern as she thought I would be refused entry due a lack of sartorial compliance.
Any such fears disappeared on entry as there was no snobbery or disapproving glances at my turtle neck and blue jeans. Despite turning up slightly early, our coats were politely checked and we were escorted to our table.
I suspect anyone going to Simpson’s either knows and doesn’t care about the prices or knows and accepts the experience will cost. In the interests of full disclosure we fell into the later demographic.
The service was faultless from front of house to the staff who deliver your roast choices on silver carving trolleys. We opted for the turkey and beef roasts, these arrive with a good selection of appropriate sauces and vegetable sides. For the beef you can select carvings from a range of “doneness”. Your initially empty plate is then obscured with your meat selection and you are then left to your own devices and condiments to apply sides and sauces.
I have to say that the food was in general, good to excellent and I couldn’t fault the beef. The Yorkshire pudding, a little dry and hard and some of the vegetables on the lukewarm side. Our sitting was at 15:30 and I suspect towards the end of the normal lunch window.
Overall the experience at Simpson’s was excellent, the ambiance, the food, the service and a chance to step briefly into a world most of us will only visit vicariously through film or tv. So I recommend you go, go a little earlier than we did and for a finale, try the sticky toffee pud.
I had booked a table for a friends 50th birthday as they have never been to Simpsons and I have spent weeks raving about the Simpsons suet steak and kidney pie which I have had on two previous visit, the last was in Feb 2016.
Imagine my disappointment when I was served with something that looked straight out of a Frey Bentos can !
Small in size and low on quality, the "suet" looked and tasted like slippery rubber - what on earth has happened here ???
Very dissapointing. Food very inferior although hugely expensive. Meat very fatty and vegetables over cooked. The thimble full of wine we had at an enormous expense was a total ripoff. The service was good and efficient.
However, I am used to very good food and I would never go back to Simpson’s again. The only advantage is ...it is an easy venue to find especially for people travelling from outer London.
I will not recommend this to friends.
Service was quite confused. At different times we had 4 people claiming to take care of us. When we needed a refill of our water glass, we had to physically flag a waiter, not one of the 4, down. The restaurant was not crowded, I am unsure why the confusion
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