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Time Out says
Tue Jun 26 2012
Created for 19th-century gentlemen in swelling waistcoats with gold watch chains, Simpson’s magnificent Grand Divan dining room – with its wood panelling, chandeliers and Liberty-print booths – continues to draw theatregoers and tourists (our waiter’s ‘How are you enjoying London?’ was a giveaway).
Beyond the opulent Victoriana, the great attraction is the much-photographed classic roast beef, carved at table on gleaming silver-domed trolleys by white-clad chefs. Yet if you don’t have the beef, it seems there’s little point going, given the lofty prices: alternatives we tried were unimpressive. A starter of baked goat’s cheese with herby warm potato salad (more like a potato terrine) was pleasant but unexciting; duck liver pâté was smooth, but again lacking in distinct flavour. Mains were bland too: stuffed suckling pig overwhelmed by coarsely prepared, over-sweet red cabbage; skate with a spiced crust having little flavour beyond salt.
The expensive wine list has high mark-ups and what almost appears to be a deliberate shortage of accessible options. Solicitous service from abundant staff adds to the experience, though it was annoying we needed to ask specifically for the set menu. A London institution that should do more to justify its charges.
Simpson's-in-the-Strand 100 Strand
020 7836 9112
- Opening hours:
Breakfast served 7.15-10.30am Mon-Fri. Lunch served 12.15-2.45pm Mon-Sat. Dinner served 5.45-10.45pm Mon-Sat. Meals served 12.15-9pm Sun
Tube: Embankment tube or Charing Cross tube/rail
Main courses £16-£33.50. Set meal (lunch, 5.45-7pm) £25.75 2 courses, £31 3 courses
- 100 Strand
- 020 7836 9112
- 100 Strand
Restaurant and bar facilities. Reservations required. Brunch. Accessible facilities. General facilities. Private rooms
Business. History buffs
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