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Simpson's in the Strand

Restaurants, British Strand
3 out of 5 stars
 (James Bedford)
James Bedford
 (Simpsons in the Strand
Simpsons in the Strand

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

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A traditional British restaurant on the Strand.

Founded in 1828, Simpson’s is a proper London institution. Having had a full spruce-up in 2017, this traditional British restaurant once again has a warm lustre to the oak panelling, fresh paint on the elaborate cornicing and a shimmer to the chandeliers.

Technically part of the neighbouring Savoy Hotel, the vibe here is special occasiony: wedding anniversaries, milestone birthdays. It's the sort of place that the ultra-obliging staff actually come over and offer to take your photo. Oh, and there's a crooning piano player in the corner. Well, of course there is.

As for the cooking, it's pretty solid. The carvery cart (£35, beef or lamb) is the stuff of legend. Moist, full-flavoured slices of lamb came with al dente veg, a puffy yorkshire pud and terrific mint sauce (side note: its horseradish is also great). But the gravy was really a jus and the tatties were a tad tough. Still, the Beef Wellington was good (for £42, you’d want it to be), and a starter of creamy crab salad (£16), with candied morsels of walnuts and apple two ways (thin sticks, blobs of purée), the meal’s star. No teeth? Don’t miss the ‘black forest trifle’.

One final word of advice: go in winter, when the dark, clubby space feels cosy rather than gloomy. And if you're in a four, ask for one of the high-backed booths.

Simpson's in the Strand says
Simpson's offers the finest quality British ingredients cooked to perfection in classic British style. The restaurant's speciality is Scottish beef on the bone. The beef is carved at guests' tables from antique silver-domed trolleys, which is a practice that began over 150 years ago.


Address: 100 Strand
Transport: Tube: Embankment or Charing Cross
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £180.
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