Simpson's In The Strand
Simpson's In The Strand

Simpson's In The Strand

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.simpsonsinthestrand.co.uk/
  • Phone: 02078369112x
  • Hours of Operation:

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

    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:45pm – 10:30pm; Saturday: 5pm – 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: British
  • Executive Chef: Gerry Rae
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Full Bar, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Exeter
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBritish
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSunday Lunch
Simpson's In The Strand reviews from OpenTable diners
827 reviews since 6 May 2014
Average Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambience4.2
    Value3.5
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (537)business meals (304)sunday lunch (285)pre/post theatre (243)romance (193)fit for foodies (175)group bookings (85)brunch (67)outstanding value (63)afternoon tea (44)disabled access (40)good vegetarian options (20)child friendly (18)outdoor eating (14)Show More
  • Poor service
    LondonTraveller
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    My fiancé and I decided on 2 beef wellingtons,the waitress did warn us that it would take 45 mins to make which we were ok with. BUT once the beef wellingtons came, the service went downhill (maybe cause a large party just came). It was hard to alert any waiter as none even passed by or checked up on us. We waited so long that we decided to skip dessert and just get the bill. When the bill came we handed the waiter our credit card but half way through processing he realizes he forgot to charge the still water. He stops the transaction and promptly gets a new bill. Bottom line: This restaurant unfortunately has more attention in charging customers than providing good service. Overall I was quite disappointed.
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    romance, special occasions
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  • Breakfasts at Simpsons
    BeeTee32
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    We've only eaten here for breakfast as a treat when we are in London. We have both eaten here before on business breakfasts but we indulge in a treat when we are in London for leisure. Excellent food and service as we have come to expect, so much so that on our next visit we have decided to have an evening meal. The menu looks really good and not too pricey.
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    brunch, business meals
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  • Evening meal
    Luv2eatwell
    Dined on 26/8/2014
    We had a wonderful time service was excellent food was excellent and we enjoyed the whole experience
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    pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Came 4000 miles for dinner!
    Eigtball
    Dined on 25/8/2014
    My wife and I flew to the UK for a vacation. We intended on having our final meal at Simpson's . We were not disappointed. I started with the lobster soup and my wife the scallops. Both were excellent, and we would order them again. We both enjoyed the Scottish Beef and were very impressed. You may think it's a small portion as it's not pilled high, but trust that it's very filling and tasty at the same time. The cabbage was a very nice surprise, best cabbage I've had in a very long time. Dessert was treacle pudding and a peach, apricot and raspberry tart. All in all this meal did not disappoint and we would highly recommend Simpson's to everyone.
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    business meals, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Refused advertised fixed price menu
    Terryten
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    Advertised in Opentable with a offer of a fixed price menu with no restrictions, told it was not available during weekends Showed the offer to management and was told they was aware of the misrepresentation but there was nothing I could do about it I had my guests so stayed and paid, not happy at being taken in as I thought I could trust this institution
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    Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous food
    bjc93
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    Recently returned from a short stay in London and dined at SIMPSONS IN THE STRAND for Sunday lunch, Fabulous Building, Grand surroundings, excellent service and delightful staff, the food was delicious. Loved it!! definetely going again SOON
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    afternoon tea, business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Old School Values
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    We have so few of these proper old school restaurants left now, its a must to visit. Takes you back to a time when service was everything. Places like this put the "Great" in Great Britain !
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    fit for foodies, Sunday lunch
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  • In attentive
    Hoffy
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    Very stuffy. Tired. Beyond expensive. Despite roast beef being their speciality it was poorly presented on the plate. Looked unappetizing.
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  • Traditional
    FloridaBrett
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    Great old fashioned service. Great tableside preparation. Prime rib and sides exceptional. Famous lobster soup was grainy/floury with mild flavor. Small by-the-glass wine list. Overall go there if you value tradition and elegant ambiance with very good food, albeit not the greatest meal you've had.
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    business meals, pre/post theatre, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simpsons
    Zena
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    This restaurant is mentioned in the book Silkworm - so had to ckeck it out. Had the set priced menu which was better value. Pure indulgence, the roast is a must, worth the additional cost just to have it carved at the table - generous portions. Did not try the sweets too full, although they were not the mist inspiring so would recommend starter and main
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • A birthday lunch.
    Jimminy
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    Overall the service and food were excellent. If one wanted to have a meal on a tight budget then one is going to have a disappointment. Going for a set menu price at £25 pp for three plus wine and coffee and service reached £161 - a very long way from £75 plus a bit more!
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    business meals, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Roast rib of beef was so good!!
    Shinchan
    Dined on 22/8/2014
    I have never taken such a good meat in my life. I was very happy.
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    child friendly
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  • Disappointed
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    Probably the expectation of my bf and I were too high. We both got a running stomach after dinner there. Notwithstanding this, the food is less tasty than expected. Many tourists there
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  • Enjoyable Experience
    1stTimer
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    It was our first time in London and dining at the Simpson's in the Strand. Overall, it was an enjoyable experience. The service was attentive when we first arrived but then got distracted as the restaurant started to get crowded. We had the roasted rib. It was good but not great. We would come back to give it a second try the next time we visit London.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebration Dinner
    Ulstertyke
    Dined on 17/8/2014
    It was 50 years since my last visit to Simpsons. The decor, ambiance, staff, service, food & wines were of the same excellence that I remembered. It truly is a Dining experience to be savoured and remembered at Simpsons. We had travelled from Northern Ireland to entertain my daughter who has recently secured a new job in London and let her know how proud we were of her and to show her something of the best in London - Simpsons did the trick! The only thing that had changed, was that some of the other diners, by their dress, did not show the same respect for the occasion as diner's did 50 years ago, but that is a sign of the times!
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 17/8/2014
    Special Occasion venue- amazing food and the beef was delicious, worthwhile to try and the Chefs were very hospitable and had a sense of humour.
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    group bookings, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 17/8/2014
    Classic English food well cooked and served but expensive
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    brunch, business meals, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Special Restaurant
    Akira0408
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    今年に入ってから4度目の利用でした。今回は、家族と一緒に楽しみました。お店の雰囲気、お料理(ロブスタースープとローストビーフ)ともに申し分無く、また、一緒に頂いたワインも非常に良いセレクションでした。また、近じか利用したいとおもいます。
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    business meals, romance, special occasions
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  • jo50mu
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    The restaurant obviously live on there reputation ,judging by the amount of Asian and Americans in there,no wonder English fare is considered not good.Yorkshire puddings and potatoes were really not good,beef was excellent. Prices high.In honesty the local pub served better fare at much better price.No chandeliers though.Staff charming. Suggest that the restaurant need to Cook fresh and do not serve Yorkshire pudding that have been sitting around they really do need to be served straight from the oven if cannot do that do not serve. Roast Potatoes were obviously reheated,same again if you cannot do them fresh do not bother to serve
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    pre/post theatre
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  • British beef
    Orleans3rd
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    We had drinks in the upstairs bar then repaired to the dining room for dinner. i went there for the roast beef & Yorkshire pudding. I love the big trollies they use to bring the beef to your table. It's about the tradition, the show and the beef for me. It's a splurge, but I enjoyed it. You are next door to the Savoy Theater and, of course, very near to many other West End theaters, so the it's a convenient combination with an evening at the theater.
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    business meals, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Somewhat disapponted
    Bellisha
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    Our evening at Simpsons was rather disappointing. We eat out in central London quite often, and have come to expect better. Nothing was dreadful, but nothing was excellent either.
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  • Great Experience
    SherlockHolmes
    Dined on 14/8/2014
    I dined at Simpsons with my parents upon our holiday in London due to the Sherlock Holmes link. The roast lamb was beautiful, taking me back to my childhood with my nan. I also loved the scallops for my entree and the peach crumble desert was absolutely delicious. The red wine was also great and the capaccino was the best I have ever experienced. Thanks for a fine dining experience in a wonderful restaurant, the ambience was incredible.
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  • Tradition with excellence
    handsomcab
    Dined on 14/8/2014
    Wonderful to see that the tradition of excellent food and service has not changed over the years. The finest traditional British food available anywhere. Wonderful roast beef just as I remember from over 40 years ago. Great experience.
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  • Hard to Beat For Pre-Theatre
    Prawnboy
    Dined on 12/8/2014
    A wonderful ambience, and as long as you are seated before 7pm you can take advantage of the fixed price menu, which is a real treat. A word of warning though: The time soon flies by; we had been in there for two hours without noticing at all and had to rather rush off after our dessert to make the theatre.
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    pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • Traditional British Fancy
    mitch77
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This place has a long history and it's worth trying for the excellent food and service.
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  • A visit to the past
    Michaelzzr
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The whole ambience of Simpsons was a interesting insight , to know this was "the" place to go. Service was very good, we did have to wait a little while before ordering or food, but it was not a problem. The food was top quality, well presented and served by polite staff.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Simpsons
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I had dinner at Simpsons to celebrate my birthday, accompanied by my daughter on the 9th of August. The whole eavening was lovely. The food and service could not be falted. A superb experience.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthday meal
    mike
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    5 of us had dinner and the service was outstanding. We felt as though we were the only people there. The food was wonderful
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Excellent
    Jgmillwall
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Right from the moment we arrived the staff couldn't do enough for us, we were told we could go to the bar and the table was ready whenever we wanted it. Highly recommend a trip to knights bar which must have been the gentlemans smoking room in times gone by. When we got to the restaurant area menus and water we're waiting and the sommelier came straight to us with the wine lists. The food was fantastic with just enough time between each course. I booked this for my girlfriends birthday as she had been wanting to come for some years and thoroughly enjoyed it, key staff knew the occasion and at some point all came and said happy birthday and spoke to us
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  • Return to Simpson's
    GuerroVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This was my second visit to Simpson's and I took a friend for his first visit. The building and interior is so stunning you could almost spend the time wandering around soaking up the history and not eat! It was a quiet lunchtime during the holidays, so sosnt have the buzz of my first visit but we enjoyed our meals and the service was great. The staff were very accommodation and happy to make slight changes to orders, eg peas instead of cabbage and a cheese board of only cheddar!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service
    ReviewVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Very very sloppy service. They hardly seemed interested in their customers at all.
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  • Faded Glory
    Demandbetter
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    A London legend and the bar, the staff, the restaurant itself and the prices promise great class. The food, however, slightly fails to deliver. Not that there was anything wrong with it but it just did not sing as one would expect at these prices. No excuses it was simply a bit boring as if the kitchen had been producing the same things for so long they were becoming somewhat automated. As is depressingly usual for London the wine list was simply an outrageously priced disgrace but Simpsons is far from alone in that.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Our lunch at Simpsons was disappointing. The restaurant building is fantastic and the staff and service were excellent. Unfortunately the food was very poor. Considering that this restaurant is in the more expensive bracket the food was not up to the standard and quality I would expect. Such a shame. We will sadly not return again
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  • Splendid food, first rate service
    JimiB
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Simpsons is a high quality British restaurant. The service is as good as you will get anywhere . The food is traditional British cooking and wonderfull. Treat yourself to a meal at Simpsons, you will not be disapointed.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Classic and stylish
    Qenny
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    The restaurant looks beautiful, the service is friendly, warm and polite, and the food is beautiful. I can't fault this place.
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • Not keeping up with the times
    carpenox
    Dined on 31/7/2014
    Simpson's continues to try and recreate dining from a prior time but some of their actions are starting to look tired and artificial. The night we dined there most of the tables were taken up by Asian tourists who must have been part of a group tour. They were not properly dressed for Simpson's, a faux pas which would have prevented them from being seated in the past. The food was good with roasts from the cart still served at your table. The meat didn't seem quite as good as I remembered and the Yorkshire pudding was overcooked. The prices are very high with wine being particularly overpriced. Simpson't needs to change if they are going to survive.
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  • Great restaurant
    Feeder1
    Dined on 30/7/2014
    Wonderful restaurant , great food and very attentive staff. A very memorable birthday experience
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Light Dinner
    koto
    Dined on 27/7/2014
    We had the Roast rib and it was very nice. My mother wanted to have a salad, not potatoes,so they kindly replaced it (We really appreciate that).
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    special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxed Dinning
    TAADA
    Dined on 27/7/2014
    My first visit to Simpsons and I was most impressed. We met with two overseas friends and the whole experience was memorable from the wonderful service to the roast dinner. OK the £300 might seem be a tad steep for a Sunday lunch but if you exclude the drinks it works out at about £50 a head which makes the whole experience reasonably priced
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    romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • British atmosphere
    virgola57
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    It is always nice to spend time at Simpson's, whether for business or pleasure. Great service and food, a very nice piano music, not too loud just entertaining.
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