Simpson's In The Strand

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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 steamed Steak & Kidney pie, hearty Lord Woolton pie, and hand-dived Scottish scallops.

Guests can also enjoy classic cocktails in the bar at Simpson’s in the Strand, 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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MarionM
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST roast rib of beef I have ever tasted!

Well worth every penny, an experience not to be missed

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MatthewsS
London
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a beautiful day and a beautiful place.

And we didn’t get Covid19!!! Yay!!!!

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vipjonnynian
London
25 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always we had a superb evening at the lovely Simpson's in the Strand restaurant, excellent food (Beef Wellington to die for) , excellent service and a general fabulous time.
Cocktails upstairs beforehand were superb... best mixed Cosmo's ANYWHERE !

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vipBurgh
London
30 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Simpson’s in the Strand is an excellent place to have good food served by excellent staff. Pre dinner drinks in Knights Bar is a great way to start and finish your meal.

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Michael
London
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic service and friendly staff. 😊 Would definitely recommend for a special occasion!

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vipDennisS
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience1

I’ve been to Simpson’s more than a dozen times. Beautiful setting. Whoever came up w the idea to put a pianist in the Restaurant should be terminated. In a room that cavernous there was no way to have a convo despite moving. Ruined the entire experience.

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Kristiank
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting and wow what a place...

Service outstanding food delicious I cannot wait to return

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RussellJ
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

I had booked about a week before but it was hardly necessary as there were only 2 other people in the room.
Was greeted at entrance politely and escorted to tabel and issued with menus. Decided on smoked salmon statrter which was excellent and just the right portion. Main course was Roast Beef which was also excellent. The accompaniments were really good large Yorkshire, roast potatos and savoy? cabbage & gravy. The portions were just about right but it was so delicious that I ate the lot! I had a glass of claret which, again, was very good.
Two disappointments
The complete lack of atmosphere due to empty room.
I thought it a little overpriced as lunch came to £ 71:00 to which 12 1/2% service charge was added which I think is lot for 1 person.
However the food and service were first class and as it is such an iconic venue, I suppose that must expect to pay top dollar.

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alibar
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always go for the Carvery - not only is the meat delicious but the skill of the staff in slicing it in front of you, is a delight to see. Going to Simpsons is our favourite restaurant, where the Waiters knowledge of the menu and its preparation etc., makes for a thoroughly enjoyable occasion - not to be missed.

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SAT56
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delightful lunch. The food & drinks were delicious - especially the roast beef. Staff were very attentive & friendly. Would thoroughly recommend for a special occasion.

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JenS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Staff was friendly and attentive!

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HughA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still the best roast beef I have ever eaten served by some of the friendliest and most professional staff. It's an absolute no-brainer when I get asked what my 'last meal' would be: Sunday roast at Simpson's In The Strand - with extra horseradish!!

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DianeH
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic Sunday lunch for my 60th Birthday. Everything was really lovely.

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VictorRoastbeef
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Nice atmosphere and great service but the food quality is not what I expected.

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ClairH
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful pre theatre dinner here. The service was excellent, not rushed but we weren't sat for ages waiting and our server was very good also sharing knowledge of the building with us. The food was excellent and there was a lovely atmosphere as there was a pianist playing. We enjoyed it so much we tried to go back on the Sunday for lunch but unfortunately it was fully booked. Will definitely make sure to book next time and will also return on our next visit to London 😁❤️

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Dalixa
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great if you eat meat and fish, not much choice for vegans/vegetarians. Wonderful place to get acquainted with traditional English cuisine but if it is full can be very noisy but we always have a meal here when we come to London. Staff helpful and not invasive.

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ChrisT
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

A very special room for a special occasion. The service, though, wasn't quite as classy as everything else, with the waitress unable to answer my question about the ingredients, the waiter having to ask which meal belonged to whom when he brought them to the table, and a long wait for the bill at the end of the night (despite asking for it three times). All these things are fussy, I know, but they're what I'd expect from a fine dining establishment worthy of the name.

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menu2love
London
9 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Been before and all five of us thought the food was fantastic so could not wait to return. What a disappointment this time only two of us, one had the carvery gammon but could not eat all of it as it was so salty, I had the carvery beef meat cooked to perfection, not could be said with the vegetables, roast potatoes were soft and tasted as if reheated Yorkshire pudding was over cooked on outside and a bit raw inside.

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Chrissyb1956
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked this restaurant primarily because it was close to the theatre and had a pre theatre menu, but it was also my son’s birthday and wanted something special, we were not disappointed, the pre theatre set menu food was of a very high standard, my only criticism was that there was not a lot of choice .

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SteveR
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fantastic food and a very pleasant ambiance. Will definitely visit again.

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DanielaV
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Posto bellissimo e servizio all'altezza. Sicuramente è tra i migliori, anzi forse è il migliore, Sunday Roast di Londra.

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vipVictoriaO
London
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, delicious cocktails and impeccable services. Pricey but worth it.

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KimP
London
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is expensive, but the service and surroundings are wonderful.my father and I had the carving platters.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Horrible food,
Scallops in smelly vinegar?
Undercooked grilled halibut:(
Never ever again....

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AnneB
London
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch last Saturday- the food was delicious and our waiter was charming and very helpful.

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Nicholas
London
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with service to match. Why use 50 characters when 34 was enough?

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EmmaM
London
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience2

My friend and I had the Oysters, sadly later that evening we were both extremely sick.

I was disappointed that the skin on my duck wasn't crispy either - for the money you pay, I cannot say the food was memorable at all.

It's a shame because the waiting staff were lovely.

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BarrieW
London
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The beef from the trolley was superb.
Scallops were only warm.
Vegetables with main courses were only warm .
All other aspects first class .

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KeithC
London
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and wine was amazing. Service was too. Great experience.

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JulieS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A little pricey but excellent food and service in a traditional and comfortable setting.

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DerkD
London
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, food and service. Not as expensive as you would expect.

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saraht
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding meal and service.. took my mum for her 80th birthday and the staff were delightful.. couldn’t recommend Simpson’s in the strand enough.. will definitely return

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SpiffytheBozo
London
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The roastbeef was divine and the wine excellent. The historic surroundings add to the pleasure of dining there. Unfortunately the experience was spoiled by staff that was friendly but gave the impression of having started their job a week ago. Total lack of training. The old waiters that had been around a few years ago all gone. Sad, just sad.

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DG1403
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was out of this world! Servers and carvers were friendly and really brilliant

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AndrewC
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had wanted to visit here for a while and finally did so for Sunday lunch. It certainly did not disappoint. The surroundings evoke an era that has past but the whole experience was very much for now. Excellent, attentive - but not intrusive - service throughout from very professional staff. The roast beef off the carving trolley was sumptuous and a delight for two of our party. The Beef Wellington did not disappoint either. The Baked Alaska for dessert almost stole the show however. What a wonderful overall experience and while it took us some time to visit, we will certainly be returning.

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TatianaW
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous atmosphere with live music in a flamboyant salon! Best Beef Wellington I have ever had! Great and very polite service.
Omg the Sticky toffee pudding is also out of this world. Cocktails are fabulous!
Highly recommend!!

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Foodglory
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and the misses had a wonderful evening here we were very impressed by the service. The staff we incredibly friendly and professional.

The food was perfectly cooked and great value for money, it comes well presented and the food is mouthwatering.

If your looking for a night out with the family , special event or on a date this is the place to go.

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Shepthedog
London
9 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was everything and more that I was hoping it to be. Booked as a special venue for five friends to catch up over a wonderful meal and I can not think of a better venue.
Staff were welcoming, efficient and friendly. The food was excellent, not one complaint which for my friends is unusual! Will definitely recommend and return again myself.

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DavidM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I thought the food mundane and was expecting something special for the price!

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mario
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyable food and service excellent..will come again

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