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Simpson's In The Strand

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4053 reviews
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£41 and over
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British
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  • Special Occasions
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  • Good for Anniversaries
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
British
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Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday Lunch: 12.00pm-2.30pm
Monday-Friday Dinner: 5.00pm-11.00pm
Saturday: 12.00pm-11.00pm
Sunday: 12.00pm-8.00pm
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Phone number
020 7420 2111
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AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
William Hemming
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Cross Street
Exeter
Additional
Banquet, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access

Special Offers

April experience: Set menu 3 courses £36

Only available until April 30th Monday to Thursday, lunch and dinner. Upon booking the guest must quote this offer to qualify.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 4 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 4 people

Starts: 18 April 2018

Ends: 30 April 2018

Availability: Mon-Thu 12:00-14:30 17:00-18:30 21:00-22:30

What 4053 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We had an early evening booking following a visit to the theatre. When we arrived the restaurant was quiet but over the period of our meal things became quite busy. The food, staff and general feel of Simpson’s is very pleasing. The fish cake I had as my starter was very tasty, my wife had the smoked salmon and was more than pleased with her choice. We both had the fish and chips for our main course and this also was very good. A very generous portion of well cooked fish and excellent chunky chips. I finished my meal with the chocolate tart which was delicious. All in all a good time was had and something we are both looking forward to repeating.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Service, menu and atmosphere… everything is fantastic!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

The service was first class. Every staff member was Uber attentive. The roast beef was to die for. The setting is very traditional. Awesome piano playing added to the experience. Will be back....again!!!!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Terrific, if pricey, old timer beautifully restored to its original grandeur. Superlative service and delicious food. Try the jersey oysters they were scrumptious. I loved the old fashioned silver trolley with the cut to order Scottish roast beef and the leg of lamb. Both are served with the appropriate accompaniment, i.e., Yorkshire pudding, peas, etc.
A generous gin and tonic made with their own branded dry gin was delicious and I appreciated the juniper berries floating on top.

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1.0Dined 4 days ago

Arrived promptly for a 1230 booking,well looked after upto end of starter course.

Thereafter it was appalling.

After several words with waiting staff we eventually got to our main course at 1440.

It was all cold and of variable standards from very poor to average.

Service was bad to non excistent,and nobody seemed to be at all concerned that a party of 6 (who were prepared to pay the very high prices of this world renowned restaurant),were largely ignored.

As you might imagine words were exchanged with the mattress d,and the bill was adjusted.

However it was a disastrous occasion,and what should have been a wonderful family reunion was completely spoilt by the total ineptitude of the staff.

Perhaps we were unlucky,but I suspect not.

There is a limited time that you can survive on your reputation,and on the evidence of our visit this reputation will very soon be eroded.

I will never go there again and I will actively discourage anybody I know,and also those who I do not,not to waste their time or an excessive amount of money,NEVER to go to SIMPSONS.

It was APPALLING

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

We went for my birthday Roy and all the staff were brilliant but the evening was made by meeting Jeet who had served us afternoon tea in the savoy a few years ago. Will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on 15 April 2018

The service from the staff was superb
The food was superb
The whole experience was outstanding
Would thoroughly recommend a visit.

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5.0Dined on 15 April 2018

The best beef anywhere in London and it should be, when cooked for 9 hours at 55 degrees! The service is also fantastic, polite, friendly and informative without being 'in your face'.

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5.0Dined on 14 April 2018

A thoroughly enjoyable experience when you want one of those special outings. The staff are attentive without being intrusive, the menu is varied enough for everyone, the presentation is superb, the service impeccable, and the waiters/waitresses are there just when you want them. A most enjoyable evening and we shall return.

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5.0Dined on 14 April 2018

Great place but we had a vegetarian with us the selection available to them was very poor - they ended up with a starter and a couple of sides as the “main meal”

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4.0Dined on 14 April 2018

Classic food, classic atmosphere, classic service.

The bar service in the upstairs bar was a little slow, but the overall experience at Simpsons was fantastic. In particular the waiting teams who were friendly and knowledgeable. Simpsons can look a little stuffy as its a very traditional environment, but the waiting teams were perfectly placed in being friendly. The food was classic - just what we wanted, I had steak and kidney pudding - something I haven't had in years - the meat was exceptionally tender. It is an expensive restaurant so would only be a special occasion choice for me - the champagne by the glass price I thought was particularly OTT. I had a great lunch overall - and will return.

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5.0Dined on 13 April 2018

Love this Place nearly 50 Years ! Love the Way the Restauration was done ! Looking forward to my next Visit at this fantastic Restaurant !

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4.0Dined on 12 April 2018

Fabulous experience as we remembered from our last visit 15 years ago

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5.0Dined on 12 April 2018

As ever perfection.All staff so amazing. Really can't say enough good things.well done Sampsons
Wayne Booth
Yorkshire

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5.0Dined on 12 April 2018

Polite and attentive service. Delightful waitress and fabulous food.

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4.0Dined on 12 April 2018

Wonderful British institution which evokes style, elegance and excellent food as well as championing British wine.

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4.0Dined on 11 April 2018

Still great beef from the trolley

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5.0Dined on 11 April 2018

Much has changed for the better here. Ambience, food and service at the top level. Not cheap but worth it.

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5.0Dined on 9 April 2018

A perfect evening. Attentive service. Delicious food.
We would recommend this a perfect venue for that special occasion

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5.0Dined on 9 April 2018

An excellent meal in a great club-like atmosphere. Good varied menu and wine list.

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5.0Dined on 8 April 2018

The quality of food and the ambiance are better than before. I really enjoyed the Sunday roast: the beef meat was jucy and tender, much better than in the past. Also the quality of service and the venue are worthwhile coming.

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5.0Dined on 7 April 2018

Fantastic meal and service. Roy looked after us and made sure everything was up to scratch. We were there to celebrate our anniversary and I would recommend this restaurant for special occasions.

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1.0Dined on 7 April 2018

Very disappointed with the food, we had to send two dishes back to the kitchen and even then the quality didn’t improve. Needless to say we won’t be eating at Simpson’s again!

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5.0Dined on 7 April 2018

Superb food and excellent service

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5.0Dined on 7 April 2018

This was a true winner. The service was outstanding. Warm, friendly and so very accommodating.
The meal was extraordinary, we both had the roast and it was incredible.
Cant wait till we go back again.

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5.0Dined on 7 April 2018

Impeccable! It was perfect for a pre-theatre lunch for 21st birthday.
Thank you for looking after us so beautifully.

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5.0Dined on 6 April 2018

Attentive and excellent service. Very good food. Meat is certainly the specialty there.

The piano player playing far too loud for the size room. There's just so much Billy Joel one can listen to over an elegant dinner.

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4.0Dined on 5 April 2018

Lovely service, but a little slow near the end. Great food, though no big surprises. Lovely location which probably justify the high prices. And of course it's London... Piano player was lovely but a little to loud if you wanted to talk.

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5.0Dined on 5 April 2018

We enjoyed an excellent lunch here. The service was highly efficient and extremely friendly and courteous from arrival to leaving. All our food was delicious. We had a starter and a main course each, and could not fault anything. Unfortunately we did not have a dessert but the menu looked interesting.

Wide-ranging wine list, but I felt that the wine by the glass was a ittle over-priced, albeit it delicious.

An enjoyable experience, especially for a special treat.

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5.0Dined on 4 April 2018

A truly beautiful experience for my husbands 40th birthday - we took a quick trip to London and planned for a quiet evening here. The staff was attentive and the food and ambiance were exquisite. Highly recommend to anyone with an occasion to celebrate for a fancy meal out!

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4.0Dined on 4 April 2018

great food, great service & overall a great lunch.

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5.0Dined on 2 April 2018

The carving trolley seemed to be the most popular selection of diners that evening. I selected Simpson’s specifically for the beef and Yorkshire pudding...it exeeded my expectations! We had a lovely, traditional British dining experience with plenty of time to get to our theater seats. What a perfect last meal in London before heading home to St. Louis! I already recommended Simpson’s on the Strand to my family currently living in the UK.

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4.0Dined on 2 April 2018

Simpson's is the second oldest restaurant in Town. It is the place where my grandfather and father have eaten and where I come on special occasions, this time with my youngest son for a pre-Albert Hall concert. To enjoy a plate of beef cooked and carved to perfection is a real treat and to know that if you tip the carver, he will respond with generosity, is a quirky anachronism for those in the know. Roy, our waiter, was wonderful and even gave the four of us a brief guided tour of the refurbished establishment. I like it because the food is not over fussy nouveau cuisine. Potted shrimps, beef and cheese with fine wine is what I wanted and it was what I got. The pre-lunch bloody Mary was perfect too. Well done Simpson's for still being there. In a time of change, fake news, pot holes, cut backs, inequality, uncertainty, dubious political decisions, a throw away disposable culture, Simpson's in the Strand acts like an oasis for those who appreciate the nobleness of tradition with the fresh modern quality.

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5.0Dined on 1 April 2018

Fantastic food, exceptional service, and classically gorgeous decor.

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5.0Dined on 1 April 2018

First time at Simpson’s and I wasn’t disappointed. The staff was extremely helpful the food was lovely & very filling . Will definitely return here.

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5.0Dined on 1 April 2018

Outstanding experience, sometimes a nostalgic nod to another era is perfect and Simpsons did it very well. It also managed to have a modern more relaxed feel than the bygone era it once belonged.

Upstairs the calm nostalgic art deco bar and doors wow so lovely and a cocktail waiter who really listened to the type of drink I wanted, which was not on the menu but he managed to 'do his thing' delicious.

Such a wonderful experience , yes for most this is a treat as the prices are at the upper end (the very upper end hehe) but wine was exceptionally good, carvery as you would expect however vegetables were not as great as I would wish for .

They even let me keep my Savoy pen, thank you.

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3.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Arrived 30 minutes before our booking to have a drink in the bar,
only to be told it was full and suggested we book a space next time. However the food and atmosphere in the restaurant was
as expected.

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Second time dining here exceeded the first, lovely restaurant and staff.

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Were recommended Simpsons, and very glad we ate there. From the moment you walk in you are efficently looked after, food very tasty, full up without beingbloated, dont miss out get yourselves down here !

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4.0Dined on 31 March 2018

I had made this booking for my husbands birthday and asked for some extra special care for him. As much as the food was fabulous and the service approachable there were a few things I was disappointed with. Sadly my husbands birthday was not acknowledged in anyway even though I sent an email in advance. I felt that a couple of things were a little off and although they probably seem minor i was hoping for a seamless and special meal. The coffee was served on dirty saucers with coffee granules upon them. Pettit four were only delivered with the bill which felt like an afterthought and we certainly would have appreciated them served with our coffee and not as we were rushing to pay and leave.

As an aside the ladies toilets had no toilet paper and I had to use tissues from the box by the sink which was then empty.

On the whole it was a nice venue, lovely food and friendly enough staff. A little more attention to detail would have better justified a bill of nearly £200 on what was a special occasion.

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