Simpsons Tavern

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Simpsons Tavern is Londons oldest Chophouse. Located amongst the charming alleyways at the centre of the City financial district. Built way back in 1757, the tavern retains much of its olde worlde charm and original features, especially in its thoroughly British menu featuring Devilled Kidneys to start, followed by great Steaks from the Grill Menu or Steak & kidney pie and, most vital of all, some good old-school spotted dick and custard. Naturally, it is almost always filled with City workers during the week fuelling their stomachs and mind for another round of money-making.

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DavidS
London
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sausage as a side, just right for group of old fogies.

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Markiemark
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good atmosphere. Noisy but fun, with good service.

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SamS
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

As usual excellent food and service, but literally couldn't move afterwards. Must have been that sausage on the side :-)

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EA85
London
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very welcoming from the moment you walk in the door. The food was excellent, very generous portions so don’t over order sides like we did! If you order more than 2 portions of Stilton, you get the whole giant wheel on the table to cut into.
The only criticism is the bench seating we were at was very cramped. Not great if you’re tall or large around the middle.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
189 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old fashioned City venue.

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JoMo
London
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A little loud but the food was excellent, and the sausage is well worth it!!

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James
London
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Proper food for people who are fed up with the vegetarian, vegan and anti-beef agenda being pushed by the metropolitan liberal minority.

Highly recommended!

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Peterg
London
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb- you’d love it! Great traditional food, beer, wines and super service.

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Paul
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What an incredibly unique place! Been here for the last 250 odd years and still going strong. Really difficult to believe that places like this still exist in London. Food is simple, very traditional but handled well, atmosphere is lively and the setting is remarkable.
High recommended!

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Gappy
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another lovely lunch at Simpsons Tavern. As always staff were friendly and the food excellent and ample. Looking forward to the next visit !

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vipRobertT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent (apart from the orange juice which slightly let everything else down).

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Vile food.
Not fit for human consumption. Perhaps in 18th century London, it was.

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DAVIDK
London
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For a slice of Dickensian culture you will note beat this place. Been going here for 20 years and it remains the same - just brilliant.

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Alex
London
7 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Brilliant. OK, so the seats are a bit cramped, the ground floor bar is tiny and you seem to get a sausage with everything. However, it oozes charm, the food is really nice, the beer well priced (= under £5 in London), and the staff are great once you get talking to them. If you want to experience on old city chop house, i highly recommend this one. Probably not one for a romantic date, mind.

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ChrisB
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I have already recomended to friends. Perfect lunch spot - best steak and ale pie I think I ever had. Great traditional experience, super value. Loved it.

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EDHUT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simpson’s is a classic City establishment and a perfect place to enjoy good food, good wine and with great service in a very relaxed environment. Been many times and never fails to disappoint!

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vippiglet
London
58 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A London Institution with good old fashioned food.

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PeterW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, have visited on a number of occasions in the past, I took my daughter for the first time she loved both the food and the experience.

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Frank
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We were there early so not busy yet and we didn't have to share a table. Service was good, friendly and understated. The pork chop was amazing (and huge) , the side dishes were generous and tasty. Overall this is a good quality, simple, good value, understated restaurant. A hidden gem.

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DavidR
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service, very good food and very nice setting

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vipShadow
London
56 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The devilled kidneys are to die for. Friendliest staff in the City.

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PaulF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took two clients to Simpsons last week and they enjoyed the dining experience so much that one of them has already booked in for next week with one of their clients. Food is traditional English, we had to share a table so wouldn't work for a confidential meeting. Proper food and portion sizes too. Always a fun and enjoyable dining experience.

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paulg
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a national treasure!!! Don't be mislead by online descriptions of Simpsons as a purveyor of 'basic' English food. To be successful, a focused menu depends on high quality ingredients and careful cooking - both are to the fore at Simpsons. The food and drink is faultless. Everything from chops to roast beef and Yorkshire pudding with red wine gravy (not jus), liver and bacon, steamed puddings and house ale are sublime: 'national' cuisine of the highest order. We can't recommend the 'stewed cheese' and signature extra sausages too highly. The surroundings are refreshingly relaxed and evocative of the tavern's long history. Communal seating, on benches that once adorned Lloyds insurers, makes for a very convivial atmosphere. Staff are very efficient and witty in their service without ever being obtrusive. A place for genuine foodlovers. Enjoy a relaxed boozy lunch with friends and/or family; you won't be disappointed. My go to place in London. Don't live life without a visit....

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STDD
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is usually very filling & good. My only complaint was with the cauliflower cheese, which, for the past few times we've been there now, has looked rather old, brown and reheated. Not good at all.

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Gamie
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived as a party of 9 City dwellers looking for good food and drink at a reasonable price and we all left thoroughly happy. Simpsons is a traditional establishment that possess a real nostalgia to the food, service and ambience. Its the go to place if you want a decent pork chop or something that your grandmother would have cooked for you. Great place and highly recommended.

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CharlieT
London
10 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simpsons is an experience! Definitely good for entertaining friends from overseas.

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TomO
London
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

An all round fantastic experience. The highlight being Bass on draught - try finding that elsewhere in London.

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vipBenH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always a delightfully prickly service delivered with a wry smile. Food is excellent, very good value and I continue to go back time after time.

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StephenH
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Not been back for a long time, but had a great time and will definitely go again.

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PoundyA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We haven’t been to Simpson’s for a few years, largely because of starting a business at some distance from London and partly because when making infrequent visits subsequently, standards had dipped.
I’m happy to report, however, that our lunch on Monday was much like it was when first eating there 50 years ago-excellent and refreshingly traditional.
Service was very good thanks to our waitress Tina who was pleasant and attentive.
Our friends who had never heard of Simpsons Tavern shared our opinion and a delightful occasion was enjoyed by all.

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RobertB
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience with Kiri as our waitress. The Holiday season is not complete without a lunch at Simpson’s.

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Wizbit
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We dine here once a quarter for a catch up with friends. The service is always immaculate. If you like to eat meat of various verities with an old school city vibe this is the perfect place.

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JennyWren
London
7 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We booked for a meet up over breakfast at 10.15 and we were told that the kitchen closed at 10.30 so we had to rush our order. Food arrived quickly and wasn’t very hot. The waiter hung around for us to finish whilst other staff were preparing for lunch. No other customers. If the restaurant closes it’s kitchen at 10.30 they shouldn’t accept bookings at 10.15. A rushed pricey and cold breakfast.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal, amazing service, great company.. What more could you ask for? We will be back

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NigelP
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful staff and good food. Simpsons is a lovely place to visit if you come to London but be sure to book well ahead. We took my partner's 85 year old mother and she absolutely loved it. Very traditional food beautifully cooked.

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royv
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Thé nice thing is that this restaurant is like pulling on a favorite pair of socks . Comfort and warm

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super as ever

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GeorgeW
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Simpsons Tavern on 2/12/2019 with my friend. Greeted by friendly staff and seated in a traditional cosy setting in the restaurant. We were served with plates of roast turkey, roast potatoes, vegetables, sausages in red wine gravy. Pudding was ginger sponge and custard. All washed down with a pint of fine ale. A lovely experience. Make sure you're hungry if you go to Simpsons Tavern. Whenever I'm in London I will go there. You need to make a reservation. 5 stars all the way. George from Liverpool.

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babygwc
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Love this place, if it was so spendy id go all the time!

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Lesley37Philips
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks to Ben,Nico and all the amazing staff that made our lunch time treat so enjoyable.

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Simpsons Tavern does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Simpsons Tavern also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7626 9985.

Simpsons Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 807 OpenTable diners.

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