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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SD
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

one of my favourite places in london. i visit at every opportunity. loud, boisterous, relaxed, fun, healthy portions of traditional english food. like stepping back in time.

JW
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Old school charm and traditional grub washed down with an ale or two. No frills, non-gastronomic dining, served with a large side of charming British hospitality. Simply wonderful...sausage and all

SB
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm smiling faces on arrival and quickly shown to our table. Good menu and keenly priced. Great food - chump chops are a must together with bubble and squeak and braised onions followed by their famous stewed cheese dessert. A little gem in the City.

LT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely! We brought a friend with us who had never been... I have brought two groups there. I think it's fantastic.

SD
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and well kept beer - A City institution that always delivers.

MW
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Superb ambiance. Has been providing a very similar vibe for the last 20 years and a staple for a reunion. Friendly staff, food no nonsense and idiosyncratic seating all adds to the charm

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A City classic surviving better than many... I can just fit my beer belly between the benches and the tables. When I can't I'll retire

RP
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Late sitting, and felt a little rushed. Clearing tables and resetting loudly around us. Food was good, only had a main as felt a little rushed. I can imagine it's a better atmosphere before 2pm

T
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A City classic, brilliant school dinners ! Always busy great staff and good English fare

OT
London
77 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Annual pilgrimage for a group of retirees. As always good wholesome food served by friendly staff. We will be back next year god willing.

G
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just what the doctor ordered!

AE
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great welcome from the team and first class service. Settled in for all 3 courses and absolutely delicious.

Looking forward to next visit soon.

DJ
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

This was not up to the usual standard. I always look forward to my visit to Simpsons
But. It seems to not come up to the standard I have always experienced.
The food was very average, I get my drinks downstairs because they do not provide
What I want upstairs. That standard of food and portions were not what I usually
Experience and the coffee was cold. Very disappionted this time around.

C
London
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has not changed in ambience for centuries. The food is delicious and the service is fun and excellent. If you wish to travel back in time and eat traditional English dishes you are in heaven.

CS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Another first class luncheon with a friend. Simpson's Tavern has become one of my go to places from lunch. I'll be back again, quite soon!!

J
London
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A genuine City institution. Thankfully it's still with us.

F
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Always enjoy going here but this was my first time for breakfast. Can't argue about the food (fry up) itself or the service which was excellent but it is a lot quieter in the morning. We went on a Friday and we were the only people in the dining room which is a massive contrast to the times I have been for lunch where the atmosphere is excellent. Anyway, if you need a place for breakfast and you are in the vicinity then it's a great option.

P
London
8 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the service was very good. The phrase would you like a sausage with that made everyone laugh.

A really nice place with old pub food

D
London
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely, old school pub. Staff are very funny and friendly. Food was delicious with big portions. Was quiet at start of lunch but got very busy around 1. Make sure you book if you want a table

LL
Dusseldorf Area
4 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Just very good, solid British pub food with all the needed trimmings:Steak and Real Ale pie, Roast beef and Yorkies, Bubble and Squeak, Cumberland sausage ... delish!

JS
London
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Leaving perfect rating as apology for not making my reservation. I'm sure if would have been perfect anyway.

TB
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food, wonderful old-school atmosphere, friendly staff.

MR
London
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Simpsons never fails in its service and food. An institution. The stewed cheese is a must.

PW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Lunchtime visit to this historic restaurant. However, we had to share a small booth with three very loud (and swearing) business men who made little space for us to settle. This was particularly annoying as two other booths were vacant when we arrived. Combined these events spoiled our experience entirely. That said the waiting staff were very friendly and the food was hearty fair indeed, so we would return, but only on the proviso that our party would be sized to warrant a booth to ourselves.

JW
London
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!
Well done the Tavern!
Tremendous steak and kidney pie and chips

VK
London
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Older than the United States of America, Simpson’s Tavern is a hidden gem in the heart of the city of London. Mix with Bankers and Highwaymen. You almost expect to bump into Edmund Blackadder and be served some of Mrs Miggens’ pies.

OT
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bloody good English grub!

PB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

If you like traditional English fare at affordable prices in an historic City of London location served by friendly staff in a quirky old school atmosphere, this is the place for you. I've been eating here for years and always enjoy the experience with friends. Why not also take in The Jamaica Inn and/or The George & Dragon for additional liquid refreshment which are just next door to the restaurant.

SP
London
8 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

I have visited Simpson’s many times it was very quiet service was timely and the waiter attentive
Wine was ok food disappointing liver and bacon. Was tough and bubble and sweat overdone starters were ok we all had prawn cocktail
The lunch was cheerful as old friends reunion

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff upstairs. Straightforward and freshly cooked British food. And Sharpes beer. Love it.

M
London
23 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A dependable classic. Convivial, hospitable, fun, atmospheric and always delicious.

OT
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great sausage!and loved the dining experience

MO
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

It's not fine dining, but if you want good hearty pub food and wine or beer and don't mind sharing a table (Oktoberfest-style) then it's a nice place to be

U
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Typical English fare, served in an authentic Dickensian environment with great service.
Come hungry..

B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, nice atmosphere in this pub. Only one vegetarian main option but you don't go here for that! A nice hearty veggie pie would have been a nice alternative option (maybe that's on a winter menu though) but all of the food was delicious!
Hilarious waiter who was very knowledgeable about meat and sausage traditions!! ;)
A fun old time pub with great food and brilliant service!

SD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I take every opportunity to lunch at Simpsons Tavern - with friends, family, business colleagues. The food and service never fail - tasty, satisfying portion very well cooked, fun service, great atmosphere - even if Nigel Farage also eats there.

CH
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A great venue which is hidden away in the heart of the city.
Staff always friendly and like a joke and lots if friendly banter.
Food always excellent and good value for money.

GH
London
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My guest was a no-show - but the staff were very nice to me and even had a chat with me. I'm a regular and will continue to be.

TH
Leicestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Staff seemed very busy when we arrived but we were made to feel very welcome. There was a short wait in a fairly cramped area on the first floor while dishes were being served to others but very soon we were shown to a table and were perusing the menu. The table was already occupied by two others but the arrangement seemed to give a nice ambience just as you might expect in a typical Parisian bar/restaurant. To complete the London 'experience' though, a pianist played traditional melodies. Many dishes are served with a 'traditional' sausage and you can also sample lager and ale produced for Simpsons. We had a very good lunch at Simpson's and would definitely return for more.

JA
London
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simpsons has great character both in respect of the building itself and the staff. It offers good old fashioned service spiced with some humour and excellent food. My favourite main is the Edwardian pork chop which never ceases to please. They are large, succulent and tender.

I would highly recommend Simpsons for a good meal with plenty of atmosphere.

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