Simpsons Tavern

4.6
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British
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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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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.

DR
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service, very good food and very nice setting

S
London
56 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

PF
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.

p
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....

ST
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.

G
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.

CT
London
10 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

TO
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.

BH
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.

SH
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.

PA
London
1 review
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.

RB
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.

W
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.

JW
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.

OT
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

NP
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.

r
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

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super as ever

GW
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.

b
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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

LP
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.

r
Bath
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Very noisy, lamb a bit over cooked, waiter desperately trying up sell. But still an institution.

C
London
54 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Great traditional venue with stacks of history. Service wasn’t at its best, nor was the food, but ambiance made up for it.

CD
London
24 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the whole experience.... And dining at Simpson's is an experience - perfectly reflects the history of the City of London

m
London
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I'll be back again! Once discovered, well worth the trip.

AE
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Traditional English food in an appealing environment. Not over-priced

B
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything all ok, only one matter was that with 8 of us, the table seated 6, so they put a small table on the end of the table and a couple of chairs for the other 2. Ok but not ideal.

JD
London
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent, well cooked and presented. The service was very good and attentive. Great atmosphere. The only reason for not giving five stars all round was the slightly cramped and unusual seating arrangements.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great lunch spot, full of history and perfect comfort food!!

AC
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

There were a number of items not available despite being on the menu. Sausages were added to our meal without telling us it was £4 each none of which were wanted or eaten, In their defence they did remove these from the bill

KB
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I worked in the City of London from 1963. Have been lunching in Simpsons at least 3 days a week since then until I retired. Not much has changed...the roasts, steak and kidney pie and their signature stewed cheese as good as ever. The regular clientele have always been a stalwart and faithful bunch. Sadly things change. The City of London has changed dramatically, it has lost it's vibrancy and to some degree it's soul. Simpsons has made a fair fist of adapting to that change....but has slowly lost it's charm. Nobodies fault...just progress (?). My ex colleagues and I still get up to town for lunch...a couple in Amy's first.
Wonderful place. Highly recommended. Living history of London when it was the world's greatest commercial city. Long may Simpsons last!

SM
London
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simpson's Tavern has been one of the biggest highlights of our visit to London! The staff is superb, and they made us feel like rockstars, they truly know how to take care of their guests. Thank you Simpson's, and I hope you will continue to bring joy especially to tourists like me!

AT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Most impressive service from start to finish outshining Michelin star restaurants

Stand out lunch experience can’t wait to go back

GH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In my semi-retirement I occasionally come to the City for lunch and I wouldn't consider going anywhere else. Always a real treat - the service and the food and ambience.

MR
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband I went on my birthday for lunch. The food amazing. Fresh and tasty. Very traditional. We loved the atmosphere and the service was outstanding

AS
London
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic lunch at simpsons , food superb as always and the girls looked after us as per! The stewed amazing as always !!!

c
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As normal a very good lunch with exultant service good food and good service
That’s why we keep going back

CS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch, in lovely company. Chicken Liver Pate - excellent, Mixed Grill - very good, Stewed cheese - outstanding. I shall be back soon!

N
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Went as a couple, were placed on an empty table for 6. A party of 4 was added to our table halfway through our main meal. Fully appreciate the need to fill the available seats but there's no getting away from the fact that its a fairly unpleasant atmosphere to suddenly be eating next to 4 strangers who are still at the stage of considering a menu and then drown out your conversation because there's twice as many of them. Would now only go again if I was in a group of 6 and could be certain of taking over a whole table to ourselves. The group of 4 seemed equally thrown by the arrangement and you could tell they were not talking quite as freely as they had probably intended.