Review of 'Simpson's in the Strand'

The quintessential British experience at the famous Simpson's in the Strand. The legend. Does it really live up to the hype? Well, simply, yes, it does indeed. Fair enough, the prices are not exactly low but the quality is absolutely the best. Attached to the Savoy the small rather unimposing entrance on the Strand leads the diner into another world – a pleasant interior with an expansive staircase on the left leading up to a wonderful bar area with luxurious leather chairs and sofas overlooking the not-too-attractive street (on the first floor, what sort of views did you expect?). After savouring the bar we headed into the dining room. I was immediately impressed with the wonderfully intricate plaster ceiling and the wood throughout – a sumptuous restaurant indeed. The service, as you would expect, is first rate with the staff seeming to be genuinely interested in customers as people as opposed to credit-card touting punters.

The best and most traditional food on offer is their wonderful Aberdeen Angus beef dinner which is one of the few bargains on the menu as it includes Yorkshire pudding as well as various side dishes. The waiter's bring the antique serving trolley over to your table to carve wonderful slices of heaven to your specific taste right off of the bone. The fantastic horseradish is definitely worth a go – take it easy though or you could blow the top of your head off. When was the last time you visited a restaurant where they ask you if you want seconds then don't even charge you for it??? Wow. Other items on the menu include various examples of classic British cuisine including a fantastic assortment of traditional desserts including, my favourite, bread and butter pudding. Refreshingly, all ingredients are sourced within the UK – the best ingredients available are always used. You pay a bit for the privilege of eating here but much of that cost is, thankfully, on the plate in front of you.

Did I have any complaints? Hum. To be REALLY picky I suppose I was not too pleased to be eating during their pre-theatre opening hours but not offered the pre-theatre menu but I really feel this is a minor quibble.

I have absolutely no complaints about the food, the ambiance and most particularly the service. I will definitely be back. Be aware that there is a dress code and I would advise that you stick to it otherwise you will stick out like a sore thumb. This is definitely a special experience and should be treated as such.

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Review Date: 2006-09-11


Cuisine: American/British

Address: 100 Strand, London, ENGLAND WC2R 0EW

Public Transport: TUBE Covent Garden

Location: London (England) - Covent Garden

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Telephone: +44 (0)20 7836 9112

URL: http://www.simpsonsinthestrand.co.uk/