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survey result

Summary

£45
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Like stepping back in time” – this “prehistoric eatery in the City” (est 1757) has “an incredible atmosphere” and is “old-fashioned in a way we can rejoice in”. The Dickensian menu of “traditional English” chops and roasts, steak ’n’ kidney pies and ‘stewed cheese’ on solid ratings in the last survey – and is “not for those with a small appetite”. Top Tip – “this ancient spot dishes up a top Full English”.

Summary

£45
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Like stepping back in time” – this “prehistoric eatery in the City” (est 1757) has “an incredible atmosphere” and is “old-fashioned in a way we can rejoice in”. The Dickensian menu of “traditional English” chops and roasts, steak ’n’ kidney pies and ‘stewed cheese’ wins solid ratings this year – and is “not for those with a small appetite”. Top Tip – “this ancient spot dishes up a top Full English”.

Summary

£41
    £
1
Poor
3
Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Olde English tradition lives on” at this ancient chophouse down a picturesque alleyway: a City institution dating from 1757. “It could be a museum of the British restaurant” with its “engaging service that treats you like one of the boys”, Dickensian interior and “authentic period food”, including daily roasts and house special ‘stewed cheese’.

Summary

£35
    £
2
Average
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“I imagine Billy Bunter would have enjoyed Simpson’s!”. This “City institution” dating back to 1757 is tucked down a Dickensian alleyway and has “barely changed for a century”, making it well worth a visit, even if the food – “simple British stodge”“is not really the point”.

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Restaurant details

Menu
40-100
135

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£7.50 £10.50 £5.00 £4.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £19.50
Filter Coffee £2.50
Extras  
Service 12.50%
38 1/2 Ball Ct, Cornhill, London, EC3V 9DR
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Opening hours
Monday11:30 am‑3:30 pm
Tuesday8:30 am‑3:30 pm
Wednesday8:30 am‑3:30 pm
Thursday8:30 am‑3:30 pm
Friday8:30 am‑3:30 pm
SaturdayCLOSED
SundayCLOSED

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