RestaurantsLondonStrandWC2

survey result

Summary

£85
 ££££
2
Average
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Buzzing with tradition and gravitas”, London’s most famous dining room is fast approaching its bicentenary. Prized nowadays by locals only for business breakfasts, it is sometimes noted as “an excellent place to take an overseas guest for succulent roast beef” carved from domed trolleys, but the real surprise is how very little feedback it generates nowadays. By September 2021, Simpson’s remains ‘temporarily closed’ – presumably awaiting a revival of the tourist trade? Could Corbin & King please take it over in the interim?

Summary

£82
 ££££
2
Average
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Quintessentially British cuisine in very generous portions” is the raison d’être of this historic, panelled dining room, which has its bicentenary in sight; and where “a recent revamp seems to have done some good – it’s still old-fashioned, but in a good way”. But when it comes to the quality of the cooking, it’s still not a safe bet – there are regulars who feel “its roast beef and Yorkshire pudding never disappoints”, but there remains a sizeable contingent, who rate the beef “below average” and the accompanying veg “school dinner standard”“such a shame for a wonderful old establishment”. Top Tip – a Full English here is a good way to start the day.

Summary

£82
 ££££
2
Average
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Quintessentially British cuisine in very generous portions” is the raison d’être of this historic, panelled dining room, which has its bicentenary in sight; and where “a recent revamp seems to have done some good – it’s still old-fashioned, but in a good way”. But when it comes to the quality of the cooking, it’s still not a safe bet – there are regulars who feel “its roast beef and Yorkshire pudding never disappoints”, but there remains a sizeable contingent, who rate the beef “below average” and the accompanying veg “school dinner standard”“such a shame for a wonderful old establishment”. Top Tip – a Full English here is a good way to start the day.

Summary

£76
 ££££
2
Average
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The revamp seems to have done them good” at this legendary temple of traditional British cuisine (with origins back to 1828) – and most famously roast beef – which finally seems to be re-emerging after many, many years in the doldrums. Yes, it can still appear all too touristy and expensive, but “the iconic building still has a lot of atmosphere”, and its “olde English staples” receive very much more consistent praise since its refurb – “it is one of the rare places in London where you can get traditional carvery on a trolley which tastes good!” Perhaps in keeping with the story of renewal, new chef Adrian Martin (who previously oversaw Annabel’s and Harry’s Bar) took over as chef from William Hemming in August 2018.

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Restaurant details

Yes
Highchair,Menu,Portions
50, 120
No trainers
120

Prices

Traditional European menu

Main
£20.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £41.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Service 12.00%
100 Strand, London, WC2R 0EW
Opening hours
Not Set

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