Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Strand
Hardens guides have spent 25 years compiling reviews of the best Strand restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 7 restaurants in Strand and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Strand restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Kaspar's Seafood and Grill, The Savoy Hotel Fish & seafood restaurant in Strand The Strand - WC2R
This “beautiful Art Deco dining room” – known for decades as The Savoy River Restaurant – puts “the emphasis on fish and seafood” with a “very good range” realised proficiently and “welcoming” service too. Numerous “wonderful experiences” are reported, and it’s a good venue for business entertaining too. Top Tip: “perfect breakfast”.
2. Simpson's in the Strand British, Traditional restaurant in Strand 100 Strand - WC2
“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.
3. Fernandez & Wells Sandwiches, cakes, etc restaurant in Strand Somerset Hs, Strand - WC2
A small group of “appealing no-frills cafés with a rustic feel” in sought-after locations, including South Kensington and Somerset House. Already “stalwarts” on the London scene, they are “intimate” places providing “simple tapas with the best ingredients”, plus “coffee or a glass of interesting wine”; and there’s “no music, which aids conversation”.
4. Lupita Mexican/TexMex restaurant in Strand 13-15 Villiers St - WC2
“Proper enchiladas” and “amazing guacamole made at the table” are typical of the “authentic, not Tex Mex” approach at these colourful and “very friendly” budget Mexican joints in Kensington, by the side of Charing Cross station, and on the edge of the City. They also serve “good cocktails” (but the wine list is “very limited”).
5. Gordon’s Wine Bar International restaurant in Strand 47 Villiers St - WC2
With its ancient, dark, candle-lit cellars and the benefit of one of central London’s biggest terraces (adjoining Embankment Gardens), this old wine bar (dating from the 1890s) is perpetually thronged (mostly by young professionals), and has seemingly been visited by everyone in London at some point (even if they may struggle to remember exactly what it was called). Right by Embankment tube, it’s a handy rendezvous, and an affordable one too, even if the self-service food is very basic (cold cuts, cheeses, salads and simple hot platters). Queues for service, cramped seating and a general feeling of scrum are all part of the experience.
6. The Savoy Hotel, Savoy Grill British, Traditional restaurant in Strand Strand - WC2
For decades, this “atmospheric” and “impressive”, “panelled chamber” just off the foyer of The Strand’s famous Art Deco landmark was London’s power dining scene par excellence; and with its “old-fashioned” style and menu of “solid, traditional British staples” it remains a strong business favourite to this day. Under Gordon Ramsay’s management of the last 15 years, however, its performance has always been up-and-down, and this year’s was one of the weakest yet, with complaints about “average food” that’s “not good value for money” and a “dingy” overall ambience.
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