Simpson's in The Strand

Is this the place that just does roast meat? Has anyone been there? Any good? 

Very old school indeed Crypto and yes it pretty much just does roast meat (carved as you like it in front of you).  Maybe a bit touristy as well in normal times and priced accordingly but it's definitely worth doing at least once and very good for what it is.

I went there about 10 years ago. It did a lot more than just roast meat (although I had the roast beef). It was very nice. Lovely potted shrimps.

Yes, but I went about 15 years ago now. Marvellous establishment. I have ben for a drink in the Knight's Bar since. 

If you like roast beef you can't really go wrong. 

Not cheap, but definitely an experience.

Yes, they do very good cocktails when you don't have a reservation at the American Bar and the maitre d' is being snotty

there are many many far better places to eat for the price but it does what it does well and worth going once for a proper old skool experience.

It is ace.  Have had a few meals there with rof clubman.  Always the roast beef.

The goring also does a cracking roast from the trolley.  Suckling pig on Fridays iirc. 

I went there for breakfast over 20 years ago with my flatmate.  Her father was a judge.  I vaguely recall excellent sausages and eggs fried exactly the way I had requested.

It is pricey but I'd definitely go if you have never been. We were lucky as my friend worked for Fairmont, so everything connected to the Savoy was half price.

Wot everyone else said. It is OK. Massively overpriced for what the food is but you pay for the experience which is now essentially a touristy 'ye olde Britain' experience. It is quite fun for all that though. 

Simpsons Tavern just off Cornhill is also vg for a trad City chophouse. Proper boy food. Everything, and I mean literally everything you order seems to prompt “and would Sir like a sausage with that?”.

Yes, Sir would.

Not many tourists when I went. Mostly red-faced old clubmen and their portly wives.

I used to freaking love Simpsons Tavern when I still worked in the city.  Must plan a visit next time I am in London. 

see also Sweetings

had some great lunches there in the “good old days”.

Grand Daddy Long took Daddy Long there.

 

Daddy Long took me there.

 

I hope to take Master Long there.

cafe du marche used to be my long lunch venue of choice back around the turn of the century - had lost some of its pizzaz on my last few visits. 
wiltons always a winner if you want to give someone a flavour of English aristocratic atmosphere.  

They ruined Cafe du Marche when they extended the main restaurant into what used to be the cheaper bistro bit at the front. It just didn't have the same vibe at all the last time I went there. 

I have always had a soft spot for it because it was the scene of my first proper 'city lunch' when I started as a trainee and one of the partners took me and another trainee there. 

I had this place booked last year along with Theo Randall but then a global pandemic pissed all over my bookings. Might give them another try. 

My first completion dinner was at a fish resto down the back of the old A&O building.  First time I had lobster.  I think you might have been there Catty, the lead partner was in your team (named after a hoover).

25 years ago there was a fabulous cocktail bar upstairs, it was something of a hidden secret and a million times better than the American bar at the Savoy down the road. Is it still there?

Oh, wonderful!

in those days the then recently rennovated Rivoli Bar was the place to go but now impossible to get in unless staying at the Ritz and even then full of loud Americans and ridic prices. Location location I suppose. On your recc couple of years ago we started at the Donovan Bar which is now a firm favourite. Thank you Dux.

"impossible to get in unless staying at the Ritz"

Really? Is this a Covid thing? Until very recently, I'd just rock up.

"full of loud Americans and ridic prices"

Welcome to London.

Minkster, I'm so pleased you take up my reccos and think highly of them! I think you've done that a few times. 

Unless you want a long wait you need a reservation and they’re often full. Residents dont need a reservation.

I once went to he ritz bar and was old I had to rent a tie.  Prefer a pub tbh

So basically Simpsons is just like an over-priced  Toby Carvery...?

🤔

Better of getting yourself a membership of a Pall Mall club if you like that kind of thing.

Same food and booze but it'll cost you a bit less.

Simpsons does a good brekkie...Club Gascon was my first closing dinner and still one of my favourite places in the citeh

Wiltons is hands down my favourite restaurant in London.

it is superior to Simpsons.

the food is abs superlative, v English but plenty of French on the menu haha. Fish and game are without fault. The house wine is exceptional. The service is just perfect. It isnt what you’d call fashionable but it is certainly popular. We buck the trend by dining there rather than lunch.

Wiltons is hands down my favourite restaurant in London.

it is superior to Simpsons.

the food is abs superlative, v English but plenty of French on the menu haha. Fish and game are without fault. The house wine is exceptional. The service is just perfect. It isnt what you’d call fashionable but it is certainly popular. We buck the trend by dining there rather than lunch.

Wiltons is hands down my favourite restaurant in London.

it is superior to Simpsons.

the food is abs superlative, v English but plenty of French on the menu haha. Fish and game are without fault. The house wine is exceptional. The service is just perfect. It isnt what you’d call fashionable but it is certainly popular. We buck the trend by dining there rather than lunch.