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Soaked in history, Simpson’s has been feeding and watering die-hard City trenchermen from this same constricted site – tucked into the web of alleyways off Cornhill – since 1757. At street level is the bar where a pint of London Pride (what else?) can wash down a doorstep sandwich; upstairs is the chophouse, with an austere wood-panelled interior and upright, pew-like seating. “You don’t go here for Michelin-quality cooking,” says one reader, but rather for the “traditional British food and service”: porridge, sausage sarnies or a full English to start the day, then a rib-sticking selection of pies, mixed grills and chops at lunchtime. A handful of meat-free dishes is the only sop to modernity. Complete the meal with a homemade pudding or the mysterious stewed cheese. Simpson’s attracts its share of tourists, as well as a scattering of red-faced old roués as lost in time as the setting.


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