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|Address:||100 Strand, London WC2R 0EW|
|Tel:||020 7836 9112|
|Price: £69.00||Wine: £25.00||Champagne: £55.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 7.15-10.30am 5.45-10.45pm Mon-Sun 12.15-2.45pm (Sun -9pm) Sat 5-10.45pm|
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Simpsons on the Strand – i have been going for about 12 years and it is definitely a mixed pleasure.
As I watched the extensive refurbishment of the Savoy (Simpsons is next door) i couldn't help hoping they would rip out the interior and refurbish this part as well. Simpsons opened in 1828 and I would guess they don't want to spoil the success story.
PLEASE DO – the booths are very narrow and the seating tilts you forward so you feel you are sitting on the useless pads as you enter the London underground tubes by the door. The dinning room is laid out like a big mess hall at a posh boarding school (which most people haven't been to – including me).
So why go? The roast beef is the best anywhere in the world. Seriously – we skip starters, keep the bread rolls to a minimum and dive straight into the best roast beef you will ever eat. A nice bottle of red and you must try the horse radish – it is made on site and again the best i have ever had. One exclusion to the above is we sometime have the oysters as well – very fresh.
Service – there is one old Italian chap who hobbles along with the meat trolley (they bring it to your table and offer you your favourite cuts). He makes the whole visit worthwhile and obviously has been there for a long while (I have not seen him on last couple of visits so hope is ok).
In case you haven't got this from my review – I would crawl over broken glass for this roast beef! They do need to work on the interior – I would rip out the whole lot and put in comfortable and more spacious booths and tables.
I will still go, and still bemoan the Ye Olde décor and still dive head first into that beef.