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In the restaurant business since 1757, Simpson’s is old enough to have fewer customers alive than dead – with Samuel Pepys and Charles Dickens in the latter camp. Half-hidden in a courtyard off Cornhill, it’s got all the straight-backed stalls, brass rails and looming wood that tourists, City types and history-seekers might hope for in the capital’s oldest chophouse. Breakfast is a greasy-whiskered affair with non-stop toast, while it’s doorstop sandwiches and chips with (almost) everything at the bar. The week is measured out in daily specials, including pies of various ilk (pork, leek and cider, say), roast duck with apple sauce or liver and bacon with caramelised onions. There are no highfalutin’ aims in the kitchen or on the sub-£60 wine list, while a handful of ales keep beer drinkers hydrated, if not fascinated. Not surprisingly, Simpson’s makes an atmospheric spot for special events.  

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Simpson's Tavern

Ball Court, 38 Cornhill ,London EC3V 9DR

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Apr 2016

When booking over the 'phone, they should warn you that you will need to share tables. This wasn't too much of an issue as it turned out but this was a quasi-business lunch so it could have been awkward. It turned out to be quite fun in an old (boarding) school kind of way. But the food is not great and does remind you of school fodder. The daily special; pork, leek and cider pie was decidedly average. Thick stodgy undercooked pastry, crude lumps of so-so pork and a gravy that tasted...

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Lucy B.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 4
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 4

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Ball Court, 38 Cornhill ,London EC3V 9DR

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Dec 2012

I have never felt strongly enough to review a restaurant without being asked, but my recent experience warrants mention. Simpsons Tavern does what it wants to do very well – the food is rustic and home-cooked, quickly served in a jovial Dickensian atmosphere. However, the service ruined the whole experience. Despite his friendliness pre-order, the bow-tied waiter became pushy and then rude at the end of lunch. When I asked for an itemised receipt, he refused, acting as though I had asked to move...

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Graeme R.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 6

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Simpson's Tavern

Ball Court, 38 Cornhill ,London EC3V 9DR

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Oct 2011

Plates were dirty and greasy and staff was so rude that made you feel unwelcome. Food was way overpriced, and the steak was overcooked. Staff was annoyed when I asked for the details of the bill. It is probably the worst restaurant I have ever been.

Marco S.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 3
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 2
  • Value: 2

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Simpson's Tavern

Ball Court, 38 Cornhill ,London EC3V 9DR

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Jun 2011

Simpsons Tavern, not to be confused with the more recently opened Simpsons in the Strand (1828) has been serving lunch to City folk for the last 250 years. There is nothing ‘eclectic’ or experimental about the dishes here, the waiters did not graduate from Le Cordon Bleu and the wooden ‘pew’ seating is damn uncomfortable but nobody seems to care. Orders are shouted across the table, smaller groups of diners are seated together, conversations are loud as plates heavy with staple British grub are...

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Christopher J.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 10

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