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SquareMeal Review of Rowley's, London

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Rowley’s is just the ticket for heritage-hungry tourists and St James’s suited-and-booted legions who prefer their grub resolutely simple – a slice of good old tradition, culinary clichés and all. That said, the owners have responded to the changing needs of this regenerated part of town by tweaking their offer, shortening the menu and offering food all day. House specialties such as “perfect” char-grilled entrecôte steak (served at table from a heated pan) are accompanied by unlimited French fries and Rowley’s special Roquefort butter sauce (available to take away), while the remainder of the line-up is old school to the core – from smoked salmon fishcakes or crayfish cocktail to bread-and-butter pudding or tarte Tatin. The interior mixes a beautiful painted ceiling, gilt-framed mirrors and original tiling with nods to the building’s previous incarnation as the original Wall’s sausage shop.

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Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
British
Ambience
Lively, Traditional
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Location for Rowley's, London

113 Jermyn Street, St. James's, London, SW1Y 6HJ

020 7930 2707

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Opening Times

Mon-Sun 12N-11pm

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Anon

08 July 2019  
Easily the best and warmest service i've experienced, and that brought me back here again and again when home on leave while working overseas. Simple food done immaculately too. A firm favourite.

Anon

Old School style with excellent food and great service.
18 January 2019  
Old School style with excellent food and great service. I hadn't been to Rowley's in a while and wonder how I could have forgotten about it - it is still stylish, offers classic superb food with fun but slick service.
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Nikki C

27 June 2018  
Excellent service, impeccable food, lovely staff, the whole experience is fantastic.

Rebecca G

27 June 2018  
Apart from seating being too close to one another, faultless.

Piglet

A little gem in Jermyn Street
27 April 2016  
I used to eat here fairly regularly a number of years ago when I worked in the area but haven't been back for a while and I'm glad I did. It was a mixed bunch (unlike the suited business crowd you get at lunchtimes), families, friends and couples. Dinner last night for me was a gorgeous lobster and crabmeat fishcake with unlimited fries and a heritage tomato salad, husband had the fillet steak - all cooked beautifully. Excellent service, very friendly and helpful. We didn't have room for pudding. The house white wine was good and the Negroni to start even better.
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stella P

19 June 2014  
Had a lovely meal before the theatre so the restaurant was quite quiet as we were early. The food was excellent – we all had a version of steak and chips. Best steak I've had for a while. Service was good. Quite expensive as no pre-theatre offers. Will go again.
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Charles C

16 June 2014  
After a pleasant welcome, we were ushered quickly to our table. The restaurant was light and airy, and not overly busy. The menu offered a good selection, although we were all primarily interested in the steak. The pate, prawn cocktail and smoked salmon starters were all thoroughly enjoyed. The arrival of our main courses was well timed and the use of a heated pan on the table ensured the meat was pipping hot when served. The steaks, two rumps and one ribeye were all perfectly cooked and delicious. The meat really did melt in the mouth. The unlimited fries offer was also fully exploited. These were also served hot, had a crispy coating and were dry from grease. The wine list was not sampled as the inclusion of Doom Bar on the beer list was ideal to complement our steak and chips. We also declined the sweet selection and finished with a coffee, although we would have preferred to add our own milk. Overall, our server, Sebastian, did a great job. If the service charge, added for convenience, had not been included in the bill we would have probably left a larger tip. The overall value was not unreasonable for London.
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Frances C

Great British Steakhouse
25 November 2013  
Rowley's is a brilliant find in an area full of relatively dull, expensive restaurants – it's good quality, interesting and inexpensively priced. The room is full of charm and St James' history and always feels cosy, fun and convivial. The steaks are the best bet on the menu, and on my last visit I enjoyed the fillet. Served on a burner in the centre of your table, the steak stays perfectly warm throughout dinner, and the (free) accompanying side salad, unlimited french fries and blue cheese butter make a perfect meal. You often see people on their third portion of fries they are so moreish! Wines are served in small carafes and the list is affordable with a good representation of reds and whites to compliment the steaks. We have been pre-theatre, and at the weekends and on each occasion the service was polite and attentive and the restaurant buzzy. We will continue to use Rowley's often, it has become a firm favourite.
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garry W

Rowleys definately the place to eat
01 October 2013  
really nice restaurant ,with outstanding food,and an excellent service,and more than reasonable prices.
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Chris B

retro reliabilty and excellence
07 March 2013  
Rowleys is a very simple proposition. Really excellent steak frite: delicious steak, cooked as you ask, good skinny fires,as many as you want, good selection of traditional wine and a great traditional brasserie style room in a good location. If that is what you are in the mood for it is an unbeatable proposition-if you aren't go somewhere else
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