Rowley's, London

Bronze Award

SquareMeal Review of Rowley's, London

Bronze Award

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

020 7930 2707 020 7930 2707


Opening Times

Mon-Sun 12N-11pm


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17 Reviews 


13 October 2022  
Food & Drink 0.5
Service 0.5
Atmosphere 0.5
Value 0.5

I was with a guest from France. Lunch on 11 October 2022 at 13 hours. I ordered a tomato salad as a starter followed by Chicken masala. My guest ordered prawns as a starter and chicken supreme as a main. My salad was with thinly sliced stale tomatoes, the seasoning was not good. My chicken masala had barely five small cubes of chicken totalling 100-150 grams. The papadoms were four round crisps size. My guest had the chicken supreme, the French fries were oily, when he asked for gravy he was told it is £5 extra. He asked for some bread, he got a basket with five slices of baguette and some butter charged at £6.50. The small plate of tomato salad was charged at £8.00!!! There was a charge of £5 for a bottle of water we never ordered. We asked for coffee we were told that the machine is broken. A complete disaster for a bill of £145.94. Never again. Kindly refund me the £5.00 for the bottle of water we never ordered.
AVOID THIS PLACE. There are much better restaurants in the vicinity like Fortnum & Mason or Hawksmoor on Air Street off Regent Street where you can get a decent cut of meat at half the price, and you will not be charged for items you never orderd!!

Carl H

10 August 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 3
Service 2
Atmosphere 2
Value 2
Tasty but pricey

Rowleys was a nice place to visit but didn't have much of an atmosphere.

The food tasted good but considering it was Steak and Fries it was not much of a surprise. The Roquefort butter was a nice addition and add to the flavour of the steak.

The wine list looked reasonable if not on the pricey side. The glass of wine I had was good but nothing to write home about.

The service was ok but again nothing special or standout. The menu mentions unlimited fries with steak or items from the grill but was not offered this or had anyone check the meal was good. But the portion of fries to begin with was more than adequate and the mention of unlimited fries quite a gimmick, I normally assume this will not occur and it wasn't a problem.

however for the meal and experience I felt Rowleys was quite pricey for what it was. Sure it tasted nice but £36 for a sirloin that was ok but nothing special and a 15% service charge for little effort means that we are doubtful we will return. 
The restaurant looks good but not much of an atmosphere when you are in there. Good for an in fussy date but not the best for the price range.


04 July 2021  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Never disappointed

Great restaurant, the food is always so good. It is a simple steak house style menu and they clearly have mastered it for years. I went there with friends many times and always, always have a great time and a full stomach !!




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.


18 January 2019  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 3.5
Old School style with excellent food and great service.
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.

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.


27 April 2016  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
A little gem in Jermyn Street
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.

stella P

19 June 2014  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 3
Value 3
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.

Charles C

16 June 2014  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4
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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