Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of Simpsons

Silver Award

Greek-inspired landscaped gardens set a formal tone here, although we reckon the mood in Simpsons’ airy conservatory-style dining room is much more casual these days. Occupying a handsome Georgian townhouse in leafy Edgbaston, this Michelin-starred thoroughbred is “outstanding from the moment you walk in” – with added clout provided by boutique bedrooms and a cookery school (renamed the Eureka Kitchen). Overseen by chef director Luke Tipping, this venue delivers top-drawer modern food with real vision. Measured, thoughtful technique and a respect for the seasons underpin everything, from a starter of Wye Valley asparagus with Beesands crab, XO mayonnaise and crispy rice to Cornish lamb with tomato and courgette tart, spinach and black garlic or Brixham turbot partnered by sprouting broccoli, sea kale, monk’s beard and shellfish cream. To conclude, a dessert involving white chocolate, gariguette strawberry sorbet and almond further emphasises Simpson’s pedigree. A serious French-accented wine list adds gravitas, although staff bring some unaffected local charm to proceedings while making everyone “feel special”. Simpsons is a big shout for special occasions too.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Over £80
Fine dining, Glamorous, Luxury, Romantic, Traditional, Unique
One Michelin star
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch, Sunday roast
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


Simpsons, which finds itself in a Grade-II listed Georgian villa in Birmingham, is a traditional fine dining restaurant. It has won numerous awards for its culinary dedication including a Michelin star, while its chef-patron Andreas Antona has collected accolades like Chefs' Chef of the Year and International Chef of the Year at La Gastronomie. Simpsons not only offers private dining but also has a cookery school, Eureka. There, guests can enjoy a cooking and plating lesson with the kitchen staff, followed by a glass of champagne and three-course meal at the chef's table.

A ten-course tasting menu is the primary offering at Simpsons. On it, you will find simple, elegant dishes made using only the finest British ingredients. You might see starter-esque initial courses like black olive rolls with cod's roe and greek olive oil, sourdough with cultured butter or cured Loch Duart salmon with cucumber, oyster and horseradish. This is certainly a restaurant that knows its way around seafood, as shown by creations like Skrei cod with imperial caviar or Orkney scallop with winter truffle, sea kale and chicken jus. A typical meat course at Simpsons might be something like Somerset lamb with asparagus, wild garlic and green peppercorns, followed by desserts like Yorkshire rhubarb with ginger and white chocolate. Three-course meals are also available here, featuring similar flavours to the tasting menu, as well as lunch and even children's menus to boot.

Unusually for a Michelin-starred restaurant, there is a fully plant-based tasting menu available too. This features colourful creations like heritage beetroot with sorrel and wasabi or salsify with winter truffle and wild garlic. The wine list here is extensive, with plenty of options available by the glass. There is even ice wine on offer, which uses grapes frozen on the vine to create a dessert-wine-esque drink. 


Are there any vegan options?

Yes, there is a plant-based menu available upon request.

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Does Simpson's have a private dining room?


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Is there any onsite parking?

Yes, there is a small car park a the front of the restaurant.

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20 Highfield Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, B15 3DU

0121 454 3434 0121 454 3434


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue 12:00-14:00
Wed 12:00-14:00
Thu 12:00-14:00
Fri 12:00-14:00
Sat 12:00-14:00
Sun 12:00-14:00
Mon Closed
Tue 19:00-21:00
Wed 19:00-21:00
Thu 19:00-21:00
Fri 19:00-21:00
Sat 19:00-21:00
Sun 19:00-21:00


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4 Reviews 

Irene L

03 January 2023  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Always top quality 

Warwick L

29 March 2019  
Precise, intelligent and gorgeous food. Consistently excellent in all respects.

Louise E

22 April 2018  
Keep coming back time after time for excellent food with a view to die for.

Piers T

20 June 2010  
Food & Drink 4
Service 5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 5
Must be the best value set lunch around, the £30 for 3 courses includes a half bottle of wine (each), olives, an amuse bouche, a pre pudding, petit fours and a beautiful and huge selection of bread. I had Menu One, my wife Menu Two, faultless stylish cooking, a highlight being the amazing flavour from the slow roast chicken breast. Service formal but not intrusive, only slight moan about the whole experience is my glass of wine at the bar was a stiff £11. Go before they withdraw this offer!!!
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