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Simpson’s in the Strand: How very British

Simpson’s in the Strand has always been a bastion of a a particular type of Britishness; wedded to its heritage as a former chess club and coffee house, the recent restoration last year by Robert Angell Design International paid homage to this august history.

The original ceiling and wall panelling has been retained, thus preserving the building’s character. The original chequerboard mosaic entranceway resonates with the chess aspect of the building’s history, whilst the green banquettes and ruby red chairs in the Grand Divan create a magnificent dining space enhanced by the mirrors and glittering chandeliers.

Simpson’s Restaurant team is headed by General Manager and Head Sommelier, Anne Lomas, who is determined to turn dining at Simpson’s into a unique experience.

The new bill of fare offers a contemporary take on classic British dishes. Featuring the freshest seasonal ingredients and quality British produce, diners may expect Steamed Steak and Kidney Suet Pudding and hearty Lord Woolton Pie alongside overlooked delicacies Smoked Lincolnshire Eel and staples Gentlemen’s Relish, Pease Pudding and Potted Shrimp.

Diners may also sample 28-day Dry Roast Scottish Beef or Daphne’s Welsh Lamb carved at the table by Master Carver Manzil Diniz. These are truly classic dishes accompanied by slow-roasted carrots, beef fat-roasted potatoes, gravy, horseradish sauce and Yorkshire pudding. Add to that fish and seafood from Scotland, exquisite cheeses and a delicious-sounding vegetarian Barley & Cauliflower Cheese, diners are spoilt for choice whatever their dietary preferences.

Ther desserts sound splendid. Trifle and Sticky Toffee Date Pudding; Simpson’s signature Baked Alaska: sea buckthorn sorbet, hazelnut ice cream, and caramelised white chocolate encased in billowing plumes of meringue.

Anne Lomas in her capacity as Head Sommelier has created an extensive selection of wines and beverages that diners can see in spectacular displays in the Grand Divan.

The West and Regency rooms are available for private hire and masterclasses in carving are available, as are tours through the famous kitchens. Simpsonn’s in the Strand is such an institution, SEEN will be visiting as much for the history and elegance as for the food and wine.

Simpson’s in the Strand
100 Strand