Fodor's Expert Review Simpson's Tavern
The City's oldest tavern and chop house was founded in 1757 and undoubtedly is every bit as raucous now as the day it opened. Approached via a cobbled alleyway, it draws diners who revel in the old boarding school surroundings and are eager to down oodles of claret and English tavern-style grub. Think full English breakfasts, grilled chump chops, potted shrimps, steak-and-kidney pie, and hot pots of the famous house-stewed cheese on toast. Desserts are public schoolboy favorites like spotted dick and custard. Shared oak bench stalls, House of Commons green cushions, and old-fashioned service all add to the charm.
London, Greater London EC3V 9DR, England
- 020 - 7626–9985
- Lots of history, with past diners from diarist Samuel Pepys to Charles Dickens
- Signature stewed cheese on toast
- Charming but old-fashioned service