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Open since 1757 and located in the heart of the City of London (the financial district), Simpson's is one of the city's oldest chop houses, a traditional establishment specialising in thick cut chops, steaks and other meaty British dishes.
Given its location, its customers were (and still are) bankers and stockbrokers who needed a good hearty lunch. Interestingly, women were not allowed to dine in chop houses and at Simpson's it was only in 1916 that they were admitted.
These days, pork and chump (lamb) chops are still served, along with roasts, meat pies and stews. Have a look at the daily specials, which are heavily meat-based (although there is fried fish on Fridays). Breakfast is also available, including a full English breakfast.
I had an excellent solo lunch here in the upstairs dining room (better than downstairs, according to my friendly waiter). Everyone sits in shared booths, which makes it all the more entertaining.
The pork chop was recommended over the chump chop, and I discovered that all customers are asked whether they want a pork sausage, whatever their order! So I lunched on a delicious pork chop with a large sausage and side of bubble and squeak. I also recommend the delightful 'stewed cheese' for dessert. It's much more delicious than it sounds!
Mon-Fri 08.30-15.30 (last orders), breakfast orders Tue-Fri 08.00-10.30
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