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thereyet Dec 17th, 2008 11:08 PM

Favorite London spot for roast beef and Yorkshire pudding?
Missed doing this last time because the one place I saw frankly...looked dodgy. Staying in South Kensington but would tube if highly recommended.


ira Dec 18th, 2008 02:51 AM

Hi ty,

I think that the absolutely best place for that kind of old-fashioned fare is Simpson's-in-the-Strand.

Shelrock Holmes and Dr. Watson were fairly regular customers.


flanneruk Dec 18th, 2008 03:29 AM

There's a limit to how much damage even the crappiest carvery (and nowhere on earth can outcrap a London carvery when it's got its mind on it), staffed by homicidal Serbians, can do to a standing joint. But they make up for it by nuking the veg and doing things to the Yorkshire not even a Lancastrian would contemplate. As for the stuff they serve in pubs: even the dinner ladies at my school would have blushed to poison us quite so inhumanely.

The most reliable place for roast 'n' Yorkshire is a culinarily literate British home. Failing that, Ira's is a goodish suggestion. Simpson's is a bit iffy for many things: but they take the selection of beef, its treatment before cooking, its roasting and carving and its accompaniments very seriously indeed. Worth going online and seeing if you can go on a day they're doing carving courses.

And ignore people who say they didn't like its fish, or its filet mignon. Eating beef fried or grilled is a woofy foreign fad, and you surely wouldn't expect a proper restaurant to worry about making girls' food properly?

tod Dec 18th, 2008 05:32 AM

We had an awesome roast beef & Yorky pud at RULES, Maiden Lane, near Covent Garden.
They also serve game in season.

Cholmondley_Warner Dec 18th, 2008 05:42 AM

We had an awesome roast beef & Yorky pud at RULES, Maiden Lane>>>

Must. Resist. Temptation. To "get started".

thereyet Dec 18th, 2008 06:31 AM

Awe come on CW, "get started". :D


thereyet Dec 18th, 2008 06:54 AM

Hi ira,

Simpson's on the Strand looks something like what I had in mind.

Are there any others? Neighborhood favorites?


GreenDragon Dec 18th, 2008 09:02 AM

Perhaps you should ask Dr. Watson. I think I have his email somewhere here...

ElendilPickle Dec 18th, 2008 11:51 AM

>>Must. Resist. Temptation. To "get started".<<

::::tapping foot:::: We're waiting...

Lee Ann

Underhill Dec 18th, 2008 02:10 PM

We liked both Simpson's (don't forget to tip the carver) and the Carveries, where we once saw a pair of ladies from a country that shall be nameless treat their Yorkshire puddings as muffins.

thereyet Dec 18th, 2008 02:22 PM

You mean they picked them up and ate them? Don't they know any better? :)


Cries_Van_Notebook Dec 18th, 2008 02:29 PM

I always eat my Yorkshire pudding like a muffin. I even put butter on it. Are you making fun of me?

I had a very memorable RB and Yorkshire pudding at the Connaught Hotel on Dec. 27, 1999. (A few days later we drove up to Edinburgh for Hogmanay.) Oh, was that good. I had foie gras on a bed of lettuce and tomatoes as a starter, then bread and butter pudding for dessert. I think we drank Calon Segur 1989.

There was a family from Alaska sitting across from us--a family of seven--wearing Eskimo coats. I wish I had taken a photo because I have a feeling they were the Palins. :)


thereyet Dec 18th, 2008 03:09 PM

I always eat mine with knife and fork, never putting the knife down. I guess that is because you never know when you are going to need a knife...since everyone else is holding one. :)


travelme Dec 18th, 2008 03:55 PM

There was a family from Alaska sitting across from us--a family of seven--wearing Eskimo coats. I wish I had taken a photo because I have a feeling they were the Palins.

I am rolling on thr floor!

Virgogirl Dec 18th, 2008 09:07 PM

So, did Sarah still have the Neiman-Marcus tag dangling from her coat, ha-ha?

taggie Dec 18th, 2008 09:26 PM

Couldn't have been Sarah and family... she only recently got a passport.
Guess those cold nights in Alaska result in lots of larger families...

ira Dec 19th, 2008 04:41 AM

Hi ty,

Should you go to Simpson's, spend a little time upstairs in the Knight's Bar before you go in to dinner in the Divan Room.

Do as Holmes and Watson did in 1902.

"... I met him by appointment that evening at Simpson's, where, sitting at a small table in the front window, and looking down at the rushing stream of life in the Strand,....."

It's interesting that the Knight's Bar walls are covered with photos of famous people of that era, but no pix of SH or JW.


GreenDragon Dec 19th, 2008 04:57 AM

That is very odd, isn't it ira? You would think such a famous pair of... characters... would warrant some proof of their custom :)

Cholmondley_Warner Dec 19th, 2008 08:37 AM

Have. Resisted. Temptation. To "get started".

Seriously, as a "one off" experience you will not beat Simpsons.

The trolley at the Savoy is good too (spendy though).

Here's review from a couple of weeks ago which makes it clear that they are still knocking out the food, but maybe need to raise their game elsewhere:

ps the average Londoner will eat at Simpsons once in their life. That tells you what you need to know. It's a sort of Tea at The Ritz/Santa at Selfridges type experience.

Having said that - their breakfasts are fabulous after a night shift.

tod Dec 19th, 2008 08:43 AM

Thank you Mr. C Warner for another Simpsons recommendation - we will go there instead of Rules this time!
I liked the decore at Rules though..............! Maybe I'm just a Maggie Thatcher etc. etc. fan!

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