London restaurants that have stood the test of time
There is always a lot of interest when new restaurants open, and it is always exciting to discover new places, but sometimes you just want to eat at a place where you already know that the food and service will be good – a place that has built up a reputation for excellence over decades or even centuries. In London, there are many such establishments where you can enjoy traditional food in a classic atmosphere.
Rules holds the title of London’s oldest continually serving restaurant, having been opened over 200 years ago by Thomas Rule in 1798. At Rules, you are greeted by a doorman and welcomed into an establishment decorated in the Victorian style. The food is traditional, so expect no surprises on the menu, but all dishes are cooked to a high standard.
Simpson's in the Strand
Another place to enjoy traditional British cuisine is Simpson's in the Strand, a restaurant that is part of the Savoy Hotel. It opened in 1828 as a smoking room and has served roasts since 1850. The interior is elegantly decorated with dark, panelled walls and white table cloths. This eatery is recommended for anyone wanting a traditional Sunday roast.
Rock and Sole Plaice
There is surely no dish more traditional in Britain than fish and chips, and restaurants and takeaways selling it can be found the length and breadth of the country. Rock and Sole Plaice is near Covent Garden, occupying a site that has housed a fish and chips restaurant since 1871. It is a classic place to enjoy this traditional British staple.
If you want a more varied menu but still wish to eat in a restaurant that has stood the test of time, then visit The Ivy. Many famous names enjoy dining in this stylish art deco restaurant, so you never know who you might meet. To protect its famous clientele, mobile phones are banned at The Ivy, and you must adhere to the dress code.