I went here as part of a small group for breakfast prior to Christmas. I had been expecting something really grand, given the reputation, location and price. Sadly disappointed.
We turned up at different times, so we didn't order the breakfast until we had all appeared. However, we were served orange juice, tea and coffee while we waited, so that was fine. The orange juice came in a cheap looking glass jug, the sort that students have in their first digs. The tea was fine, but the waiters couldn't seem to decide if they should serve us tea and juice or leave it to ourselves. So, some people had to our it themselves while others had waiters pour it for them.
Once we ordered breakfast though, the service became rather poor and slow. Our breakfasts turned up at different times, the toast was cold, we had to wait ages for milk and there was an endless discussion to establish if the right number of breakfast items were on the plate. It's not a good sign when waiters have to go and ask other waiters what's meant to be in the cooked breakfast.
I had the fruit plate, which was fine, but overpriced for what it was. The cooked breakfast would have been better value, but it seemed rather heavy. I think, if choosing again, I'd go for scrambled eggs and toast.
The atmosphere was sadly lacking, even if it was busy. It just lacked a certain pizazz and overall, I felt rather disappointed that something that ought to have been a special experience was less than fun. There will be better places in London for this type of breakfast experience, but it's a pity that Simpson's doesn't live up to its reputation.
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