Make no mistake, this established restaurant, like many others need tourists and ' bottoms on seats' to cover their Central London rents and overheads, so they are obliged to offer vouchers and to attract tourists. We all know there's no such thing as a free lunch. Special offers are no different from 'buy one, get one free'. It will always costs you twice as much as the alleged 'saving'. It really annoys me when people think a smaller portion is a rip off. It's not. I would rather have a quality meal than a large one offering inferior quality food.
Other reviews don't seem to match my experience.
We have dined there at odd times over the past 2 decades, and each time have eaten great, well cooked steaks with great fries, we decided to go again.
We were seated courteously and drinks order taken immediately and whilst it seemed they could use another member of staff, the entire service was fast and smooth.
Rowley's format is clever and easy. Good old basic british fare with 5/6 option choices on each course. Famed Specialities are entrecôte or grilled, chicken supreme with bottomless fries. Served in a dish for 1 or 2, sat on a warming grill with a candle plate warmer beneath. Nice touch. Food stays warm but doesn't continue cooking.
A La Carte offers a choice of fish choice, lamb, vegetarian and 3 other cuts of steak or chateaubriand. Potato and vegetable selection. The starters are as you'd expect, prawn cocktail, pate, soup of the day etc.
Food was absolutely excellent. Chicken supreme was moist and beautifully cooked. Fries were pretty excellent and no limit to the fries.
Add to that most of the wine list is offered by the glass, bottle or carafe (half bottle). Fantastic.
Thoroughly enjoyed every minute.
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