Simpsons Restaurant, 1977.

From Echo newspaper file

In 1977, Simpsons was a busy restaurant in lower Southend Road.

At that time Simpsons was both a restaurant and a functions suite, and was owned by Harvey Hodgson. He had opened it in 1967.

Below is shown a sample menu of the time, together with photographs of Harvey Hodgson with David Jacobs and Joan Bakewell, and views of the outside and interior of the restaurant.

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  • My mum used to take me into Simpsons, back in the mid to late sixties.
    I believe it was a wallpaper shop?
    My love for a choux bun started here.

    By Kevin Styles (23/10/2023)
  • I worked here, washing up, 1976-77. I remember one evening that actress Diana Dors was a guest, I still have the menu she signed tucked away in the loft, will try and locate.

    By GARY TOWNSEND (24/01/2021)
  • My mum used to go in here for a coffee and cake, before getting on the bus (251) back to Crays Hill. This would be in the 60s and 70s. ๐Ÿ˜Š Happy days ๐Ÿ˜Š

    By Jacqui Carden was Head (22/01/2021)
  • My mother took me here in the early 80s, when I was about 12 or so.
    It was big occasion, and I dressed up in a shirt and tie. Mother dressed well, as always. I remember being in โ€œaweโ€ of this very adult place. We visited several times. To this day I wear a shirt and tie when dining casually in nice places. Sit straight. Hands off the table. Donโ€™t rattle the cutlery. Talk with consideration for others around you. I learned a lot at Simpsons.

    By Harry Keller (27/05/2020)

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