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February 2021: Joe Allen died in the US at the age of 87; the Covent Garden brasserie that bears his name has run for over 4 decades.

September 2021: re-opening on 17 September with a menu from former Ivy executive head chef Gary Lee and many of the original staff.

survey result

Summary

£51
   ££
2
Average
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Seemingly relocated brick-by-brick, table-by-table” – this “casual and fun” haunt in Covent Garden’s (a 1970s spin-off from NYC’s famous Theatre District staple) moved a couple of years ago, leaving its original basement home for this new two-level location just a minute’s walk away. It’s a surprisingly faithful reproduction, and regulars of decades standing feel “it still works and seems unchanged”; and, as a place to refuel before or after a show, it still has a large fanclub, despite a “perennially ordinary” level of cooking…sadly also preserved in the move. Top Menu Tip – “the secret’s been out about the off-menu burger for many, many years now”, and it’s the best bet.

Summary

£51
   ££
2
Average
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Seemingly relocated brick-by-brick, table-by-table” – this “casual and fun” haunt in Covent Garden’s (a 1970s spin-off from NYC’s famous Theatre District staple) moved a couple of years ago, leaving its original basement home for this new two-level location just a minute’s walk away. It’s a surprisingly faithful reproduction, and regulars of decades standing feel “it still works and seems unchanged”; and, as a place to refuel before or after a show, it still has a large fanclub, despite a “perennially ordinary” level of cooking…sadly also preserved in the move. Top Menu Tip – “the secret’s been out about the off-menu burger for many, many years now”, and it’s the best bet.

Summary

£55
   ££
2
Average
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Well done!”“The move from Exeter Street to nearby Burleigh Street looks to have paid off” for this famous and “fun” Covent Garden veteran, forced to relocate a year ago. “The iconic Joe Allen atmosphere has been almost totally recreated, with the help of most of the original fixtures and fittings from the old place”. “Service has moved up a notch or two” and while “the food can still be a bit hit ’n’ miss”, it’s actually rated as much more consistently dependable now. Top Menu Tip: the “hidden off-the-menu burger” is still the top menu choice.

Summary

£53
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

In September 2017, this “always buzzing” 40-year-old “West End institution” (no longer co-owned with its NYC cousin) moved to a new site just 25m from the original, to accommodate Robert de Niro’s new Wellington hotel (opening in 2018). They’ve taken everything with them from the panelling to the posters and piano, and we’ve rated it assuming nothing changes, that is: “you go for the bustle and the showbiz feel” and by-and-large “forget the food” (“little better than an upmarket TGI fridays”). Top Menu Tip – “the favourite staple is the off-menu burger that’s always available”.

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Restaurant details

Highchair,Menu
No dress code
130

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always £21.00 £25.00

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£8.00 £22.00 £8.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £23.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Bread £4.00
Service 12.50%
2 Burleigh St, London, WC2E 7PX
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MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday1200‑11 pm
Thursday1200‑11 pm
Friday1200‑11 pm
Saturday12 pm‑12 am
Sunday12 pm‑7 pm

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