Harden's survey result
“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.
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”.
Still-“vibrant” survivor from the ’70s in a Theatreland basement – a “busy American diner” whose Covent Garden location makes it “a great spot for meeting pre-/post-show” and has long been something of a “minor celebrity hangout”. That “it hasn’t really changed under new ownership” (it’s no longer in the same stable as its NYC namesake) is a mixed blessing – fans say “there’s a time and place for it and when it’s good it’s really good”, but critics are “not sure how it’s still trading, except on a very out-of-date reputation: one friend always suggests meeting there… my heart sinks!” Top Menu Tip – “burgers can be ordered off menu for those in the know”.
A “Theatreland favourite since it opened in the mid-’70s” – this “fun and buzzy”, occasionally star-studded, old, Covent Garden basement hangs on to its fan club despite perennially “tired” cooking. Top Menu Tip – the “delicious under-the-counter burgers” which “strangely have never made the menu”.
Joe Allen Restaurant Diner Reviews
"iconic restaurant for the theatre crowd with the conceit that the hamburger is not on the menu. A terrific place for amusements and people watching."
"Perhaps it was the pre-Christmas effect, but the food seemed distinctly average; the ambience is cheerful but very noisy"
|Wine per bottle||£19.95|
2 Burleigh St, London, WC2E 7PX
|Number of Diners:|
|Monday||11:30 am-11:30 pm|
|Tuesday||11:30 am-11:30 pm|
|Wednesday||11:30 am-11:30 pm|
|Thursday||11:30 am-11:30 pm|
|Friday||11:30 am-11:30 pm|
|Saturday||9 am-11:30 pm|
|Sunday||9 am-10:30 pm|