13 Exeter Street
Time Out rating:
Time Out says
Fri Oct 12 2012
Joe Allen changed ownership at the end of 2012, after 35 years in the same ownership.
The review below refers to our review visit just prior to it changing of hands.
An old trouper that is much loved by thespians and theatregoers, Joe Allen is sadly showing its age. Not on the surface, mind: the classic brick-wall basement rooms hung with show posters look as good as ever. But the quality of the food now lags far behind what is available elsewhere in London, and the prices aren’t particularly cheap. Barbecue spare ribs, served with basmati rice and black-eyed peas, and a (tasty) corn muffin can be bettered at any number of places, and the famed (off-menu) house burger was a mean, overdone portion; a generous pile of chips kept hunger at bay. Also strictly portioned was a crab and avocado starter; more substantial was a comforting bowl of black-bean soup. Baked cheesecake proved the final straw: claggy in texture, and tasting mainly of cheese. The short wine list comes on a laminated sheet. Staff range from on-the-ball to can’t-be-bothered. One for loyal fans and night owls only – at least until the kitchen ups its game.
2 course £16 with a glass of house wine
or (3 courses £19.50) from a set menu. Choose a glass of house red or white. Includes VAT, excludes service.
Offer valid until Jul 11 2013
Joe Allen 13 Exeter Street
020 3641 7956
- Opening hours:
Breakfast served 8-11.30am Mon-Fri. Meals served noon-12.30am Mon-Fri; 11.30am-12.30am Sat; 11.30am-11.30pm Sun. Brunch served 11.30am-4pm Sat, Sun
Tube: Covent Garden tube
Main courses £9.50-£22.50. Set brunch £19.50 2 courses, £21.50 3 courses incl drink. Set meal (noon-3pm Mon-Fri, 5-6.45pm Mon-Sat) £16 2 courses, £18 3 courses
- 13 Exeter Street
- 020 3641 7956
- 13 Exeter Street
- Joe Allen
Eating and drinking facilities. Restaurant and bar facilities. Reservations required. Brunch. Entertainment facilities. Entertainment. Outdoor facilities. Tables outdoors
Business. Late night. People-watching