In Memory of Russell Norman

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Russell, with great friend Cathy Winn, Joe Allen, First Lady


We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our dear friend Russell Norman. One of the most well-respected hospitality figures in London’s dining scene, Russell was part of Joe’s family from the very start of his career.

He first started working at Joe Allen in 1989, progressing from waiter to bartender to maître d’ and then manager across a ten-year period. 2021 marked a homecoming of sorts when he oversaw the creation of the new Joe’s Bar at Joe Allen.

Owner Tim Healy shares his memories of Russell: “Obviously, he is a great restaurateur, innovator, and creator of new eating experiences. From the first day I met him, it was his show at Brutto, but with Joe’s, the stage was already set, and he loved the Joe’s team, the look, the feel and the regulars (that he had known for decades). Russell was a genius. For him, it was all in the details, every part of his life (socially and professionally). He wanted the art on the walls and table tops to be perfect. The stool-to-bar top ratio and how a customer should sit on a bar less than 1000cm high were necessary for better comfort. Writer, voracious reader, theatre lover, traveller, raconteur, and lover of friends, he did it so well. I personally wanted to see the next idea, another perfect restaurant. He is and will be sadly missed.”

Russell was also the patron of StreetSmart, a charity helping homeless and vulnerable people across the UK. To help raise awareness, Joe Allen has supported Street Smart with a £1 donation on every bill throughout November and December. If you would like to support this initiative, please consider supporting their work with a donation (no matter how big or small) via the link below.


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