food, fame & friends


It all began in New York, but it’s all happening in London right now.




For a reliable slice of New York try Joe Allen, just off London’s Strand. Recently it was forced to leave its home of 40 years after a group led by Robert De Niro announced plans to turn the building into a hotel. The hotel fell through but Joe’s had already moved, taking the original wooden bar with it. And it still does the thing. It serves one of the best Caesar salads in London, the burger remains off menu and it understands pecan pie.”

Jay Rayner, The Guardian, July 2019


The grilled swordfish served in a lemony, oily, capery slick of loveliness with a carby hit of smashed potatoes has ended up on my 2017 Best Dishes Ever list. This was simply a lovely dinner in a venue that celebrates the pleasures of good company and a convivial vibe…De Niro’s development could have broken this restaurant. Joe Allen said, let’s go on with the show.

Grace Dent, Evening Standard, December 2017


All that’s good and fun about Joe Allen remains deep in the DNA of the place’… ‘the 2017 version of Joe Allen is in fact the perfect place in which to escape 2017’

Kathryn Flett, The Sunday Telegraph 10/10 review


After a preview at the National Theatre, where better to eat than the relocated Joe Allen (answer: nowhere).

Fay Maschler, Evening Standard, September 2017

When in doubt, eat at Joe Allen, you will fit in here forever, they take care of you, it’s divine.

Joanna Lumley