Joe Allen

 
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Famed London basement hideaway
A buzzy and welcoming theatreland haunt since 1977, this Covent Garden institution serves American and European fare to a media-friendly clientele. One comes here more for the atmosphere and familiarity rathern than for the food, but you won't get a bad meal here, particularly since the change of hands in late 2012. The situation changed near-dramatically in September 2017, when Joe Allen moved next door to 2 Burleigh St, with a ground-floor entrance descending to a semi-basement space. Opening hours have extended to include breakfast, which includes 'healthy' stuff (eg porridge), a full English, and USA-friendly fare such as steak and eggs, waffles and ricotta pancakes.

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