The Allegory

Book & Enquire for free

The Allegory photo The Allegory photo The Allegory photo The Allegory photo The Allegory photo The Allegory photo The Allegory photo The Allegory photo The Allegory photo The Allegory photo The Allegory photo

Description

The 22nd Drake and Morgan venue in the capital The Allegory and follows the family suit by offering Londoners a relaxed place to sip cocktails and enjoy a variety of dishes. Based on the ground floor of the Brookfield's building on Worship Street, this restaurant-bar more than caters for a wide variety of moods and occasions.

If you're hungry, this is the place to be, as The Allegory offer breakfast, dinner and everything in between. Taking over a 6,337 sq ft space, not only does it feature its own long bar, and idyllic outdoor terrace area, there's a separate dining area that can cater for 145 diners at a time, all decked out in the best of luxe materials, interesting murals and true to form, D&M style.

When it comes to drinks, the smashing cocktail menu features both classic recipes and a handful of inventive concoctions, alongside fine wines and bottles of champagne.

Info

No door charge normally
No queues normally
Happily Affordable ££
Shoreditch
18 (after hours)
No music
None

Hours

Day Open Close Notes
07:30 23:30
07:30 23:30
07:30 23:30
07:30 00:30
07:30 00:30
09:00 00:30
10:00 18:00

Location

The Allegory
1a Principal Place Worship Street, London, EC2A 2BA

Area:
East London

Nearest station:
Shoreditch High Street (Rail)
View on Citymapper
View on Google Maps

Menus

Menus

All day menu Download
Breakfast menu Download
Drinks Menu Download
Brunch Download
Set Menu Download
Pre Order Options Download
Kids Menu Download


This venue serves Gastro and British food.

A word from the chef:
In true Drake and Morgan style, The Allegory will serve breakfast, dinner and everything in between; guests can tuck into small plates, sharing platters, hearty mains and sweet desserts.

Our Review

The Allegory - London Restaurant Bar Review

The Allegory - London Restaurant Bar Review

The gap between Shoreditch and Liverpool Street feels a bit like Checkpoint Charlie. Not just because when you’re crossing that interchange at the start of Shoreditch High Street you are putting your life firmly in god’s hands, but the...

Read our full The Allegory - London Restaurant Bar Review review

(173 reviews) Show all Show fewer



{{reviewWidget.userName}}
{{reviewWidget.review}} {{reviewWidget.userName}} visited {{reviewWidget.venue}} on {{reviewWidget.visited}}
{{reviewWidget.submittedDate}}
{{reviewWidget.rating}}

Some of us had Eggs Royal and those were nice and good portion. The others had waffle & fried chicken which was delicious but a lot smaller in comparison given both dishes are almost the same in price. Cocktails were lovely and staff were nice but they didn't pay much attention and it wasn't that busy. It took a while for us to get menus for dessert and the check. All in all a good day out though, these are things I notice more as I work in the business. Visited The Allegory on 2018-05-19
by on May 21st, 2018
4

Nice cocktails, good atmosphere, yummy food x Visited The Allegory on 2018-05-19
by on May 20th, 2018
5

Service was dreadful; took ages (20 minutes and 2 reminders) to eat a simple pint of beer. Also, served a wrong drink to a guest. Food showed up a little cold as it was sitting on the side under the “heaters” for 10 minutes. Will not be dining or drinking at this establishment again. Visited The Allegory on 2018-05-19
by on May 20th, 2018
1

Very pleasant service and an attractive venue. We were a group of 15 so most of us pre-ordered. Choices on the pre-order menu were a bit limited. Those who chose on the day seemed to have a wider choice. Visited The Allegory on 2018-05-19
by on May 20th, 2018
4

Absolutely amazing, we loved it! Great ambiance, and very reasonable food portions! I need another waffle and chicken meal - I can taste it right now, haha! Visited The Allegory on 2018-03-17
by on May 16th, 2018
5

It took really long time to get the drinks. We asked 4 different people before they arrived (around 40 minutes later) even though we only ordered some wine bottles and beer. The venue was nice though and if it wasn't for the long wait for drinks we would definitely come back. Visited The Allegory on 2018-05-04
by on May 16th, 2018
3

The food was typical of many restaurants these days. Padron peppers and smoked almonds as a snack with cocktails were good. The avocado hummus starter was fine and wagyu burger also fine. Great onion rings too. My cocktail was interesting and delicious. They’d run out of water jugs so our waiter had to keep running around topping up different tables water glasses. Would have had a dessert cocktail but were told the kitchen was now closed. Not sure why it couldn’t have been made at the bar which was still open. Overall pleasant but average Visited The Allegory on 2018-05-05
by on May 6th, 2018
3

nice place but mediocre food and lots of oil even in the salads. Visited The Allegory on 2018-05-03
by on May 4th, 2018
2

Crap service, waited 20 mins just order food even thought the place was under half full, drinks took 30 mins. The PGP card is a joke, I have visited virtually every week and asked about the "loyalty offer" a number of times I've told you get nothing unless you pre-order a table?? Yesterday between 4 we got one non-alcoholic cocktail (don't offer a card if the benefit is so shit). A number of times we have found the staff to be quite aggressive when we justifyably complain. Obviously D&M have spent a lot on the fit out - the staff let you down. Can't see us coming back in a hurry. Visited The Allegory on 2018-05-03
by on May 4th, 2018
1

It took 2 staff members about 10 minutes to explain that my booking for drinks was in the restaurant area. I really couldn't care less but clearly this is a big issue for the hosts/hostess. The restaurant area is almost always empty, probably due to the poor reviews regarding the food here. It really would serve them well to just allow people to drink in this area without getting their knickers in a twist. Visited The Allegory on 2018-05-03
by on May 4th, 2018
2

My visit to the Allegory was my selection for my team lunch. The process for reservations, deposit payment, communication of my order and changes was smooth because of the assistance provided by Wioleta. A booking reminder was sent via email with all my pre-orders for me to review which is a great service by the way because I could see the total cost of my food bill. However, there was an issue because the system had incorrectly added another zero to an item which increased my total bill to an alarming amount. I was able to speak to Wioleta, she was assisting me with my reservation and she assured this was a system glitch. My colleagues loved the atmosphere of the restaurant and especially the food [ minus the desserts for some]. But the service was lacking because it did take some time to receive starters and drinks at our tables. Also, two orders were cancelled. One days before the lunch and one on the day which I made sure to communicate to the team when I arrived but the orders were still brought out during the service. Similarly, I had requested one order for takeaway which was noted on my pre-order. I put in a request to have the order ready when the desserts were served so the food would not be too cold which was not done. Instead I received the takeaway order during the main course serving as a sit-down lunch and the staff had to repackage the food for takeaway. The dessert that did not receive glowing praises was the chocolate torte which was ordered by most of the team. However, the peach sundae was the star because everyone wanted to switch their desserts. I choose the sundae and convinced two of my colleagues to select when arranging the pre-orders and they loved it as much as I did. I know there was supposed to caramel in the sundae which was not present in the dessert but I was happy because I felt like it would have overpowered an amazing dessert which was a great end to the lunch. Overall, I would rate the experience as an 8/10. Visited The Allegory on 2018-04-26
by on May 4th, 2018
5

this is our second visit , and its now our favourite restaurant , ( my husband works directly opposite ) and it is the perfect place to meet after work , the decor is fantastic , and the menu is huge and varied for every type of customer and the food is superb and ALL the staff are friendly and extremeky proffessional and are all excellent ( even when their very busy ) it a fabulous cool New York feel . Visited The Allegory on 2018-05-02
by on May 3rd, 2018
5

Overall not bad but not as good as last time. Waited longer than normal for food and then had to chase to get the bill but because I had to chase, it was dealt with very well and had a discount given as an apology for the wait. Food lovely as always. Visited The Allegory on 2018-05-01
by on May 2nd, 2018
4

The roast was too oily, with hardly any gravy. Service was bad; food took ages to arrive, and it was only a Sunday. Good value with the 50% off deal, but not otherwise. Visited The Allegory on 2018-04-08
by on April 28th, 2018
3

Great atmosphere,nice staff and good food. Visited The Allegory on 2018-04-25
by on April 27th, 2018
4

I was really disappointed with the visit. I'd booked ahead a space for 12 people and on arrival there was one table of 6 reserved for us. The place smelt of fish strongly to begin, the staff were slow to bring us drinks and when asking for staff to split two sharer boards up, across the two boards they said they were too busy. The bar man didn't have nut meg. Overall the place looked nice..but not sure I would go again. Visited The Allegory on 2018-04-25
by on April 26th, 2018
2

Lovely food, friendly staff, great atmosphere! Would recommend the Crispy duck flatbread and the special Mandarin and Rhubarb G&T was amazing. Visited The Allegory on 2018-04-25
by on April 26th, 2018
5

Reserved an area outside, which was ready when we arrived. Service at the bar was quick and easy Very lovely evening Al Visited The Allegory on 2018-04-19
by on April 20th, 2018
5

Both the food and service were excellent. The decor was elegant and sophisticated but also radiated a cosy, intimate and welcoming ambience. Visited The Allegory on 2018-04-14
by on April 15th, 2018
4

The cocktails, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic were outstanding ! We were also really well looked after which was tremendous as we were having a birthday meet-up - a return is a definite! Visited The Allegory on 2018-04-14
by on April 15th, 2018
4

The burgers we had were not that good. The buttermilk chicken burger (the actual chicken breast) was tiny- and soaked in oil. The cheese burger was not cooked at the temperature we asked and also underseasoned. We also had a 50% discount via open table which was confirmed at the time of booking but was not honoured at the establishment when we had visited. In short- we will not be visiting again. On the plus side the waitress was very friendly and pleasant :) Visited The Allegory on 2018-04-14
by on April 15th, 2018
1

Lovely food, lovely atmosphere! Visited The Allegory on 2018-04-12
by on April 13th, 2018
5

Comfortable seating and a good choice of food and drinks available. Unfortunately one starter out of six was wrong and that person then waited 18 minutes for the correct one to arrive. Visited The Allegory on 2018-04-11
by on April 12th, 2018
3

I had a very unsatisfactory salad, no flavour and a very small portion considering the £12 price tag (half a bowl). Don't think I will be back. Visited The Allegory on 2018-04-09
by on April 10th, 2018
2

Service was excellent and the food was great. Visited The Allegory on 2018-04-08
by on April 9th, 2018
4

Excellent syylish venue for a small event. good qualilty party food and drinks. Attentive staff. Music loud enough to notice but not so loud you had to shout to have a conversation. Visited The Allegory on 2018-03-28
by on March 29th, 2018
5

I went there yesterday with a friend or lunch. service ok friendly , however had to return my order as the chicken bun that was part of my order was burnt. they kindly took it away but only change the top and not the bottom. this had to go back again and eventually I received a new bun plus extra chips which to be honest I didn't really need. Visited The Allegory on 2018-03-28
by on March 29th, 2018
3

Really lovely place and staff are really friendly and helpful. We had a great time. Visited The Allegory on 2018-03-24
by on March 26th, 2018
5

The atmosphere and the vibe of the place is great and its good for a big group of people. The food was ok for this price. Visited The Allegory on 2018-03-23
by on March 25th, 2018
4

Good food good service chilled atmosphere thank you Visited The Allegory on 2018-03-24
by on March 25th, 2018
5

The service was good but the food not so great. Our burgers had stale buns and the chips were soggy - not moreish. Visited The Allegory on 2018-03-23
by on March 25th, 2018
2

Very low on staff so tough to get any service in the restaurant, after 15mins no one had asked us for a drink order - I had to wave someone down. The duck salad was swimming in Housin sauce & inedible (I refused to pay for it). The gaint couscous salad was just couscous with olive oil on it and some random broccoli, it was really wierd, we won’t go again Visited The Allegory on 2018-03-23
by on March 24th, 2018
1

We had a large client lunch at the Allegory for 22 people and it was brilliant. The staff were attentive and the food came promptly and was delicious. We will absolutely be using the Allegory again for our client liaison lunches. Visited The Allegory on 2018-03-20
by on March 21st, 2018
5

Had the best night! Celebrated my 26th with my friends. Lovely service and food Visited The Allegory on 2018-03-17
by on March 19th, 2018
5

Great service, lovely space. Obviously very popular x Visited The Allegory on 2018-03-15
by on March 17th, 2018
5

I love Allegory, staff are very helpful and I've always had a fantastic time! Visited The Allegory on 2018-03-15
by on March 16th, 2018
5

We had a great time, thank you. Two thoughts: For a Thursday, one more bar-staff would have helped the huge rush between 18:00-20:00 - service was sporadic as we were standing at the end, although our bartender did his best. Food was tasty, although it took a few conversations to convince the bar staff it had been pre-ordered (Satay skewers and sliders). However, the tops of the slider buns were very dry, and I suspect had been sat under the pass for too long. Small things, but could be improved. But appreciate it was a very busy night, and otherwise, a great venue, and welcoming vibe. Visited The Allegory on 2018-03-15
by on March 16th, 2018
4

Great, Lovely staff, good food and atmosphere. Would definitely recommend for lunch or after works drinks. Pre-book an area! Visited The Allegory on 2018-03-14
by on March 15th, 2018
5

Great drinks and excellent service. The venue itself is also amazing! Visited The Allegory on 2018-03-13
by on March 14th, 2018
5

I must be honest I came to the Opening Night and was very impressed. I work for Reed Smith and was happy to come for lunch yesterday with a friend so we could take advantage of the Firm of the Month discount - but my simple cheeseburger & fries was burnt and not very warm - it was edible but not great - I didn't have time to send it back as I was on my lunchbreak - the restaurant was not even very busy - I wonder if I got someone else's lunch that had been sitting on the side too long. Visited The Allegory on 2018-03-12
by on March 13th, 2018
1

Great venue, great staff, great service Visited The Allegory on 2018-03-11
by on March 12th, 2018
5

Great food. But plan for a longer stay. Visited The Allegory on 2018-03-06
by on March 8th, 2018
5

The service was extremely slow although we had ordered online in advance. Visited The Allegory on 2018-03-06
by on March 7th, 2018
1

Delicious food and wine in beautiful surrounds in a hip part of London. Waiting staff were attentive and the scotch eggs were to die for! Visited The Allegory on 2018-03-06
by on March 7th, 2018
5

Always have a good time, will always be back :) Visited The Allegory on 2018-02-28
by on March 5th, 2018
5

Delicious food, especially the Roman fries. And the waiter James was very attentive for our noisy party of 8. Visited The Allegory on 2018-03-03
by on March 4th, 2018
4

Lovely food and waiter service and we knew it was a 2 hour booking 5-30 to 7.30pm when we booked. As soon as we walked in we were reminded and although we were a little earlier and the table was free I still expected the table till 7.30pm if we wanted. We were about to ask for the bill just after 7pm when the woman who told us about the table when we first walked in asked could we finish at the bar as someone was waiting for our table. I told her it was ours until 7.30pm and she muttered she would tell them to wait at the bar until it was free. I found her manner on both occaisions very rude and I didn't appreciate her harassment. Also surely the next booking would have been at 7.30pm? This would put me off returning as when I go to The Anthologist you are treated with better respect, this doesn't take away the fact the food was delicious. Visited The Allegory on 2018-02-23
by on February 26th, 2018
3

Visited The Allegory on 2018-02-23
by on February 24th, 2018
5

Food and service were great, but it wasn't as quiet as we were told when we booked. I and my friend were looking forward to having a nice conversation, but the level of music made it hard. Visited The Allegory on 2018-02-22
by on February 24th, 2018
3

Visited The Allegory on 2018-02-22
by on February 23rd, 2018
5

First time at this new bar - it's a stones throw from work and thought I would try it out and scope for future venues for staff parties/meetings! In fairness we were 20 minutes late for our table, but as a result it was given away! I was told that I had been called, but no notifications on my phone. We found a spot by the bar and ordered a bottle of wine. Bar staff were attentive and polite - despite the hectic bustle of a 'Thirsty Thursday' in London. The aroma of food as we walked in was delightful, so we decided to check out the bar menu - there is a nice mixture of picky bits to cater for most diet requirements. We ordered the butcher's platter - after 30 minutes a member of the bar staff came over and asked if we'd had our food, the answer was no! Our platter was then brought out about ten minutes later, and we were instantly disheartened. Not so much platter, but an arrangement of nibbles on a dinner plate. The sliders were dry, the chicken satay didn't taste right and the chips and onions rings were all that was devoured. We settled the bill and left. All in all we enjoyed our night, however the food was a let down. I know they can do better as I was checking out other patron's food on my way to and from the bathroom - and the smell of the shrimp popcorn was pretty damn good (wish I'd have ordered that). Nice modern decor, adequate space outside to sit and blankets provided to keep you cozy! Visited The Allegory on 2018-02-22
by on February 23rd, 2018
3

Visited The Allegory on 2018-02-19
by on February 20th, 2018
3

We really enjoyed our Ladies Lunch! The service was very good and quick and the food was really good as agreed by all 8 ladies. Thank you very much for lovely lunch! Visited The Allegory on 2018-02-15
by on February 16th, 2018
5

We sat towards the very back on a table for two. Was a bit too close to the table next to us and in fact all tables were quite squeezed together. Also quite cold in that area. Otherwise food and service was very good. Visited The Allegory on 2018-02-09
by on February 12th, 2018
4

It's a nice venue but service very slow, waitress poured red wine over the table which splashed on everyone, we had to ask to have the wine taken off the bill but no official apology, Visited The Allegory on 2018-02-09
by on February 11th, 2018
2

Delicious lunch and good service. Loved the fish cakes on the specials menu. Visited The Allegory on 2018-02-09
by on February 11th, 2018
5

Nice big cool decor restaurant. Food good. Cool location. Bit noisy... sound reflects around a lot. However very good, been 3 times. Visited The Allegory on 2018-02-08
by on February 9th, 2018
4

Lovely setting but the food wasn't very good. This is a shame as I will rearranging numerous lunches for my team and we're not inclined to visit Allegory for lunch meetings any further. Visited The Allegory on 2018-02-08
by on February 9th, 2018
2

Overall, great venue, great food. We weren't the easiest table because a few of us were late from work so we had to order at different times. However we felt a bit overseen by the staff, they were so attentive - but at times it was a little intruding as we were talking mid conversation and kept getting asked for drinks or food orders. We made it clear at the start of the meal that friends may be late. My friend was also served the wrong tea at the end of her meal and when she asked for the correct one, she never got it and then asked again 10 mins later to finally get it. Also the bill was wrong with two extra things added on by mistake from the service staff. Again we would visit again, nothing hugely off putting, I think we were just a complicated table and probably rather frustrating for the staff as we weren't easy in timings etc. Visited The Allegory on 2018-02-07
by on February 8th, 2018
4

I had such high expectations for our evening dinner but unfortunately it got off to a bad start. Firstly, we had to find someone and ask them about the table we had booked. The member of staff said that had we come in the front entrance we would have been taken care of. We told her that one of us had, and that was the person who had had to hunt down a member of staff. We were then told we could pick our table, which turned out not to be the case. Finally, we sat down and a second member of staff took our wine order, a third member of staff then came to tell us the wine would be 5 minutes, following by a fourth staff member to say 'excellent choice of wine but it's not available!'. Somewhere along the way we asked two of the staff members if the music could be turned down very slightly as we had come out for dinner and conversation not an evening in a club - both offered a 'no'. The manager at this stage pitched up - fifth member of staff and in her defence she expertly dealt with, at this stage, two rather grumpy women. She kindly gave us a complimentary bottle of wine which went some way to getting us back on track for our evening. The food was good, both my friends had the pork belly which they said was delicious and I had the hot smoked salmon salad which I thought was going be hot, as in heat. It was neither hot in terms of temperature or spice but was still very tasty. Despite the rather precarious start to our evening and having to raise our voices over the noise of the music we enjoyed ourselves but I'm not sure I will be rushing back. Visited The Allegory on 2018-02-07
by on February 8th, 2018
3

Amazing place! Absolutely love Allegory! Great atmosphere and great service! Definitely will be back! Visited The Allegory on 2018-02-02
by on February 5th, 2018
5

Very relaxed atmosphere.Cool vibe Visited The Allegory on 2018-02-04
by on February 5th, 2018
4

The venue is lovely and the food was great but the service was extremely slow and totally absent at times, we had to wait a long time to get anyone’s attention. On top of this the restaurant was freezing - we had to keep our coats and scarves on during our meal. We paid a lot of money and left feeling disappointed. I’d love to return as I work very nearby but would like some reassurance that these factors will be addressed please. Visited The Allegory on 2018-02-01
by on February 4th, 2018
3

Very small portions, still hungry after Eggs didn't seem quite done and not enough avocado Food arrived before we got our drinks Visited The Allegory on 2018-02-03
by on February 4th, 2018
2

Perfect vibe for a Friday night. Great cocktails and food plus brilliant music / DJ! Visited The Allegory on 2018-02-02
by on February 3rd, 2018
5

Slow service, although staff did give us a free round of drinks to make up for it, it was very slow. Clearly under staffed. Food tasty though Visited The Allegory on 2018-02-02
by on February 3rd, 2018
3

Always good venue. Food and staff good. Visited The Allegory on 2018-01-30
by on January 31st, 2018
5

Amazing buttermilk chicken waffle brunch. Great service from friendly and helpful staff. Will come back. Visited The Allegory on 2018-01-27
by on January 28th, 2018
5

My fourth time to Allegory and everything was as good as always - thank you! Visited The Allegory on 2018-01-24
by on January 25th, 2018
5

Visited The Allegory on 2018-01-23
by on January 25th, 2018
5

I had around 25 people for my birthday. There was plenty of space, drinks prices were reasonable and the atmosphere good. They even put on a brownie for my birthday and a free drink! Visited The Allegory on 2018-01-13
by on January 15th, 2018
5

I arrived late but my boyfriend had already been shown to a table so I'm not sure if the waiting staff knew we already had a booking - but we were seated in a really nice area and our waitress was on point all night. As was the food and the wine. If this place only had a happy hour, then I would move in. Visited The Allegory on 2018-01-06
by on January 9th, 2018
5

Second visit with my colleagues and both times have had great food and service Visited The Allegory on 2018-01-03
by on January 4th, 2018
5

Great potential with a few service teething problems but will definitely return after Christmas as the food was excellent. Visited The Allegory on 2017-12-15
by on January 4th, 2018
4

It’s a great place but they had run out of the burger that my companion ordered so he had to choose an alternative. But otherwise great service and nice people. As an employee of Reed Smith, I work in the tower next door so it’s likely that quite a number of my colleagues will begin to visit. I arrange many Corporate events so the Allegory could be an ideal venue for us. Please do let me know if you offer any corporate concessions. Visited The Allegory on 2017-12-29
by on December 30th, 2017
4

Great service and we had a lovely booth with plenty of room for the 7 of us. Very attentive staff and the food was delicious (prawn and veg curry for me). We will return Visited The Allegory on 2017-12-28
by on December 29th, 2017
5

Wioleta, the manager was fabulous in the run up to our Christmas meal and was so helpful! The online menu system worked so well and took a lot of stress out of the evening. On the night, it was hard getting lots of people through the very heavily crowded bar to the back where the restaurant is and the busy bar made the restaurant very, very loud so it was hard to hear others talking. However, the waiters were very helpful despite them clearly being understaffed at Christmas and the food was very much enjoyed by all. Thank you :-) Visited The Allegory on 2017-12-21
by on December 27th, 2017
4

It was our team Christmas party. Very impressed with the food, service and the staff in general. It was a very busy evening but all the stops were pulled out by the Allegory to make this a great evening. We will be back! Visited The Allegory on 2017-12-21
by on December 22nd, 2017
5

Although the very minimal staff that were there on the night of the 19th were very friendly and helpful they were extremely understand both on the floor and behind the bar. We had to wait 30 mins before getting a drink when we arrived and although we had a table booked we were told that due to the lack of staff we would have to go to the bar to get our own drinks. Given there was only one chap behind the bar (who was doing a great job0 it took at least 15/20 mins to get a round of drinks. given it was the last week before xmas you would have thought you would have more staff. the food portions were meant to be for 10 people but the quantity was no where near sufficient for 5 people let alone 10. must stress the bar staff and waiting staff that were on duty that night were doing a great job but were massively understaffed considering it was the first time any of use from the bank had visited we were very disappointed with the service Visited The Allegory on 2017-12-19
by on December 21st, 2017
1

The whole point of pre-ordering surely would be that our food arrives promptly... after an hour of waiting our food turns up which would have been acceptable considering the size of the party but you had the order already. We had to have people get food boxed as they had meetings and didn't expect to wait for so long which wasnt great. The food itself was ok but the steak reviews we're poor from the entire party and at £17 each you'd think that they would be half decent and less grissly. We also had someones starter arrive after the main which again wasnt expected. A glorified burger bar was how one place described it and if we knew that we'd have gone somewhere else with much quicker service. Visited The Allegory on 2017-12-19
by on December 20th, 2017
3

Great food, great music and atmosphere, table was all ready and set up for us even though I arrived half an hour early and the food and drinks arrived in good time. Only thing that let us down was the waitress, very snappy and abrupt, rolled her eyes a lot and then pulled us up when we didn't pay the optional service charge which seemed quite unprofessional, especially as we had left a cash tip on the table. Visited The Allegory on 2017-12-19
by on December 20th, 2017
4

We ordered 2 bottles of prosecco with 3 glasses at 7.15pm - there were only 2 prosecco glasses available so we had to use a wine glass for the other. The seafood platter was cold and everything was really greasy. Visited The Allegory on 2017-12-19
by on December 20th, 2017
1

Nice environment and atmosphere. Definitely worth a visit Visited The Allegory on 2017-12-19
by on December 20th, 2017
1

Amazing service. Staff couldn't do enough, moved tables on request. Went for a low key 21st birthday lunch and received acomplimentary glass of prosecco for 5 persons and a special cocktail desert with message on plate. Food outstanding. Will be back! Visited The Allegory on 2017-12-19
by on December 20th, 2017
5

The overwhelming fish smell from kitchen was off putting eating food. A lot of our parties food was not very hot. Visited The Allegory on 2017-12-18
by on December 20th, 2017
2

Great service and food. Love the christmas decorations. Visited The Allegory on 2017-12-07
by on December 19th, 2017
4

We had a group booking for our Christmas lunch. Venue was great - very pleasant surroundings and the atmosphere was nice. Those attending to our tables were also helpful and receptive to our requests. Due to the time and size of the group it took a little longer than expected to have the set menu dishes served BUT we did not pre-order so this was understandable. Overall good experience and would recommend. Visited The Allegory on 2017-12-18
by on December 19th, 2017
2

There were 8 of us and we chose the Christmas Bites 1 which we thought would be plenty, but the food was very minimal as you only got 8 pieces of each but the portions were really small, but nice. Visited The Allegory on 2017-12-15
by on December 18th, 2017
3

Thanks for organising and being flexible with our group, especially given the amount of no shows. Feedback from all has been positive. Visited The Allegory on 2017-12-14
by on December 18th, 2017
5

Very good service and extremely attentive staff. Visited The Allegory on 2017-12-16
by on December 18th, 2017
5

Absolutely loved everything about this restaurant. We came here for an Xmas dinner which was great - everybody enjoyed their food. Staff was attentive, super friendly and fun. Service was fast and overall staff knows what they're doing. Great background music (light electronic) superb interrior, we had a round sofa table which gave us some privacy although other tables have a decent distance from each other too. Restaurant was busy but it did not feel so. Me and my friends had a great time. Will come back and reccomend to others. Visited The Allegory on 2017-12-16
by on December 17th, 2017
5

Got the bill wrong, the music was so loud we couldn’t even have a conversation. Food was poorly presented and just shoved in front of you. Also started clearing plates when not everyone had finished. Good point - they had a good ‘good will’ policy when one of our party had to cancel Visited The Allegory on 2017-12-14
by on December 15th, 2017
1

Very good, the service was quick, which is very helpful at lunchtime, food & wine delicious, would definitely recommend. Staff were very friendly and attentive. Visited The Allegory on 2017-12-05
by on December 14th, 2017
4

I booked for our team Christmas lunch for a table of 7, as it was only 6 of us were able to attend, the restaurant was busy but not over busy, staff were friendly and nice but service was very slow, the Turkey (Christmas/Roast dinner) was not great, the pigs in blankets had no colour and were not very appetizing, the turkey was luke warm and the parsnips were hard, the roast potatoes were good, we also ordered the butternut quash risotto it was bland and need a little something else, the steak was ok but not much of it, we also ordered brownies for dessert one was barely warm the other was cold in the middle. Atmosphere in the restaurant as a whole was good, this was our second visit, the food and service on our first visit were both better, I am now hesitant to return. Visited The Allegory on 2017-12-13
by on December 14th, 2017
1

The service was good enough but I'm sorry to report the food was appalling and definitely not worth the money. I had the £32 set menu, the roast potatoes were frozen, brussel sprouts pressure cooked they were tiny balls of mash, Turkey was breast meat on a roll and you couldn't tell the difference between stuffing and the meat. caramel salted tart, portions not served evenly and the crème fraiche was the size of a 50p. The starter was also disappointing in particular the crème cheese or was it mayonnaise? To be honest you would have a better eating experience in any canteen. I cannot recommend The Allegory. White house wine was shockingly sharp, I resorted to water. Really sorry I don't usually leave reviews but the link was emailed to me asking for one so here it is. Visited The Allegory on 2017-12-12
by on December 13th, 2017
1

Venue was lovely, food was not worth the money though, the turkey was a little dry and potatoes tasted as if they had been roasted before and then reheated. I appreciate that its a busy period. Some staff were absolutely lovely, and were just brilliant in keeping the group going and some memers of the staff were clearly stressed and came across rude Visited The Allegory on 2017-12-12
by on December 13th, 2017
3

All the wines were lovely Salmon starter was a bit rubbish Fish main was excellent Visited The Allegory on 2017-12-12
by on December 13th, 2017
4

We had our end of year dinner which was fabulous - nothing to fault our waitress Claudia was lovely... Jules Visited The Allegory on 2017-12-12
by on December 13th, 2017
2

Nice staff decent food and prices ok Visited The Allegory on 2017-12-11
by on December 12th, 2017
4

Fantastic - it was the day when it snowed heavily so the restaurant made extra effort, gave us a cocktail class and made us feel most comfortable! Was a great day. Visited The Allegory on 2017-12-10
by on December 12th, 2017
5

Nice food and experience, it would be nice if there was an ale or two on the pump? Visited The Allegory on 2017-12-08
by on December 11th, 2017
4

James the waiter was amazing and made it a fab night for us! The food was delicious and the service excellent. Will definitely be coming back. Wioleta was very helpful in arranging the night and the menus and the gluten free options. Great place. Thank you! Visited The Allegory on 2017-12-09
by on December 10th, 2017
5

Love our experience at the Allegory. Booked it for a work Christmas dinner and all of my colleagues were impressed with the ambience and the overal experience. Good food, good music, good service, what more could you ask for. Visited The Allegory on 2017-12-08
by on December 9th, 2017
4

We had a lovely time. The staff were very hands on and welcoming and the service quick and efficient. We were quite a large rowdy group on our Xmas Party but the staff went along with our festive cheer. Food was good and booze kept flowing. Excellent decor and vibe! Thank you! Visited The Allegory on 2017-12-07
by on December 8th, 2017
5

Great bar, Friendly staff , had a great Xmas night out and will defo be returning Visited The Allegory on 2017-12-07
by on December 8th, 2017
5

From the moment we walked, we felt welcomed. As it was a very busy evening when we arrived, so we would have understood, if we were not greeted straight away!!! This was not the case. As for the food 'Amazing' Visited The Allegory on 2017-12-06
by on December 7th, 2017
5

Great food and service. Lovely modern design. Visited The Allegory on 2017-12-05
by on December 6th, 2017
5

Great venue, delicious food, excellent drinks and friendly staff. Will definitely be going back soon. Keep up the good work. Visited The Allegory on 2017-12-02
by on December 3rd, 2017
4

great food , great service , good atmos Visited The Allegory on 2017-11-29
by on November 30th, 2017
5

I booked the Allegory as I had been to one of the chain bars. Unfortunately my booking was wrong and the food came cold. Its a shame as the place is classy and the cocktails a fab! Visited The Allegory on 2017-11-25
by on November 29th, 2017
3

Good food, nice atmosphere and friendly staff Visited The Allegory on 2017-11-27
by on November 28th, 2017
4

Brunch was brilliant, and the staff were lovely too – will be back again! Visited The Allegory on 2017-11-26
by on November 27th, 2017
4

great food and service, will definitely be returning to try more from the menu! Visited The Allegory on 2017-11-24
by on November 27th, 2017
5

The tuna salad was bland, no spice, no lime flavour came through and the tuna was over cooked and therefore quite dry. The salad looked unimpressive, as it was just a piece of tuna with (lots) of bean sprouts and not much else. The portion was small for the price and my friend and I ended up ordering another starter, as we were still hungry. The service was OK but overall very disappointing as the location is across the road from where I work and I was keen to have this as a 'go to' venue for lunch with colleagues and clients. Visited The Allegory on 2017-11-24
by on November 27th, 2017
2

great service, excellent hospitality and great cocktails Visited The Allegory on 2017-11-24
by on November 27th, 2017
5

Very buzzy atmosphere. Wine selection was good and food enjoyable. I can’t remember our waitresses name but she was Italian. She was very friendly and helpful. Visited The Allegory on 2017-11-23
by on November 25th, 2017
4

Excellent service and good food Visited The Allegory on 2017-11-23
by on November 24th, 2017
5

Excellent venue, food and staff Visited The Allegory on 2017-11-23
by on November 24th, 2017
5

Needed a convenient venue close to the office for client entertainment drinks after a meeting. Great reception on arrival although a little noisey and hot to start but this improved after the first half hour or so. Received good service and food platters were just what we needed and our guests were complimentary on the choice of venue. Visited The Allegory on 2017-11-22
by on November 23rd, 2017
4

Great night, super service and atmosphere. Food was good too. Visited The Allegory on 2017-11-18
by on November 19th, 2017
5

Great food, atmosphere and service. Couldn’t have wished for better!🤗 Visited The Allegory on 2017-11-18
by on November 19th, 2017
5

Being sat next to a fairly busy door on a cold and windy night. Not nice. Service and the meal were both great. Visited The Allegory on 2017-11-11
by on November 18th, 2017
4

Very good - had a business lunch here - good ambience attentive, service and reasonable prices - will be going back! Visited The Allegory on 2017-11-13
by on November 14th, 2017
5

Nice new location with good food and service! The only criticism - the doors! They swing open and it’s very draughty . Perhaps have double doors at each entrance Visited The Allegory on 2017-11-10
by on November 13th, 2017
4

amazing place, the way it's been done up creates a fantastic atmosphere and environment and great food, I'll definitely be a regular. Visited The Allegory on 2017-11-10
by on November 11th, 2017
5

I’ve had dinner and lunch here already and they were both great! Took a client for lunch and it’s a good atmosphere for an informal meeting. Dinner with friends great for a bit of an edgier sound track and decent food! The best cocktails are the gin agave one and the old fashioned type one. Really attentive service, just need to keep the heating on!
by on November 8th, 2017
5

It's a wonderful venue with amazing décor and après ski vibes. The cocktail menu is great and delicious and the staff and service top notch! I have just booked for my work xmas party here for 20 of us and we cannot wait! Visited The Allegory on 2017-12-07
by on November 8th, 2017
5

Excellent new bar and restaurant! Had a fantastic lunch, and decided to stay all afternoon and evening! Jennie and the rest of the team are fantastic! We'll be back again this week! Visited The Allegory on 2017-11-03
by on November 6th, 2017
5

Booked The Allegory for a catch-up dinner with a friend; amazing service, wine and food was ace. We were also given complimentary mini cocktails with straws at the end of our meal - though only for one of us : / A hidden gem. Visited The Allegory on 2017-11-02
by on November 6th, 2017
4

Food was great as usual. Staff are polite however service could be better as they are not attentive enough. We had to call someone over to take our order & for the bill, on the flip side we were often asked whether we were ok and food was good however when they came over our wine/ water should have been topped up Visited The Allegory on 2017-11-03
by on November 6th, 2017
4

Staff very friendly, good food for the majority but chips were undercooked for some. Very nice venue, will be coming back Visited The Allegory on 2017-11-02
by on November 3rd, 2017
4

Excellent and would not hesitate to recommend... Visited The Allegory on 2017-10-31
by on November 1st, 2017
5

There is a DJ in the evenings and whilst I loved the music I found it too loud for the restaurant. Food was fine, and the wines and cocktails very good. Visited The Allegory on 2017-10-28
by on October 31st, 2017
3

Great new addition to the area with reasonable prices. Visited The Allegory on 2017-10-28
by on October 31st, 2017
4

The food and service was excellence and the atmosphere was buzzing. Visited The Allegory on 2017-10-27
by on October 30th, 2017
5

The food was good and the service was excellent. Love the idea of blankets for the outside. Visited The Allegory on 2017-10-29
by on October 30th, 2017
5

Great service again and food was lovely. Leonie was there to greet us when we arrived and saw us to our table. Set us up with our loyalty cards so looking forward to this getting up and running. Turning out to be a regular lunchtime haunt. Visited The Allegory on 2017-10-27
by on October 30th, 2017
5

Nice venue and great service. Visited The Allegory on 2017-10-28
by on October 30th, 2017
4

Absolutely stunning venue, excellent service and attentive staff. Perfect dinner! Visited The Allegory on 2017-10-16
by on October 30th, 2017
5

Amazing! food delicious, cocktails really nice and the staff attentive Visited The Allegory on 2017-10-28
by on October 30th, 2017
5

Really great service. Everyone was very friendly, and very attentive. We had a couple of meals come cold and this was rectified very quickly along with complimentary drinks and numerous apologies. Will definitely be going back again! Visited The Allegory on 2017-10-28
by on October 29th, 2017
5

Probably wouldn't dine here again but definitely worth going for the cocktails! Visited The Allegory on 2017-10-28
by on October 29th, 2017
4

Loving our new local lunch abode - Leonie is always there to greet us. Food lovely as always. Looking forward to the loyalty scheme getting up and running. Visited The Allegory on 2017-10-27
by on October 28th, 2017
5

Service was great food was brilliant all the staff were extremely friendly and attentive. Will definitely be going back. Visited The Allegory on 2017-10-27
by on October 28th, 2017
5

Staff were nice and friendly. Food was okay. Visited The Allegory on 2017-10-26

Reply from The Allegory

Dear guest, Thank you so much for taking the time and sharing your thoughts. We value your opinion & we are trying to improve every day. Kind regards, Donata & the Allegory team x
by on October 27th, 2017
3

Staff were nice. Breakfast was just not very tasty. Poor food - too much money spent on decor not enough on why you are there. Visited The Allegory on 2017-10-26

Reply from The Allegory

Dear guest, Thank you so much for taking the time & sharing your thoughts. We do appreciate & value it as without it we would not be able to improve & grow our business. I am glad to hear that you've liked our staff and service and it is extremely disappointing that we have let you down on your visit & left you disappointed with the food. I would like to invite you to get in touch with us at info@theallegorybar.co.uk as I'd love to be able to turn this negative experience into a positive next time you come in. Thank you again, Donata & the Allegory team xx
by on October 27th, 2017
2

Went above and beyond to cater for us - thank you! Visited The Allegory on 2017-10-24

Reply from The Allegory

Dear guest, Thank you so much for taking the time and leaving such a wonderful feedback. I am so happy to hear that you have had a great experience at The Allegory, We would love to see you again! Please let us know if you are planning a visit at info@theallegorybar,co.uk. Love, Donata & The Allegory team x
by on October 26th, 2017
5

Quick service and friendly staff, nice atmosphere. Visited The Allegory on 2017-10-24

Reply from The Allegory

Dear guest, Thank you so much for taking the time and leaving feedback. We really appreciate that! I am very happy to hear that you had a great time & enjoyed yourself at The Allegory. Thank you so much again & hope to see you again soon. Let us know when you are planning to visit at info@theallegorybar.co.uk, I we will take care of the rest! Many thanks, Donata & The Allegory team x
by on October 25th, 2017
5

A great night and loved the venue! Our wine wasn't that great and my brownies were a bit harder than normal (I know because I came back the next day with another friend and they were much softer and came with a chocolate sauce mini pan). Other than that, our waitress was fantastic and we had a great time. Visited The Allegory on 2017-10-20

Reply from The Allegory

Dear guest, I would like to thank you for taking your time and leaving us feedback. It is appreciated & valued as it helps us to improve. I am happy to hear that you have had a great time with us & enjoyed yourselves. We would love to have you again! Please do not hesitate to get in touch at info@theallegorybar.co.uk the next time you are paying us a visit & let us take care of the rest. Thank you so much, Donata & the Allegory team x
by on October 25th, 2017
4

Service was great! And good ambiance Visited The Allegory on 2017-10-20

Reply from The Allegory

Dear guest, Thank you so much for taking the time and writing a review. I am so glad to hear that you have enjoyed your time with us. We do hope to see you again soon! Please do not hesitate to get in touch at info@theallegorybar.co.uk & let us take care of the rest. Thank you so much, Donata & the Allegory team x
by on October 23rd, 2017
5

Show all Show fewer


If you like The Allegory, you should also check out...

In the industry?

Discover the different ways you can work with us, whether you own a bar, restaurant, pub, club, private hire space, pop-up and/or run events.

Bookings Software

Revolutionary booking and enquiry management software for bars, restaurants, pubs and clubs. Table management, pre-orders, payments and more.

Sell Tickets Online

An online ticketing box office, catering for all kinds of events, pop ups to big music festivals, and free marketing and exposure to help sell more tickets.

Promote Your Venue

Need to get your venue out to millions? Use our targeted marketing packages to instantly push your venue to a young professional audience.