The Allegory

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£25 and under
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Contemporary British
In the heart of Shoreditch's happening new hub, Principal Place, The Allegory will be an everyday escape in London’s buzzing unsquare mile. Long lingering brunches that finish with espresso martinis, quick catch-ups over pastries and freshly ground coffee, wholesome sharing platters and creative cocktails with colleagues; these one-of-a-kind experiences will be found at The Allegory. With a beautiful alfresco terrace, large open plan bar and cosy candlelit corners, this is a destination you'll want to return to again and again.
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c
London
29 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The Allegory has a lively lunch vibe with a menu to suit all tastes, disciplines and allergies. The service is attentive and the wine list is solid. Plenty of choice. It is a good choice for a business lunch or a co-worker lunch.

LS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was visiting London from the U.S. and my group has SUCH a fun time grabbing dinner at The Allegory. Can't beat the atmosphere and they play awesome music -- solid food, solid drinks, solid everything. Go!

The Allegory
Responded on October 15, 2019

Hi Lauren, Thank you for sending your feedback. Glad you and your team had a great time. We shall be expecting another visit soon. See you soon. The Allegory Team

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Surprisingly very quiet for a Saturday evening.. apparently the place is busier Thursday and Friday when there are office types in the area working....only a couple of other tables filled with people.. so the atmosphere wasn’t really there.. lighting at the table while eating became a little too dark.

The Allegory
Responded on September 18, 2019

Thank you for sending your feedback. Sorry to hear your experience wasn't as great as expected. Saturdays are busy usually but it seems that you might have been in one of the quiet days. I hope you do comeback to check out our Thursdays and Fridays or perhaps a busier Saturday. Hope to see you soon. The Allegory Team

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A
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for my 40th birthday on the Saturday. We were given one of the large booths which was perfect for the size of my party. The staff were great, being attentive but allowing us to enjoy every course and round of drinks. The food and cocktails were excellent and the band were really good too. We were lucky to arrive before the rush so had an exceptional personalised experience in that sense. Would still come back during a busier time due to the service and experience we had. The decor and vibe and even the cost is perfect for special occasions like this. Would happily recommend.

The Allegory
Responded on September 18, 2019

Thank you for your kind words Andrew. Glad you had a great time. We love our Musical Brunch offer and hosting parties such as yours. Hope to see you very soon. The Allegory Team

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shouldn't have had the Bloody Mary (although it did wake me up), but everything else was great.

DG
New England
199 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great for a big group lunch - service friendly and efficient and the menu has good variety

The Allegory
Responded on September 18, 2019

Thank you for sending your feedback. Glad you had a great time. Perhaps on your next visit we can make the 4's we scored all 5's See you soon. The Allegory Team

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Very very very noisy

The Allegory
Responded on August 19, 2019

Hi there, Sorry to hear you did not have the experience you hoped for. We have passed your feedback to our team and if there was anything we could do to help improve your experience please do not hesitate to contact us on: info@theallegorybar.co.uk We would love to hear more about your visit to help us improve for your next visit. The Allegory team.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I booked a table here for 6 people last weekend for a very quiet and classy surprise hen.
I enquired in advance if we can bring in balloons and decorate, and we were told yes, but when we got there the manager was being very difficult and rude telling us we can’t have our tiny banner hanged anywhere. The wall behind us was glass and we were surrounded by pillars which couldn’t have suffered from a piece of paper hanging from them but we weren’t allowed to do so. Funny thing is, there was also a plant next to our table which had a menu tied up hanging from it (a lot heavier than our little banner) and that didn’t seem to be a problem.
The entire ordering process was long, and we had to enquire a few times after waiting a long time where were our drinks. It took ages to get anyone’s attention in this place!
Also the waiter couldn’t speak proper English and we had a very hard time understanding her when we did get her attention in the end, not to mention she had terrible cigarette breath on her as well which I found very unprofessional.
The food was not great either, very basic and poorly cooked by the chefs who were more concerned to stare at us from behind the bar than to actually do their job. I had tacos for starters and they were cold, while the meat inside was chewy and tasteless.
To top everything up we had a service charge added to our bill (12% if I remember rightly) - which we obviously asked to have it removed as the whole experience was a complete disappointment.

The Allegory
Responded on August 19, 2019

Hi There, Sorry to hear you did not have the experience you hoped for. We truly thrive our upmost to make sure everyone has a great time no matter what type of event. It seems that this time around we have missed to do so and we are really sorry this has put a down on your evening. We have passed your feedback to our team and will be doing our best to not let repeat the events mentioned above. The Allegory team

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TP
London
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant, but the noise level makes it tough to talk business

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere with the two best servers Sara and Sophie!

Will definitely be going back. 💕

DC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great lunch on Thursday, our waiting was great, he really gave amazing service.
Food was lovely.
Peroni on draft was a winner, and the wine was great too.

CS
London
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great brunch, attentive with drinks and good service. Only negative is that the music stopped as we sat down for lunch at 3:30pm so we didn’t have the live music for our brunch which was disappointing but I would go back at an earlier time!

DJ
London
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They listened to the fact that I wanted an 'out of the way' table and the service was fab.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked this place as a surprise for my mums birthday and the staff couldn’t have made it more special! The food was outstanding and our waiter was exceptional delivering cocktails, Prosecco and a birthday brownie and ice cream. Would 10000% recommend anyone to come here for any occasion as it was really good value for money from the food and location!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great doggy friendly restaurabt

Y
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Greeted warmly by the staff. Service very good and not too overbearing.
We asked to move tables when we realised how close we were to the live music - and this wasn’t a problem. We were moved straight away.
We had the brunch- good selection of food available- and a good sized portion. The desserts we had were delicious.
The singer was also really good.
We will definitely return.
Thank you

A
Surrey
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! Casual vibe, funky live music playing covers, nice food and amazing staff, especially Sara, who couldn't have done more to make our brunch one to remember. We will definitely return! :)

GK
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Had a lovely brunch there on saturday, stafd were very friendly and live music added a great twist to it! Definitely coming back!

m
London
14 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Really great service - the waitress we had was really lovely. The decor is really nice and seems like a good place to come for a drink if they do happy hour.

However, the food wasn't great at all. The cod in the tacos was really really overcooked and the chicken wings didn't seem fresh. The bacon in the burger was leather, the burger bun was stale and the patty overcooked and the buttermilk chicken was tough. Had the bill been 50% cheaper, it wouldn't have been as frustrating but £85 for that and drinks was a bit painful!

CG
London
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Kiko delivered brilliant service, he was jovial and attentive. Upon finding out that we were at brunch to celebrate my sister's birthday, he even brought out a complimentary birthday cake and a coffee for her, which really added to our experience. Brilliant service and excellent food!

MI
London
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The atmosphere was nice and lively. When the food came the portion was so small a little cold. We were disappointed. If you order the burgers you get value for money, but a few of us ordered crab linguine and it was like a starter and a little dry. We left quickly and went to a bar with bar snacks as we were still hungry.

JR
London
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely funky place with great food for sharing.. or not. Super friendly service for humans and dogs alike :

DH
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great breakfast

TF
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Staff uninterested to assist with finding our booking or seating us on arrival.
Very loud music from bar area making it impossible to chat over dinner. Despite the bar emptying out the music was never adjusted for diners.
Food was very average!

S
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for lunch with 9 colleagues. Lovely decor, friendly accommodating service, perfect sized round/oval table booth, good range of options, pricing in line with the area, good all round. I booked having never been before, we will definitely come back.

c
London
29 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Solid City option for Lunch or after work drinks. Good salads or fish and chip sand burgers for those needing a bit of grease after the night before. Service is good and on the occasion I was there, fun. Plenty of banter from our server. Solid for a fun city lunch.

RA
London
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very nice for a New Year’s Eve meal. The food was Devine and the service was 5 star

The Allegory
Responded on January 3, 2019

Dear Richard A, Thank you for your 5 star rating, we are so happy to hear you enjoyed both our food and service during your New Year's Eve meal! We appreciate that you took the time to share your positive feedback. Looking forward to seeing you again at The Allegory. Best regards, Mariela and The Allegory Team

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e
London
50 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience3

It was Xmas eve and they were short staffed. A lot was missing from the menu. Slow service. Normally it is good so taking it as a one off.

The Allegory
Responded on January 3, 2019

Dear eyoung, Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. I am sorry to hear we did not provide the usual service and experience during your last visit with us, but I can assure I will share your critique with our staff and this will be a one time mistake. We hope to see you again soon. Best regards, Mariela and The Allegory Team

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OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Good food but while we had booked a table for 10 people the table we sat was really a table for 6 people. Some people could not attend and there were 7 of us so it was manageable. Somewhat noisy place.

The Allegory
Responded on January 3, 2019

Dear Customer, Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us, we do appreciate the feedback and we take it very seriously. I apologise that the area you were given was not spacious enough and I will look into why this happened. I am glad that you did enjoy the food however. We hope to see you again soon! Best regards, Mariela and The Allegory Team

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E
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was my second time here for lunch and even if the food was ok, I was not happy with the cooking of some ingredients, the presentation of food is always nice and the people working here are nice too, but for the price of certain dishes, I feel the whole experience does not match the expectations.

EF
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked this for a 20 people staff lunch.
We pre-ordered our meal through the restaurant’s online form which they emailed to me.

Everyone said the door was delicious and the service was really quick (not rushed, but no waiting around which is excellent for a table of 20)

Huge thank you to the kitchen staff and waiters! We’re thinking of coming back for our Xmas lunch

The Allegory
Responded on November 30, 2018

Dear Customer, Thank you for your 5* review! We’re very happy that we lived up to your expectations and delivered a service of high quality. We are looking forward to seeing you again at The Allegory! Lashaan and The Allegory Team

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e
London
50 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is local to our office so we came for a quick birthday lunch. Good menu selection. Served quickly. Nice selection of mocktails as we weren’t drinking.

The Allegory
Responded on November 30, 2018

Dear Customer, Thank you for your 4* review! We’re really pleased that you liked our food and mocktail menus! We hope to see you very soon and earn a 5* review! Mariela and The Allegory Team

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PS
London
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I booked a table for a birthday dinner for 6 people, requested the bill after the meal was finished and the waitress was not seen again. The manager assisted to enable us to pay the bill. As we were leaving the bartender shouted, Oi! YOU DIDN’TPAY YOUR BILL! The manager was not present to witness this embarrassing and unacceptable behaviour. I requested to speak to the manager after explaining the bill was paid. The manager- Andrejas came out and apologised. I asked how staff could make such an assumption without investigation? The dining area was empty at this point, but the bar section was busy, many overheard and witnessed the incident. Andrejas compensated us for the embarrassment of the incident, however I feel this would not have happened if the waitress was available to complete the payment transaction. This was an unfortunate way to celebrate a birthday added to the fact everyone felt as though we were being profiled. I would not recommend this restaurant for any special occasion.

a
London
78 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Snacks, small plates and sides were great. Wine and cocktails great also. The main were not well cooked or put together though. The staff were very helpful and changed one of our mains when requested. I generally did enjoy the vibe and my time there. Just shame about the quality of the main dish. So mixed review for me but they're almost there.

The Allegory
Responded on November 6, 2018

Dear customer, Thank you for your review of The Allegory. We welcome all feedback and use it to develop in the right direction. It's lovely to hear that you enjoyed our drinks and small plates! We pride ourselves in our staff and we're glad they provided you with excellent service. Very sorry to hear you didn't enjoy our mains - this information has been shared with the kitchen. We hope to see you again and to give you an all around perfect experience. Best regards, Mariela & The Allegory Team

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JI
London
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great team and service. Food was delicious and served very timely by a very cheerful and welcoming server who has the knack of making you smile. Enjoyed it thoroughly.

SV
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Had a lovely time, lots of food options and a great drinks list. Would definitely recommend.

A
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Lovely food and great service

B
Cancun
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Beautiful restaurant- food was very good but they were understaffed, the staff was very busy running to provide service, so I don’t fault them- but I shouldn’t have to wait 30 minutes to get a drink after I’m seated. I’d still go back and try it again

m
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Quirky ambiance but very loud during lunch hours. Staff tries offer level of service that they aren't quite staffed for. Menu is broad and diverse but dishes are uneven - butternut squash salad only had a few chunks of squash - not sure what it would have been it chicken hadn't been added.

C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Wouldn’t recommend for a weekend evening, it was very quiet so lacked atmosphere (maybe busier weekdays with local business using it). Considering how quiet it was the service was incredibly slow, staff were nice but we repeatedly had to request service for drinks, food and the bill.
Food was average.