in2 Travel: The Allegory review

The Allegory

Are you ready to escape from the everyday?

The Allegory
1A Principal Place, Worship Street, London EC2A 2BA
020 3948 9810 • [email protected]

LUNCH in the city is not to be ‘scoffed’ at and so it was that we were invited to The Allegory in trendy Shoreditch to see what was on offer.


The Allegory is situated in the heart of Shoreditch’s happening new hub, Principal Place, just a short hop from Liverpool Street station – an everyday escape in London’s buzzing ‘unsquare’ mile.

The terrace

It is part of the ever-growing Drake and Morgan chain which has built up an impressive portfolio of restaurants across the city. It has an alfresco terrace, large open plan bar and, for the more romantic, you can even find yourself a cosy candlelit corner.

Arriving on a Saturday lunchtime we were shown to our table where we began the task of choosing from the extensive menu. Featuring British favourites and signature dishes inspired by trends from around the world, it combines small plates, sharing boards, superfood salads and hearty mains. You can even turn a late breakfast into brunch should you so desire.

Eventually my wife decided on the Chorizo Scotch Egg with smoked paprika mayonnaise (£6.25) while I was tempted by the Chicken Satay with peanut sauce and sesame (£6.50).
Onto mains and after much deliberation I opted for the Seabass with braised fennel, spinach and chorizo (£13.95). Informed that this was one of their lighter dishes I ordered a side of green beans which were a delightful addition to my meal. My wife decided to go for the Cheeseburger (£11.95) served with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise and chips. Neither of us would be disappointed.

It should be said that the manager had chosen the wine for us – and what a bottle it turned out to be! Served at the perfect temperature, our bottle of 2013 Pinot Noir from the Pencarrow Estate in New Zealand was nothing short of spectacular! Certainly a bottle I will be looking out for in the future.

Despite it being lunchtime and both of us replete we couldn’t resist the pull of the dessert menu. Not for the faint-hearted I went for the Mixed Berry Crumble with vanilla ice cream (£5.95) while my wife chose the Chocolate Brownie with vanilla ice cream (£5.95). Somehow, we managed to finish these truly indulgent desserts which is testimony to their ‘deliciousness’.

In summary, The Allegory is an all-day venue offering everything from breakfast through to dinner with brunch and lunch in between. If it’s just a coffee and pastry you’re after then you won’t be disappointed. You could also pop in and enjoy a craft beer from one of London’s best breweries or sip on expertly crafted cocktails. These one-of-a-kind experiences can all be found at The Allegory.

Part of their mission statement is ‘Take your time, relax a little longer, and savour our wonderful escape from the everyday’ – something I can highly recommend.
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