Bustling, rather civilised pub with good wines and ales, enjoyable food and helpful service
The good pub guide review
This tucked-away 18th-c Mayfair local (once owned by Madonna and Guy Ritchie) contains a number of attractive spaces, the nicest of which is probably at the back where several panelled booths have suede bench seating, animal-picture scatter cushions, some etched glasswork and oil candles on tables. Elegant spoked chairs are grouped around dark tables on worn floorboards, a couple of long elbow shelves are lined with high chairs and one fireplace has a coal fire while the other is piled with logs. At the front it's simpler, with cushioned bench seating and pubby tables and chairs on floor tiles. All sorts of artwork from cartoons to oil paintings line the walls and the ceiling has interesting old hand-drawn street maps; background music. Caledonian Deuchars IPA, a beer named for the pub (also from Caledonian) and Marstons 61 Deep on handpump, 17 wines by the glass from a well chosen list, and professional, friendly service. The smart dining room upstairs has plush furnishings, large artworks and a huge gilt mirror above a fireplace; there are private dining facilities too.
The good pub guide food review
Nicely presented, British-focused food includes lunchtime sandwiches with fries, spiced pumpkin and pear soup, roast bone marrow with red wine jus, tempura soft shell crab with kimchi salad and sweet chilli sauce, torched mackerel with warm beetroot and potato and herb salad, duck and Toulouse sausage cassoulet, jackfruit and lentil pie with sweet potato mash and green beans, and puddings such as chocolate brownie with banana ice-cream and mulled wine-poached pears with gingerbread crumble and ice-cream.
One of the oldest pubs in Mayfair, The Punchbowl has been serving fine local ales and exquisite British cuisine to London’s gentry since 1750. Recently reopened after some grand renovations, today each floor offers a delicious dining experience. British countryside ingredients fill the menu, so tuck into country classics in the wood-panelled pub or head upstairs to savour more gourmet plates in their elegant first floor Dining Room. For an evening of true indulgence, the upstairs Club offers private dining with a distinct Victorian feel. There is an extensive wine list available on all floors which features a number of superb clarets by the glass.Visit www.punchbowllondon.comThe Punchbowl is part of The Epicurean Collection, a selection of Britain's most iconic pubs and and inns who are passionate about creating the ultimate countryside experience. www.epicureantimes.com/epicurean-collection/We are really proud to be part of 'Pub Group of the Year 2016' by The Good Pub Guide.