The Punchbowl

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141 reviews
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£26 to £40
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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 such as dry aged Ribeye steak in the wood-paneled pub or head upstairs to savour more gourmet plates like caramelised spit fire onion tart in their elegant first floor Dining Room. For an evening of true indulgence, the upstairs Club offers private dining with a distinct Victorian feel. A bespoke menu of your chosen plates or canapés can be arranged for special occasions.
There is an extensive wine list available on all floors which features a number of superb clarets by the glass.
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.2
Food
4.3
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.0
Value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Susan
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Despite reservation, restaurant was closed!!!! No email or text was sent

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dinerextraordinaire
London
13 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

There are two areas to eat - upstairs which is slightly more formal and downstairs that is more pub booth seating. We were downstairs, a bit noisier and cosier but also had a good atmosphere. Food was up market pub food but excellent food at reasonable prices for the quality. The manager that evening was very friendly and looked after us well. Wine list was decent, and you could have a reasonable range of draught / bottle beers from the bar. No hesitation in recommending this place.

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vipNoname
Denver
462 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Final day before a planned 2-week closure and menu changes as well. My comments, as a result, might not be valid going forward but in general, a good meal In the heart of Mayfair. History of the place tells lots of stories and quite a few best unspoken probably but for today's market, still good value-for-money with, in our case, fantastic service. Very tasty Sunday roast with all the right accompaniments.

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foodie
London
100 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Punchbowl was nothing like photos online as we were seated downstairs in pub. Would have been okay apart from a few noisy tables but not what we had expected looking at Opentable. The host was excellent and very friendly but we had to ask for set menu. Food was average and would not eat there again but great pub and landlord

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Always one of our favourites

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vipLars
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall1Food3Service4Ambience1

I have eaten in their dinning room twice before and love the food, the service and the decor of the dining room. This time on a Saturday night I found out that because they were so slow that their dining room was closed so I ate immediately off the main pub - if I wanted to eat at a pub I would have. The waiter was very nice but someone should have contacted me that their dining room would be closed. Very disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
53 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sunday roast was fab!

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TonyW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We ate in the restaurant on the first floor. The menu offers a good choice at fair prices. Service was efficient and friendly. We enjoyed our meal. It was warm and though the windows were closed at one stage for a largeish party of Americans so that the air conditioning could cool us down - it did not seem to work ... and we got warmer. The background music would not have been my choice. We'll go again!

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Matthieu
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came for the third time (in many occasions), and as usual it was a real pleasure to come.
It's definitely a pub that I recommend. I hope we'll have the opportunity to come again.
See you soon!

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CliveP
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

All three of us enjoyed our meal and wine recommendation.One lady looking after everyone...she did a great job.

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richardw
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

brilliant lunch. great food, great service, unrushed...very relaxing environment and great aircon!

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JaneF
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A very nice experience, highly recommend this establishment for a great pub style meal.

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janw
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic lunch food great Fab Staff will visit again . Thank you

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SC12
London
12 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Food was very good. Service was also good. Resturant very quiet and bar but this was probably due to it being a bank holiday weekend.

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Jay1
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very warm welcome.
Lovely barmen.
Great food!
Would recommend the fish & chips!
Great skate special of the day too!

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vipkokane
Los Angeles
79 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our favorite places... the food was terrific as were the drinks. The server was very helpful, knowledgeable about the menu and very nice.... all that and a reasonable price... what’s not to like... will definitely visit again.

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ALANNALVSHK
London
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2018
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

reeeeeeal tasty food! Stumbled upon this place via opentable and it was great! super tasty food and in a good location too. Would have only been better if there had been a little background music to set the tone in the upstairs restaurant.

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HayleyR
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent restaurnt, the staff were brillant, very accomodating and friendly. Would definately go again and recommend it to others.

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EmmaF
London
8 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Met a friend for a lunch catch up and had a great time. Friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff, great food (even had a vegan option) and good wine. We had a great lunch / afternoon there. Excellent location near Green Park station.

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vipMixie0212
New England
60 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Punchbowl has become a staple when we visit London. They have it all - and not your average pub food. All a step above. First time for Sunday roast and the poisson was outstanding. We always opt for the pub first floor as it's a fun scene and you meet great folks. Does not disappoint in food quality and selection, service and ambiance.

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JenniferN
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2018
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Great burger, delicious chips. Poor cocktail as prosecco was flat and left it dull. Roast dinner was fatty and bland. Amazing service, terrific ambience, unbeatable location.

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IanL
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food and great atmosphere for quiet discussion

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

First visit and very enjoyable. Staff and service in upstairs restaurant was great. Would recommend.

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YBandAB
London
11 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2018
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

This is a gem of a building, with heaps of atmosphere, original fittings and charm. The charm is equaled by the delightful and friendly staff who do everything to make you welcome. If you are looking for a traditional pub, a good pub lunch or eating in the upstairs restaurant, you will not be disappointed.

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PremierClub
London
13 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Enjoyable lunch in a good atmosphere with great food.

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Ruthless
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, Great service, fantastic place to spend time

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Ssjcox
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just wanted a nice quiet meal with my husband after meeting him at work in London.
Small dining room, intimate with great food.

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AASS
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2018
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience2

For a Mayfair based, Mayfair priced bistro bar, this is an utter disappointment.

1) The gentleman who was supposed to take our orders and serve us was loudly rattling away the pub's cutlery for 15-20 mins a yard from us. And we had to struggle to get his attention. I was there with an acquaintance for a meal and lunch drink. I had to apologise for the din!

2) When we did manage to order, he got my whiskey order wrong and was yelling loudly from the far corner asking which whiskey did I ask for, he could easily have walked a few yards!! And when he did finally manage to get me the drink to the table, it had something odd floating inside it.

3) Oddly, the table next to us had to send something back too.

4) I understand all of us have days where we are not ourselves, things go wrong etc. But the team seemed annoyed to have patrons - says something about the management or the ownership.

5) So to conclude, nice location, used to enjoy going there for lunch but it is sad to see it run with no care.

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David
London
6 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2018
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

We have been to the Punch Bowl before and I love the booths that you can sit in. They are perfect for a mid sized group. We were celebrating my wife’s birthday with our 3 children (19,17, 14) and were enjoying our Sunday roast - there is reasonable choice (poussin, lamb or beef) and the food is good. Unfortunately our lunch was somewhat damaged by a middle aged, drunk, very loud and sweary group in the next booth who then became abusive when challenged about the level and type(bad language) of noise they were making. Nonetheless our waitress was charming and she was clearly concerned when we decided to leave slightly prematurely. We will be going back and - assuming Tim and his pals aren’t there - look forward to it. We are not about to let these oafs prevent us from returning to what is a good Sunday lunch venue. Oh, and we saw Karen Brady there too....

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JC1983
Leicestershire
12 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2018
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Authentic old pub. Nice dining room which is quieter. Good very average.

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gillmac66
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Tucked away near Berkley Square, the Punchbowl at first appears to be a bustling and vibrant pub with tables for eating at the back. Before we got settled at our booked table, we were asked if we wanted to sit upstairs - and as it was quite noisy around the bar - we did.

Upstairs is more of a bistro setting and much easier to hear yourself think. The menu is not extensive but well thought out. My beetroot and feta salad was delightful and had well balanced flavours.

For mains, I had the sausage and mash with onion gravy - it was delicious; a good, hearty traditional favourite. My daughter had the venison which just melted in her mouth. We had a side dish of sprout tops with crispy bacon which was a lovely accompaniment recommended by our waiter

Dessert seemed to take a long time to come but it was worth it. I very rarely have dessert but thoroughly enjoyed my sticky toffee pudding.

I would recommend this place - sit upstairs if you want to talk to your party - and downstairs if you want a more lively atmosphere

MB
vipMeganB
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic place to spend New Year’s Eve! Food and beverages were fantastic and service upstairs was excellent.

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vipABfoodie
Miami
88 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2017
Overall4Food2Service3Ambience4

Good pub in the heart of Mayfair. Food was nothing special but the decor, service and atmosphere made up for it. Perfect for what we wanted.

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MariaM
London
15 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Warm welcome and nice room on the first floor. Don’t be put off by the ground floor old pub feel. The dining room is bright and cheerful. Our meals were lovely and the staff great. They had a bit of bother trying to do a floater coffee with amaretto but we ended up with a free drink instead. Worth a visit.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2017
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

The bunchbowl is a quaint establishment the food was alright but the service was poor, men never make good waitress,s !!!! For some strange reason they didn't know how to make a liquor coffee!!!!!
Would I go back probably.

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DanVee
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Had a business lunch there last Monday and the food was exceptional (I had the calamari starter and chicken tarragon main). The ambience was great for a winters day and the service was fantastic - polite and speedy. Definitely going back there again.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2017
Overall1Food4Service4Ambience3

We booked to eat early on a Sunday evening. We ate in the bar, not the restaurant. The problem was that most of the food had already been sold. Menu-wise, it came down to sea bass, risotto or bar food. The staff worked hard and the young manager was good, but a birthday meal with virtually nothing on the menu is never good.

We won't be rushing back.

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Crispy1
London
6 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The upstairs restaurant was modern and had a very
convivial atmosphere. The service was second to none and the food exceptional. I can’t praise the Punchbowl enough. Bravo!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2017
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very good food. Service a bit slow but very nice. Brilliant decor. Would go again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2017
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Classic pub, good mood, nice beer, mouthwatering food, irresistible puddings, very friendly service 👍🏻

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The Punchbowl is rated 4.4 stars by 141 OpenTable diners.