Having a roast lunch or roast dinner is a must when in Britain. It is one of the long-standing British traditions. My latest roast dinner took place at The Punchbowl.
The Punch Bowl is a very well known Mayfair pub in London. It became a favourite of the rich and famous after falling into the hands of Guy Richie and Madonna in 2008. At the time it was popular with Royalties, celebrities, stars with Hollywood pedigree. It was sold in 2013, but it hasn't lost its charm.
Nowadays, the 300-year-old Georgian pub, a hidden gem tucked away on a small street in Mayfair still with the same façade and historic interior to match. The real traditional pub is something hard to find in Central London, so I was happy to visit and try their food too.
As you enter the place, you instantly feel the warmth and friendless of the staff. The Georgian decor makes you feel you have step back in time. The bar is on your right as you enter it and the pub dining area is right at the back with a range of tables, a bar with high chairs, and three booths for a more private dining experience.
We started with a sample of three beers from the Ale menu. You then settled for a pint of Punchbowl very own ale .
The artisan sourdough with Jersey butter, as expected they were delicious.
Smoked duck breast, green beans, pomegranate, almonds drizzled with vintage port dressing - It was juicy duck and delectable dressing
deep fried squid, green salad and avocado - very appetising
A succulent 350g dry aged Ribeye steak (28 days hung from South Devon), truffle chips, watercress & shallot salad and classic béarnaise sauce
Sunday roast - I chose beef with all the trimmings. A tender and medium rare roasted meat, roast potato, the most unusual Yorkshire pudding - it looked like a muffin, and it was a bit like 'soft bread'; lovely vegetables and a very flavoursome gravy. They cater for vegetarians too.
Amazing Rolo chocolate and blood orange fondant, honeycomb ice cream topped sugared almonds - a dish full of textures, the fondant was set by the time I cut into it still very palatable.
|trio of ice cream|
All in all we had a good time, the place was quiet when we arrived at 1pm but it was very busy by the time we left. A meal with aperitif, wine and 3 very substantial courses will set back around £50+/per person.
They also have an express menu during the week:
Monday -Friday 12pm- 3:30pm | 5:30pm-7pm
1 course £13.50 | 2 courses £17.50 | 3 courses £21.50
The Pub also serves nibbles and sandwiches at reasonable prices.
41 Farm Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 5RP
T: 0207 493 6841
Mon - Sat: Noon to 11.00PM
Sun: Noon to 10.30PM
(Bar Snacks served all day)
FOOD SERVICE HOURS:
Mon - Fri: LUNCH (Noon to 3.30PM); DINNER (5.30PM to 10.00PM)
Sat: All Day (Noon - 10:00pm)
Sun: Noon to 9.00PM (last order)
Disclosure: I was provided with a complimentary meal for two for review purposes. All views are my own.