• Roxii Hoare-Smith

An Evening in Mayfair at The Punchbowl

Mayfair is filled with plenty of upmarket bars, restaurants and nightclubs, but a warm September stroll around this upscale area of London led us to one of the area’s best pubs – The Punchbowl Pub & Dining Rooms on Farm Street – a pub that was once part-owned by Guy Ritchie.

The Punchbowl is one of Mayfair’s oldest pubs and claim that they ‘know a thing or two about good food and wine and pride ourselves on offering a place for our patrons to meet, dine and unwind’ and I can confirm that this is true and what a lovely hidden gem it is.

The Punchbowl is tucked away on a quiet side street and is run by Pandy, the landlord, who looked after us all during our visit. Pandy is an absolute credit to the pub and it’s clear to see why they have so many returning visitors. Pandy made us feel very at home and the service was fantastic.

We started our three-course feast with a bottle of Clef d’Argent Sauvignon Blanc (£28) which was recommended to us by Pandy and what a great choice it was! A deliciously refreshing wine with notes of lemon.

The menu had an array of inviting dishes making it hard to make a decision. My guest Sarah decided on Crispy calamari and feeling very autumnal, I opted for the Baked heritage pumpkin with whipped ricotta, salsa Verde and toasted seeds. An absolutely incredible dish which I highly recommend ordering. I wolfed this down in minutes, way before Sarah had a chance to even make a dent in her starter.

For our main course, Sarah opted for the beautifully presented Roasted Atlantic cod, cauliflower purée, chorizo and samphire dressing. I indulged in the chicken pie from The Punchbowl’s specials menu. A never ending bowl of tender chicken and smooth mash, one of the best pies I’ve had in a London pub – this should be a dish added to the menu permanently.

We wouldn’t be leaving hungry after these two generous portions!

After a very delicious and fulfilling meal, we shared a Lemon tart with clotted cream. A light and refreshing dessert which was the perfect dessert and palate cleanser after a heavy yet satisfying dinner.

The Punchbowl is a charming spot, it’s dimly lit with candlelit tables, cosy with a rustic yet stylish decor.The pub is elegant yet casual.

It has definitely set the standards high for other Mayfair pubs in terms of food, decor and service, there’s not many pubs in London where you’ll receive a warm and personal service like we did throughout our visit.

It’s clear to see why it continues to be one of the most talked about pubs in London and I’ll definitely continue to spread the word.

The Punchbowl is part of The Epicurean Collection. This comprises of 21 award-winning boutique inns, set in idyllic countryside or traditional village locations, and five premium pubs in London.

The Punchbowl 41 Farm St Mayfair London W1J 5RP

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