Very disappointed. Seemed very well staffed but staff spent more time chatting to each other and friends at the bar then attending to customers. Food good quality well prepared but arrived nearly cold. Dirty plates on table left ages not taken away. Drinks menu poor. Will not go back or recommend. Does not justify expensive prices.
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Time Out says
Posted: Mon Jul 18 2011
'Camera equipment strictly prohibited’ says the notice outside what was a pretty standard local pub until it was taken over by Guy Ritchie and two of his pals.
Beside the warning will be the day’s lunch or dinner menu: Bombardier-battered haddock with hand-cut chips, say, or a starter of smoked trout with homemade bread.
Amid dark wood panelling, heavy tables and grandiose framed portraits, the distinction between drinking and dining remains, with the cosy, candlelit restaurant area set back from a main bar. The room exudes its Georgian tavern heritage, with illustrations of hunting and a large portrait of Winston Churchill among the decorative additions.
Deuchars IPA, Wells Bombardier and Shepherd Neame Spitfire comprise the ales; prices by the glass and bottle for the various French, Spanish, Tuscan and New World wines are kept reasonable.
Punch Bowl 41 Farm Street
- Venue phone:
020 7493 6841
- Venue website:
- Opening hours:
Open noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-5pm Sun. Food served noon-3pm, 6-10pm Mon-Sat; noon-4pm Sun
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- 41 Farm Street
- 020 7493 6841
- 41 Farm Street
- Punch Bowl
Average User Rating
2.1 / 5
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- 1 star:5
Myself and six colleagues had our Christmas lunch here. The Christmas menu wasnt available due to staff shortages. Vegetarian options are very poor....I had a spoonful of goats cheese on some ropey old lettuce for a starter. Terrible service, long delays between courses, staff seemed to find us an inconvenience, coffee arrived 30 mins before desserts. Summed up by their answer to our comment about not paying the service charge...."Dont pay it, I dont care".
We visited the Punchbowl for a drink and dinner midweek, even with a reservation we were made to wait, when half the dining area was empty. Service was dreadful, slow, inattentive staff, we had to ask for menus, table water, even some bread and butter, it was as if serving the customer was a nuisance, we did have a nice starter, but cold mains, which were sent back, after nearly an hour wait. A great disappointment, after all this we walked out. They did not charge us and said they were understaffed, all only after we were seated and awaiting our mains.
Went there for a drink and a meal for a 30th birthday on Wednesday evening. Arrived 15 minutes early to be told to wait at the bar as there were 'no seats' but there were visible seats available. Shockingly slow and unattentive service, blamed on short staff. Food seemed nice but it was cold. We walked out and will not be returning. The manager kindly gave us our drinks on the house but don't go there for a special occasion.
A similar experience to SE... Dropping by for a quick drink before going to the cinema early Saturday evening: "Sorry folks, its reservations only this evening." The guy on the door was polite and prepared to offer alternative suggestions, but last time I checked you don't have to reserve to go to a pub, particularly one that is billed as a local.
Having just had an early dinner with friends we walked to the Punch Bowl to be told on a saturday night 'they were short of staff and would not be serving anybody else' Speaks volumes for the way the pubs is run if it cannot even staff itself on a saturday night .
was there last night, from 4pm til 8pm and had such a good time, service was excellent and food was very tasty. will defo go back, loved it.