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Mayfair pubs

Come back down to earth in this salubrious part of town by paying one of Mayfair’s best pubs a visit

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Laura Richards
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W1: the stomping ground of the rich and the famous. But Mayfair can keep it real, too. Just visit one of the area’s best pubs to find pints, pies and cheery punters. Discover down-to-earth drinking as well as pubs with an appreciation for fine wine and whisky. Or go for a slap-up meal away from the Michelin stars. You’ll find upmarket grub alongside steaks, pies and fish and chips. Tuck in.

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The best pubs in Mayfair

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Mayfair

The expansive, carved-wood and gilt interior of the Audley is filled mostly by regulars, with this portion of Mayfair sitting a little off the tourist trail. The pie and pint menu suits them down to the ground.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Mayfair

‘Established 1675’ says the sign outside and, tucked down a sought-after Mayfair mews, this venerable establishment is truly a thoroughbred in the Young’s stable. The Guinea is famed for the steak its been serving for centuries, so find it packed during lunchtime visits. 

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Iron Duke
  • Bars and pubs
  • Pubs
  • Mayfair

This Fuller's pub has a focus on fancy pub grub – wild mushroom gnocchi and confit chicken thigh, for example – but serves up battered cod for the traditionalists. Frontier, London Pride and the usual suspects are all on tap. 

The Footman
  • Bars and pubs
  • Gastropubs
  • Mayfair
  • price 2 of 4

A well known Mayfair pub and dining room just off Hay's Mews and around the corner from Berkeley Square Gardens – as prime Mayfair territory as a local boozer's likely to get. This, though, is a little smarter than most pubs, with plush leather banquettes, swathes of well-buffed woods and chandeliers crafted from antlers. 

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The Punchbowl
  • Bars and pubs
  • Mayfair

A posh pub once part-owned by Guy Ritchie, The Punchbowl is a bit less starry these days. It still has a first-floor dining room with an accomplished wine list, but downstairs is more dedicated to the kind of proper drinking Ritchie would no doubt approve of. 

The Running Horse
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Pubs
  • Mayfair
  • price 2 of 4

The Running Horse is a venerable pub that first opened its doors in 1738, and the wood panelling, attractive fireplace and lived-in furniture certainly give it the feel of a well-established boozer. The pub is part-owned by Chase distillery, so expect a top-notch G&T.  

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The Windmill Mayfair
  • Bars and pubs
  • Mayfair

It’s not all small plates and Michelin stars in Mayfair. Treat yourself to some traditional grub from a menu of pies on offer at The Windmill – there’s a dedicated 'pie room' for diners and everything. There are eight cask ales on offer to wash them all down too. In summer months, ditch the pie and head up to the compact roof terrace.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Pubs
  • Mayfair

A Mayfair pub with an impressive range of beer on tap, including three ales. A gastropub menu features alongside decent Sunday roasts and bar snacks. The quaint setting of Mayfair’s Shepherd Market make it all the more agreeable.  

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