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Punch Tavern, EC4

99 Fleet Street
EC4
EC4Y 1DE
Phone: 02073536658
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Punch Taverns

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Jon B left this review about Punch Tavern

I had basically the same experience and same beer choice as Will - I went for a half of Landlord in a dimpled mug which was ok.I didn’t like the pub much at all though. snooty, pompous, miserable service, just not my kind of place at all really. the highlight of my visit was the codgers next to me trying to guess the nationality of the waitress and possibly offending her...

On 1st February 2019 - rating: 4
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Will Larter left this review about Punch Tavern

Third and last of my three pub crawl of the ancient taverns of Fleet Street, this was easily the best. While the Tipperary and the Old Bell were rather quiet and low key, this one was vibrant and clearly popular with a young crowd of cosmopolites. The decorative features are impressive and lit by discreet lighting. The bar has three hand pumps, with two Trumans beers and Timothy Taylor Landlord. I went for a half of Trumans Runner 4%, which was very bland, especially in comparison with the strong bitter I'd had a few doors along, or perhaps just very bland; at least I didn't have to twist anyone's arm to get a full glass, and the price was £2.15, so slightly cheaper than either the Tipperary or the Old Bell, though only by a few pence.

The highlight of this pub's architectural features was the barrel vault ceiling with a fantastic relief of cherubim framing a portrait of Mr Punch himself. At ground level, this is a very well presented pub, with tables, some of them with reserved signs on, and low seating around the walls, and higher tables in front of the bar counter, which has a brown marble top. The lack of seating didn't bother me as I was only stopping for a quick beer before my train to Luton, and anyway I was pleased to discover a hook under the bar counter on which I was able to suspend my shoulder bag while writing a few notes. I can't say for sure I'll be back, but if I'm in the area again I'll certainly bear this one in mind.

On 30th January 2019 - rating: 7
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Tris C left this review about Punch Tavern

30th September 2016:

A pub has been on this site since the 17th century and the current edifice was rebuilt in 1894 with the finery installed in 1897; the pub is Grade II Listed. The place has a beautiful original entrance hall covered with mirrors, polychromatic tiles and images of Punch and Judy. As you enter the main bar area, look up at the fine lantern with more polychromatic tiles to the perimeter; the oak panelling, banquette seating and marble bar top are also original and there's also a part mosaic and part bare boarded floor. However, I doubt that the rather ugly tropical fish tank to the rear was installed in the late 19th century, nor was the sound system which was far too loud.
Ales: Sharp's Doom Bar and Marston's Extra Pale Ale at £2.10 a half which was ok and cheap for the area.
A pretty curiosity which warrants a visit, but the loud music and poor ale choice aren't an incentive and it's also very gloomy in here.

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A return visit on 30th August and the place has improved. I didn't have a drink as I was pacing myself but it would appear that the aquarium has gone, the lighting is brighter and the music was less noticeable, possibly off altogether though the acoustics are terrible, making conversation somewhat laboured. Mark increased accordingly.

On 14th September 2018 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Old Blue
City Thameslink, 0.16 miles, 3 min walk (show)
Farringdon (London), 0.52 miles, 10 min walk (show)
London Blackfriars, 2.61 miles, 50 min walk (show)
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18th May 2019, 09:12
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18th May 2019, 00:25
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 16 January 2016 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 30 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 30 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 30 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 16 January 2016 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 22 November 2016 by hondo .
  • Darts : No last updated 30 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 22 November 2016 by hondo .
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 29 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 22 November 2016 by hondo .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 30 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 30 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 30 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 30 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 16 January 2016 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 30 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 30 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 30 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 22 November 2016 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : No last updated 23 August 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 22 November 2016 by hondo .
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