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Punch & Judy, Covent Garden, WC2

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40 The Market
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Taylor Walker (Spirit Pubs)

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Rex Rattus left this review about Punch & Judy

I dropped into this pub on a whim as I was passing, and had a swift half in the balcony bar, from where you can watch the goings on down below, which mainly consist of street artists; some sort of tightrope walking was the highspot during my short visit. There's no real ale in the balcony bar - beer is served in plastic glasses and my half of Neck Oil was £3.60. That's tourist central Covent Garden for you.

There was a surprisingly large number of tourists in Covent Garden, but I suppose not as many as a couple of years ago. Covent Garden has changed over the years; I remember the first CAMRA beer festival here back in 1974. It was definitely less hectic then without all the restaurants and the like that we have now. But it's encouraging to see the hospitality economy here thriving again.

It must be around 20 years or so since I last visited the Punch & Judy and it hasn't improved. But maybe the downstairs bar is better.

On 6th December 2021 - rating: 3
[User has posted 2599 recommendations about 2513 pubs]

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custodian 42 left this review about Punch & Judy

Basement bar in Covent Garden. A couple of real ales but nothing of any great strength. Usual other offerings and full of Japanese or Chinese tourists.

On 9th February 2017 - rating: 4
[User has posted 1693 recommendations about 1691 pubs]

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E TA left this review about Punch & Judy

I drank in the subterranean bar this time, and it's the first time I've really appreciated the vaulted ceiling down there. There were two ales on. My pint of Thwaites's Wainwright was in extremely good condition, a marked change from previous experiences here. The clientele was better behaved than previously, the amateur acts in the market basement were very good, so all in all it's a pretty good place to hide from the weather. That's the way to do it.

On 19th November 2013 - rating: 6
[User has posted 2869 recommendations about 2836 pubs]

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Map location corrected by Graham Mason
London Charing Cross, 0.4 miles, 7 min walk (show)
London Waterloo, 1.1 miles, 21 min walk (show)
London Blackfriars, 1.98 miles, 38 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Punch & Judy, WC2
6th Dec 2021, 11:48
Review submitted by Rex Rattus
19th Nov 2021, 19:20
Request to mark pub as open by Rex Rattus approved

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  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% - last updated 16 October 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
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