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“Nice pseudo-English pub” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Penny Black Victorian London Pub

The Penny Black Victorian London Pub
26/27 Boat Quay, Singapore 049817, Singapore (Singapore River)
+65 6538 2300
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Ranked #1,316 of 7,382 Restaurants in Singapore
Price range: $12 - $25
Cuisines: English, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Singapore River
Description: Located at the Raffles Place entrance to Boat Quay, one of Singapore's most colourful and vibrant river-front entertainment zones. The Penny Black Victorian London Pub is without doubt your quintessential Victorian Public House. All food is freshly cooked everyday. You will find hearty London Pub favourite meals and a mix of enticing local and western barfood on offer from 3pm. Most popular meals include Fish n' Chips with Mushy Peas, Traditional Roast, and the mouth-watering home-made Beef Burger.
Singapore
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Nice pseudo-English pub”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

Had a quick beer at the Penny Black last week and really liked the vibe of the place. Felt a lot like the pubs I hung out at in Surry when I visited last year. Nice friendly bar staff and a great location down by the river.

Visited August 2012
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Bangkok
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77 reviews 77 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
“The Penny Black Pub Singapore Just Like the Local”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

The Penny Black pub in Singapore is a pleasant British-style hostelry at Boat Quay. Its terrace overlooks the sedately flowing waters of the Singapore River. The pub has a view of Sir Frances Raffles who first laid foot on the opposite bank of the Singapore River, on what was then the island of Singapura or Lion Island.

The pub itself is reminiscent of British pubs long gone. An oak bar with hand-pulled beer pumps delivering a range of beers familiar from blighty; John Smith’s, Boddingtons’s, Guinness. Kronenborg and the like.

Sunday lunches at the Penny Black are a real taste of home with a buffet fare of roast beef, pork and lamb with all the extras; crispy yet fluffy roast potatoes and parsnips, sprouts, carrots, boiled and roast potatoes covered with a stream of dark brown meaty gravy. Follow the main with an apple crumble and custard. Food just like mother used to make.

The pub is directly opposite the erstwhile Singapore GPO, this Palladian style building, which opened in 1926 is now a five star luxury hotel: The Fullerton.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Chicago, Illinois
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29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“The food is good, but don't expect a penny back!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

We stopped in this restaurant for lunch and throughloy enjoyed the food, but were a bit taken aback by the prices. An ice tea is $7.50 and just a soda water will run you $4.50. I got two sides-- the buttered corn and carrots and cheesy potatoes with onions. Both were delicious but expensive. My boyfriend got a ham cheese which was a generous portion and served with french fries. There's something for everybody on the menu, but unless you order sides and no drinks--be prepared for a large bill.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ko Samui, Thailand
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Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Good pub grub and right on Boat Quay”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Ate there Sunday lunchtime as had walked past it previously and knew it did pub food. Had awful hangover and desperately wanted a bacon sandwich and lo and behold I was able to get one! Huge sandwich, good bread and stuff full of bacon and good chips with it. Service quick, although as it was public holiday there were only couple of people sitting outside - there is a deck on the river to sit at if you don't want to sit inside - but it was fine. Says what it is on the box. Would go again for pub food.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, Massachusetts
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85 reviews 85 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Good, authentic fish and chips!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2012

This place is a real taste of England - the interior is frumpy in a cozy pub-like way and the menu is pure English comfort food. Good beer selection and some of the best fish and chips in Singapore.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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