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“Meal before a show”
Review of Punch & Judy

Punch & Judy
Ranked #6,513 of 23,697 Restaurants in London
Price range: $9 - $20
Cuisines: British, Pub
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Covent Garden
Description: The Punch & Judy is a world famous pub landmark in its own right and is thought to be named after the puppet show performances that took place in the nearby piazza for the children of flower-sellers. Built in 1787, this listed building retains much of the original brick and stonework. It's known as being one of the very few buildings in the area that escaped bomb damage during the blitz. The pub is located facing the west piazza and from this balcony our guests have the best view to watch the street performers. It is clear why a pub in London’s Covent Garden Piazza bears this name, for it was here in May 1662 that Samuel Pepys came to see the performance of an Italian puppet play. This is the first record of a ‘Punch’ show in England and would have been a novelty at the time. The Punch & Judy serves fantastic British cask ales, selected wines and premium spirits as well as traditional British pub food such as fish & chips and steak & ale pie. The team look forward to your visit!
Reviewed November 16, 2013 via mobile

Good beer, friendly people, good atmosphere, we usually eat in the bar downstairs. Food is good pub grub & always arrives quickly, highly recommended for a pint & burger prior to seeing a show

Thank Steve H
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

I've been to many pubs in the area and this certainly is at a great location, however visited a few times during summer 2013 July/August and this place had always been noisy and packed with people which makes it very undesirable. There are other much better bars and restaurants in the convent garden area which I would suggest rather.

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Spirit P, Guest Relations Manager at Punch & Judy, responded to this reviewResponded November 11, 2013

Dear Muhammad_Adeel, thank you for your feedback. It concerns us greatly to hear of your experience, please accept our apologies for the disappointment caused. Your comments have been duly noted and will be followed up with the Management Team. Kind Regards, TW

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Reviewed October 22, 2013

Great location and nice to go out on to the balcony and over look Covent Garden. The pub does get very busy and isn't that great inside.

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Thank Jdp2584
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

We found this pub by chance whilst strolling around Covent Garden before going to the Theatre.
Downstairs has a bar and an intimate restaurant. Food was fast and great value for money. Also a bar and the pub is on 2 floors with a terrace for warmer days and possibly smokers. The great thing about it is the staff, quite amazing, and very talkative. Ideal for pre theatre suppers.

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Thank Tricia115
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

Three of us visited on a Sunday afternoon to have a few drinks and a bite to eat. They were very busy, so when we first went to order we were told that the kitchen was not taking orders for 15 minutes. This was not a great problem for us as we were not in a rush. When we finally got our food it was OK - pretty average pub fare. The service was friendly and the location is great.

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Thank Edwin F
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