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“Totally average, but still pleasant”

The Penny Black Victorian London Pub
Ranked #704 of 11,764 Restaurants in Singapore
Price range: $12 - $25
Cuisines: Bar, Pub
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighborhood: The Quays
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.
Reviewed March 17, 2013

This place is just like the majority of restaurants and bars around Boat Quay (see my review). It's very average. Service is not good nor not bad, the menu is mediocre, the food is edible but does not invite you to come back. Luckily prices are also average so you don't pay too much and can leave the place with a very full belly (including a pint of beer) and still have some money in your pocket. I paid SGD 71.- for a full English breakfast (for lunch!), roast beef with mash, 3 soft drinks, 2 coffee and a pint of Guiness. And including a 10-dollar dessert! The interior is OK, although the toilets are pretty bad. Outside though, you can sit in an excellent spot at the water with a great view over the old colonial waterfront. I can imagine that on a night out with drinkers from the UK, you'll have a great time here.

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Thank Pacifico W
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

Right on Boat Quay, the Penny Black looks just like the older-style pubs in England. Lots of varnished wood, and embossed wallpaper that nobody's used in their house since probably before I was born (and that's a while ago!). It looks very authentic, just like my local place in Norwich many years ago.

Came here for something traditionally British (I'm from the UK but live in Japan) and wasn't disappointed. There is a small bar menu (which was the first thing I saw inside and was slightly disappointed), but when I saw the larger food menu it was a relief. All of the usual staples like cottage pie, fish and chips, nachos etc. are on the menu. In the end I had toad-in-the hole which was excellent, although it was difficult to choose between it and the Eggs Benedict (not a UK speciality but a personal favourite).

It's not so cheap, but I went on a Sunday evening and pints of Tiger were $12 as it was Happy Hour. Food is generally in the S$15-18 range for main courses.

There's a taxi rank if you exit to the right and go back to the main road, and it wasn't difficult to find a taxi even after a few pints. Good view of the Fullerton Hotel from out front, too, and lots of restaurants on the same street if you only want a beer. TV had soccer on, but wasn't too loud.

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Thank mjb1001
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

After taking a few work colleagues we settled to what hoped to be a present evening of food and light refreshments. How wrong could I have been, the service is worse than the normal Singapore standard. The food arrived with no knives / forks etc... had to ask, taking 10 minutes , then another 10 minutes for salt / Pepper and sauce. The food was cold and very over cooked. After leaving I had the pleasure of food poisoning and spent the night vomiting with severe Diarrhoeal - requiring my to go to the hospital to receive plasma - I feel so sick.

This place have returned the worst experience with a nasty after affect...

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Reviewed January 1, 2013

The location is probably one of the better things the Penny Black has going for itself. Right at the start (or end?) of Boat Quay, it's a great location to sit outside on a lazy afternoon with a pint. I wish they had a larger beer selection but overall it's a good place.

I also had a salad there, which was good. Haven't tried any other food but from what I could tell the other patrons were eating a variety of the foods. A couple patrons were just there for the drinks.

I went in December, in the mid-afternoon.

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1  Thank TheEveningPaper
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

Good venue for a few beers, watch out for the expats! great pub food selection and good place to chill out after work. if it is full pop[ next door to Harrys....same same but different!

Thank TheBeigeTraveller
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