Punch Tavern, Fleet Street
Unfortunately, the Punch Tavern is only half the pub it used to be. For some reason, hard to work out at the moment, the pub was divided in two a few years ago. Now only half of the magnificent Victorian interior is accessible by the punters. A real shame, it was one of the great Fleet Street pubs when Fleet Street was the centre of journalistic excellence (or otherwise) in the UK. It still does a pretty decent pint of Guinness but the other beer is not very remarkable. Always busy, a Friday evening visit saw this one's resources stretched to the limit. A recent innovation on the food front has established what's been described as "a self service gastropub", which translated means "buffet". Pop in on a quieter night to admire what's left of the interior and ponder what's now on the other side of the wall on your right as you enter.
10 Jun 2008
I've had many rounds in this pub and it's long gone time for it to hang up it's gloves. No atmosphere as a pub and the food is over-priced and bland. The buffet is particularly tired, though not as bad as the frozen oven ready chips it serves with the fish & chips for £8.50. Lazy management like this deserves to wither on the vine but unfortunately the local office functions it caters for seem to maintain it's survival. The place is dire but one consolation is that it's marginally better than the Printer's Devil which is it's sibling.
99 Fleet Street, Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 1DE
020 7353 6658
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How to find the Punch Tavern pub
From Blackfriars, leave the station by the north exit onto New Bridge street and follow it up to the junction with Fleet Street and Ludgate Hill. Turn left and the pub is just on the left.