Party Earth Review Set deep within Mayfair, a neighborhood best known for its plethora of private banks, The Punch Bowl is an unassuming bar that happens to be owned by the less-unassuming film director Guy Ritchie. Movie buffs hoping to... ... read full review
41 Farm Street
Mayfair, London W1J 5RP
Piccadilly, Victoria, Jubilee Lines: Green Park
020 7493 6841
M–Sa noon–11pm, Su noon–5pm
Mayfair / Knightsbridge, London –
Set deep within Mayfair, a neighborhood best known for its plethora of private banks, The Punch Bowl is an unassuming bar that happens to be owned by the less-unassuming film director Guy Ritchie.
Movie buffs hoping to find a joint styled after Ritchie’s signature fast-paced films, however, will be sorely disappointed – the cozy pub is far more reminiscent of a countryside tavern than a place for Brad Pitt to punch stuff.
Inside the white-washed building, which has housed a bar since the 1700s, photographs of the royal family, landscape paintings, and a large portrait of Winston Churchill take up much of the wall space, while vintage lanterns hang from the mustard yellow ceiling.
Hollywood friends of the owner are still known to drop in, but patrons dining at the heavy wooden tables are more likely to be local suits than celebrities, and while the energy can be lively, it’s rarely tabloid-worthy.
Despite the venue’s English inn ambiance, its wine list is dominated by French labels, and the wealthy bankers and upstart young professionals who fill the upper and lower dining rooms enjoy cross-cultural European fare like mint risotto and herb-crumbled lamb.
A throwback to the quaint country pubs of old, but with a high-end polish, The Punch Bowl continues to be a Mayfair institution, regardless of who owns it.
Go here for a pint, not for celebrity-gawking. Sure, it’s owned by one of the most bad-ass directors in town, but star-studded sightings have dropped way off since Ritchie and Madonna split up.
Young professionals, local hedge fund managers, wealthy bankers, finance types, sophisticated ladies, die-hard movie fans, and some celebrities, mid-20s to 60s.
Mellow ambient music. Occasional live bands.
European dishes including seared tuna loin, battered haddock fillet, herb-crumbled lamb rump, and hanger steak.
Bar snacks £2–£8, appetizers £7.50–£12, entrées £14.50–£36, desserts £6.50–£10. Beer £4+ wine £4.50–£8/glass or £14–£80/bottle, cocktails £5–£9.
Business casual: suits, collared shirts, cocktail dresses.
Saturdays and Sundays for upbeat conversation and a lively crowd.
The Audley (41 Mount Street) is another upscale pub that serves a more familiar selection of typical pub grub.