The punch bowl, Mayfair
I try not to have any preconceptions when I go to a restaurant. I want to just go along, enjoy the food, enjoy the atmosphere… bob’s your uncle. (Let’s just take a moment to appreciate that I clearly turned into Del boy overnight). However, when I was invited down to The Punch Bowl, I couldn’t help but have a little google of the gastro pub come dining room, set in one of the most stunning area’s in London, Mayfair, and wonder just how nice can a pub be?
In short – and because the secret 5 year old in me can’t hold the suspense – really bloody nice.. The Punch Bowl is a very strange contradiction; the downstairs pub area was absolutely heaving with people, to the point of it would probably get a little too much for me quite quickly… but the upstairs restaurant however, is stunning. Serene, peaceful and scattered with funky artwork of models, many gold accents and ambient lighting that was perfect for a date (but awful for photography #BloggerProblems) I immediately felt relaxed and ready to eat like a pig for my 3 course meal.
Of course I went for 3 courses, you know me by now πŸ˜‰
The punch bowl, Mayfair
The punch bowl, MayfairThe punch bowl, Mayfair
The punch bowl, Mayfair
First thing’s first, when I alerted the lovely waitress, named Sara (I think, I’m pretty awful with names), of me having coeliac disease and needing to eat gluten free, she immediately understood and listed off a whole host of dishes that would be fine for me, checking with the kitchen right away also which made me feel at ease from the very beginning. I was so pleased to find that there were many gluten free options with the vast majority of the dishes being able to be made gluten free. Also, the chips were fried separately meaning that I could demolish actually eat them [insert hands up/hallelujah/heart eye’d emoji’s here].
The punch bowl, Mayfair
The punch bowl, Mayfair
The punch bowl, Mayfair
The punch bowl, Mayfair
The punch bowl, Mayfair
The punch bowl, Mayfair
After perusing the menu – I am that girl that takes an age to decide even though she’s pre-checked out the menu at home – I finally decided that starting with some wine would be the best option…
Saving me some crucial extra minutes to make my decision…
The punch bowl, Mayfair
The punch bowl, Mayfair
The punch bowl, Mayfair
The punch bowl, Mayfair
The punch bowl, Mayfair
I really liked the menu at The Punch Bowl. A mixture of nibbles, small plates and big plates means you have the option to try a little of everything or go hard or go home and we kiiiiinda’ did both.
The punch bowl, Mayfair
The punch bowl, Mayfair
The punch bowl, Mayfair
The punch bowl, Mayfair
Starting with some Olives which were so tasty, with a good mix of each variety too, they were the perfect start to the meal. 
The punch bowl, Mayfair
The punch bowl, Mayfair
The punch bowl, Mayfair
Before moving on to some vegetable crisps and ranch dressing – the dressing was substituted to be made gluten free – and these, these probably shouldn’t have been so amazing… but they really were. So flavoursome but also light enough to not make you feel too full. (Not that’s really a problem for me as I have the appetite of an elephant, no seriously….). But they were good, seriously seriously good.
The punch bowl, Mayfair
The punch bowl, Mayfair
The punch bowl, Mayfair
Moving on to the mains. I have to say, after being told I actually couldn’t have the fish pie due to flour being added to the mix – which didn’t upset me too much as I was just really pleased to see our lovely waitress/the kitchen staff so on the ball – I was a green eyed monster a little envious watching Dan receive his burger and chips whilst I ended up with the Trout, new potatoes and roasted veg. The burger looked, and apparently tasted, incredible. Full of flavour, the meat was rich and juicy and the chips were just perfect (which I can vouch for).. the only downside is that it highlighted my fiance’s loss of fiance points because he picked a main that I couldn’t try πŸ˜‰
The punch bowl, Mayfair
The punch bowl, Mayfair
The punch bowl, Mayfair
The punch bowl, Mayfair
The punch bowl, Mayfair
On to my main which, whilst it didn’t really sound spectacular on the menu, it certainly tasted it. The fish was cooked perfectly, the vegetable’s nice and crisp (no one like’s a soggy bottom vegetable!) and I loved the combination of the soft boiled eggs and salty new potatoes. I ordered a side of triple cooked chips – because carbs on carbs is totally OK, right? Right… – and they were actually beautiful. Salty, the right amount of crunch… just perfect.
P.S Can we all appreciate how hard I’m trying to not describe everything as lovely/tasty/flavoursome/[insert your own choice of equally unoriginal descriptions here]?  
The punch bowl, Mayfair
The punch bowl, Mayfair
On to dessert, my options were narrowed down quite significantly here with the Eton Mess, and selection of Ice creams and sorbets being gluten free, but as a huge Eton mess advocate this wasn’t much of a problem…
The punch bowl, Mayfair
The punch bowl, Mayfair
The punch bowl, Mayfair
My eton mess was actually incredible. Absolutely brimming with the creamiest, richest cream and a nice amount of meringue and strawberries, it was the perfect end to the meal. Well, food-wise. I am all about the after dessert coffee…
The punch bowl, Mayfair
The punch bowl, Mayfair
The punch bowl, Mayfair
Dan opted for the cheeseboard and contently munched his way through the good selection of cheeses, crackers, grapes and chutney, briefly – and I mean, 2 seconds kinda’ brief – pausing to let me take a photo. He still hasn’t quite got the hang of this blogger boyfriend whilst eating out thing yet…
The punch bowl, Mayfair
The punch bowl, Mayfair
The punch bowl, Mayfair
The punch bowl, Mayfair
Finishing off with an obligatory latte, Dan and I really enjoyed just chilling for half an hour (knowing that no more photo’s needed to be taken) talking about life and how lucky we are to be able to experience things like lovely food reviews together. Overall, we really, really enjoyed this dinner. I found it a little hard to put my finger on quite why I liked The Punch Bowl so much and I think it’s because it has character. You have the option to have a lively drink and chill with the girls/lads after work downstairs… or go upstairs to the beautiful restaurant and enjoy a delicious meal in a gorgeous setting, but without it feeling too smart/pompous that you can’t relax. And those sort of places are always my favourite.
I would love to know if you’ve been to The Punch Bowl before or if it’s a place that you’d consider? As always, if you have any London restaurant – in particular, gastro pub – recommendations, I would love to hear from you πŸ™‚

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post!
*This meal was very kindly complimentary but all thoughts, photographs and love for triple cooked chips and eton mess, my own.

62 responses to “THE PUNCH BOWL, MAYFAIR”

  1. The food looks delicious!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  2. Liz Tarran says:

    Your blog is always one of my favourites to read! This food all looks so yummy, I'm so hungry now xx

    Liz | LotsofLoveLiz β™₯

  3. Claire says:

    What a beautiful restaurant and the food looks amazing!

    God bless,
    Xo, Claire

  4. Oh this place looks incredible and pretty reasonably priced too! The burger and fish look so yummy to be honest, as do the desserts! I bet you had such a lovely night out together xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

  5. Jodie Vernon says:

    The food looks so delicious and the place itself sounds amazing!
    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

  6. Angie Silver says:

    The trout wold have been my choice too, looks delicious and I always think that the punch bowl has such a lovely atmosphere.
    Lots of love,

    SilverSpoon London

  7. OK I'm officially hungry now, thanks Ellie! The food looks delicious, I must add this place to my wishlist.

  8. Rachel-Beth says:

    Oh my gosh that eton mess **drools**. Looks like you've found another really great spot to eat at and I am SO HUNGRY NOW and I just ate dinner πŸ˜›

    Rachel xx

  9. Oh my gosh I am starving now, the upstairs setting sounds and looks just amazing, big fan of yummy nibbles and that burger would have to be my choice it looks divine. ANOTHER place added to my list of must go to thanks to you πŸ˜‰ xxx


  10. Mmm you can't beat Eton Mess! I've been to the Punchbowl way before the refurbishment so would definitely like to try it in its new incarnation

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  11. Everything looks absolutely perfect! And "bad" (as in very pretty, just not for photos) lighting for food/drinks is the worst! haha. Your photos did turn out absolutely beautiful though.

    N- Naomi in Wonderland

  12. Wow what a gorgeous restaurant! The set up is so classy and the food looks amazing!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  13. ella grace says:

    You make so hungry now with all your gorgeous food photos Elle! I love the cosy setting of the restaurant as well. Xx

    every LiTTLE thing07

  14. Lauren S says:

    This pub sounds AMAZING, I love gastro pub food and that Eton Mess looks so delicious *heart eyes emoji over here*

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  15. Art Adorned says:

    The place looks amazing I would love to visit one day, Im sure you had a great time there.

  16. Elle, me and you are alike when it comes to checking out the menu at home first. And when I don't know what to order, it takes me longer when I am at the restaurant, but hey it happens. And just look at that food… everything looks amazing.

    Kia / KTS

  17. Coco Cami says:

    Beautiful review, stunning photographs. Looks like a perfect meal, thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

    Camille xo

  18. LBG says:

    Wow fantastic! I wouldn't be able to chose between the burger or the fish! And the dip too! The place looks so warm and chic too, love the art. Great post!

  19. Rosy Flynn says:

    I'm starting to see you as my own personal enabler, I keep thinking I will spend more time at home and less outing out at lovely places, then I see lovely places on your blog and off I go out for lunch haha

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

  20. May Cho says:

    Sounds like one heck of a place, Elle! I love the fact that it gives different vibes depending on where you choose to sit, and ahh, helpful waitresses and waiters are the best! The food look incredible, too!

    May | THE MAYDEN

  21. Rachel Hosie says:

    Dayum, that burger though. Beaut piece, ma dear! xxx

  22. Looks absolutely gorgeous – your photos of food always make me SOO hungry though haha!

    Beth x
    Bethany Georgina

  23. My goodnessss!
    The burger looks inviting.
    Oh im thinking of working out later but when i see your post– i think i need a burger with fries lol

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  24. What a nice place! Food looks really delicious and there are so much to try. That burger looks so tempting *drools* ha ha πŸ™‚ xx

  25. Stephanie says:

    Oh my gosh everything looks so yummy!! Your hair looks great!!! πŸ™‚

  26. crafty-zone says:

    Sounds like great restaurant with delicious food, especially I love that hamburger with fries, the outcome of this dish is perfect, because it was served in great way πŸ™‚ PS: I totally agree with Zaarah, work out is so hard when you see food like this one from your post πŸ˜€ Have a great weekend, my dear!

  27. What an amazing meal! So glad you went whole hog, it's the only way to do it! Also, I totally sympathise with you on the lack of adjectives to describe food without sounding repetitive/like a twat. Lovely post, Elle x

    Martha Edwards |

  28. bryony grace says:

    Um okay that food looks absolutely delicious, especially the deserts definitely making me hungry now! x

  29. Alina Bostan says:

    I am quite hungry after looking through the photos, everything looks delicious and the pace sounds amazing. I love the name, the decor & the menu from the looks of it. Plus your photos are lovely, I can tell it has that cosy feel to it & I love it x

    Beauty with charml

  30. Rubi Ani says:

    I should not have read this post before eating lunch, haha. My stomach has started talking.
    Rubi | Instagram | The Den |

  31. Vicky says:

    This is a stones throw from my office and it's my little lunch time secret – I love it under the new management (I think they've been there about a year now) – the food is spot on! xx

  32. You always eat at such cool places and you always seem to pick amazing food! I'm practically drooling XD xx

  33. Glam O'Clock says:

    I am saving this post for my next night out! I love gastro-pubs and triple cooked chips! I have some food restrictions due to a medical condition too and cannot eat everything myself so I always appreciate when a restaurant can offer tasty alternatives πŸ™‚ xx

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