19th Dec 2011 9:00am | By Editor
Step back in time to Dickensian London in this authentic London tavern.
THE SCENE Named after the founders of Punch magazine (similar to Private Eye) in 1840 because its journalists were always in here having a beer or two, the venue boasts Victorian decor, with high ceilings, wooden panels and glazed tiles. It’s won many awards – and it’s easy to see why. It’s relaxed, cosy and brimming with character, with a roaring open fire offering refuge from the cold.
THE GRUB Calorie-rich, delicious, winter comfort food. On offer for mains are ham, eggs and chips; cauliflower and broccoli cheese pie with mash; and sausage and mash. You won’t go hungry here with the generous portion sizes. And don’t scrimp on dessert – there’s plum fudge pudding and apple and almond crumble with custard on offer.
BEHIND THE BAR A great range of draught beers and ciders, including Mad Goose and Doom Bar; a decent selection of wines, as well as cocktails.
BILL PLEASE Mains from £7.50; desserts £4.50; a pint of beer from £3.85; a glass of wine from £3.75; and cocktails from £12.50.
VERDICT This is a proper English boozer – no airs or graces, just decent food and an ample selection of drinks in a colourful building steep in history – perfect for a couple of glasses of mulled wine during the festive season. 4/5 Carol Driver
99 Fleet Street, EC4Y 1DE
Tube: St Paul’s