Punch & Judy

3 out of 5 Based on 43 reviews


Built in 1787, this pub was thought to be named after the puppet show performances that took place in the nearby piazza for the children of flower-sellers - Covent Garden originally being a flower market. This is a listed building and retains much of the original brick and stonework. It's known as being one of the very few buildings in the area that escaped bomb damage during the blitz.

This pub is 'world famous' and is located facing the west piazza and from this our balcony guests have the best view to watch the street performers.

As a Taylor Walker pub, we are proud to offer freshly prepared British pub food and high quality drinks. With experienced and friendly staff, whether you are a cask ale fan, love a chilled glass of white wine or a freshly ground cup of coffee, we will serve you in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

Join us for a classic British dish such as hand battered cod, chips and mushy or garden peas, a juicy rump steak burger and chips or a roast of the day seven days a week. Our pub food is freshly prepared and includes all your favourites. We also offer a range of sandwiches and jacket potatoes, all served by our welcoming and friendly team.

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40 The Market, Covent Garden Piazza, London, WC2E 8RF

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+44 (0)20 7379 0923

Opening Times:

Open : Mon 10:00 - 23:00, Tue 10:00 - 23:00, Wed 10:00 - 23:00, Thu 10:00 - 23:00, Fri 10:00 - 23:00, Sat 10:00 - 23:00, Sun 12:00 - 22:30

Food Served: Mon 10:00 - 21:30, Tue 10:00 - 21:30, Wed 10:00 - 21:30, Thur 10:00 - 21:30, Fri 10:00 - 19:00, Sat 10:00 - 19:00, Sun 12:00 - 21:30

Book a taxi by app or by phone on 0844 556 0706

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Punch & Judy

40 The Market
Covent Garden Piazza
+44 (0)20 7379 0923
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3 out of 5 based on 43 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Punch & Judy

3.0 out of 5 5 March 2014
by Jim K.

Stopped here while shopping, big surprise. Very friendly staff in this very popular place. Had the pulled pork nachos. It was weird that the chips that they used were dusted with flavoring like Doritos in the US. Not what I like or expect in a nacho. OK place to stop for a pint, but wouldn't be my first choice next time I'm in the area.more

4.0 out of 5 17 January 2014
by John C.

I had been here back in 2003. It is the same as I remember it. If you get a chance, read the pub history opposite the bar on the left as you first walk in on the lower level. We have the pulled pork natchos, which we thought would be something interesting to try. They were very good. Prices are reasonable for the area. Good balcony views if you can find space. We will be back.more

5.0 out of 5 28 December 2013
by Ehab A.

I stumbled upon this place by chance. I didn't try the balcony view, but I did try the basement view. It had a distinctive look and feel to it. The candlelit tables gives an added romantice and cozy atmosphere to the whole experience.

I ordered the roast and it was delicious! The price might be a bit above average, but it's well worth it.

I recommend this place to anyone and specially to...more

5.0 out of 5 22 December 2013
by Josh E.

I'm a very big fan of this place!

Spread across a few floors, this place always has an amazing atmosphere for a few drinks during the day or in the evening.

I've never eaten here but they serve a really nice selection of draft beers and bottled beers.

One of the big features is their balcony which has become quite famous as it gives you a front row seat to all the acts that frequently...more

3.0 out of 5 25 September 2013
by Sonali B.

My visit to Punch and Judy was short and sweet so we'll keep my review the same. I can't rate this place excellent or give it one star as my visit was brief and I've only ever been there once.

Before heading to Dishoom for dinner, both my husband and I were walking around Covent Garden people watching when we decided to hit a pub and have a drink before dinner. I have passed Punch and Judy a...more