Punch & Judy

About

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. With a great location facing the west piazza, 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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Venue Details & Map

Punch & Judy

Address
40 The Market
Covent Garden Piazza
London
WC2E 8RF
Telephone:
+44 (0)20 7379 0923
Public transport:
Covent Garden, Underground
Yelp Reviews

3.5 out of 5 based on 68 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Punch & Judy

3.0 out of 5 1 July 2016
by Norman W.

Before our visit to the London film Museum we decided to have a drink and a bite in this great pub, in the middle of Covent Garden Market. Nice surroundings but, naturally, full of tourists (thinking about it, WE were tourists too).

We chose cod goujons, beautiful white fish in a very light batter with a dip, followed by chicken wings. Not the standard emaciated wings but really meaty pieces...more

4.0 out of 5 23 June 2016
by Shambhavi P.

Great place in Covent Garden to get some sunny pints on the balcony. That's where everyone wants to be! Otherwise, you can grab seats by the window, which are quite good as well.

Split on 3 levels, they have other quieter areas as well. But the balcony is the most coveted spot.

Service is great. We were there pn a Friday evening when some sports event was on (can't recollect) and a lasdy at...more

3.0 out of 5 23 June 2016
by Karishma P.

This pub is named after the original Punch and Judy puppet shows that used to take place at the Covent Garden square in front of the pub. Taylor Walker has taken over the management of this pub now

Punch and Judy is the ideal location to watch the shows going on in the Covent Garden Square, especially if you climb up to the first floor. You get a great view of the performance, you can hear...more

1.0 out of 5 24 May 2016
by Bianca W.

Ugh, terrible experience here.

It's really dark and dingy inside, though there is some comfy seating in the corners here and there, most seating consists of high, wobbly tables with bar stools.

It took a while to wait at the bar to order, there definitely wasn't enough staff though it didn't seem very busy. I finally ordered and somehow the bartender "misheard" diet coke for lager and got...more

3.0 out of 5 15 November 2015
by Daniel F.

Don't think you could find a more

Central pub than this. Right in the heart of Covent Garden.

What I love firstly is the name. No Dog & Bone...Red Lion...Kings Head...Queens Head....Golden Lion....insert other pub names of indistinct normality and cliché. This is THE Punch & Judy pub. Lovely.

Secondly you go in through a side

Entrance in the piazza. Then go up a stairs and into the bar. Now...more

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