Punchbowl Mayfair review: Dining at Guy Ritchie’s old pub

Guy Ritchie sold his ‘pub to the stars’ last year but even after the recent relaunch, celebrities including Lady Gaga have sauntered into the place in search of a refreshment.

I visited the Mayfair watering hole, the Punchbowl, to dine in their first floor restaurant, which offers smaller plates than the downstairs pub area and has a completely different feel to the bar food area which is decked out in cosy animal motif cushions.

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The pub bar downstairs
The pub bar downstairs

Now under new ownership, the property has been revamped and updated.

Each ceiling on all three levels is lined with a different funky wallpaper (gold, green and drawings) even the wallpaper on the old wooden stairs makes you want to stop and stare.

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Cosy areas in the pub downstairs can be reserved
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The dining room on level two
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The private dining area on level three
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Check out the gold framed TV for presentations
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The area faces the long table in the private dining room
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I loved the playing cards wallpaper

But the décor in the private dining room on level three impressed me most with playing cards wallpaper, a dramatic long meeting table and a separate lounge area opposite (with a TV disguised in a photo frame for presentations). IMG_3278

The room is available based on a minimum spend.

Downstairs however, my sister and I enjoyed some house red (Molino Loco, Monastrell, Yecla, 2013, Spain, £17) which lasted us right from our warm bread and butter to start, until we finished the meal.

I would recommend the cured Scottish salmon (£9.50) to begin. It comes with a great tangy lemon curd plus crunchy dehydrated parsley to provide a variety of textures.

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Salmon with lemon curd and dried parsley to start
Salmon with lemon curd and dried parsley to start

For the mains: the wild mushroom, spinach and cream cheese ravioli with pine nuts, autumn truffle, shaved Parmesan and truffle emulsion (£15) was great.

Have that or the roast fillet of stone bass which comes with crab cannelloni, carrot and star anise purée, plus samphire and crab bisque (£17).

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Spinach and truffle mash for sides
Spinach and truffle mash for sides

With sides of spinach and truffle mashed potato, the portions were so filling we could only manage to share one dish for afters.

For dessert the warm chocolate pudding, dehydrated clementine with orange and clove ice cream (£8) so was full of intense flavours, its Terry’s Chocolate Orange taste (but much richer) made it feel as though Christmas had come early.

Chocolate orange for dessert
Chocolate orange for dessert

So if you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy the Christmas party, you know what to do.

xo

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