In 1974 Covent Garden's famous flower and vegetable market vacated one of London's prime pieces of real estate.
Tops on the tourist trail, Covent Garden is now the place for trendy shops, restaurants and a great little pub called "Punch and Judy", named for the Punch and Judy shows reminiscent of my childhood. When photographing the "Punch and Judy" pub sign recently, I had a distinct feeling that Judy in the white mob cap bore a remarkable resemblance to Sir John Major, who succeeded Margaret Thatcher as British Prime Minister in 1990!
In a big cheery bar with a wide balcony , diners at the 'Punch and Judy' have front row seats for performances put on by street entertainers in the Covent Garden Piazza.
The food is described as hearty - traditional pub fare including pies and sausage and mash at reasonable prices - and a variety of beers; Courage Best, John Smith's, Theakston, Foster's, Kronenbuourg and Beamish are all available.
Address: 40 The Market, Covent Garden, London.
The nearest tube station is Covent Garden on the Piccadilly Line.
Posted by Anne Gordon on Thursday, 26th August, 2010.