Penny Lane Pub
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Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
3.93/5 rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Penny Lane is a convivial British pub situated on a corner in downtown Richmond, and a few convenient blocks from the Capital Ale House (See My Review). You can't miss it: look for the Beefeaters standing guard - or at least images thereof - and the Union Jack signage above. [Incidentally, the picture shown is from the previous location.]
Enter the quaint courtyard, with bubbling fountain; pass the doors on the left, through a foyer, and step up to the bar, adorned with baskets of complimentary crisps (potato chips to you Yanks). On tap, Penny Lane offers the usual, but welcoming, array of brews: Fuller's Harp, Stella Artois (How did the AB-owned Belgian lager get here?); also on tap is a personal favorite, Old Speckled Hen, a wonderful British ale that is always a great find. As for the food [Pause for generic crack about British cuisine.], you can never go wrong with bangers and mash. I didn't.
Wander around the place; upstairs is another bar complete with dart boards and pool tables; there is a small private dining area - called a "snood." The walls are festooned with everything relating to Britannia, making for a museum of English kitsch. There is much memorabilia dealing with some chap named Lennon, who, in the Sixties, sang with some group named after an insect. Just kidding; everybody knows about these lads from Liverpool who once sang: "Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes."
08-25-2010 16:18:19 | More by jjboesen
3.93/5 rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Penny Lane is a well done English pub in downtown Richmond. The entryway has a nice open courtyard area with plenty of seating and a comfortable atmosphere. The main area is a large bar and a typical decor of sport and beer paraphernalia including a great collection of soccer scarves.
They have 10+ on tap including the usuals such as Guinness, Fuller's ESB, Smithwick's, Bass, etc. It's not a craft beer bar but they've got the stuff that helped get us there. I had a Fuller's ESB and a Fuller's Porter. I think they were around $5 each which isn't bad for an Imperial pint.
The guys behind the bar are helpful, outgoing and enjoy talking soccer.
I had a great night at Penny Lane. Don't go looking for craft beer but if it's a fun pub experience you're looking for, Penny Lane is the place for that.
03-21-2010 11:50:17 | More by GJ40
3.63/5 rDev -5.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
The atmosphere is great. Very English pubby with Beatles music playing most of the time (although for a band with such a huge catalog they seem to only have about 20 songs on repeat a lot of the time). The beers are pretty much what you would expect from a traditional British pub in the US. They've got the standards like Newcastle, Guinness and Bass along with lesser known brews like Fullers, Smithwicks, Belhaven, etc. Nothing really amazing but good beer nonetheless. The food is traditional British pub grub for the most part so it's not exactly haute cuisine but then again it's a pub so you can't complain really. The happy hour deal is pretty cool too, essentially you get your third pint free between 4 and 7. Or if you go with a friend for a quick bite you can each get a half pint before you hit the road. If I had a compaint it would probably be the size, particularly late at night when the close off most of the restaurant it can get jam packed but that's not a big deal really. Also, some of the staff can be a bit surly which I kind of find endearing but some may be turned off by it. It's worth a try at the very least but it's become one of my favorite spots in Richmond.
08-17-2009 20:03:27 | More by apbarwood
Penny Lane Pub in Richmond, VA
88 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.