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Penny Lane Pub
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
421 E Franklin St
phone: (804) 780-1682
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Penny Lane is a well done English pub in downtown Richmond. The entryway has a nice open courtyard area with plenty of seating and a comfortable atmosphere. The main area is a large bar and a typical decor of sport and beer paraphernalia including a great collection of soccer scarves.
They have 10+ on tap including the usuals such as Guinness, Fuller's ESB, Smithwick's, Bass, etc. It's not a craft beer bar but they've got the stuff that helped get us there. I had a Fuller's ESB and a Fuller's Porter. I think they were around $5 each which isn't bad for an Imperial pint.
The guys behind the bar are helpful, outgoing and enjoy talking soccer.
I had a great night at Penny Lane. Don't go looking for craft beer but if it's a fun pub experience you're looking for, Penny Lane is the place for that.
03-21-2010 11:50:17 |
More by GJ40
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
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
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | $$$
As I was walking around downtown, I saw this place and decided to give er a go.
This may be the best atmoshphere I have come across. Now, being a nonsmoker, all of the smokiness is a huge turnoff, but outdoor seating makes up for that.
As one walks in, there is an outdoor atrium area that lines the street and is the perfect place to have a couple of beers. Open air, beer, window shoppers; doesnt get much better. The indoor area is smoking and is loaded with smokers. I couldnt stand all of the smoke so I chose the atrium area and was very satisfied.
Aside from the atrium, not much going on here. Service was nice. 4-7 is happy hour where one receives a token for each beer purchased before 7pm. Redeem these tokens for free beer later (two tokens equal one free beer).
Selection was typical pseudo English pub with only 10 drafts. Not a bad place to stop for a beer or two but I wouldnt make this the only destination in Richmond.
05-27-2009 00:44:44 |
More by SaCkErZ9
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
Wow... Open the door and step into Liverpool...
Terry the pub owner is a great ol Brit.. and this bar screams old english pub...
The beers on tap are great english / irish / euro beers, although I think I saw a Bud tap...
A great place to go just to catch up on soccer tourny's or enjoy an afternoon pint and conversations with the crew.. The place can get crowded Thursday / Friday nights. Upstairs they have pool tables and darts.
Not a fancy place by any means, but its got personality..
If you're in town looking for a 'real' english pub, stop in here and talk with Terry...
03-20-2008 21:47:56 |
More by constrc
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in to try a few english pints with a local friend. (He has been to the old place,before it was moved) Good atmosphere, really liked the downstairs, reminded me about pubs overseas when i was in the service. A somewhat limited selection of beers, all good english and scotish beers, but all were pints. Did not try the food. A really good place to relax and enjoy a good cigar along with a few pints. Upsairs consisted of dartboards and poker tables. I will be comming back and visiting this pub.
02-09-2008 02:16:09 |
More by gus
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
One of the first places i ever regularly visited when i became of age (the 7th st. location), PLP is still a destination for many in the area.
New digs on 5th and Franklin make the downstairs look nearly identical to the old place, save for the dart boards, which are now upstairs.
The vibe is different, depending on when you visit, and whether you hang out upstairs or down. Big happy hour/dinner crowd from the surrounding business district, especially when the General Assembly is in session Jan/Feb. Upstairs is a younger crowd destination after dark, dartboard and pooltables are usually taken. 5 taps upstairs, Guiness(naturally) Newcastle, Harp, a cider, and what else i forget. Not quite a full bar, but lotsa liquors if that's your thing.
Downstairs is more of a beer-fly/regular vibe, and where the other taps are located. Pretty good stuff outta England, Fuller's ESB, London POrter and London Pride, which is always good there. Strongbow cider, Guiness of course, Harp, Newcastle, Twisted Thistle IPA, a domestic or two, maybe bass.
Being a regular-driven spot, service is always good, especially at the bar. Prices may be a little high, but keep in mind you are getting Imperial pints, so they're really not so bad.
Haven't eaten much there other than the fish n' chips, which is kinda hard to mess up, but im not really impressed with English food otherwise. Great place to go for a soccer match (world cup is always packed, and they will open up early to accomodate futbol fans of big EPL and world cup matches).
I like PLP, and will visit a couple times a month, just be wary that downstairs plays The Beatles all the time, especially if Terry is there
10-04-2007 19:33:29 |
More by hchinaski
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
The only food I've tried here were eggs and a bit of tea for an early World Cup match this past summer, so I'm not much help in that department. The atmosphere is probably one of the best parts about Penny Lane, with its Liverpool supporter's pride evident as soon as you walk in (just ignore the other weak club scarves hanging near the bar), and the solid wooden bar with plaid walls and various kitsch tacked about. The atrium seems a bit ritzy, but adds a nice touch which you don't really see at many pubs, let alone restaurants. The bar itself feels like a comfortable place due to the room's closed-in ambience, which for some can be a good or bad thing. Mostly Beatles on the speakers, but they mix it up now and again. The service is great if you've grabbed a stool at the bar, and the bartenders there know how to pour a great pint. I've only had draft selections, and they carry some standard import favorites of mine (Belhaven and Fuller's Porter). May not be the place to go if you like a whole lot of variety or harder to find beer in one sitting, but has good standbys to savor. If you like the English Premier League, it's a great place to catch a match on Saturday and enjoy a nicely poured imperial pint. Or, if you just get out of work downtown, hit happy hour and rack up the hay-pint tokens.
09-13-2006 20:41:32 |
More by CharlieMopps
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in for dinner. I am a big fan of bangers and mash - not having a local source in my town. The atmosphere was definitely english, football on the tele, old wood pub style bar, english accents, and memorabilia everywhere (a lot of beatles stuff with audio to boot). The place is extremely smoky smelling (however didn't really notice a alot of smog inside) - don't know if that is by design or not. That is about the only drawback.
The have a decent selection (4-5 on tap beers each upstair and down - didn't ask about bottle selection since I am a draft man) - I had a Belhaven draft in an imperial stout glass - good pour and tasted excellent - sometimes Belhaven is hard to find on tap and prices were extremely reasonable. The bangers and mash of course were tasty and hit the spot.
I will definitely return to use my free beer tokens.
This place is also a Upromise stop so if you have kids you get some money back.
04-07-2006 17:37:54 |
More by flood
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
This is a good place to take out of towners and to relax on your own occasionaly. The staff doesnt seem to care if you hang out and watch some "football" and sip your beer. As others have said the beer selection is a bit shallow, I didnt even see Legends but I guess they arent English. There is a nice spot upstairs with darts and pool tables with another bar. Theres a nice happy hour which is from 5-7. Every pint gets you a wood pog. Turn in 2 pogs for a pint for a penny. You can turn in the pogs at any time which is nice. The food was ok. I would reccomend the curry chicken, order it spicy. Also the baked brie with Grand Mariner sauce was excellent. Also they have cider on tap which is sometimes hard to find and nice for the ladies. Terry, the owner, is a hoot. Be sure to read the articles on the wall as you enter about him working in the same club as the Beatles played in.
02-13-2006 14:11:37 |
More by nriech
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