Dovetail | Farringdon, Greater London
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Good based on 24 ratings
Type: Bar

9 Jerusalem Passage,
Farringdon, Greater London England EC1V 4JP [ print map ]
020 7490 7321

Hours: 12 - 11.30 Daily

Mayor: Boudicca (1) | Taps: 14 | Bottles: 100+


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Beer Available At Dovetail (arranged by most recent)
Troubadour Spťciale 46, Chimay Triple / Blanche (White) / Cinq Cents 99, Gollems Precious IPA 95
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24 reviews for Dovetail
 Ambiance  76%
 Service  67%
 Selection  70%
 Food  76%
 Value  67%
 Overall  72%
 Rating  77%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
jjsint  (339) Ely, England | October 28, 2015
Ok, so. We are pretty much all in agreement that Belgian beer is amazing. Right? Ergo, any bar offering 107 Belgian beers (albeit mostly in bottle) must be damn near perfect. Well. Crowded on an early weekday evening (i.e. in need of space management), offering more than a few sub-par Belgians, this is a place to admire rather than love. Having said this, all but the most seasoned ticker will find something new here, and it is nice to see a temple to the (arguably) greatest beer country. So, not a destination, but certainly worth a stop if in the neighbourhood.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76  (174) , England | May 8, 2015
A place that I used to frequent regularly before joining Ratebeer. Still good on a recent visit which produced a couple of ticks. Generally a decent atmosphere in here but it can get busy and inevitably when that happens service slows down. Some staff here are pretty knowledgeable, others not so much, luck of the drawer. The food here was very nice but I didnít have any on my most recent visit. On the right night, this is a great place to chill out and enjoy the Belgian Beverages.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
Boudicca  (1035) London, England | April 19, 2015
Before London developed its own beer scene Dovetail was by all accounts one of the go-to places for beer aficionados and well known for its Belgian beers. It does actually feel like a place you might find in Belgium. It has a slate tiled floor, green tiled table tops, pointy Leffe-style arches behind the bench seats and Tintin posters on the wall. The windows open onto a passageway off St Johnís Square. There are 14 taps with some of the more popular Belgian brews on offer but the treat for us was the guest beer - Gollemís Precious IPA, which was remarkably good, as was the Chimay Triple. (Visited 15 April 2015).
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
malushky  (5) , | December 8, 2014
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 11/20
The_Osprey  (135) Richmond, England | November 13, 2014
Decent beer selection, all Belgian (obviously). Interior is a bit more plain than I was expecting. Service was fine - a bit curt and impersonal but I suppose that just depends on the day. Might have to come back to try the food, having read other reviews!
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 10/20
caesar  (334) Bunnik/Utrecht, Netherlands | August 18, 2014
Small bar, wooden interior. Old furniture, nice old memorabilia on the wall. Visited early afternoon, so no drunken Brits, but during the weekends it can be quite nasty Ive heard. All belgian selection, not the most exciting around. Not really knowledgeable staff. Nice looking menu and food, didnt try it though. Ok bar if you want to get a Belgian shelf turd.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
HampshirePhil  (36) Portsmouth/London, England | March 6, 2014
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 17/20
AdiBeer  (186) London, England | February 8, 2014
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
alovelydrop  (49) , | January 21, 2014
Interesting Belgian bar serving a fairly good range of Belgian beer, although nothing particularly surprising. The decor alone makes it worth a visit in my opinion, it is a bit different to other pubs in the area in that sense. A bit on the pricey side but Iíd say thats par for the course for Belgian beers in London.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Jimmythespoon  (171) , | February 9, 2013
This was one of the few London pubs that started serving strictly Belgian beers, but now I think they have lost their edge. Sister pub of the dove in broadway market. Food is quite decent but donít expect anything more than the commercial Belgian beers.. It is a nice little place to visit however if you are nearby. The chips in the hoegaarden glass is a nice touch.

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