Dovetail | Farringdon, Greater London
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Exceptional based on 19 ratings
Type: Bar

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

Hours: 12 - 11.30 Daily

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


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Beer Available At Dovetail (arranged by most recent)
La Trappe Quadrupel 99, Gulden Draak 99, Achel 8 Bruin 98, Westmalle Tripel 99, Troubadour Magma 97, St. Bernardus Tripel 99, Pauwel Kwak 95, Brugse Zot Dubbel 71
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19 reviews for Dovetail
 Ambiance  77%
 Service  67%
 Selection  69%
 Food  76%
 Value  68%
 Overall  73%
 Rating  77%
Rating Distribution

bhensonb  (467) Woodland, California | May 23, 2008
Damn hard to find - even with map in hand. Itís best to just count the streets and not worry about names. Of course itís no problem, if you turn correctly out of Farringdon. Otherwise it can take awhile. It did. Worth the effort though. It has its own (almost) lilttle lane. Limited to 4 seats outside. Sort of like a cave inside. Or a something darkish. Good selection on draft and in bottles. Helpful staff.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
downender  (296) Bristol, England | December 31, 2007
Belgian bar with a solid beer list which, although not containing any rarities, has always maintained my interest. Decent food and friendly service helps to make this a pleasant venue to visit.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 10/20
caesar  (285) 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.
DanielBrown  (264) Birmingham (via Leicester), England | February 3, 2004| Updated February 5, 2004
This really is a hidden jewel in Central London. Tucked away down a small alley in Farringdon, this bar has an enormous range of Belgian beers, including 14 on tap, and most served in their proper glassware. It's an unassuming place, with low lighting and lots of Belgian beer adverts on the walls. This is a great place to pick up some tasty and unusual brews, and to try and initiate wary pals into trying some delicious Lambic - Fruit beers. I try to come here whenever I visit the capital.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 12/20
Svesse  (214) Hšsselby, Sweden | October 15, 2008
Belgian bar in an alley not far from the Jerusalem Tavern. From there turn right, walk up to Clerkenwell Road, turn right, cross the street and soon you will see a yard and a small alley to the left. More than ten taps and and large selection of bottled Belgian beers. Nothing out of the oridnary in Belgian terms though. Friendly and efficient service. Nice atmosphere. Definitely worth a visit if youíre passing by.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
ladnewton  (159) London, England | June 1, 2009| Updated June 4, 2009
I first visited this bar in March 2008 and have been back in April of this year with a group of friends. The general layout of the pub suits diners, although drinkers-only are welcomed at all times of opening. Great quality Belgian beers served from a draught range of up to 14, whilst a vast number of bottles are available from a comprehensive beer menu, as found in the best of bars in Belgium itself. A comprehensive food menu is offered and what you receive for your money is rather good value. Try the mussels or the "Waterzooi" for a real taste of Belgium. I would recommend this pub without hesitation, but qualify such a recommendation with the fact it can get crowded on early weekday evenings.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf  (142) Kolding, Denmark | October 4, 2008
Very difficult to find, as the address is nowhere on any of my maps :o) But we found it. Went here both before and after Beer Exposed. Before was an okay experience, their taps were broken, so theyíd sold all their bottles! Only a few cold ones left. Really great food, though - a wonderful burger with wild boar - nice! An impressive selection of Belgian beers in both bottles and on tap - very friendly staff.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Jimmythespoon  (129) , Cyprus | 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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 17/20
AdiBeer  (104) London, England | February 8, 2014
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 12/20
tdtm82  (77) , England | February 10, 2010
A sub standard Belgian bar trying to become a little niche. The difference now is you have bars like the Rake and other descent pubs which have a much wider selection. The dissapointing thing is this place used to be better. Itís gone downhill. Beers are now stored in the fridge. I talked to the barman and claimed I prefer the beer warm. The lambic was £6 which was a bit too much for me. The Rochefort 10 was a little under so I had that instead as it was a special gig night. The barman poured into the correct glass if a little too fast for my liking The taps are bland and the best tap on offer in my mind is KWAK. This you have to pay a deposit down for the glass. I am annoyed with this venue has it should be much better than it is and it wonít take much to turn around. I just think they have become extremely lazy. Itís sad but that happens these days. Bring back a wider selection and a better knowledge of bar staff and knock off a £1 or two from prices and it would be awesome.

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