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 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
stamper  (1) , England | March 27, 2008
My mate arranged a Belgian Beer tasting here for my birthday a couple of weeks ago for tweny of my friends. It was great. We had our own part of the bar and everything was laid on for us. Loads of different beers and glasses and food to complement. Even the girls were having a great time and I can now tell my Leffe from my Krek. Really reommmend for office groups which can be so boring. Downside only that it dodnt go on long enough, and even though it was massively cheaper than other tasting evenings on the market it was still great value.
  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
DanielBrown  (295) 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 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
Stonch  (18) London, England | August 4, 2007
The last comment is rather unfair - this place has in fact been on the up recently, though Iíve always enjoyed it anyway. The beer selection isnít adventurous, they stock what they can sell, and avoid the very obscure stuff. There are, however, 101 beers, so you wonít go thirsty. There have been a few interesting additions recently. The food is excellent and well priced - the menu has been exanded, and they recently started opening on Sundays for roasts. Nice staff, although as people have pointed out below, they arenít all beer experts. This is a popular place locally, and everyone I take there loves it. The reason why? It isnít simply aimed at beer geeks and snobs. If it was, it would be out of business by now.
bhensonb  (538) 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  (343) 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 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf  (144) 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 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
ladnewton  (184) 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 N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
malushky  (5) , | December 8, 2014
  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.

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