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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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 2/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 12/20
tdtm82  (112) , 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.
  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 5/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
MagnumPI  (11) , England | May 30, 2009
Very handily placed near my workplace which isnt great for getting much work done in afternoons after lunchtime visits. The ambience is excellent although I find the service has declined somewhat in recent months. The selection is good but rarely get the glass to match the beer as you do on the continent. Food is superb though, and if you dont mind paying double for the beers you bought at half the price for your cellar then its worth the visit.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 12/20
Svesse  (239) 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 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.
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 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 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 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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
reakt  (7) , England | April 22, 2007
Our favourite spot to grab a nice veggie burger with frites for lunch or dinner. Good food and a decent selection of beer for a moderate price - two half pints + 2 dinners for £20. Sadly, this place has detriorated over the years. The knowledgable bar staff are long gone and the beer selection is in great decline. While the menu hasnít changed much, they are often out of stock and no longer have any wild cards on offer. The cask selection is rarely rotated - frambozen, fruli strawberry, de konnick and the essential pilners have been there for damn near a year. We havenít seen our beloved Celis in some time (though it is still on the menu). Credit to them for putting St. Feuillien on cask during Christmas. The bathrooms have gotten better, but everything else is falling apart. A real shame. What is happening to London?

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