Dovetail | Farringdon, Greater London
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Good based on 22 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)
Chimay Triple / Blanche (White) / Cinq Cents 99, Gollems Precious IPA 97
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22 reviews for Dovetail
 Ambiance  76%
 Service  66%
 Selection  70%
 Food  76%
 Value  67%
 Overall  72%
 Rating  76%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
Boudicca  (900) 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  (134) 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  (320) 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  (32) 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  (159) London, England | February 8, 2014
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
alovelydrop  (45) , | 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  (166) , | 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 2/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 12/20
tdtm82  (100) , 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  (167) 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.

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