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

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 10/20
caesar  (300) 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  (141) London, England | February 8, 2014
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
alovelydrop  (42) , | 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 I’d 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  (144) , | 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 don’t 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  (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. It’s 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 won’t take much to turn around. I just think they have become extremely lazy. It’s 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  (160) 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  (214) Hässelby, 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 you’re 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 they’d 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.

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