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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.