The Jerusalem Tavern, Clerkenwell - pub details
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|An early 18th century building with original features, this atmospheric place is a favourite location with film and television crews, and it's easy to see why. As other reviewers say, it is quite small and crowds routinely spill out on to the pavement at busy times. However, time it right, and you will find it pleasantly quiet, tucked away in a side street near Farringdon Station. The St Peter's beer range is extensive and well-kept. In my experience, the food has been quite limited, but then it is not a pub I would go to specifically to eat – this is primarily a drinkers' place, a role it performs extremely well.|
Antiquarian - 29 Apr 2015 10:47
|A return to the Jerusalem after some time, but it's still just as comfy and atmospheric as ever. The cream stout was nice and satisfying.|
Charno - 7 Mar 2014 14:58
|The only criticism is that it’s a little on the small side! The St Peter’s beers are a mixed bag but that’s the sort of selection that a brewery should have. You can’t expect to like them all but if you like any at all this is the place to drink them. I was very fortunate on my visit; they had their Christmas Ale available. Excellent and, despite the 7% ABV it was not excessively priced. A gem.|
Doob - 22 Jan 2014 13:08
|Great pub which serves as the tap for St. Peter's brewery. Never had any problem with the staff, in fact all have been happy to answer questions about the beer and offer tastings before buying. |
Food is reasonably pricey at £5 for a burgers, but this kind of "pop-up-burger-shop-in-a-pub-thing" are everywhere nowadays and you a fiver is par for the course. I had one and it was pretty good.
My only gripe is where the bar is placed. The Queue blocks the walkway and you end up having to knock people to get by. Maybe a reconfiguration of the space would open up the pub a bit?
joffle - 16 Jan 2014 14:42
|It's previously unprecedented for me to write about this particular problem. When you go for a drink, you don't expect to be randomly insulted by rude bar staff; it's completely inconceivable that a customer would be expected to be treated that way. Oh well, step forwards, the Jerusalem Tavern. But perhaps let's also discuss the basics...|
The décor is old fashioned but pleasant. Very wooden, and all very close. You imagine that the pub could be very cosy in winter. In summer there is a strange overriding coldness, promoted by the fact that the bar staff clearly do not want any customers to be here, and do little to disguise how they feel. On a busy summer Friday after work, every drink is served with a scornful face, from the minority of staff who actually lower themselves to liaise with customers; most simply stand back and sneer.
This pub is the flagship outlet for the St Peters Brewery. A name which you may have heard before, but if you've never actually sampled their drinks the I'm afraid it's all downhill from here. The wheat beer, in particular, is an absolute joke; presumably it's actually just a simple flat-tasting Fosters-esque lager, but something erroneous happened at the labelling factory and we've ended up with a bottle engraved with the moniker of a completely different drink.
The food is limited (only three items on the menu), and poor in quality; a man in an apron really pushes the hard sell when he comes to our table imploring us to buy food. We each pay five pounds for what is basically a mushroom in a roll. No side-order of fries, either included or paid for on the top. There aren't even any condiments available. The food is terrible.
So, back to the grievance. A young lady with a bored expression, dangling red hair and and a tendency to yawn every few seconds displays obvious annoyance at having to serve me at the bar. She is, just about, young enough to be my daughter; although old enough to understand that she is employed here to serve customers, not paid for the benefit of her benevolent company. She interrupts me every single time I order each drink, as her memory span is not enough to cope with more than one part of the order at a time. Then, as when we finally approach the end of the order, she reprimands me, complaining that apparently she would have preferred me to have listed all of the drinks in the order right at the beginning. She does this whilst displaying neither any sense of irony nor humility. We have already been in the pub for three hours at this point, and had been their best customers of the evening.
When staff abuse and insult the customers, whilst they are ordering drinks in a polite and respectful way, then the pub scores zero out of ten. I've never previously experienced this before. And I hope I never will again. I also hope that this pub comes under new management soon. In the meantime, zero out of ten; because minus scores are not permitted here.
elegiac_stanzas - 6 Jul 2013 00:14
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