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Address: 9, Jerusalem Passage, London, EC1V 4JP [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 2904) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Farringdon (0.2 miles), Barbican (0.3 miles), Chancery Lane (0.5 miles)

Nearest train stations Farringdon (0.2 miles), London Barbican (0.4 miles), City Thameslink (0.7 miles)

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> Current user rating: 6.8/10 (rated by 91 users)
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user reviews of the Dovetail, Clerkenwell

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Have been twice recently and had two completely different experiences, which may explain the mixed reviews here.

Once midweek - excellent service, knowledgeable and friendly staff and yummy food. Couldn't fault it. However...

Last night (a Saturday) - disinterested and aloof barmaid who, when asked which fruit beer she'd recommend - "I hate fruit beers" (!), then went on to mention another beer on tap "but it's only 5%". Really no interest or knowledge of Belgian beer and looked at me like I had two heads whenever I went to the bar. No table service at all, even though it wasn't busy.

Then, after last orders, standing at deserted bar to close tab and make payment - "The bar's closed" bellowed across the pub from a table of staff obviously wanting to knock off early. No apology when I explained I was waiting to pay, and surely they should have been doing the final rounds themselves instead of sitting chatting at a table? Really unprofessional.

A real shame - I doubt we'll go back, at least not at a weekend.

jhclare - 6 May 2012 15:20
Really surprised to read such negative comments about this lovely little place. I have been going in a few times a month over the last couple of years . My only gripe is that it is sometimes difficult to find somewhere to sit but the food is good and reasonably priced, the beer list is amazing!!!. The staff know about the beers they sell and are happy to give you a sample. My advice try it for yourself
flashabout - 26 Apr 2012 09:44
I'd always assumed this place was something special, given how packed it usually is. Went here for our work Christmas party, and was pretty disappointed. The food, at �25 per head for the set menu, was desperately poor: roast beef left under lights for so long it was essentially leather, desserts that weren't what they said, and had clearly been bought (some of them still had bits of foil wrap glued to them). Waitress was nice enough about it, but the manager denied there was any problem, saying "no-one else has complained".

Not been in here for non-Christmas food, so maybe they just think this is a good season to fleece people by serving them prefab rubbish at a steep markup. I'm not going back to find out, though.
DeadBadger - 16 Dec 2011 10:58
We were shushed as well, when our group momentarily had the temerity to laugh together. A nice little place, in a nice little pocket of London, ruined by absolutely ridiculous staff. Don't bother,
Lemon61 - 11 Oct 2011 11:50
I'm no expert on Belgian beer, but I do know that the food was overpriced and the atmosphere unremarkable.
rob1981 - 28 Feb 2011 23:14

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