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The Dovetail

#2,928 of 18,811 Restaurants in London
££ - £££, , European
9-10 Jerusalem Passage | Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4JP, England
+44 20 7490 7321
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good39%
  • Average5%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“belgium beer” (13 reviews)
“mussels” (13 reviews)
“burger” (11 reviews)
Closed Now
12:00 - 23:00 Hours
Belgian, Bar, European, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
££ - £££
9-10 Jerusalem Passage | Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4JP, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I know a lot of people hear "vegan" fish and chips and assume it's not possible to do well. Wrong. Having developed an allergy to cod as an adult I've been on the hunt for a tasty vegan alternative. I have found it, but not...More

Thank Ladenia J
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great for mates and beer. Slightly punchy prices but the atmosphere is very authentic and the beer excellent! Nice vibe, nice staff and great for an event.

Thank Shenlad
Jonathan P, General Manager at The Dovetail, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Glad to hear you had a good time, Shenlad. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 9 August 2018

Went in August 2017. At that time, some of the bar the staff and customers were doing drugs in the toilet (ground floor at the back on the right). When I left I told the bar staff we knew what she was doing in there...More

Thank Marc H
Jonathan P, General Manager at The Dovetail, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Marc. we're really sorry to hear that this was your experience at The Dovetail. The business is now under new management and has had an overhaul. We'd love for you to come back and give us another try, drop us an email at hi.dovetail@gmail.com...More

Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

Wow, what can I say an amazing gem of a bar tucked away in a lovely alley, with the most wonderful staff, ‘Jane’ was outstanding with just unbelievably great customer service as with all other member of staff!! I would recommend the Dovetail to all...More

Thank cawte73
Jonathan P, General Manager at The Dovetail, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for the lovely review, we love our Jane too! Hope to see you again in the not so distant future!

Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile

I love this place, not just for the selection of fantastic beers but also because of the people who work here. A good beer (Ok not Belgium) can be found in London. But to find such wonderful people working really hard in such a busy...More

1  Thank pezza51
Jonathan P, General Manager at The Dovetail, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you too, Perry! Drop us an email at hi.dovetail@gmail.com and we'll sort out a discount for your next visit!

Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

The bar was showing the football which I understand they do not usually do. Couldn't believe the selection of beers and how knowledgable the staff were. England v Sweden was a success as too was my experience. I ordered a Thai noodle salad which wasn't...More

2  Thank Aaron H
Reviewed 21 June 2018

The Dovetail is a great place. I love the relaxed and friendly atmosphere here and would say the staff (Jane, Sophie and team) really make it something special. Strong Belgium beers and nice sliders. A++++

1  Thank Freddie N
Reviewed 6 June 2018 via mobile

Felt pretty authentic as far as Belgium beer pubs go (I’ve spent a lot of time in the real ones). Good selection of beers and food was excellent.

Thank Duncan K
Reviewed 14 February 2018

Just stopped in for a few after work drinks but was really taken by the place - The food was really surprisingly good - Fish pie & the fish soup were of very high quality. The music wasn't too loud and the place wasn't too...More

2  Thank ColumOD
Reviewed 23 January 2018

Great little spot on a winters evening. Huge range of beers/ales/lagers - plenty of choice and great presentation. Food wise a small but tasty menu with pretty quick service (on a weeknight) and adequate portions. Friendly staff, clean toilets and generally a nice atmosphere. Would...More

1  Thank SamAdamstown
Owing to its proximity to Smithfield Market – the site
of an ancient meat market which remains in operation
today – Clerkenwell boasts a plethora of globally
renowned restaurants, fabulous local eateries, and
some of London's favorite pubs. This isn't merely a
focal point for all things foodie though. Spend enough
time wondering through the area's maze of streets and
you might become accustomed to the litany of slinky
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Waitstaff
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9-10 Jerusalem Passage | Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4JP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Clerkenwell
  • Neighbourhood: Clerkenwell
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7490 7321
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