Jerusalem Tavern, EC1M 5NA
- 55 Britton Street, Clerkenwell (map of this place)
- EC1M 5NA
- 11:00-23:00 Monday - Friday (closed weekend)
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Although there was previously some other tavern in the area called the Jerusalem, the current establishment actually dates only to around 1996. The brewery's description above cleverly doesn't contradict this.
St Peter's cask and bottled beers. The bottles are all Â�2.80 each (for 500ml), and a pint of one of the cask beers is Â�2.50 or Â�2.60. They have six cask beers on at a time. The times I've been here (early 2002), the cask beers included elderberry ale, and the bottles included lemon and ginger, grapefruit, and cinnamon and apple. [Prices at Feb 2006]
Pretty decent. They have a proper chef who makes it (lunchtimes only, no evenings) and the food has a good reputation with regulars.
Kettle Chips have now been replaced by some other brand of crisps because (according to Steve, the manager) the new Kettle Chips boxes are the wrong proportions to stack in the cellar!
Service and Ambience
This is one of those City pubs that's completely empty before 5:30pm, then between 6pm and 7pm the entire world arrives. The clientele in the evenings at least is fairly suit-dominated, but generally the slightly older and less laddish kinds of suit-wearers. Even when very crowded, the atmosphere is still pleasant.
Small, with little nooks. There's a kind of balcony thing with one table on it, opposite the bar. Smaller tables at the front of the pub and a large one at the back, past the bar. Very wooden and nook-and-cranny-ish, in general.
The toilets are downstairs. I think I remember the ladies' as being nice and clean, with real taps.
- Oxford Pub Guide review (yes, it's good enough to be in pub guides for completely different cities)