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The Jerusalem Tavern
55 Britton Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 5UQ
- Farringdon Station (0.2 km)
- Barbican Tube Station (0.5 km)
- City Thameslink Station (0.8 km)
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020 7490 4281
St. Peter's Brewery
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Nearest Tube: Farringdon (5 mins)
2 Camden Walk, Camden Passage, London N1 8DY
berserkjohn7821: “was a brilliant pub and i was part of the owners family although it wasn't the best it made due sleeping on a inflatable sofa above every single one of you thank you for cherishing drinks in that pub while it lasted” more...
24 reviews of The Jerusalem Tavern in English
Another great old pub. The original pub (in another area of Clerkenwell) dated back to the early Medieval period.
Very interesting inside. St. Peter’s brewery has an excellent selection of beers.
The staff were friendly and helpful (got a cheeky free pint glass to keep :-) )
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Quite a legendary pub in the area. It’s been where is since 1720, but there was a Jerusalem Tavern on different sites in the area going back to the 14th century!
This is a St Peter’s brewery pub so has all their ales in bottle or in the barrel. Not sure how extensive their list of other drinks is, this is very much a beer pub! I love the shape of their beer bottles. Very cool. They taste pretty good too.
Layout is quirky, but I like it. In the summer the drinkers sprawl out onto the street. It can be quite entertaining when it starts raining!
Even I, as a non-ale drinker and someone who doesn't even know what the problem with gluten is, was mightily impressed with the range of gluten-free ales. From concept to design, let's hear it for 'em.
I was strictly on the ginger beer and still loved the place. Much like Natalie Imbruglia, Jerusalem Tavern is small, dark and quaint, but sadly there's not enough of it to accommodate everyone. However, if you manage to get plotted nice and early or pop along at quiet times, you'll be sorted.
Charming little pub with friendly staff and an impressive selection of real ales. I gather that it can be packed during the week - I was invited to the Jerusalem Tavern for TikiChris's birthday bash and while it was rather busy you were still able to squirm your way around quite easily.
Nice place to take friends who are visiting London but I guess you must get there early.
I absolutely want to love this pub. And y'know what? I do. It's cute, it's quaint, it's got a damn fine ale selection. But it's tiny, and unfortunately it's a victim of its own success.
I was here for TikiChris's private birthday party last night and a fabulous time was had by all. But there's no comfy place to stand it such a small bar. When you end up bumping into people that you really like and having a chat, this is awesome. But on a usual Friday, it would drive me up the wall. If there weren't any seats (and apparently there rarely are unless you're hear very very early), I'd probably try elsewhere. Although the cute little balcony seat is fun, and super handy for starting happy birthday singings and spying on people).
I'm all for a lively and busy pub, but this one is too cramped for my liking. That said, I'd happily consider hiring it out for a private party, with all of your favourite people it's a lot of fun indeed.
Small pubs with a historical feel never fail to fascinate me. They're basically one of the reasons I moved to London, so I'm partial to them. That said, this is not an "old men's pub" but a pub that recreates a (very) vintage atmosphere and serves top-quality beer.
I had the pleasure to attend TikiChris' private bash last night and drank a gluten-free St. Peter's ale, because I'm the kind of person who chooses gluten-free beer. It was rather light, tasty and moreish.
The staff was really attentive and friendly, but as I said it was a private event.
I'm so glad I got to know this place. Looking forward to paying a second visit and finding out how the pub functions on regular days.
The Jerusalem Tavern is a tiny little pub that serves lovely St Peter's ales. It's a great little wooden space that has been there since the 1700s. Basically, don't expect a jukebox to be playing 'Smack My Bitch Up' with people spewing up Red Bull and vodkas.
At the rear of the pub is a stuffed fox in a glass case, which is nice to point at and say "Look! There's a stuffed fox!". The beer, of course, is great. The Golden Ale is definitely worth trying.
The prices are pretty reasonable but it does get a little crowded thanks to being a popular pub. However, it isn't impossible to get a seat so don't be put off by that.
It's not too far from the Farringdon and Barbican tube stops, so if you're visiting from outside of London, get your bearings first because there's a real gem of a pub is a very pretty part of London.
Small, quaint, good service and good beverages on tap.
The inside of the bar is really small but cosy. If you get a table, you're one of the lucky ones and you probably won't want to move the rest of the evening as it's great people watching.
If you don't get a table, well then you're either going to be outside on the pavement or be bumped about by other customers trying to get to and from the bar. But it's not really a big deal because the staff and the beer are worth it.
To the Hungry Gibbon, I must say they did in excellent job of mocking up an entire building from the 1700s in 1995 ... That's quite some effort for a decent pint, but oh how much better it makes the pint go down.
Part of the experience of washing your throat with a hefty glass of real, stonking and beautifully tasting ale is the environs in which you imbibe and in going that extra hog they really have got the edge on many other places.
When the market is ram-packed full of rubbish, it's good to set yourself apart and these guys do just that in many ways and I love them for it. Definitely my new favourite watering hole in the not so close vicinity of work.
Foolish simians often remark that this an historic pub, which is funny because it was only founded in 1995. The decor only dates from then!
The beer comes in whacky flavours from taps on the wall and bottles in the fridge. After being persuaded to try the beer, the tap stuff seemed a little flat and far too warm for me.
I don't know if they do food or not because no one was eating and there didn't seem to be a menu anywhere. But anyway it's a bit a small for dining venue.
The girl behind the bar seemed very bored and sarcastic. This gibbon did not like that.
I can't see the appeal of this place and why it is so highly rated. But I'll give it two stars to be kind.
I've always blown hot and cold about The Jerusalem. I know it's a bit of a mecca for real ale enthusiasts - and I am definitely enthusiastic about real beer - and food is meant to be pretty good. But... I have had a few mixed experiences here.
It has the potential to be a fantastic place. It has all the attributes - old building (former Methodist chapel I believe - hence the name), real beers, slightly ragged around the edges. All things I love. But... (and there's that word again) it's small, often very over-crowded and (whisper it) I'm not as impressed by St Peter's beers as everyone else is.
Okay - that's the negative stuff out the way - having said all of that, Jerusalem is a good pub. It's just a victim of it's own success. I went there on a weekday lunch time and had a great experience.
I avoided their organic ale which has a bit to much of a lemony taste, reminiscent of wheat beer, for me and went for a honey porter. Delicious. Bitter chocolate notes balanced by a savoury sweetness. Much, much better than my previous taste of St Peter's.
And the burger was a bit of a revelation. While not setting the world alight in terms of quality, it was a really solid effort at something it's easy to cook, but hard to master. It was properly meaty, had some texture and was packed full of beefy flavour. It had obviously been grilled not fried and was served medium, as a burger should be with some decently fat chips.
So, overall, if you pick the right time and the right beer, this is a great pub. Just steer clear of Thursday and Friday nights where it is so packed as to be unpleasent. Oh yes, and if you can - choose a beer to match your taste. Ask the bartenders of you're not ure - they're a friendly and knowledgeable bunch.
Walking along Britton Street following the mental map I'd memorised I really felt as if I'd gone wrong. I could see no pub in the distance and no signs of pub-related activity. But lo-and-behold, out of nowhere appeared The Jerusalem Tavern, snugly nestled in between other inconspicuous-looking buildings on this Farringdon backstreet. I was lucky enough to get a seat, which was soon upgraded to the prime position of the window table (I have no shame in these situations and will happily pounce the instant the previous occupiers have started to put on their jackets...), and I happily spent an entire evening in this little jewel of a pub. Highly recommended.
Every real ale enthusiast in London should really visit the Jerusalem Tavern. You’ll be hard pressed to find a seat in this pub (a lucky few early birds will always bag the awesome mezzanine seats), but that doesn’t matter. Plenty of standing room and in all seasons punters will flood out onto the street and drink under the hanging baskets.
Lots and lots of real ale on, including some very nice organic numbers. Never eaten here, but i’m told “sausage tuesdays” are wort the journey to this neck of the woods.
This place is right out of the shire. It’s a bit tricksy as whilst this place was not my cup of tea, it certainly would be for other people so it’s hard to know what rating to give it. First off it is tiny. We went in winter so 'spilling outside’ was not really an option. It was a thursday evening and just too packed to be pleasant. The second thing that makes it difficult is that it is an ale-drinker’s paradise with fresh ales on tap, flavoured ales and the like. So my preppy magners was far far from present and so, not being a beer drinker, could not really find my niche.
Other than that it’s full of character and the way it’s crept down a quiet street and off the beaten track it does feel like a secret place you’re privvy to knowing about and more likely to find locals in here than tourists.
This place is great. Tiny tiny boozer round the corner from Farringdon, Fabric etc Great atmosphere - better in summre so you can drink outside as it’s definitely a bit of a squeeze. Everyone in there looks happy like they’ve found a slightly secret excellent pub - and they have. Staff could be friendlier though.
Poky it is, but probably as good as a pub in London can get. The beer is fresh and served by agreeable staff. It’s usually overcrowded with customers spilling out onto the street even when it’s raining. Nevertheless, most will make space on one of the wooden tables inside. Pity it closes at the weekend.
The Jerusalem Tavern is an extremely quirky pub near Farringdon tube. It is the only pub owned by the St Peters Brewery which is based in Suffolk. As well as serving St Peters brews they also have the excellent German lager Bitburger on tap.
The reason for this place’s quirkyness is the fact that it’s very small and doesn’t open at all on the weekend. The pub is dated 1720 on its frontage and has been around this part of London since the 14th century!
Well worth stopping by to have a beer and take a look around but probably best to avoid if looking for a rowdy time!
Good food at sensible prices (especially on Sausage Tuesday!), decent and friendly service, and an evocative ambience that sadly isn’t so easy to find in London these days: the Jerusalem is one of my favourite pubs. The fact that they serve a full range of St Peter’s beers (the brewery owns this Dickensian pub) probably has a lot to do with how much I love this place … as well as the stumble-home proximity to my flat.
My only complaint is that everybody else seems to like the Jerusalem too which can make getting a table in the evening a real challenge.
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