Address: 55 Britton Street, Farringdon, London EC1M 5UQ
Telephone: 020 7490 4281
A special pub in the Farringdon/Clerkenwell area of London. The Jerusalem Tavern is a bit of a time warp in that it appears not to be part of the 20th century – let alone the 21st. It appears that the only modern thing in this pub is the till. The whole place is like a museum piece.
The Jerusalem Tavern is the only London outlet of the St Peter’s brewery from Suffolk. The beers are very unique – and much better on draught than in the bottles that are occasionally available in Sainsbury’s or Majestic.
The pub is tiny inside and so gets very crowded at times – especially in the winter when the outside tables and pavement are not really an option. Occasionally in the winter there is a real fire in the grate at the front, but you can’t guarantee that and parts of the pub can be a cold in the cooler months.
A good selection of the St Peter’s beers are available on draught – usually 4 or 5 at any one time. Most of the bottled range is available too, but they are kept in the fridge which can choke off the taste a bit. You could ask if they have some at room temperature – it will be worth it.
Food is available at lunchtimes and in the evenings. I’ve only rarely eaten here but the food was fine – a little pricey maybe.
I tend to use the pub as a springboard for for pub crawls – I don’t think I’ve ever spent an entire evening in the Jerusalem Tavern. From here you can head over towards Angel – as in the pub crawl described here. Alternatively you could head west to take in the Mitre in Ely Place, the Castle in Furnival Street. The famous Gunmakers is not far away, and beyond that the Pakenham Arms. Over to the east there is Smithfield Market and some other good pubs including the Butcher’s Hook and Cleaver.
One of the best pubs in London.
Last visited: July 2013
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