"Well run and definitely worth making the trip"Review Rating: Reviewed by T.A.O
Bestowed with plaudits and awards and the owner of one of the best all wooden interiors in London, the Jerusalem Tavern is a bit of a classic.
The building dates back to the 18th century but only took shape as a pub much later, and much of the originality remains. The shop front was apparently added later then the interior but its varnished brown blends well with the dyed green of the wood inside. Long tables fill the entrance room and there’s a small collection in the bar area topped by a sweet mezzanine for two at the top of its own miniature staircase overlooking the pub.
The crowd is all architects and lawyers and if you want the chance to see it without them then avoid the after-work rush at all costs when people are forced onto the pavement outside.
The beers come from St. Peter’s Brewery in Sussex, so you won’t find recognisable brands, instead an upmarket Samuel Smith affair. Best Bitter, Honey Porter, Golden Ale and Cream Stout are delivered on draught from decorative barrels and there are more by the bottle. It’s an ale drinkers dream with the staff knowledgeable about the brewery’s produce.
Food is modern European and you’ll need to book to guarantee a table. Expect pan-fried duck, gourmet sausages and fresh local meats.
Well run and definitely worth making the trip.
T.A.O reviewed The Jerusalem Tavern on Mon 23 May 2011