The Dovetail Bar, Clerkenwell
Once midweek - excellent service, knowledgeable and friendly staff and yummy food. Couldn't fault it. However...
Last night (a Saturday) - disinterested and aloof barmaid who, when asked which fruit beer she'd recommend - "I hate fruit beers" (!), then went on to mention another beer on tap "but it's only 5%". Really no interest or knowledge of Belgian beer and looked at me like I had two heads whenever I went to the bar. No table service at all, even though it wasn't busy.
Then, after last orders, standing at deserted bar to close tab and make payment - "The bar's closed" bellowed across the pub from a table of staff obviously wanting to knock off early. No apology when I explained I was waiting to pay, and surely they should have been doing the final rounds themselves instead of sitting chatting at a table? Really unprofessional.
A real shame - I doubt we'll go back, at least not at a weekend.
9 Jerusalem Passage, Clerkenwell, London, EC1V 4JP
Farringdon: turn left out of the station and next left into Turnmill Street. Walk up Turnmill Street until you get to Clerkenwell Road. Cross Clerkenwell Road and turn right, walk for a while past the petrol station and turn into St. John's Square. You should see Jerusalem Passage (the little alleyway) just across the square and The Dovetail is a short way along the alley. Barbican: turn left out of the station and walk up to Clerkenwell Road. Cross Clerkenwell Road at the lights and turn left, walk along the road, past the next set of traffic lights at the Junction with St. John Street. Carry on a little further and turn right into St. John's Square.