St. Peter's Best Bitter, St. Peter's Grapefruit, St. Peter's Organic Best, St. Peter's Golden Ale,
This fantastic little pub is a re-creation, bought and restored by St. Peter's Brewery, Suffolk. Built in 1720 as a townhouse, it was converted into a watchmakers a hundred years later and a shop front added. It became a pub in 1996, but has been done so well it's hard to believe it's not original.
There's a seating area in the 'shop window', then a darker bar area deeper inside. Here, up a short flight of steps, is a small gallery, barely big enough for two. The traditional tavern atmosphere is enhanced by bare floorboards, scrubbed tables and low lighting.
From the small bar comes a huge choice of wonderful beers. St. Peter's sells mainly bottled beers to the 'off license' trade, so here is a rare opportunity to sample them on draught; in particular the flavoured varieties such as Grapefruit, and Lemon and Ginger Spice. Depending on the season they may also have Mild, Organic Bitter, Golden Ale, Winter Ale and Wheat Beer, the list goes on. There's a good selection of wines too.
The bar food is simple but good, with a choice of sandwiches, sausages and mash, pies and salads. Most of the ingredients are bought fresh from the local markets.
Why Jerusalem? The 14th century priory of St. John of Jerusalem stood nearby and the last remnant of it, St. John's Gate, appropriately crosses St. John's Lane which runs parallel to Britton Street. A Jerusalem Tavern has existed in the area from time to time over the past 250 years, so it's fitting that the name has been resurrected and celebrated so well.
The pub is available for hire at weekends. The Jerusalem Tavern -
As a real Ale drinker. Can it get any better than this? It's hard to see how. It's worth going here just for the beer alone. Its just a bonus that it's also a great little pub, which is surprising considering its not original. When we went there it was too busy for us to drink inside. Not that that was a problem, we just stood out on the street. Very chilled out.