The Dovecote Restaurant

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£41 and over
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Our chefs use only the freshest, local, and best quality seasonal produce. With delightful views over the golf course set in the Derbyshire countryside, the Dovecote is ideal as a venue for entertaining business clients at conferences, family celebrations or enjoying a quiet candle-lit meal for two. Situated within easy reach of Derby and Nottingham with ample free car parking facilities.
We offer a set menu for lunch, an a la carte dinner menu every evening, a daily dinner special served Monday to Friday and our excellent traditional Sunday luncheon. Vegetables are included in our prices and we do not add service charge to your bills. A well-stocked cellar provides superb wine to accompany your meal.
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OT
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere,great food,great staff what more can you say !!!

LS
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked for valentines night. The decoration, food and service was perfect. Could not have asked for more.

OT
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed it! Gorgeous food and I feel it was good value! Very nice for a special occasion.

RP
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

first time we have been for sunday lunch, excellent value all round, will be back

DG
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing as always...can't wait to come again 🍾🍾

AE
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a pleasure to come here. If I was to be critical I would like toast with the breakfast not 10 minutes before. Otherwise lovely

PK
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marvellous place to eat. No wonder we keep returning.

JM
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff were friendly and helpful, the food excellent, well presented, and good portion sizes.

SW
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a lovely birthday meal for mum . She really enjoyed it

AS
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sunday lunch with my parents on my Dad’s 86th birthday, if I’d know about the big groups and the pianist I’d have asked for a quieter table due to hearing aid challenges. However, can’t fault the food or the service, the drinks are a bit pricey but in the scheme if things thats not really a big issue. Best option for miles around I’d say.

JS
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely champagne breakfast couldn’t have asked for it to be any better food lovely friendly and attentive staff

GM
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Didn't know what to expect as it was a quick decision. If you want posh nosh that is expensive as a special treat. If you want to leave the table still hungry. If you want to pay over £6 for a medium glass of red ..then this is the place for you. Can't fault food service or room..but a tad expensive ..

JP
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our Anniversary lunch at the Dovecote.
The quiet and calm enhance the excellence of the food and service.
We will be going again soon.

OT
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food.

DB
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to The Dovecote for many years and it never fails to impress us. Elaine and the staff are all very professional and friendly which coupled with excellent food and service makes for a fantastic Sunday lunch out.

OG
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant environment, efficient and friendly staff, excellent food. One criticism: the Yorkshire pudding was dry. However the meat and vegetables were tasty and of a high standard.

AF
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Expensive but well worth it. Been twice now and been impressed every time. Definitely book again

WS
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent - A very enjoyable evening with lovely people and great service.

E
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely, lovely, lovely. Food was just beautiful, service spot on and the setting perfect for the occasion. It would have been nicer to sit in the room with the smaller parties rather than between two all female 40th gatherings, two of our party have hearing difficulties. But still both groups were lovely and it was nice to hear them having such a good time. I’m sure if I’d have mentioned it before it wouldn’t have been an issue, so my fault as much as theirs. Perfect start to the day, will definitely be back.

LB
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing experience dining here. Champagne breakfast this time. Service , quality of the food & attention to detail is second to none. The only way to celebrate those special occasions 🎉🎉

TS
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice ambience and service. Good value for money with plenty of offers to to the food and drinks up. I will book again.

A
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Champagne breakfast for our wedding anniversary, my husband’s 50th birthday and my sons birthday. From arriving to leaving we was made to feel so welcome the staff couldn’t do enough and the food was excellent couldn’t fault.

NB
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful and well presented throughout. Staff pleasant and helpful. Very clean and perfectly cooked food!

AS
London
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic setting, with fabulous food and dedicated, polite staff. A Derbyshire Gem!

R
Derbyshire
4 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What can I say - Lived up to expectations. Always impeccable and a lovely experience. Never disappointed

VM
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to find a restaurant where you are totally treated as special, reminds me of years ago.
Excellent alround just wish I could come every week.
Please don't change anything, it's perfect already.
Recommend you to everyone.

SA
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We had a lovely time as usual. The only thing I would complain about was the wait for toast etc as the gluten free diners had to wait a while before food was serviced while our others diners already had theirs.

SM
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I was upset that we did not receive our croissant and toast for our starter at the beginning of our champagne breakfast, so we began with our first course, we had to highlight to the waitress that they had forgotten to bring them out and the offered to bring them after our 2nd course- which took very long to come out after our first course it was a long wait- but after our 2nd course we were so full and didn’t want to croissants at this point, we asked for the croissants to be deducted from the bill as it was an error of the staff who did not bring this out to us, but they said they couldn’t do this as it was a set price which I found very unfair to us. I was very much looking forward to this visit as had heard such great reviews of the food and service but was very disappointed at what we received (the food was lovely but the service not so much) and we payed rather a lot of money for this and it was for my friends 40th birthday I wanted it to be really special but it did not go as smoothly as I had hoped.

PH
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had an excellent meal that was for my husbands birthday - however although I wasn't worried about the price I did feel that a set price should mean the vegetables were included they were not and we had to pay extra. We have eaten at a lot of restaurants and always found the vegetables to be included do think they should look at this otherwise all good

W
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely brilliant! Food excellent and service even better!

DR
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always first rate. Great welcome and amazing cocktails !! Food is always first rate, never been and not been pleased

D
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Have been here for champagne breakfast several times over the last 6 years and each time has been wonderful.
How can I explain just how nice it is to have a 3/4 course breakfast which on every visit has had different very tasty and delicious selections.
On this most recent visit the confit duck, potatoe and runny hens egg was a tasty second course! I love that the Dovecote source local produce which lifts it’s hat to the local farmers, butchers and producers.
Now, the only thing left for me to do is to book a return visit! ......

GB
London
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Took the wife for birthday champagne breakfast. Good food and service in a nice location. Recommended.

N
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely picturesque location. Friendly professional staff. The food is outstanding with a very good choice.

VD
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely views over the golf course. Staff very attentive. Food delicious and excellent value for money. There was a pianist playing in the background intermittently which added to the ambiance

W
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Treated my parents for afternoon tea, we all agreed the whole occasion was faultless from service to quality of food and atmosphere. Would definitely book again.

DL
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Paying these prices you don't expect to have to pour your drinks especially when you buy a bottle of sparkling wine

DT
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine here every year on our weddding anniversary and each time it has been outstanding. The food and service is second to none. Can't wait till later on this year to go again.

GB
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting and great food, service was excellent.

JE
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love the Dovecote restaurant at Morley Hayes.

We got married there 10 years ago and returned this year to celebrate our anniversary.

As per normal Simon and his staff were very friendly and welcoming.

The food was delicious and we enjoyed every mouthful.

We even received a card and celebratory ballon from them.