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The Dovecote Restaurant, Morley, Derbyshire

The Dovecote Restaurant

4.8
4.8
1945 Reviews
£41 and over
European
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.
Our award winning Two Rosette restaurant is currently serving Champagne Breakfast, for that special treat Wednesday - Saturday. Afternoon Tea's are served Thursday - Saturday. Dinner is served on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we also offer a three course Sunday Lunch. A great selection of local drinks, fresh cocktails and a well-stocked cellar provides superb wine to accompany your meal.
We are currently not serving midweek lunch.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    European, British
  • Hours of Operation
    Champagne Breakfast Wed–Sat 10:00–12:30 Lunch Sun 12:00–16:00 Afternoon Tea Thu–Sat 14:00–16:00 Dinner Fri–Sun 18:30–21:00
  • Phone number
    01332 780480
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual

What 1,945 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Derbyshire

    Best Overall

  • Derbyshire

    Best Food

  • Derbyshire

    Best Service

  • Derbyshire

    Best Ambience

  • Derbyshire

    Best Value

  • Derbyshire

    Good for business meals

  • Derbyshire

    Good for business meals

  • Derbyshire

    Great for fine wines

  • Derbyshire

    Good for special occasions

  • Derbyshire

    Most Booked

1,947 Reviews
  1. Foodcritic

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    As it was a 50th birthday celebration I wanted somewhere special but was disappointed with the saltiness and greasiness of the food. We were the only diners there so I wonder if this place has gone downhill recently

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  2. Snowy

    Cornwall

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Sunday lunch. Just a slightly disappointing cheese board for one of our diners.

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  3. AnthonyM

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The visit was for our 58th wedding anniversary lunch, it lived up to our expectations. From entering the premises to exiting at the end of a wonderful meal everthing was great, the staff very attentive and caring for our needs, even presented with a anniversary card as a memento for the occasion. Exceptional😍

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  4. GeorgeH

    Derbyshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I visited here for afternoon tea with family. We had a beautiful tea and ended up taking cakes home as we couldn’t eat everything. The service was the usual high standard and I would highly recommend the Dovecote for afternoon tea.

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  5. Kyle

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great champagne breakfast, food was on point and shoutout to Macie serving us was brilliant and very quick.

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  6. ClaireH

    Derbyshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Felt like a real treat. Great quality and amount of food and drink.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fabulous champagne breakfast. Michelle was very friendly and helpful, the meal was excellent and we were able to chat happily in a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere.

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  8. KarenB

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service as always! Our waitress Michelle was very attentive and receiving a birthday card was a lovely jester too!

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  9. JillO

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favourite restaurant , food and the ambiance is very special. The staff are very friendly, nothing too much trouble.

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  10. janisj

    Derbyshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience we were looked after.Very professional.

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  11. MichelleB

    Derbyshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food in beautiful surroundings. Didn’t seem so much choice on the menu this time but everything we had was superb. Staff all very young and not so up on customer care. Still a few familiar faces.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    1 hr 30mins and £175 spent. We have visited here for the last 20 years. Every special occasion, christmasses and 2 naming ceremonies. The last three times we’ve been disappointed. Last night we had 3 courses and canapés and in and out in hour and a half. We weren’t the only people either. Very rushed. Asked twice to slow down but nothing happened. Ended up eating out courses in a hour and trying to stretch it out a bit more by finishing out bottle of wine in the reception area. Not happy sat in there as they’ve hired a lot of young people who were insistent on chatting about their social life behind the bar whilst we were sat there even announcing they ‘needed the toilet’ but using vulgar language! Many people will question why nothing was reported at the time and rather than give a negative review but we felt uncomfortable after having to complain last time too. Its always been our go to place for years and years but sadly after last nights experience we won’t be returning any more and neither will my parents and their friends who also visited around Christmas and had similar experience. £175 for two people can be spent somewhere else for a full evening with better etiquette

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  13. DerekG

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and service, as always. Very professional service from start to finish.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Gloucestershire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent afternoon tea. We opted for the savoury version which was superb. Our “server” was Michelle who looked after us as if we were royalty……thank you so much.

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  15. LisaF

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friend and I came to Morley Hayes for afternoon tea as a birthday treat for me. The food was lovely as always the service from Michelle was exceptional very attentive without being invasive. We could not eat all the cakes so was given a box to take them home. Can not fault it at all will be back soon.

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  16. PhilippaW

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A fabulous champagne breakfast which was a birthday present. The whole experience was wonderful from beginning to end and I would thoroughly recommend going

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  17. WendyH

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent surroundings .Attentive staff. This is such a relaxing place to sit and be waited on ,ideal for catching up with friends

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  18. BethS

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always fantastic service, food and atmosphere. We were gifted a champagne breakfast voucher for Christmas and used it to celebrate my husbands 40th. Staff very welcoming and friendly, the food was amazing (especially the hash brown) Thank you for another great experience at The Morley Hayes.

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  19. bruciebonus

    Yorkshire

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere, the restaurant and the table was decked out perfectly for the occasion, the food and wine was excellent one of our favourite places to eat.

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  20. WilliamG

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    For a Valentines Meal I couldn’t recommend more. Myself and my Partner had a lovely meal they also gave each valentine a rose. Would definitely visit again.

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  21. SadinaB

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was by far one of the best romantic valentines meal iv had,food was on the next level,the staff was amazing and the setting was ❤️

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  22. ChrisG

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    At Morley Hayes the customer service is always expetional and the quality of food great.

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  23. JanetN

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    First time in the Dovecote really enjoyed it , from entering to leaving service excellent food very good overall thoroughly enjoyed it would definitely recommend and will be returning

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  24. Susy

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The setting and atmosphere is superb with excellent service. A great choice of menu and pre drinks and courses are not rushed. The food was delicious.

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  25. Greybags

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Visited several times before and always thoroughly enjoyed the experience. This time it was my wife's birthday which fell on a Sunday. The Sunday lunch was excellent and the service of a high standard. Lots of efficient and friendly servers. A tad expensive, but you get what you pay for. Looking forward to the next visit.

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  26. CaroleW

    Derbyshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was everything I hoped for and more. Food, staff and venue brilliant. I will be back!

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  27. JaneL

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and service. Rather noisy in restaurant as large groups there.

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  28. CaroleW

    Derbyshire

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every time we come for a meal here we are never disappointed. The food is amazing and such good value for money as it is cooked, served and presented so well and locally sourced. The staff are brilliant and the ambiance and surroundings are just right. A truly great experience.

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  29. YvonneA

    Derbyshire

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent afternoon tea. Great value. Lovely peaceful atmosphere despite being quite busy. Fantastic service particularly from the senior staff.

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  30. Rach

    Derbyshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a lovely experience dining at the Dovecote. Regularly go for special occasions such as birthdays and anniversary’s. Never disappointed

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  31. PhilipL

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent as well as the service. Will definitely return Thank you

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  32. BryanC

    Derbyshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had Sunday lunch again, everything about the whole experience was first class.

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  33. Person

    Derbyshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing as always. Don't visit often, treat this restaurant as a real treat. Never been let down. They impress on every level.

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  34. JohnH

    Derbyshire

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A beautiful meal, friendly staff and lovely atmosphere.

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  35. Cookie

    Yorkshire

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic Rib Rye and atmosphere as always. Staff were looking after us so very well.

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  36. KathrynH

    Derbyshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great, as always, but this time everything seemed to either come out at once or there was a big gap. The servers were very young, I think they just needed training about the pace at which things are brought to the table! Food was fabulous and the setting beautiful. Love Morley Hayes!

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  37. Kade

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a delicious Sunday lunch. As usual the seevice was of a high standard, lovely staff. Would highly recommend.

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  38. DebbieD

    Derbyshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I recently visited the Dovecote restaurant and had a lovely evening. Myself and my friend both had the fillet steak and it was cooked to perfection, the only thing I was disappointed about was that used to do a lovely side dish of garlic fine beans which has now been removed?

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  39. Cookie

    Yorkshire

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always happy with my Rib Eye Steak abd staff always looked after us so well.

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  40. HeatherS

    Derbyshire

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    This restaurant used to be brilliant, we’ve visited twice over the last 12 months and both times we’ve been very disappointed. The food lacked seasoning and was dry, there were little in the way of vegetables as part of either meal. We ordered the sweet and sour red cabbage and it just tasted of clove oil. The menu was uninspiring. The service used to be excellent, the maitre de is great but the waitresses paid little attention, I ordered steak and had to ask for a steak knife, the waitress walked passed our table three times when we had been finished 10 mins before. On leaving, we were stood paying for the meal when the waitress told me “watch yourself” when she wanted to go past.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Dovecote Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 1945 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for The Dovecote Restaurant

Morley Hayes, Main Road, Morley, Derbyshire DE7 6DG

Additional information

  • Area
    Derby
  • Hours of Operation
    Champagne Breakfast Wed–Sat 10:00–12:30 Lunch Sun 12:00–16:00 Afternoon Tea Thu–Sat 14:00–16:00 Dinner Fri–Sun 18:30–21:00
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    European, British
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Public Transit
    Hayes Farm bus stop - lines Y1, H1, 466.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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