The Dovecote Restaurant

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481 reviews
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for Anniversaries
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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PM
Derbyshire
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

As usual everything was lovely, but for some reason the service was very slow.

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DG
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff and more importantly the food was the beat iv ever had. My steak and chips was cooked to perfection.

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J
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

Great breakfast, filled us up for most of the day.great value for money. Staff very helpful and polite. Will be back.

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PG
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The attention to detail is impeccable. It was a pleasure dining there in such a picturesque and tranquil setting. Had an absolutely amazing experience and would recommend it to anyone and everyone.

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ND
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really great service from all the staff. The food was good. We had a table booked for 6:30pm but turned up a little earlier so we grabbed a drink at the bar beforehand. It was a little quiet for me, but it was to be expected with an early start time. Would recommend and will definitely look to go back again soon

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JP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This breakfast experience was bought as a Christmas gift, however, we decided to wait until the weather was better to use it. The restaurant was very good but as the weather was beautiful, maybe the option of eating outside would have been good. The produce was of an excellent standard, especially the black pudding. I think croissants would have been better served at the end rather than the beginning. My husband was disappointed with the coffee. Overall was enjoyable but slightly pricey.

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GW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience as always, great food, superb wine, wonderful hospitality

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LB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was lovely as always. Nothing to complain about at all. This time we went for champagne breakfast, four of us as a birthday treat. I don't think it can get any better than this. We all really enjoyed it and whilst they were getting ready for lunch there as no rush to push us out.

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OT
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food.
Outstanding atmosphere.
Outstanding service.

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VH
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful Sunday lunch experience!!
Very attentive staff, fantastic atmosphere, beautiful food and all at a very good price.
I will definitely be visiting the Dovecote again.
Coming here made my Birthday that bit more special!

Thank you.

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ZM
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good we went back the next night! Delicious fine dining, excellent and friendly service, relaxing atmosphere. We loved it!

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M
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

disappointed with no other people there so no atmosphere would have liked a better choice of food and did not feel that we had had enough to eat despite the fact that we had 3 courses this is the second time we have been in the restaurant and been the only two people there also our Grand son were the only two people when they dined there. perhaps some promotions would help, sorry but I have to tell the truth as we frequently dine in the Roosters. We are also regular visitors to many top class restaurants.

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DD
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Champagne Breakfast. Food fantastic and the service great.

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JH
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely welcome for a birthday champagne breakfast. Excellent service with great food. Nothing was too much trouble and we got a card and a balloon! I would recommend the Dovecote for this type of event.

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DB
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The service was shocking, waited on arrival for drinks , thought afternoon tea was expensive for what you got , only then told you can have more , this should be told when you sit down . The waiter that served us was very nice but rushed off his feet , ask another waitress for bill , only to be snapped at , very unprofessional. We would have stayed longer but the overnight service was poor , would not recommend afternoon tea here .

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KW
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and location as always. Thank you.

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DD
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is as good as it gets , excellent service , excellent food , lovely surroundings !!
This restaurant is one of the best , cant praise them enough !!

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c
London
6 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Easter Sunday lunch. Always consistently good service and food.

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p
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, food, staff & ambience perfect for my retirement celebration with my family. Thank you Morley Hayes.

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A
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I love the Dovecote but as i have mentioned many times to the staff the coffee really the whole experience flat , each time i have had it after my lovely breakfast it is so disappointing . I can only drink decaf & it certainly does not taste like coffee . It really does spoil the whole breakfast as this is the last taste you are left with

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MR
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant 46 wedding anniversary even received a card and balloon

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DJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always! Always go the extra mile to make a special day even better! Thanks to Simon and all the team!

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AB
London
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

The whole experience was very nice, the food was absolutely delicious and excellent value for money. The staff were very friendly and they bought out a cake for my sisters birthday that we had given them previously. The only thing I would say needs improving is the atmosphere. There was no music playing and at times it was very silent - we were there to celebrate my sisters birthday so we would have liked to feel a little bit more free to chat loudly however because it was so quiet in there we did feel we had to be quiet. But overall a fantastic experience.

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W
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our annaverary and the food always amazing there. Never a fault.

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AH
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food, definitely worth booking if you haven’t had a champagne breakfast. Nice touch with a balloon and card for the birthday lady.
Thank you Morley Hayes.

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DL
Derbyshire
3 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It is always a pleasure to go to the Dovecote. The food is fantastic, prices are not cheap, but it is worth it. During the week (Tuesday till Friday) they have also a menu with fixed price, which looked very nice.

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ME
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely all round experience to celebrate my daughters 21st birthday ! The staff were attentive and very professional ! The food was amazing and it also catered well for my daughters pescatarian diet !

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S
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food served in a fine restaurant, by competent staff.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you all as always for a beautiful experience

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JE
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Brilliant service. Would definitely recommend.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Lovely setting and very pleasant surroundings. Afternoon tea was lovely. However more choice for vegetarians would have been nice. The restaurant was very busy so the service was a little slower than our last visit. Overall, a very enjoyable afternoon.

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OT
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first experience of afternoon tea and we couldn't have picked a better place.
The sandwiches were delicious and you can keep them coming until you're full. However, make sure that you leave room for the warm scone with jam and clotted cream. Plus, the other divine cakes. Passion fruit meringue tart, coconut and lime eclair,pannacotta and chocolate cake.

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JM
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a champagne breakfast to celebrate our Golden Wedding on 29/3/2019.We have dined at this venue on many occasions but not a breakfast.The staff immediately made us very welcome and recognised we were celebrating a special occasion.The food and service were first class and everything you would expect from a five star establishment.As I said earlier the staff were excellent complimented with a special hand written congratulatory card and ballon.Overall an excellent visit and we would have no hesitation to recommend this venue to family and friends.

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R
Derbyshire
3 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always know the experience will be brilliant but it never gets boring. The service is exceptional and the food (the mportant bit) is outstanding. What more can I say.

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SE
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been visiting the Dovecote for many years and it never disappoints. The staff are friendly and professional, the food is excellent and all at very reasonable prices. This time the vegeatble selection was even better than on previous visits - great variety and beautifully preperared and presented. I'm not a fan of puddings, but was tempeted by the blood oranges in gin with juniper sorbet. Delicious.

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j
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

First class food -got to be the best in Derbyshire

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CN
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been a few times for champagne breakfast and it’s alway exceptional. Took my mum for the first time for her birthday/mother’s day and she thought it was great. Thank you for a lovely breakfast and great service as always.

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SH
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Smashing restaurant with lots of choice for the fine dining fan. They let me choose a mix and match menu of my own from their menus for which I give 5 stars. Goats cheese bread and butter pudding with walnut as a starter was a hard act to follow, but the pork belly with the caremelised rind was about the tastiest morsel I’ve had in a long time. The hazelnut cookie was rather special too and I left having had a super time. Will be back soon! Please bring back Bearnaise sauce for the steak I’m not a peppercorn fan so that leaves me with dry steak! Thank you!

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RB
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food , service and great setting
Would recommend the afternoon tea

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DM
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I thought I had booked for afternoon tea but upon arrival it appeared I had not! My mistake however; I do feel the ‘Book A Table’ App linked to your website confused me!
Staff were very supportive of this mishap though & instead of the tea & cakes we were expecting we were given the option to stay for lunch.
My mother chose the steak & I opted for the vegetarian croquet. Both dishes were superb! Extremely delicious, beautifully presented & plentiful! The steak was, so my mother tells me, the best she’d ever had. We both chose the cheese for desserts which was again tasty.
I had been given a voucher for a champagne breakfast for one but a) I don’t drink alcohol & b) coming alone would not have been much fun! Staff allowed me to put it toward the lunch though which was most helpful. Now that we have discovered you we will most definitely be back...soon!

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