The Dovecote Restaurant

4.7
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711 reviews
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£41 and over
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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.
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.
What 711 People Are Saying
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Kirsty
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent standards in the very difficult circumstances. Thank you very much

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AndyM
Nottingham
5 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday breakfast. Last meal out for wine time ..so thanks for the great lasting memory.

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AmyeR
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came with my mum for an early Mother’s Day treat. Fab as always ❤️

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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.Never disappointed. Can recommend.

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WendyW
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eat in the Dovecote quite a lot, and am never disappointed, had the Champagne breakfast with my daughter for her birthday, couldn’t fault it probably the best one I’ve had. Would definitely recommend.

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WTop
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Highly recommended. Relaxing atmosphere in the restaurant and staff very professional and friendly.

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JeanW
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely relaxing meal in nice surroundings. Food was well presented and perfectly cooked, staff friendly, polite and efficient. 5 star experience.

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NikC
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A truly lovely experience, sandwiches, cakes and scones delicious. The young waiter was polite, courtoeus and clearly enjoyed his job.
It was my friend's birthday; the card and balloon were a nice touch. We will be back!

JP
JamesP
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another pleasant visit to celebrate a family birthday.
We took a visitor from London and he was impressed and said he could rank this with the best he has in Chiswick.
We will be back.

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RoyS
Derbyshire
4 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal
My favourite restaurant in the world by far

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TraceyC
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The afternoon tea was absolutely lovely and the service was brilliant, I would definitely go again

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MartynB
London
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Limited menu, good food but not amazing the starters where great but the mains choice left you wanting a little more refinement. Like so many places could be outstanding but not quite there.

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AndyB
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our lunchtime meal at the Dovecote was excellent. The service was second to none. Would highly recommend

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KathleenG
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunchtime experience. The service and food were 5* . We shall certainly be returning.

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DavidWood52
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Sunday lunch - lovely food in a great location

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Lisatwigger
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Had the most amazing meal on Saturday 22nd of February.
The food was quick fresh and the flavours where outstanding. We will definitely be back.
The staff smiled and chattered, nothing was too much trouble what a difference it made.

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MandyD
Derbyshire
4 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Lovely as always just the GF bread is so very disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, food and atmosphere. We will definitely be visiting again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Surprise for my mother and daughter.

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JulieGristle1
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service Lovely setting. Would definitely recommend

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Roger
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Top quality meal and service at a very good price

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Emma48
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday lunch was excellent very good value and would recommend.
Brilliant staff, always smiling and seem happy in there work. Niamh and Jess both stood out to us very helpful and polite young ladies.

Will definitely return soon

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PamL
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, splendid welcome area. Super pianist playing on arrival. Food was cooked to perfection and the wine was exquisite. Upmarket establishment for a special occasion

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DaveC
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always have a good meal at the Dovecote. When busy service can be a bit slow. But that is not always a bad theing

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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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LindaS
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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RobertP
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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

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DebraG
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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AnnE
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

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PKPH
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marvellous place to eat. No wonder we keep returning.

JM
JamesM
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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SharranW
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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AndrewS
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.

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JoanneS
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

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GlennM
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
JamesP
Derbyshire
3 reviews
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
OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food.

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DavidB
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.

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OwenG
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.