The Dovecote Restaurant

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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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JG
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

As always we had a lovely time in the Dovecote Restaurant, the food was nice and the service is faultless
it a special treat for us and we always enjoy it. We were just a little disappointed that there wasn't more choice on the set menu, and we didn't like the music in the background as it was jazz but that's only
our opinion!

KH
London
6 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always so relaxing with a stunning ambiance, food and service - thank you

RH
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, amazing food, ambiance, the service is the best in Derbyshire, especially James who is super attentive. Favourite restaurant in the whole of the UK.

MH
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic champagne breakfast with my daughters for their birthday. One daughter is vegan and the menu they provided was fantastic. Everything she loved. She is also autistic and they went out of their way to make sure we were seated fast so as she didn’t have to wait around other people in reception and we were in a small booth so as the amount of people in the restaurant couldn’t be seen. She felt safe and comfortable and loved the experience. So full stars for exceptional food and exceptional service.

SB
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, excellent food and great staff. Australian family visiting so booked lunch as a treat. They were very impressed. Fast becoming a regular!!!

GG
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in all aspects James is really attentive and Elaine gives excellent customer service

JL
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We went to the Dovecote restaurant with friends for a champagne breakfast yesterday to celebrate my husband’s birthday. The staff were all fantastic and the food was brilliant. It made a special occasion much more special. We will definitely be going again.

TP
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

This is my second visit for afternoon tea and very enjoyable. Excellent service and like the fact you can ask for additional sandwiches so that you can take your time and not have dried up food.

SC
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A lovely menu with lots of choice to suit all dietary needs. The champagne breakfast is a real treat and a lovely way to start the day.

EC
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely afternoon tea, plenty of sandwiches and cakes which all were lovely. Felt very welcome by the staff.

TH
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always this restaurant was superb We love it here

J
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Plates collected after 1st course. 40 minutes we had to wait for main course. After main course it was 55mins before desert was served. 3 course meal took almost 3 hours in total. The lamb on the main course was all fat and gristle.
To be fair they did not charge us for any food and we only paid for the drinks.

JM
Derbyshire
3 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service

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SN
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely breakfast. Staff were extremely helpful. Food delicious and plenty of it.

L
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Afternoon tea at the Dovecote restaurant is extremely good value for money with good service, friendly staff and pleasant surroundings

MS
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

On the 19/09/19, l proposed to my partner at the start of afternoon tea after 20years together.
When the staff was told they wer wonderful and excited and could not do enough for us and that made the day special.
Thank you to all the staff. ( for the Balloon )

F
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food was excellent. The restaurant was not as busy as usual, but this never seems to change to length of time it takes to get served. We were unfortunate not to get a dessert this visit as our guests were limited for time, with a train to catch, but the menu choices were lovely as always. The fish main was to die for, and the lamb was excellent too.

JP
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Not the first time we've been for Afternoon tea, so that in itself is a recommendation. Nice surroundings, excellent service and attention, good range of food with the option for more of anything and a range of teas to choose from - what more could you want.

RS
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely meal with excellent service.

CC
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve gone to the Dovecote numerous times and the service, food and value are excellent. Not forgetting the staff who cannot do enough for you.

BG
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Me and my husband came for Sunday lunch and enjoyed the food very much.
I have booked again in Dec to bring my family. I hope I receive the same tasteful food and efficient service.

LW
London
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I come for champagne breakfast every 5 weeks with my best friend as a treat! And every time I come it’s amazing!

OT
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Fantastic champagne breakfast for the wife’s birthday great food and staff👍

LR
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service - never ever disappoints

s
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is an easy review ....we had champagne breakfast after being given a voucher for a birthday...we have had the champagne breakfast 3 times now and have been delighted with it..... the moment you are greeted and then given your champagne etc you feel relaxed ... there is no hurry to leave either....my husband and myself both love the Dovecote restaurant but like to save it for special occasions.
The breakfast was beautifully cooked and we were tempted into having another glass of champagne.
Thankyou Dovecote.

AH
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Never been here for food before so went with an open mind. Sat in the bar downstairs & then for the meal upstairs. We were greeted at the top of the stairs by a very attentive lady who took a coat away. We sat and viewed the menu & decided what we'd like to eat. Then we were seated in the restaurant with drinks brought over the food was fantastic. My favourite part of the evening were the Waiter & Waitress for two people so young to engage with us the we they did it made the night. I can't remember their names but please pass on my thanks.

MD
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow food was amazing great atmosphere one guy playing the piano lovely wine will be definitely be going back. Hats off to the chefs.

MT
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all love this place. Amazing food and polite and attentive staff. Thank you for making my mum and dads anniversary very special

A
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole evening from the moment you are met at the reception is a great dining experience.
To have your drinks and food orders taken before your taken to the table is a great idea. It means you can spend quality time with your family &friends
The food choices are fine dining , giving you a great taste experience
The food is of a very high quality and is served at a leisurely pace, so not to rush you through each course.

S
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful champagne breakfast as always for my daughters birthday

G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service along with exceptional food - we had a lovely evening thank you

SM
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was our Anniversary, we had a splendid time. The food was lovely, the wine delightful.

L
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a treat! A 3 course delicious breakfast served up beautifully.

HS
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I have been numerous times to the Dovecote. This time we felt the we were rushed with our Champagne Breakfast then had to wait a long time for the tea and coffee.
I would not let this put me off going again but probably not go on a bank holiday next time.

DD
Derbyshire
3 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Visited for Sunday lunch , once again we both enjoyed our experience very much , excellent meal in lovely surroundings , the service we received was friendly and efficient , cant really ask for more !!
In our opinion one of the best places to eat

SD
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent meal in beautiful surroundings. The waiting staff were so friendly and helpful and particular a “well done” to Naima, a new member of staff who had such a sunny, lovely, disposition.

LG
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly wonderful experience. Great ambience, outstanding quality food and good service from quite a young team. Love returning here.

JH
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time for a champagne breakfast here and only one word to describe it - fabulous! the whole atmosphere is relaxing and friendly, staff lovely and attentive, and the main part, the food, exceptional. All cooked to absolute perfection, we like the fact that it's all local produce and so fresh. The menu is very original and should suit every palate without being pretentious. All in all the whole experience is excellent and wonderful value for money. Can't fault it and will definitely be returning, lovely for a low key celebration (in this case my granddaughter's birthday), makes a change from going out in the evening and just as enjoyable and judging by how busy the restaurant was it really is appreciated by a wide variety of people. Book it and go, you won't regret it

AP
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We really enjoyed our meal, lovely food and well presented. It was good service apart from a couple of errors in the order. We would love to return perhaps nearer Christmas. Thank you for making us feel welcome. My husband forgot to leave a tip we will next time, thank you.

RM
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes we do on a regular basis as the whole experience has to be in person not described as you're bound to miss something out

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