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The Dovecote Restaurant

4.7
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780 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 780 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both excellent.

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Shanneil
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Afternoon tea and the service received was beautiful. Will definitely be back very soon.

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DonF
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Sunday Lunch, lovely food, excellent service from gracious staff

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VenetiaS
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant and good old fashioned customer service, nice hotel feel. Staff were great, really attentive and the manager went the extra mile with my son getting him a drink for his Teddy

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vipSerenaF
Derbyshire
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, superb service. Friendly attentive staff and exquisite ambience, love, love, love this place.

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RachelC
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely time on Friday. I rated lower in a couple but this is solely down to the current situation and no reflection on yourselves. We felt very safe. Our waitress was excellent and wouldn’t of believed it was her first day. Very professional as was everyone and we will certainly return.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vouchers given for our wedding last year for champagne afternoon tea, this was delicious, good service from the staff and presentation and taste of the food was excellent

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IndiaW
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all really enjoyed it. The food was the best we have had here in years - top marks thank you

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LindseyMoss
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for champagne breakfast for our wedding anniversary and it was absolutely beautiful. The food was outstanding, staff were lovely & very welcoming & the restaurant was exquisite. Will definitely be coming back soon. The champagne was also delicious I could have drank a bottle

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JuliaM
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon tea. Food and service first class .
Thank you.

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RALPH
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit for Sunday Lunch very good food and service.

JM
JohnM
Derbyshire
4 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We have visited The Dovecote for many years mainly for Sunday lunch and very much enjoyed it. However our recent visit was a disappointment.
Firstly, the menu was restricted compared to what we are used to and secondly the roast sirloin was most peculiar. Whether it had been pot boiled or sous vide it had the consistency of such and tasted odd.
Whilst we appreciate that due to COVID things are different we did have a meal there just after reopening in a July which I commented on being excellent. As the price has also increased we won’t be in such a hurry to return until we hear more positive comments from others.

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judithr
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We couldn’t fault anything from the service to the quality of food. Thank you

JB
JaneB
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Special afternoon tea. Wonderful champagne in Covid friendly setting.

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KarenW
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The complete package was marvellous and so friendly will definitely be back

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Steph1620
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The champagne breakfast was faultless as usual

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Net1971
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, my son had the vegan menu which was really good. Service was perfect and it was a great ambience. Perfect for a family brunch to celebrate a birthday. Would definitely recommend.

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SimonW
Derbyshire
7 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classy as usual, with exceptional service ..........

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JanW
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Morley Hayes was not very welcoming, had to wait outside in the cold. They will not let you in before the time of your booking. Should have been informed in advance of this. I booked for lunch and this was confirmed on your website with sample lunch menu. However we were given a menu for a Champagne Breakfast on arrival and when I queried this your website was blamed. Obviously we had the option to leave but no alternative was available. We had been looking forward to our lunch for months so were very disappointed. We have been going to Morley Hayes for lunch for years and have always thoroughly enjoyed it. The food was good quality but I don’t normally eat breakfast at lunchtime. There were very few members of staff in attendance and as we were waiting to pay there were 6 people waiting outside trying to get in. We explained to these customers the procedure and they had to wait in the doorway whilst we walked through the group to exit. No social distancing there then. Very poorly thought through especially as there is a waiting area inside and a sign asking you to wait here to be seated but the staff won’t let you and ask you to wait outside in the rain and cold instead.

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DavidS
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food choice from the Menu was good and the food we were served and ate excellent in taste and quality of presentation.
All served in an unhurried pace at our convenience. We will certainly be going again some time soon.

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CatherineA
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent afternoon tea and very enjoyable. The service was exceptional.

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TraceyL
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous food as always , and lovely relaxing atmosphere

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Lozzie
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Received gift voucher for champagne breakfast. Social distancing and covid measures extremely good, staff lovely and breakfast was delicious. Such a lovely experience. Highly recommended. Will definitely visit again

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Kelly
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Morley Hayes is one of my favourite places to eat.

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Alison
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We’ve been dining here for years and the food is always good.
This was our first visit since lockdown and overall impressed with the controls in place.
One big negative though was being asked to wait outside (In the rain) until our table was ready. They did supply a chair for my 86 year old mum when I pointed out that she shouldn’t be expected to stand, but even so not a great customer experience.
There are additional tables in the former reception area and left us with the impression that extra tables are seen as more important than customers.

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FrancesM
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

As always the food and service was excellent, we had a little wait to order our food but one of the young ladies serving us was new, she did very well.

We weren't sure how long we were allowed the table for but didn't feel rushed.

The staff were friendly and helpful.

The food is always 'top notch ', the menu choices were very good, the food beautifully cooked.

Morley Hayes is always our 'go to' place for celebrations.

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CaroleW
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You are guaranteed a special time when you dine here. The food is fantastic and the service second to none and the venue is lovely. We always enjoy going.

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Boots
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had been pouring with rain, so the outdoor seating area was closed and we sat indoors where our starters/bbq/desserts were served. The staff, food and ambience are excellent here. The sides with the main meal were most enjoyable and tasty.

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YvonneA
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent leisurely breakfast. Staff and food wonderful as usual.

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GeorginaP
Wales
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had the champagne breakfast as it was a wedding gift. What a lovely experience would highly recommend.
My only fault was being pregnant I unfortunately couldn't have the champagne and my husband was driving, it would be nice to be offered an alternative non alcoholic drink!!

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Zct1
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and great service. Staff always welcoming and friendly 😀

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DawnB
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Afternoon tea treat for my daughter and myself. Charming waiting staff. Scrumptious afternoon tea. Were able to bring some of the goodies home.

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ChristopherT
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent as usual,staff could not have been more attentive and the food was good

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EmmaB
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely champagne breakfast, excellent safety measures in place. Would definitely recommend

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YvonneA
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Excellent food and staff. Unfortunately we were in an overspill area which is usually a conference room. There was only a couple of tables in use despite the main are being full so it was distinctly lacking in ambience sadly.

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AmandaH
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely afternoon tea in gorgeous surroundings. The staff were great. Definitely recommend

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maza
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time out to dine in lockdown and we were not dissappointed. The staff were brilliant, very attentive and giving great service. The food, as always was excellent. Good variety and very good quality. We thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon tea experience and sure we will return as it really brightened our day.

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AllieB
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoyable afternoon tea - sandwiches and scones were delightful

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AmyH
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Exceptional food as usual and we were all totally stuffed by the end. Weirdly, even the jug of iced water tasted amazing!

Only some ever so minor gripes; it was an extremely hot day and despite having air con in the restaurant, it didn't seem to be doing much to solve the problem (likely because all of the doors and windows were open too), which made us (and other guests from what I could tell) a little uncomfortable and unable to enjoy the experience fully.

The waitress we had, while attentive, clearly didn't want to be there and struggled to break a smile or join in conversation - though, this doesn't surprise me given how warm it was and the fact she was also having to wear a face shield. We were also left with all of the empty plates from our afternoon tea on the table after we finished and they still hadn't been cleared by the time we left, while not a massive problem, it did make it difficult to just chill and relax with a drink.

Social distancing measures were fantastic and worked well.

All in all, a fabulous experience as to be expected and I'll always recommend the Dovecote if someone is looking for something a little bit special!

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SharonB
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely afternoon tea at Morley Hayes. Everything fresh and delicious.

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