The Dovecote Restaurant

4.7
840 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.
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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 840 People Are Saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GaryD
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had afternoon tea, got to be the best afternoon tea anywhere, value for money its unreal for the amount and quality, been 3 times and hopefully going again before xmas

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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again we had an amazing afternoon tea, everything about the experience was excellent the service, the food and the price as well as the excellent social distancing precautions that were in place. A massive thank you and well done to the team at the dovecote.

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JanetM
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely venue. Staff friendly and very helpful regarding special diets.

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JulianT
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine dining. Proven track record. Welcoming owners. Lovely setting.

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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, amazing food and good value for money.
We thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of our visit to the Dovecote restaurant, thank you 👍

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LucyE
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food, lovely atmosphere and great table service felt very welcomed from start.

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LucaR
Derbyshire
3 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

High recommended.
Top quality
Excellent food and service

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ChantalA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and very attentive! Keep up the good work.

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Boots
Edinburgh
6 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great restaurant with impeccable service and top quality food

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BethC
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely afternoon tea. Good food. Quiet and peaceful. Polite attentive staff. Above all it felt covid-secure.

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ChrisA
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our restaurant of choice and for anyone cautious of venturing out in these strange times you can be confident that all aspects of Covid precautions have been addressed in a highly reassuring manner. On this occasion it was champagne breakfast for us. The quality of food Is superb and service is exemplary. Our ‘score’ for ambience reflects current and necessary spacing reality in the restaurant - it makes for a subdued but still very enjoyable and satisfying experience.
As we write this it is sad that this superb establishment will be caught up in the impending lockdown. If you’ve never been before, add it to your ‘must visit’ list when it reopens - Whether for champagne breakfast, afternoon tea or evening meal ( all if available!), you will not regret it.

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SharonL
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Previously had champagne breakfast last year and it was lovely but disappointed as food and tea luke warm .

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Txxxx
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We went for a savoury afternoon tea to celebrate my husbands retirement. The food was well presented and absolutely fabulous. Ten out ten!

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LouiseM
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely gorgeous food and great value for money- attentive staff and very relaxing atmosphere 😊

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TanyaP
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An all round brilliant experience. Callum and Natalie served us well.

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ChrisS
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always at Morley Hayes, everything was excellent. Food and service were particularly good this time.

LM
LisaM
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb champagne breakfast. Absolutely superb. Excellent service. Great place, wonderful staff..... Really the best!!!

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ABGolf
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first but certainly not our last visit. Great service, staff were excellent and the food was fantastic. We had 3 course Sunday lunch. Good choice, suitable options for vegetarians and pescatarians.

Tables are well spaced and we felt the restaurant had effective safety measures in place to keep everyone safe.

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Jacq
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Quality of food served excellent, service slightly slow, menu a bit restrictive, great value for money.

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VandaD
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, we had the savoury afternoon tea. Staff very attentive

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SusanH
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely champagne breakfast.
Always good food and the best produce.

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Lulu
Derbyshire
3 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, always good food and really pleasant surroundings

CS
CliveS
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came to the Dovecote for a wedding anniversary. We had the white onion soup for starters, the sirloin steak and place for the mains and run baba for sweet. The food was outstanding and the service excellent.

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Coll
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a beautiful Sunday lunch! Served wonderfully and all current restrictions adhered to with precision and flair! Well done to the chef and all the attentive staff that looked after us! The food was amazing!

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EmmaK
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Sunday dinner hands down, would highly recommend. Will definitely be back.

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DavidB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food, lovely and relaxed environment and friendly service.

JC
JaneC
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most enjoyable Sunday lunch - perfect combination of food and service - we really enjoy the ambience- very relaxing
Felt very comfortable and safe plenty of space around us but enough people about to make it feel ‘normal’ under the circumstances of restrictions.
The interaction between us and the waiters was spot on - lovely place to dine.

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KathrynH
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dining experience - felt very Covid safe without being clinical.
Food was outstanding and service was very good with exceptionally pleasant staff.

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PaulR
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Regular visitors. Third visit since lockdown. Felt safe. Up to the usual high standard.

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DavidC
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food, relaxing with no music playing, properly socially distanced tables. Couldn’t fault it

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GlennM
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely champagne breakfast for our 27th wedding anniversary on the 16th of October 2020 we felt very safe in the restaurant would absolutely recommend people try it for a special occasion we will be try afternoon tea for my birthday in November thanks again xx

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SimonW
Derbyshire
8 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual, service & quality top notch, and above all, they treat you correctly in these difficult times, which makes for a pleasant lunch....Thank you

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VictoriaV
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic Sunday lunch with the best staff. Lovely as always!

JB
JulieB
Derbyshire
4 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We meet up with friends from Stafford we are from Worksop it's a halfway house for us. We love it there as everything is spot on we even like Roosters if we can't get in.
(If I was to find any fault it would be the wines I am a white wine & Champagne drinker and I find that they are quite harsh. )

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TrevorC
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the whole dining experience at the Dovecote restaurant. The staff were excellent, professional and welcoming. The quality of the food and the presentation was also excellent. We also felt the ambience was perfect. Despite the Covid restrictions we felt very safe, comfortable and relaxed. Thank you to every one involved.

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CharlotteU
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Having had several afternoon teas at the Dovecote previously, I was disappointed with this experience. The standard of the food seemed markedly lower than it has been previously. We weren't offered any extras of food as we have been before (we did not ask ourselves but servers usually ask regularly) and we both asked for hot chocolate as we don't drink tea or coffee and were charged extra for them, which has never happened on previous visits.
I understand that times are different and hard, but it was sad that my favourite afternoon tea wasn't as enjoyable as usual.

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Rosieposie
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely to go back to the Dovecote. Food and service wonderful as always.

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mariap
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely place that has made every effort to make the experience as lovely as they can, given the circumstances with COVID-19.
The topical fruit eton mess was ive if true fest desserts I’ve had in years.

JC
JemimaC
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, and very attentive service. Really enjoyed it.

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BryanG
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Service and ambiance good but food poor for the price. Certainly not as good as last time we went. Would not recommend.

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The Dovecote Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 840 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.