The Dovecote Restaurant

4.8
1023 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 currently serve Champagne Breakfast, for that special treat Wednesday - Saturday. Afternoon Tea is served Thursday - Saturday, Dinner is served on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we also offer a three course Sunday Lunch. A great selection of local drinks, fresh cocktails and a well-stocked cellar provides superb wine to accompany your meal.
We are currently not serving midweek lunch.

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
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1023 People Are Saying
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DavidR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, great food in a calm environment making this a great place to celebrate as a couple. Prompt friendly service as ever.

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Peter
Derbyshire
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place to come for a special meal and/or celebration. Food is always very good and well presented.

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CaroleW
Derbyshire
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining in the Dovercome restaurant is a brilliant experience, such a sense of occasion. We went for Sunday lunch as a treat and the food was amazing. The food, staff and ambiance are first rate.

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India
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a lovely champagne breakfast to celebrate a friends engagement. The staff were very helpful when I mentioned that I had a peanut allergy. The food was incredible.

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SharonP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Went for a family meal yesterday evening in the Dovecote restaurant. Started out well had two lovely starters but went down hill after that. I ordered the tomato tart which wasn’t pleasant and much to my surprise there was a dangerous piece plastic in the tart which cut my gum and looked like a acrylic nail tip. I brought this to the attention of the waiting staff who were very apologetic however it completely put me off eating the meal. My partner ordered a “blue” filet steak which was served medium rare. Leading to deserts whoever thought it’s a good idea to add a sizeable chunk of blue cheese to waffles and awful chutney need to review their pallet as it is a dreadful desert The service wasn’t great either my partner had a bottle of wine but was never offered to be refilled whilst others were being offered! When you pay for table service there is a level expected and this fell far short. Although they did not charge for my main course and offered desert by way of good will gesture, it was rather meaningless when the meal was ruined and ended up costing £132. Needless to say we will not return to a place that I had always believed to be a high class restaurant.

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TracyB
Nottingham
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's been a while visiting the Dovecote restaurant. It was fabulous as always,the service was great ,the food was fantastic the staff amazing ,atmosphere brilliant. Missed this place and will be returning very soon.

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JaneG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had champagne breakfast. All food was beautiful and service was excellent

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Margaret
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed afternoon tea, good choice of teas. Good variety of sandwiches and cakes. Too many cakes for two people though so took some home in a packaged box from the restaurant. Would recommend.

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SharonW
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful afternoon tea with my friend today. The food and service was brilliant. The staff where very helpful and nothing was to much trouble. It was nice to be able to have more sandwiches and different teas. I have been for afternoon tea several times and each time has been excellent. Would highly recommend a visit.

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Lozza
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The champagne breakfast was lovely it was my mums 80th we thoroughly enjoyed the food the service was great overall five star would recommend to family and friends Thankyou dovecote restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
5 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

I am still disappointed to see that the Dovecote Restaurant no longer want to have white tablecloths. They make the room seem like something special. Bare tables do nothing for me. I can get those in pubs!

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ClaireM
North Wales
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely beautiful food with professional service. Felt a very special experience and will definitely return.

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Ziggy9
London
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

An excellent restaurant. The food was outstanding, with a superb bottle of Sancerre.
However, there was a couple of issues when serving courses, when one of us received our starter and the other had to wait.
Also, we ordered coffees and a liqueur to be served at the same time, however, the coffees arrived but not the liqueur, then nearly 10 minutes later said they didn't have enough to serve us both.
We put it down to some young, nervous, waiting staff, and the issue was sorted without any further fuss and they did take off the cost of the coffees.

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ChrisB
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful food and service we took two friends who have not been before they were both blown away

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richardw
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

a very pleasant evening and we both enjoyed it very much.
we will certainly come back again

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JeffW
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Everything was really nice, but got my wife’s order wrong and though it was rectified, it meant we ate separately, which was disappointing

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FredS
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Comfortable surroundings, warm welcome, excellent food and first class service. We couldn’t ask for more.

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AlisonS
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely range of courses all presented beautifully. The service was excellent.
We weren't rushed and it was a lovely experience.

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ShirleyS
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

A super place good atmosphere attentive friendly staff the food was superb we will definitely be returning so enjoyable

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LisaL
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful meal. Fish cake starter was superb. Chicken supreme was indeed just that. Supreme. The chicken was beautifully cooked. Soft tender and juicy. I wish I could cook chicken like this.

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ElaineC
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleased to say Morley Hayes is back to pre- covid standard of service after a temporary blip. Lydia was excellent, with a high standard of service and very pleasing personality .

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AntonyB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very pleasant experience at the afternoon tea at dovecote restaurant morely Hayes. Only thing that could have been better if we were offered more tea.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit to the Dovecote since lockdown, excellent service and food as always, looking forward to many more visits in the future.

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DavetheTibialist
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Although the location was very busy, the restaurant was not over busy and the service was calm and unrushed.
Staff were pleasant and food was nicely presented.
All very clean and enjoyable.
We will visit yet again... Our 10th visit
David Bennett

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AmandaH
Derbyshire
4 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice to be back and the restaurant had a good feel to it. New staff but they were very professional and polite. Hopefully back again soon.

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CherylL
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All very good, nice atmosphere and great food, excellent value for money too, staff helpful and polite, lovely experience and would recommend

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CRC0
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal, tender steak but steak knives blunt and struggled to slice meat.
Prices have increased, now quite expensive for an evening meal.
Staff very helpful and very prompt service.

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JaneR
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Sunday lunch with a very good choice on the menu. Beautifully presented food, everything being delicious. My favourite place to eat in the area and it was really good to be back there again after C19 closure.

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mickeyandbinks
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wanting somewhere special, look no further than the Dovecote restaurant at Morley Hayes, fabulous 😍

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HelenD
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect, can’t fault this place. They even made me a cocktail that wasn’t on the menu

JC
JoannaC
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super experience all round. The food was perfectly cooked and seasoned, portion sizes were just right, staff were polite and efficient. Would highly recommend.

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AshleyN
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would reccomend to all
A real treasure.Simon and his team are Brilliant

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TRACEYS
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect service and food can’t recommend enough…..

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Charlotte
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Afternoon Tea at the Dovecote is an annual tradition for me and my Mum so we visited this August Bank Holiday as normal. The quantity of food and drink you get for the money is really good, and the sandwiches and scones were delicious as always. We were slightly disappointed with the selection of cakes in the Afternoon Tea this year as they were not to our taste (gin cupcake, coffee eclair and lemon mousse). We were also not offered additional sandwiches / scones as we usually are - not sure if this was because we had a 3:30pm booking so it was later in the day? Overall we enjoyed our visit but we hope the cakes change!

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Madge3
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted and politely taken to our table for Afternoon Tea. The selection of sandwiches and cakes was excellent, my friend being a vegetarian was catered for very well. A good selection of tea too. The service was friendly, efficient and polite. Will definitely be going again.

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MarieW
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The afternoon tea in the Dovecote restaurant was really pleasant. Lewis was the young man who served our tea and he was excellent. Very attentive and helpful.
There was a lovely atmosphere with plenty of tables taken, and one party of ladies with a 'Bride to Be'.
Hopefuly it will be a place we return to in the not too distant future.

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Cats
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall fantastic experience!
Great service, food quality very good,
Exceptional value for money.
We strongly recommend and plan to return soon !
Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
5 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Extremely disappointed to find the tables no longer had the lovely white linen. One of the many pleasure of visiting the Dovecote Restaurant was to experience something special.
Even the water jug had condensation which was running on to the table. No plate mats provided. Everything on the table was noisier.
I know this will not stop us visiting but I think in my opinion it is a bad move!

JH
JillH
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was very good but I did think the service could be improved.

JM
JohnM
Derbyshire
4 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food

FAQs

The Dovecote Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 1023 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.