The Dovecote

The Dovecote, Capel: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, The Dovecote Reviews: 4/5

12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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oreisl
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK1,622 contributions
Fantastic food
Sep 2021
The pub has been refurbished since our last visit and it is gorgeous! The landlady & her sausage dog "Bendy" were so friendly and the food was incredible, & obviously homemade. We were there for lunch on a Thursday.

My husband had chicken & leek pie with amazing, crispy, fluffy inside chips & veg. He said it was one of the best pies he had had, the pastry certainly looked lovely. I went for sausage & mash which came with onion gravy as good as my gran used to make.

I couldn't resist dessert and the really moist, light chocolate cake with chocolate sauce & chocolate ice cream was fabulous.

We will definitely be going back & I actually booked a table for dinner with a friend for a couple of weeks time & can't wait. Highly recommend.
Written September 5, 2021
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traveller
Charlbury, UK4 contributions
Welcome back Dovecote
Jun 2021 • Friends
Nic snd Shelly have revived the pub.
It’s back to the great location it was previously under their management.
Service is friendly and the food is upto Shelley’s high standards

6 of us had dinner last night and we all enjoyed the evening very much

Welcome back

Ken& Barbara
Written July 18, 2021
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David E
1 contribution
Excellent food and atmosphere
Jul 2021
This pub has remarkably reopened under the last but one landlord. The food is excellent, the service good and the atmosphere friendly.

Hopefully this is an example of a pub coming back from the brink!
Written July 14, 2021
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Christopher G
2 contributions
Closed
Sep 2020
Closed, since being flooded, possibly never to open again as a unique Kentish country pub. The area is fairly isolated and the land it is located on would make an investor a lot of money as housing. This is the very sad reality we face in the countryside today.
Written September 18, 2020
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Steve H
Borough Green, UK5 contributions
Good Food but Strange Service
Nov 2019
We visited with a group of 5 to a very 'luke warm' welcome, which didn't seem to get much better.

The food was fantastic but the service was extremely slow. It was one guy (whom I presume was the landlord), to serve only a handfull of customers - but acting like the place was packed.

We gave up on ordering deserts because the landlord clearly didn't want to serve them to us. He must have known we wanted them because one of our group went to get the large desserts board and brought it back to our table. We were then, just basically, completely ignored once we'd had our main course. Very odd.

The food would take me back - but I wouldn't rush due to the very oddish behaviour of the landlord.
Written November 14, 2019
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Michael M
Basingstoke, UK4 contributions
Excellent evening meal thanks
Jul 2019 • Friends
Previously a couple of years ago, I posted an adverse review concerning The Dovecote and we had not returned until this evening..
What a difference we found.
We were greeted with a very warm and friendly welcome.
We ordered our drinks at the bar and were then very quickly taken to our very comfortable table where the menus were produced
Unfortunately, my wife has a dietary problem and can only eat limited foods
She asked if she could have ham and chips and although they don't usually serve this in the evening, the chef kindly obliged and supplied the ham and chips which my wife said she enjoyed very much.
I had the steak and ale pudding which was delicious
We have no hesitation in recommending the Dovecote and we look forward to seeing you again shortly
Thank you for a lovely evening
Written July 12, 2019
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Elaine S
Longfield, UK18 contributions
Food good but well frozen
Dec 2018 • Friends
Some friends and I visited the Dovecote today for lunch. The barmaid/waitress was excellent. The food lovely but what completely ruined our Christmas meet up was the landlord let the wood burner go out and it was completely freezing, this is the 2nd year he has done this and it was very obvious that it was on purpose as he was to mean to heat that end of the pub once the lunch crowd is over. Landlord a bit strange was very creepy checking out our friend the same as last year. And insisted on making comments and finishing it with dingdong !!!
Written December 15, 2018
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Jessica C
Edinburgh, UK78 contributions
Mediocre food
Nov 2018 • Friends
Lovely old pub but very mediocre food. My veggie lasagne was exactly as if It had bought in Sainsburys as a ‘Meal for One’ not bad but not restaurant quality and very poor value for money . The others had fish and chips and a great deal
Of batter on little fish. The deserts definitely appeared bought in too .. nothing delicious or home made and just dull and pretty tasteless. Very unsatisfying . This is my first review of the Dovecote through I’ve been here a few times. Won’t bother again. Can’t really recommend i
Written November 25, 2018
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sookeico1
Etchingham, UK693 contributions
Excellent traditional pub hidden away from main roads
Jul 2018 • Couples
We’d driven past the Dovecote Inn many times, but never dropped in. It was recommended by friends, and needing somewhere to stop on a hot Wednesday lunchtime, we decided to give it a try. First thing to say is that it looks quite small as you drive past, but it’s much larger inside. At the back there’s a big car park, rear terrace and large garden area - all great in the sunshine. The landlord/barman is very entertaining and the Harvey’s bitter was absolutely superb. There’s a good selection of food available (not Mondays), and our chilli/rice/nachos/trimmings and avocado/prawns/crayfish salad were both good. If you want somewhere out in the countryside near Tonbridge/Pembury then this is definitely somewhere to consider.
Written July 9, 2018
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36MikeM36
Basingstoke58 contributions
Very rude won't go back
Jul 2017 • Friends
Fawlty towers at its worst
Awful landlord was three sheets to the wind
Very rude to my wife
Won't recommend
Definitely won't go back
Written July 29, 2017
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