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“Excellent pub lunch in pleasant country pub”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Dovecote Inn

Dovecote Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Capel
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Good for: Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Welcome to the Dovecote Inn on Alders Road in Capel, near Tonbridge in Kent. We are a warm and friendly traditional country pub with a cosy atmosphere providing good homely food, fine wine and superb real ales at the centre of the local community. Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty near Five Oak Green, we are only a short drive from Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Paddock Wood. We have a selection of real ales served directly from casks behind the bar. Our regular ales are Harveys Sussex Best Bitter and Gales HSB, along with a constantly changing repertoire of guest ales. We have been listed in The Good Beer Guide for seventeen years. Thatchers or Old Rosie cider along with a selection of draught lager, stout and cider are complemented by various bottled options. A fine selection of wines is available by the bottle or glass, along with a typical selection of spirits and soft drinks. Join us for our lunchtime and evening food menus, along with varying specials and desserts boards providing good value, freshly cooked no-nonsense homely food. Sit in our dedicated restaurant area, secluded snug or tables throughout the bar in a cosy and comfortable rural pub environment. Warm yourself beside the log fire in the autumn & winter and enjoy alfresco dining in our patio area in the spring and summer months.
London, United Kingdom
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197 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“Excellent pub lunch in pleasant country pub”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2014

This is one of those country pubs where you feel immediately at home. Our party of six was very comfortably accommodated around an oval table. The menu had a very good range of choice, and was supplemented by several daily specials. We were not waiting unduly long for our meals, and everyone reported well on what they received. Our order included; a crab, crayfish and avocado salad; a salad nicoise with a lovely tuna steak; duck stir-fry; beef and stilton pie. Everything was very good value, and I would regard this as a cut above the average pub lunch. The puddings were perhaps less sparkling; nevertheless, I would certainly come again and recommend it to others.

Visited May 2014
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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“well worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2014

we booked the Dovecote for a birthday celebration this was not our first choice. I am glad we chose the Dovecote, the service was great, food was great and a good range of beers straight from the barrel. I would certainly go there again

  • Visited May 2014
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2 Thank Paul R
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52 reviews
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“Great Beers”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2014

Although we booked for lunch the great selection of beers were the topic of discussion with the slightly quirky landlord! But the food was plentiful and delicious. We werent hurried in from sitting out in the sunshine and the only minor point I would raise is the coffee could have been better. But I did read the coffee leaves (fortune) for those that were interested. Would definately visit again..

  • Visited May 2014
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Biddenden, United Kingdom
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“Welcoming Pub with great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

We popped in for lunch last Saturday. We've driven past this pub so many times we thought we'd stop by and try it out. We weren't disappointed. It was very busy but we managed to grab the last table. Very pleasant hosts and the nicest ploughmans we've ever had. Good selection of beers from the pump.

Highly recommended. We'll definitely stop by again.

  • Visited April 2014
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
“Excellent pub (2)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2014

Sorry Sue64Mac, I've stolen your headline. It is (and the is is in italics) an excellent pub and most of all....it's a pub!

Those things that are closing down by the dozen, by the week, but clearly not here.

Great beer, thought out pub grub, acknowledgement when you walk in, welcoming, cosy, friendly staff, good service, characterful landlord, quiz nights, local, locals.

Beam down a visitor to this Sceptred Isle and show him a classic English pub. Right here.

  • Visited April 2014
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