It has been some time (6yearsapprox) since we have visited the Dovecliff - we had our wedding here (superb apart from heavy rain all day which no-one can control!!) 10 years ago and subsequent evening meals/family occasions. My husband said he wanted to return for a meal for his birthday which we did with friends. Friday night, 8pm table for 4 - we were the only people in the lounge room for drinks - a glass of Shiraz was ordered - we were informed not sold by the glass and only Chardonny or Sauvignon blanc by the glass (no red wine option given or offer of wine list). The waiter seemed very nervous/not very confident and struggled either to hear or understand us. What was once used as the main dining room was shut with dining taking place in the beautiful Orangery where only 3 other tables had diners seated with a total of 18 of us - very intimate but sadly was it a sign of the times - money tight etc or a business in decline? The food was nice and I asked for a sauce that wasn't on the menu for my steak which was made no problem and was delicious. Our biggest disappointment was the wine selection and cost of drinks (a common criticism with other reviews). I don't expect to go to a "country House" venue/special restaurant and have the option if standard supermarket wines at massively inflated prices - the Shiraz that was only sold by the bottle was McGuigan Black Label (£5.49 -£6.99 in any supermarket) so wholesale cost even less! Wine lst price £23.95. We have paid that and more for very nice wines at other very good restaurants but not ones that are standard supermarket wines! We didn't order a bottle of wine. Unfortunately our final bill, 4starters, 4 mains, 2 desserts, 4 small glasses of wine, 6 pints of Carling came to a rather shocking £177 - almost £50 of that was for the drinks!!! We did note that the Directors are not those from our previous experiences so clearly a change of ownership. The website (and reviews) suggest the main focus to be weddings - the setting us undoubtedly perfect and our wedding albeit with different owners was amazing for that reason. We all came away quite sad as we felt the beautiful Dovecliff Hall is now in a state of decline relative to our memories and past experiences. We wouldn't return as we expect, in this type of venue to experience service, quality of food and drink far superior to that received in your everyday public house or restaurant chain unfortunately we have experienced better at our local "two meals for £10" public house. Ths as been quite hard to write because our hearts are still with Dovecliff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dovecliff Hall Country House Hotel is a "hidden gem" nestled in the delightful Staffordshire countryside. Dating back to 1790, this elegant Georgian House has been fully restored to provide a subtle blend of history with modern comfortable hospitality. Set within seven acres of beautiful gardens and adjacent to the River Dove, Dovecliff Hall is the perfect retreat if you are looking to experience peace and tranquility. Our guest rooms have been tastefully decorated and boast views of either the gardens or the River Dove. With emphasis on comfort, elegance and functionality, all rooms have en-suite bathrooms with bath and shower and are equipped with flat screen TVs, telephones, free WIFI access, trouser press and tea & coffee making facilities. Classic English cuisine with a modern French twist can be enjoyed in our beautiful Orangery Restaurant. Only the finest seasonal ingredients are used and wherever possible, our Head Chef uses his local suppliers. Just 10 miles from Lichfield and 13 miles from Derby, we are ideally situated if you are looking to visit Chatsworth House, Lichfield Cathedral, The Peak District, Calke Abbey, Shugborough Hall, Alton Towers or Donnington Park. We look forward to offering you a very warm welcome. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dovecliff Hall Hotel Burton Upon Trent, Staffordshire