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Dovecote Inn

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Bar, British, Pub
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Alders Road, Capel, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN12 6SU, England
+44 1892 835966
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17:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 - 22:30
Mon - Sat 17:30 - 23:00
Tue - Sat 12:00 - 15:00
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Popped in for lunch - hadn't been in for a couple of years after having a disappointing meal but thought we would try it again. Glad we did. Felt cosy and friendly . Good service. Enjoyed a lovely lunch and pint of ale . The best chips ever !

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Thank Teresa C
Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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291 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Came for a family dinner as we use this pub frequently and always like it. Not dissapointed. Good copper top on tap. Had pate and soups to start. Then stronganoff, hunters chicken and seabass. All were delcious wuth generous portions.

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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed it so much last time that we visited again with a different group of friends. Great food (I didn't order the chips with the Farmers Rosti this time) and the shoulder of lamb was huge. Well worth a visit

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Thank Jace59
The_Dovecote_Inn, Owner at Dovecote Inn, responded to this review

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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A friendly welcome and a good atmosphere made for a rewarding visit. The menu is not restricted to Sunday roasts so there is plenty to choose from. Sizeable portions and very tasty only slight reserve being that the food could have been a tad hotter. Never mind, I was so hungry it didn't hang around long. Good selection of local... More 

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Thank Peter R
The_Dovecote_Inn, Owner at Dovecote Inn, responded to this review

Glad you had a good time - hope to see you again soon. Sorry about the slight issue with the temperature and we've had a look at sorting that out for next time More 

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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I called in for a real 'pub grub' dinner. We certainly were not disappointed. The staff seemed lovely, the cute small dining room was so cosy and food was delicious. Portions were massive (never a bad thing when the food has such great flavour) and the total bill really won't break the bank. I would recommend this... More 

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Lovely pub in the Kent countryside. Friendly with good atmosphere and good service. We had cod and chips and lamb shanks. Both were delicious and reasonably priced.

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The_Dovecote_Inn, Owner at Dovecote Inn, responded to this review

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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Down from the north to visit my Kent relatives. Had a very tasty roast beef meal. Full of flavour and loads of vegetables. Staff seemed very friendly. Too full for a pudding but they certainly looked delicious. Good to see a pub which is full of character and not been messed about with. Would love to visit again.

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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We visited the pub for sunday lunch. The star couldn't have been any more friendly and helpful. They were very welcoming and great with our daughter. They answered any questions we asked about the food and were very accommodating. The sunday roast was lovely. Huge yorkshire puddings, a good size portion, lots of different vegetables and yummy stuffing. The puddings... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

It's been a couple of years since our last visit. Thought we'd pop in....great to see Charlie running the place. We'll be back to eat as the food leaving the kitchen looked fantastic!

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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

First visit and I'd certainly come again, great food. I had the breakfast rosti and added chips which I was told not too as it was more than enough without them! Nice atmosphere and the landlord was friendly, chatty and welcoming.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 22:30
Monday
17:30 - 23:00
Tuesday
17:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
Wednesday
17:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
Thursday
17:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
Friday
17:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
Saturday
17:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Alders Road, Capel, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN12 6SU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Royal Tunbridge Wells  >  Capel
  • Phone Number: +44 1892 835966
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.

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