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Dovecote Inn

) #1 of 1 Restaurants in Capel $$ - $$$ , British,
Alders Road, Capel, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN12 6SU, England
+44 1892 835966
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good25%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Service
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LOCATION
Alders Road, Capel, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN12 6SU, England
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1 - 10 of 203 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a meal here Sunday. I had salad which was ok. My husband has roast beef. Turned out to be pressed beef very grisly, burnt Yorkshire. Small portion for price. I informed person who cleared our table, no apology nothing. We were in a party...More

Thank Angie B
The_Dovecote_Inn, Owner at Dovecote Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Angie, So sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your visit to the Dovecote. We try very hard to get it right, but sadly your visit was not one of those times. Please accept my humble apologies for that. Thank you for your comments,...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having read the last reviews about this place, My wife insisted that we try. We arrived and despite the busy atmosphere, they manage to fit us in and serve our food very quickly and nicely presented, The staff were smart and attentive and the bar...More

Thank cliver0berts0n
The_Dovecote_Inn, Owner at Dovecote Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Clive, Thank you for your kind words. The team at the Dovecote try very hard to please and it's nice to know when we get it right. Glad you had a good time and hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Reasonable welcome Good wine and beer But that was where it ended Whilst the landlord was taking food orders my. Wife asked if she could have ham or gammon and chips as she has had very major surgery leaving her with a dietary problem and...More

2  Thank 36MikeM36
The_Dovecote_Inn, Owner at Dovecote Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Mike, As we discussed by email, I am so very sorry to hear what happened. Please accept my heartfelt apologies. I have investigated the incident and taken appropriate action with the individuals concerned. Once again, please accept my sincere apologies and I am sorry we...More

Reviewed 3 July 2017

I visited yesterday with my other half. A very nice pub with reasonably friendly staff. The ale was in good nick, they had 4 or 5 on plus a real Cider. We were visiting primarily for a Sunday Roast. The roast was £13.95 and for...More

2  Thank Tunnywells
The_Dovecote_Inn, Owner at Dovecote Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hi Tunnywells, Thank you for taking the time to comment. Sorry that you were disappointed with the price of the Sunday Lunch - we use the best ingredients sourced from local suppliers, such as Ian Chatfield so that inevitably means things cost a little more...More

Reviewed 18 June 2017

Went for lunch. They forgot to put our order through to the kitchen so it was pretty late but once we told them they were very good at rushing it through and offered us an almost entirely free meal. Nice to sit outside on a...More

Thank GIDAYE
The_Dovecote_Inn, Owner at Dovecote Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2017

We're so very sorry that due to a mis-communication we let you down on your recent visit, we have changed our procedures so it won't happen again. We pride ourselves on an excellent service, but on this occasion we got it wrong, so please accept...More

Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

Went here to try the Gales HSB and was not disappointed. Decided to eat and had a lovely meal. Have been back since and will go again as a lovely atmosphere in a proper country pub.More

Thank Sue R
The_Dovecote_Inn, Owner at Dovecote Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 25 May 2017

Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. Charlie prides himself on keeping our ales in superb condition and Cliff, Xanthe and the rest of the kitchen team work really hard to deliver great meals - so your kind...More

Reviewed 17 May 2017

The Dovecote is not far from our home in Tunbridge Wells. On recommendations we visited for a Sunday pint. A really nice pub in the old way with a lovely bar and cask ales. Whilst there we saw some beautiful food being served and decided...More

Thank keithsparr
The_Dovecote_Inn, Owner at Dovecote Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2017

Thank you Keith for taking the time to write such a great review, it is greatly appreciated. We work very hard to get all aspects of our service right, both food and drink, so it's nice to hear that we do get it right and...More

Reviewed 12 May 2017

Not visited the Dovecote for many years...wow! we've been missing out! The staff were friendly, food excellent, servings ...well, I didn't have room to even look at the dessert menu! My Moroccan lamb was so very tasty and served very attractively ...hubby had minted lamb...More

Thank Jennifer L
The_Dovecote_Inn, Owner at Dovecote Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2017

Thank you for your great review and your kind words Jennifer! We work very hard to get all aspects of our service right, so it's nice to hear we do get it right and that you had a good time with us. We're so pleased...More

Reviewed 8 March 2017

Initial reception was very pleasant and the staff/service was great. Ordered the half roasted chicken that was unfortunately a little overdone but tasty

Thank NZbiggestfan
The_Dovecote_Inn, Owner at Dovecote Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 2017

Hello and thank you for taking the time to review the Dovecote Inn. Glad to hear that you had a good time, we'll look into how we cook the chicken - so thank you for the tip. Hope to see you again soon

Reviewed 16 February 2017

Great home cooked food, lovely place to go both summer and winter. Friendly, attentive staff, without being overbearing! Nothing is too much trouble for any of the guys and girls who work here!More

Thank Sandy H
The_Dovecote_Inn, Owner at Dovecote Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2017

Thank you for your great review and your kind words Sandy! We work very hard to get all aspects of our service right, so it's nice to hear we're getting it right and that you had a good time with us. We're bringing in new...More

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PandK2010
19 August 2016|
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Response from The_Dovecote_Inn | Property representative |
Hi, sorry for the delay in responding - yes we do. Many of our meals are or can be made gluten free. Regards, The Dovecote
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
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
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids
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
12:00 - 23:00
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
  • E-mail
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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