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Dovecote Inn

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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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Sun 12:00 - 22:30
Mon - Sat 17:30 - 23:00
Tue - Sat 12:00 - 15:00
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Vancouver
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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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Thank NZbiggestfan
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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!

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Thank Sandy H
The_Dovecote_Inn, Owner at Dovecote Inn, responded to this review

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 menus that keep the old favourites but also add a few extra twists - we... More 

Tunbridge Wells, Kent
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Went to the Dovecote pub at Capel with good friends last night for a meal, our 1st visit. Delightful & attractive pub, excellent food, good range of beers served by people who knew their stuff, liked to engage, were proud of what they did & grateful to us for our custom. More impressive as it was Valentine's night & the... More 

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

Thank you for your great review and your kind words! We work very hard to get all aspects of our service right, so it's nice to hear that you had a good time with us. We're bringing in new menus that keep the old favourites but also add a few extra twists - we hope to see you again soon... More 

Kent
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

It was our son's birthday so where better place to treat him to a lunch but the ever-dependable Dovecote. Readers of my other reviews on Trip Advisor will know I am a pie man through and through. Totally. Absolutely. Show me a good pie and I'm as happy as Larry. Having said that, however, I recall another Dovecote meal where... More 

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

Geoffrey -Thank so much you for your wonderful review - we're so glad that you had a good time with us! Cliff, our new chef is devising a new menu, with some exciting additions as well as keeping the old favourites - keep an eye open for plenty of variety in the pie department! We pride ourselves on our food,... More 

Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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323 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Came for dinner on a Thursday night. Charles was in the kitchen I believe so served by the bartenders who were very polite and helpful. Menu has slightky changed. Lots of pies/suets of specials and have lost the liver which I liked. Had the fish platter and beef stroganoff which were both excellent. Served even more decoratively than before too.... More 

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Thank Busker999
The_Dovecote_Inn, Owner at Dovecote Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review - we're so glad that you had a good time with us. If Charlie was in the kitchen, he must have been hiding in the fridge - Thursday is his night off! Cliff, our new chef is implementing a few changes ready for our new menu in February, so we're pleased you like the... More 

Tonbridge, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Great meal out with my partner, food, service and the hospitality was amazing! One of the best evenings out in a long while.

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Thank Cheesman27
The_Dovecote_Inn, Owner at Dovecote Inn, responded to this review

Glad to hear that you both had a good time with us, thank you for your review. Hope to see you again soon! More 

Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

We visited the Dovecote for a light lunch. We received a really warm welcome from the staff and enjoyed a lovely couple of hours by the log burner - a proper English pub with good beer drawn from the cask not the pump and very nice food. Will definitely be back Neil

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Thank Neil K
The_Dovecote_Inn, Owner at Dovecote Inn, responded to this review

Hi Neil, thank you for your review! We're so please that you had a good time. All the team work really hard to ensure that all aspects of our service are tip-top. Hope to see you again soon! More 

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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

No piped music, no flashing fruit machines, no TVs that everyone seems to ignore. Just this then: Great beer - gravity served, tasty doorstep sandwiches served with tasty side salad and chips (how do they make them so crispy?), and a welcoming atmosphere with smiling staff who seemed genuinely pleased to see and to serve you. What else do you... More 

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Thank Marc C
The_Dovecote_Inn, Owner at Dovecote Inn, responded to this review

We're so pleased that you had a good time with us Marc and thank you for taking the time to write a review. We work very hard to keep our pub just the way it is - glad you like it (and the chips!). Hope to see you again soon! More 

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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

We visited the Dovecote for an evening meal, the barman was very friendly and welcoming as where the other staff. The pub was warm and cosy with a relaxed atmosphere. There was a great selection of real ales. Five of us where eating and everybody was very happy with their meals, I had the game suet pudding which was excellent.... More 

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Thank Tom V
The_Dovecote_Inn, Owner at Dovecote Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words Tom, we're so pleased that you had a good time with us. Hope to see you again soon! More 

Sidcup
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37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

Went here for a family pre Christmas get together. The staff were very welcoming and even when we re-arranged the tables for the 14 of us, it wasn't a problem. The whole experience was fantastic. Food was plentiful and very tasty. Service was exceptional. The menu was full of bar food favourites and there was a good selection of drinks.... More 

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

It was a pleasure to look after you and we're really glad you had a good time! Thank you for your review and kind words - hope to see you again soon! More 

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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, Gluten Free Options
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
Romantic, Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
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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