Review on The Dove Inn

Call it a pub or a restaurant in fact it is simply The Dove and it's a splendidly rustic, ivy-clad Kentish hostelry just off the A229 at Dargate, a pretty village between Faversham and Whitstable. Inside, it looks like an honest local watering hole, with a maze of little rooms, bare-boarded floors, panelling and scrubbed tables. In fine weather, there's a wonderful garden with glorious views that is popular for dining al fresco.

New owners Chris and Dee took the helm in November 2013 and by all accounts are garnering excellent reviews for their warm hospitality, as well as high praise for the dishes created by chef Ben Johnson. The kitchen draws on local supplies for a menu that might kick off with a starter of ham hock terrine, apple and vanilla puree and toast or beetroot carpaccio pickled baby beetroot, glazed goats cheese, port and fig reduction and micro herbs. Main courses take in roast rump of Salt Marsh lamb mint pea puree, potato fondant, braised baby gem lettuce and bacon or pan fried wild bass pomme puree, sautéed potatoes, seasonal greens and pea veloute. When it comes to desserts who could resist such delights as chocolate brownie paired with white Russian ice cream or Yorkshire parkin served with Chai tea ice cream and butterscotch sauce.

There's a thoughtfully chosen wine list to complement the food as well as Shepherd Neame ales on tap.

The Dove Inn is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, AA Guide

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Gastro pub / Modern European

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm Mon & Wed-Sat (12.00 - 5.00pm Sun)
Dinner: 6.00 - 9.00pm Mon & Wed-Sat

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card

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Facilities at The Dove Inn

  • Alfresco dining
  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu
  • 20 covers


Private parking is possible at a location nearby

Dress Code



The Dove Inn
Plum Pudding Lane
ME13 9HB

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