A contender for Best Destination Pub at our 2019 Muddy awards - only 15 mins away from Whitstable - and a fast-growing reputation for seriously good food
In our humble opinion, a good pub needs a few essential ingredients and The Dove in Dargate ticks quite a lot of those boxes.
First stop: location. The Dove is set in the heart of the Kent countryside – 15 minutes from the pretty seaside town of Whitstable or 15 minutes from the beautiful city of Canterbury – so you are in the right surroundings for a bracing walk afterwards on the beach or a potter around the shops in Canterbury.
Second selling point: a fast-growing reputation for producing seriously good food. The Dove was refurbished and reopened in August 2018 under new ownership, Head Chef William Shenow-Brady and Manager Sophie Webb, so you have them to thank for a menu of fresh, seasonal and local produce that changes on a regular basis. Plus children are well catered for – phew.
And lastly it’s also about the ambience. There’s no tumbleweed upon arrival here or tables with stiff white tablecloths. Instead it’s all about a friendly welcome and stripped down tables with the focus on the food and a fun and friendly atmosphere. In addition, there is a lovely garden with plenty of outdoor seating for the summer months and a cosy log-burning fire inside for the colder months.
With an ever-changing menu that focuses on fresh, local and seasonal produce, we will just have to keep going back to try it all out….
The Dove, Plum Pudding Lane, Dargate, Faversham, Kent ME13 9HB
Opening hoursMonday: Closed
Tuesday: Open 12am - 4pm / 6pm - 10pm / Food served 12am - 3pm / 6.30pm - 9pm
Wednesday: Open 12am - 4pm / 6pm - 10pm / Food served 12am - 3pm / 6.30pm - 9pm
Thursday: Open 12am - 4pm / 6pm - 10pm / Food served 12am - 3pm / 6.30pm - 9pm
Friday: Open 12am - 11pm / Food served 12am - 3pm / 6.30pm - 9pm
Saturday: Open 12am - 11pm / Food served 12am - 3pm / 6.30pm - 9pm
Sunday: Open 12am - 6pm / Food served 12am - 4pm