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The Dovecote Restaurant, Morley, Derbyshire

The Dovecote Restaurant

4.7
4.7
1511 Reviews
£41 and over
European
Our chefs use only the freshest, local, and best quality seasonal produce. With delightful views over the golf course set in the Derbyshire countryside, the Dovecote is ideal as a venue for entertaining business clients at conferences, family celebrations or enjoying a quiet candle-lit meal for two. Situated within easy reach of Derby and Nottingham with ample free car parking facilities.
Our award winning Two Rosette restaurant is currently serving Champagne Breakfast, for that special treat Wednesday - Saturday. Afternoon Tea's are served Thursday - Saturday. Dinner is served on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we also offer a three course Sunday Lunch. A great selection of local drinks, fresh cocktails and a well-stocked cellar provides superb wine to accompany your meal.
We are currently not serving midweek lunch.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    European, British

  • Hours of operation

    Champagne Breakfast Wed–Sat 10:00 am–12:30 pm Lunch Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Afternoon Tea Thu–Sat 2:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Fri–Sun 6:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    01332 780480

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

What 1,511 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Derbyshire

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  • Derbyshire

    Best Food

  • Derbyshire

    Best Service

  • Derbyshire

    Best Ambiance

  • Derbyshire

    Best Value

  • Derbyshire

    Innovative

  • Derbyshire

    Good for special occasions

  • Derbyshire

    Most Booked

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  1. AS

    AnnahS

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very tasty food and lovely staff. It’s a special place to visit particularly at Christmas
  2. ME

    MarkE

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Excellent festive meal with family. Good food, affordable wine and really lovely service.
  3. JH

    JohnH

    Warwickshire

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another fantastic evening at Morley Hayes ,the food and Christmas decorations were stunning.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely stunning place, staff where extremely friendly, will definitely be visiting again soon!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another fantastic visit, lovely ambience and Stunning food.
  6. AH

    AmyH

    Derbyshire

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Having been numerous times before, I think the afternoon tea is getting to the point where it's quite over priced. And while I fully appreciate external factors are contributing to price rises, at nearly £30 a head now for the savory option, the food offered doesn't really meet the expections you might have. It's nice, but we all said we'd definitely had better for less recently. The service wasn't particularly great either unfortunately, we were waiting over 15 minutes after being seated before we decided to beckon someone over to take our order, how long we'd have been waiting otherwise, who knows. And while our server was polite they weren't particularly "switched on", we had to ask numerous times for certain things and basic questions couldn't be answered, maybe they were new to the industry/Dovecote? All in all, a fair experience, but one that doesn't seem to be up to the standard it once was unfortunately. It'll probably be a while before returning for the afternoon tea again I'm sad to say.
  7. YD

    YandD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely outstanding as ever. But then it always is! Thanks Dovecote team.
  8. H

    Hopey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Beautiful champagne breakfast in the most relaxing atmosphere, attentive staff would highly recommend, and will definitely visit again .
  9. MB

    MoiraB

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely champagne breakfast . It is so lovely in the Dovecote restaurant. It’s a lovely treat . The food was spot on and the staff are always so nice . We were served again by Michelle- always very friendly and attentive. We are looking forward to going again !
  10. TB

    TraceyB

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent venue, cosy & welcoming. Food and staff outstanding!
  11. JW

    JanW

    Derbyshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent Sunday Lunch, best for quality and value for money, all in a beautiful setting with excellent customer service. Thanx. See you again soon.
  12. TC

    TammiC

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We are so lucky to live very close to Morley Hayes, it is an all round excellent venue whether for a party, a bar snack, a less formal meal in Roosters bar, in the garden in the summer, or in the Dovecote restaurant and over the years we have been there for many events/reasons. However, this was our first visit to the Dovecote for many years, and it did not disappoint. It was beautifully and tastefully decorated for Christmas and the food was excellent. The four of us had a really enjoyable evening, thank you very much x
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food, good staff, the kind of thing that’s difficult to find these days for a reasonable price, which this definitely was. Will visit again.
  14. BG

    BeckyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as usual - lovely staff, atmosphere & food
  15. PS

    PeterS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Very good overall only fault was the staff not coming around to top up the wine glasses
  16. CM

    ChristineM

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s our go to place whether at lunch time or special occasions champagne breakfast or afternoon tea all excellent. The staff are always pleasant chatty and polite and they make sure it’s all to your liking.
  17. TS

    TimS

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always had a good experience at the Dovecote- thanks
  18. CU

    CarolU

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was very enjoyable. Staff were excellent.
  19. SC

    SuzanneC

    Derbyshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent from start to finish. Delicious food, perfect service and special mention to Arlie, who was polite and helpful.
  20. VE

    VernonE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The only issue was we could not use the £70 of vouchers gifted to us as an anniversary present. Hopefully this can be resolved in time for our next visit.
  21. DP

    DavidP

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The highest possible food and service quality is always realised at Morley Hayes Dovecote Restaurant. This was possibly the best meal (over many years) that we've experienced from Simon and the team. Fantastic!
  22. SS

    SueS

    Derbyshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for afternoon tea The staff are friendly and helpful The menu was varied and plentiful and delicious A lovely experience Would definitely recommend
  23. LM

    LynneM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely Champagne Breakfast .. lovely food and excellent service. Would highly recommend
  24. P

    Polly

    Derbyshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    We had an extremely enjoyable lunch, the only thing wrong was a really long wait between the first and main course, about twenty five minutes, it seemed as though we’d been overlooked ! Staff were lovely and attentive,
  25. CW

    CarolineW

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    Roast potatoes were rock hard and food was luke warm, white bread was that hard nearly broke teeth, dessert was spot on, Would not recommend nor come back again
  26. NV

    NicholasV

    Thailand

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb Sunday lunch as always. Great friendly service
  27. DB

    DenisB

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner for 4 at the Dovecote. The staff were efficient, friendly and welcoming and the food was of a high standard. We will return.
  28. LR

    LauraR

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really lovely food. Lovely atmosphere, attentive staff. Will definitely return!
  29. LR

    LisaR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely champagne breakfast with my son….a belated Mother’s Day gift
  30. C

    Countess

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our celebration meal at the Dovecote. Will definitely return.
  31. KB

    KayB

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic afternoon tea with Rose bubbles. Sandwiches, good choice of fillings bread very fresh. Beautiful scones and other home made cakes. Refills for tea/coffee as required. Service attentive but not obtrusive. Good value for money. These guys have got it right.
  32. HT

    HelenT

    Derbyshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable afternoon tea for tea. Definitely recommend.
  33. HT

    HelenT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect service and quality food taste and preparation
  34. S

    claireS

    Derbyshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The service was impeccable - lovely ladies from reception to being served who couldn’t do enough to ensure we had a lovely time! Food was lovely.
  35. JR

    JaneR

    Derbyshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Come here reasonably regularly as it’s my favourite place in the area. Excellent food. Today it was extremely busy so the service wasn’t quite its usual 5 stars. The young man waiting seemed very shy, just putting the food down and mumbling to the floor. Maybe his first day…. Manager very efficient and welcoming. Really enjoy this place.
  36. NV

    NicholasV

    Thailand

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always a very enjoyable evening spent enjoying fine dining with attentive friendly service.
  37. LS

    LindseyS

    Derbyshire

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent afternoon tea. The best we have had. Great sandwiches, generously filled. The hot sausage role is very tasty as is the huntsman pie. The cakes and scones are varied. Most people took some home as well as the portions are generous; it’s nice to have something left for the next day!
  38. CG

    ChrisG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our first visit as a gift from friends. The staff could not have been kinder. The food was superb. The wine was lovely. They even gave my hubby a congratulations on his retirement card. It's perfect for a special occasion.
  39. m

    mickeyandbinks

    Derbyshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, extremely enjoyable experience, good food, good service will continue to visit Morley for all our special occasions.
  40. DB

    DebbieB

    Derbyshire

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience4
    After a disappointed visit in august which I hoped was just a bad day I had hoped for an improvement but wasn’t to be. The service was very poor to say the least. We waited more than ten minutes to be attended to. To then be told after another ten minutes they were sorry for the delay but had ran out of teapots. We then received our afternoon tea and ate a fair bit before eventually getting our drinks. The food was very basic and then to top it off we had no follow up to check we were happy. To then have to go and ask for the bill and a box to take the uneaten cake home. Not sure what is happening as I have always recommended Morley Hayes to people but not sure I could after yesterday

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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The Dovecote Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 1511 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for The Dovecote Restaurant

Morley Hayes, Main Road, Morley, Derbyshire DE7 6DG

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Derby

  • Hours of operation

    Champagne Breakfast Wed–Sat 10:00 am–12:30 pm Lunch Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Afternoon Tea Thu–Sat 2:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Fri–Sun 6:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    European, British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Public transit

    Hayes Farm bus stop - lines Y1, H1, 466.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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