Pub of the Week: The Dove Inn, Dargate

Posted: 15 July 2014

Blog category: Pub of the Week

Bar at The Dove, DargateThe Dove Inn, is a small country pub in the charming village of Dargate, near Faversham.  The building itself dates back to the 18th Century, and the bar has a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere, with all the little touches that make visiting this pub such a pleasure.

There is a large garden for visitors to enjoy in the warmer months, and a wood burning stove for cooler nights.   The ‘bat and trap’ team plays here during the summer on the pubs pitch.  A recent addition is the stunning new garden bar and barbecue, and outdoor stage area, which together make for the perfect al fresco pub experience.

The Dove has a well-earned reputation for excellent food, and a string of accolades including a listing in the Michelin Guide and Good Food Guide.   Locally sourced seasonal ingredients are used wherever possible to create enticing and varied menus, featuring delicious dishes such as Roast Rump of Salt Marsh Lamb with pea puree and potato fondant.

The bar offers a range of locally brewed ales, including some Shepherd Neame favourites, as well as an excellent choice of wines served by the glass or bottle, including champagne and sparkling wine.  Of course, you are equally welcome to pop in for a tea or coffee.

The pub is easily accessed from the A299, close to Whitstable, Faversham and Canterbury.  There is ample parking available and many things to do in these surrounding towns should you wish to incorporate a shopping trip to Canterbury, or perhaps a visit to the gardens at nearby Mount Ephraim.

Lunch at The Dove, DargateSituated on the edge of the The Blean ancient woodlands, The Dove is ideally situated for a pub lunch after a long country walk, and is featured as a stopping point in the Faversham website’s ‘Peasant’s Last Revolt’ walk.  There are regular live music events, usually on the last Friday of the month, and classic car meetings on the last Sunday of the month. 

Upcoming events include a five piece jazz band on 1st August, and some special events to coincide with the Oyster Festival - follow the pub on Facebook or Twitter for more details, or check their website.

To find out more, or make a booking, call Chris or Dee on 01227 751360.