England > Greater London > South Hackney
jackl (208) London, England | February 23, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Sister bar of the Dovetail located on the achingly hip Broadway Market. Nice, cheery ambiance. The place was heaving on my Saturday afternoon visit. Despite this, the service was friendly, attentive. The selection’s large, but not particularly interesting. Mostly your run of the mill Belgian options. Still, they sell Orval, so how bad can this place be? There’s also some random stuff on cask. The food was pretty cheap, but not especially tasty. Prices were decent, fair. Overall, this is a solid option if you’re in a fix for some Belgian beer. Otherwise, there’s better places within walking distance.
Leighton (390) London, England | July 1, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Nice place. Mostly Belgian stuff on offer, though six casks keep it interesting. Average prices. Lots of tables on two floors of seating. Food looks good, although I wasn’t eating on my visit. Lively atmosphere on Saturday afternoon. As there are relatively few Belgian-focused beer bars in London, this place does fill a niche, and it does so reasonably well; however, while the Dove does have a respectable bottle list, don’t expect any ultra-rare Belgian beers - it’s mostly more common stuff. Worth a stop if you’re in the neighborhood.
BlackHaddock (228) , England | April 2, 2012
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 10/20
A cold, snow covered London greeted me as I drew the curtains in my brothers flat late on this February Sunday morning in 2012: had we really drank that much last night?
Anyway the plan had always been to walk through the park and visit The Dove for a lunchtime session: the four of us set off and half an hour later or so we entered the place. The bar has a good selection of Belgian beers on tap as well as hand pulls for cask UK ales: I had a Bruges Zot Blonde and a Delirium from the taps and later a pint of Brookman’s Winter Ale from Tring Brewery on cask. All were in fine order.
The actual pub is on two levels, we dropped down into the back room and managed to find a table, which we shared with a couple of young ladies: the place was very full with more piling in by the minute. Once seated I had a good look through the beer menu and because I am a regular visitor to Belgium I found nothing to excite me, but don’t let that put you off coming here, they might have your favourite beer in the menu.
Looking around and taking in the scenes I notice wood everywhere, under foot as well as the furniture and fittings. The whole inside is nicely done and feels homely, even down where we were, right at the back.
Service was good, swift and polite, even though the place was busy. This is a popular eating place as well as a Belgian Beer Bar: we choose not to eat, my brother informing us the prices didn’t match the quality or quantity given.
Jimmythespoon (59) , Cyprus | November 26, 2011
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Belgium beer bar in East london. Full of hipsters on the weekend. Selection is only belgiums in bottles so can get boring. But they have some good cask beers. Some interesting food like wild boar burger and etc.
YULbier (250) Montreal, | September 28, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Interior is funky and bar is situated on a superb shopping street. Belgian beers are the major attraction here: don’t expect to be blown away by the cask selection. This place is super for locals, but uninteresting for tourists in a quest for real ales.
ladnewton (144) London, England | June 1, 2009| Updated July 5, 2009
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
A friend and I paid our maiden visit to this gem on 6th May. What a pleasant surprise and discovery!
Visitors to the Dove will find a very pleasant, split-level, mainly wood panelled pub with the lower level dedicated to diners and the remainder of the pub open to non-diners. Pleasant, warm lighting afforded by tungsten, and no background music, but a live bass/piano jazz duo struck up some melodic numbers during our stay. The unisex toilets in the Dove are pleasantly furnished and illuminated by led and halogen.
Attracts a mixed clientele spanning all age groups, socioeconomic classes and nationalities. Popular amongst local students, and others with an adventurous approach to drinking and dining.
On the beer front there are six handpumps of which 5 were in use last night. The best real ales on by far were both Crouch Vale:
Golden Duck (3.8%) – very refreshing session ale, light hoppy and moreish
Brewer’s Gold (4.0%) – Crouch Vale’s flagship ale – good, but enjoyed Golden Duck more.
Vast selection of Belgian bottle and draught beers, of which my friend and I adjoyurned to Brugse Zot bringing a spicy and fruity cadence to our session.
A comprehensive and exciting food menu is offered, with regular specials, some imaginative starters (the crab and prawn tart was delicious) and some traditional Belgian specialities (fish waterzooi, for example). The “posh fish and chips” went down a treat.
Prices for the food given its quality are not excessive, the most expensive mains being around £12-£13; beer, including real ales, is on the pricy side with the Crouch Vale beers being £3.20/pint.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Dove, and will return very soon. Meanwhile, I recommend it 100%.
You may wish to know the pub offers private Belgian beer tasting sessions - check website for details.
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