Village pub one of the cosiest in the country, say food and drink experts

The Dove at Dargate named one of the cosiest in the UK

The Dove at Dargate is one of the cosiest in the country, according to two of the UK’s leading food and drink experts.

Food writer Tom Parker-Bowles and wine enthusiast Olly Smith have compiled a list of the 100 pubs they regard as the cosiest around.

Their list is published just ahead of the busy Christmas season for pubs and the winter when venues with roaring fires and hearty food traditionally do well.

Parker-Bowles writes: “The Dove Inn was built in 1872, to replace a much older pub on the same site.

“It’s a neat, pretty boozer, with a wood-fired stove and a wooden bar serving up various decent Kentish ales.

Sophie Webb and Will Shenow-Brady in The Dove at Dargate

“And it has recently had a facelift, as well as a menu revamp.”

Parker-Bowles adds that the choice item on the menu is a rack of Kentish lamb which comes as part of a two-course meal for two priced at £34.50.

The Dove was shut for much of this year after its previous tenant vacated the Shepherd Neame pub in March.

It was then taken over by business partners Sophie Webb and Will Shenow-Brady.

They had both worked at the renowned Kathton House in Sturry High Street where Will was chef and Sophie was front of house.

They vowed to create a high quality dining destination with daily changing lunch and evening menus.

Smith and Parker-Bowles’s list contained just one other pub in Kent – The Three Chimneys at Biddenden. It was described as “a half-timbered boozer that is all low eaves, flagstone floors, hidden nooks and blazing fires”.



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