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The Dove is an intimate, cosy venue with a wide selection of dishes available across its extensive food menu. The venue also has a full range of beers, wines, spirits and cocktails on offer. On the outside terrace you can grab a great view of the University Boat Race.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
MON

11:00 - 23:00

TUE

11:00 - 23:00

WED

11:00 - 23:00

THU

11:00 - 23:00

FRI

11:00 - 23:00

SAT

11:00 - 23:00

SUN

12:00 - 22:30

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The Dove reviews



By Laura R.

Some pubs leave it up to their location and historical standing to do the talking. So it’s sad to see this Fuller’s pub floundering in the service stakes when it could be shining throughout in the same way the sun shines onto its riverside terrace.

The Venue
The Dove has one of the prettiest settings in town, parked by the river in Hammersmith, and is steeped in history, with Fuller’s at the helm since 1796. It’s accessed down a twee back passage that calls Dickens novels to mind, yet it was the likes of poet James Thomson and author A P Herbert who found inspiration while propping up the bar at The Dove. And even Charles II is meant to have wined and dined his mistress at this pretty pub.

The interior is everything you’d expect, with low ceilings, very little natural light and a heavy oak-beamed bar. This means that the pub withstands the seasons, acting as a cosy snug in winter when the open fire is lit. Historical paintings and pictures line the walls – along with a Guinness World Record certificate for the world’s smallest snug bar – yet the pièce de résistance is the suntrap of a beer terrace overlooking the Thames to the pub’s rear. This two-tiered terrace holds just a few tables and chairs, so be ready for a battle for seats on hot days. A glass conservatory leads out to it too though, so there are plenty of back-up seating opportunities for those hoping to soak up some rays.

The Atmosphere
Such a charming and character-filled pub deserves a warm and welcoming bar staff keen to impart the pub’s story upon interested punters. It’s such a shame, then, that the staff at The Dove really let the side down. They seem more interested in their own conversation, keeping customers standing at the bar waiting and neglecting to care for and maintain the appearance of the pub, rarely collecting the glasses that inevitably stack up. It’s a good job you can hide yourself away on that summer terrace when the weather picks up.

The Food
A seasonal menu includes sharing boards as well as standard three course foodstuffs, and some make ideal alfresco dining options, such as a heritage tomato gazpacho starter (£6.95) and a pan roasted sea trout main course (£15.95) with fennel and radish salad. But it wouldn’t be a part of the Fuller’s stable without the pub grub classics, and London Pride battered haddock (£11.95), posh sausage and mash (£9.95) and a British beef burger (£11.45) are all familiar faces.

The Drink
Four handpumps naturally stock Fuller’s London Pride, Seafarers and Honey Dew, as well as a seasonal option, and being one of the closest pubs to the Hammersmith brewery, you can expect a particularly fresh pint of the stuff here. And keeping in with the Hammersmith community, the in-house gin and vodka comes from Sipsmith, the nearby distillery.

The Last Word
If the staff were to up their game, The Dove could easily be the go-to pub on this stretch of The Thames. The pub already comes up trumps with its sunny, riverside terrace, historical and atmospheric snug bar and tasty food menu.


By Jacqueline F.

I have only just discovered this pub and would definately return! The Dove is cosy, gorgeous, great for a first date or a chill out drink, staff were very friendly & accomodating and I loved just sitting back on the sofa looking out onto the Thames. Best to go during the week though as I can imagine how packed it would get on the weekend! A great country style pub to escape the constant buzz of London...


By Bruno D.

My wife and I had the worse experience at the Dove. We complained to Fuller but despite their claim of excellent customer service they seem to disregard a real problem with the management of this pub. A shame because this could be a great pub thanks to its history and location. But very poor and chaotic service indeed.


By M F.

Waited 40 mins for our drinks to arrive after asking the waitress to check on them more than once. Waitress obvioulsy not happy in her job - threw her eyes to heaven when we dared ask for salt and pepper. Great food and location and very busy, pity about the staff


By Harry C.

I have never ever met a ruder man than the manager of the Dove. I live on the river and my family and friends have been going for years and I have only recently had the misfortune of coming across this man (grey hair, earring??). It was a busy Sunday lunchtime and we did not mind waiting 45 mins for the food to arrive. But before we had even sat at a table the manager was pushing us aside and treating us like dirt - we were very unwelcome and he seemed furious that we dare ask for a roast on a Sunday. The rest of the staff were lovely and were also being treated like crap by this manager. The food arrived and I was given the dryest most cardboard-like beef I have ever had. My friend had an extremely fatty pork. When we complained the manager did an over-exaggerated sigh and said the other customers had raved about it... (well actually the terrible food was the talk of the pub so I can assure you there were no rave reviews that Sunday). In addition for the overpriced £13 lunch (approx) we were only allowed half a yorkshire pudding each!! I have never come across such a rude man in all my life, I wouldn't expect that level of rudeness from a drunk tramp. I am complaining to all and sundry as it is an absolute travesty that such a beautiful old pub could fall into such dreadful hands.


By Rob K.

lovely bar, friendly staff, great food. a little busy at times and the toilets could do with being dragged into the 21st century but not sure how they could do this without killing the great ambience this place has. well worth a visit.


By Cathy S.

The dove is a great pub, however it is a victim of its own success; I tried to go there last weekend (it was very sunny) and could hardly fit in through the door, let alone find a seat.

I would still recommend it when less crowded- but for a sunny weekend, unless you get there very early, try the Blue Anchor instead (it is right on the river side so plenty of space to lean on the wall and watch the water).


By M.

It's a gorgeous location. The food was OK, though we had to ask three times for some dressing for the salad. I wouldn't go back because of the state of the loos: no plug, no paper, no way to dry your hands, no light, all rather unsavoury.


By L.

The Dove is an oldy worldy pub with good atmosphere but don't go there to eat. Service took 40mins. My partner had a steak and ale pie which had more of a shortcrust pastry than nice light fluffy puff pastry and the gravy was more like water

I had a grilled salmon salad. It was in fact a plate of salad with a few flakes of salmon. I would bet that there was perhaps less than 100g. They were expensive for what we got. The Dove is an absolute rip-off.


By W.

The Dove is where I first met the love of my life, always a friendly and lively place where we both enjoy a relaxing drink over the weekend. If you decide to experience the tiny but cosy bar or the picture perfect balcony, you can't but fail to lose yourself for those few moments in the glory that is The Dove.


By T.

The Dove on Upper Mall is a very special place. I spent a few hours there when I arrived at the nearby William Morris Society early - before public touring hours. I sat on the balcony and watched the sailboats and rowboats glide along the Thames while drinking a nice "bitter." Loads of history and a friendly staff.

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