PS I meant to say they sometimes offer 20 per cent off food bill Mon-Thurs – you have to print off a voucher from their website.
19 Upper Mall, Hammersmith, London W6 9TA
- Ravenscourt Park Tube Station (0.4 km)
- Hammersmith Tube Station (Hammersmith & City) (0.8 km)
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020 8748 9474
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222 South Ealing Road, London W5 4RL
“Welcome to The Ealing Park Tavern, hidden away in the South Ealing suburbs. The wood, brick and whitewash exterior, reminiscent of something from a Harry Potter movie, holds many a tale and now we are looking to put our own stamp in the gastro pub...” more...
29 reviews of Dove in English
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seawoolf, 19 July 2012:
This is a lovely looking Fullers pub down by the river. Cosy inside, if it is not warm enough to enjoy the seating out back, overlooking the water. Just Fullers beers…but they can be good.
As far as the pubs history goes, the staff are expected to be clued up on that so I suggest you drop in for a drink and ask!
The Dove is a nice little pub along the Hammersmith towpath where you can watch the brown water go by. Small cozy atmosphere, really nice food and service (although it was a bit slow when we were there, but they were kindly apologetic).
-Mushroom in filo with root vegetables: very tasty.
-Burger: handmade with mince and on a lovely bun. Good chips and onion rings too
-Kiev: about a million times nicer than the kind from the grocery store. Tasty.
Reviews here seem very varied!
From my experience I've always had a good time here. It's a lovely little Fuller's pub looking out onto the river. The brewery is only a short walk further down the road so it's great knowing your drinks were made 5 minutes away, and I'm a fan of the Fuller's range.
The food is great, their Ploughman's lunch is tasty and served neatly on a chopping board. Their chutneys are fantastic and generally the meals a good bite to eat here.
Unfortunately while there is an open air bit, the view isn't fantastic, but it's not their fault the Thames around this end of London isn't the most beautiful part of it. And there aren't that many tables out back so you might not always get a seat in the sun. The meals are averagely priced for the riverside and personally I think you get what you pay for here.
It's a great pub as long as you don't have to deal with the manager who makes you feel that you are bothering him and would rather not serve customers. The younger members of staff are more pleasant but the service overall is not at all on par with the venue. Such a shame.
Many of my friends are big fans of the Dove, however I have never been convinced. There are better pubs in the area for food, and the atmosphere of the pub is very cramped. The roof terrace is nice on a summers day tho
Without doubt one of the worse pub experiences I have ever had.
This is unfortunate as I live so close.
The pub is cosy and the view is enviable when sitting outside.
The four of us ordered our food just before 8pm and at 10.35 it still hadn't arrived. We asked three times where our food was and were told it was a moment away. We asked for bread twice, but were told they couldn't do this. The final straw was when a table of seven who ordered after us shouted the loudest and was served at 10.00. We were polite and civil, but enough was enough and we paid for our drinks and left even though we were promised that our food was on the way ...
They really don't care.
I should have learnt my lesson the first time when I telephoned to book a table for Christmas day as my mother was visiting and we didn't want to cook. I was told that they could not get a chief, but were considering doing some bar snacks in the middle of the day, no booking necessary. They promised to telephone if the situation changed and I left my number.
However, we turned up on Christmas day to find that it was bookings only and the chief wasn't taking any more orders!
How have I not reviewed this before?
My favourite pub along this stretch of the Thames, and there are several down here but this one has the character and tradition that the others can't match.
It supposedly has the smallest public bar in Britain although my friend from Bury St Edmunds also makes a similar claim. The reasons for it being so small seem lost in the midst of time. One theory being Charles II licenced the place to allow him to have a bevvy, and another that it was to do with dual licencing - one part for spirits and another for beer. Although apparently both of these are apocryphal.
It has been frequented over the years by eminient writers (and drinkers) such as Ernest Hemmingway, Dylan Thomas and Graham Greene no doubt for the views along the river from the terrace (and maybe the beer from the Fullers Brewery just down the road).
It's small, so it gets busy, and can be a bit of a pain if you don't get a table, but if you get here early and get a spot by the Thames on a warm summer afternoon, I couldn't beat it.
I am very surprised by the comments on other websites about the management of this pub. I've just been here for lunch on a saturday and they were clearly short staffed, just the manager and one girl to run the bar and about 30/40 covers, they were running about like blue arsed flies but still managing to keep everyone happy....just! The manager later said he had had 2 staff call in sick, which had left them struggling, but the two of them were making such an effort you could hardly notice. The manager still had time to chat for a couple of minutes, which is always nice to see.
The experience was really very pleasant, cozy and relaxed, it must be the same guy who was mentioned in the other reviews as the grumpy guy with grey hair, but he was nice as pie today, both to customers and staff. He even suggested a bottle of rioja which was on special for £10 rather then the merlot we had chosen at £13, not many people would do that. The ale seemed well kept, the food was OK, can't say it was amazing, but it was good enough for standard pub fare in London.
I'll be back to see if this was a one off, but i'm hoping it was a true reflection of the way this pub is.
Underwhelmed was what I felt after 3 of us spent a wonderfully sunny afternoon here.
Food was good, beers fine even the glass of Chianti was good (large selection of wines) but the side order of vegetables and the veggies that came with the pork belly were colourless and overcooked plus cold.
Service felt very disjointed and the staff didn't seem to have been allocated sections. The place was not absolutely full so I could not understand why service was so slow and it felt as if a different person delivered each dish.
Having said all of that it has a great location, history and a cosiness with fires a terraced area and the conservatory, so will go back for a long and quiet beer. It is a pub first and foremost, after all.
I like going here to get away from the buzz of the city. It is adorable, and the other customers aren’t half bad because its so small you want to go here even in questionable weather. I am not always impressed by the staff, they are friendly, but not overly accomadating. I haven’t had their food but it looks pretty decent. Definitely standard pub fare with a bit more flair. Its a fullers pub, so if you want ale… its all from the fullers. But you can’t really ever go wrong with a honeydew ale. Good for those of us with a bit of sweet tooth. Its not perfect, but its nice and tucked away from the buzz of the other pubs.
I had a really good experience here, great atmosphere, nice clientele and well served beer. (ceilings are pretty low so watch your head mind!) definitely worth a visit rain or shine, view over the river gives a lovely backdrop regardless
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