Errrrrr me thinks we have stumbled upon our new "Jam Factory" of London!
1. Great great selection of beers, with a strong focus on belgian beers.
2. Intimate interior
3. BOARD GAMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We sat there for hours drinking our beers, pigging out on chips, and playing Trivial Pursuit. What a way to have a lazy Sunday :D
I will hopefully change this review soon to 5 stars. The reason being that I haven't tried the food yet (though it looks amazing) and haven't spend the afternoon playing board games yet. Two brilliant things to do when you have great beers.
Being Belgian myself, a place like this is heaven for me. We've been twice already. Last summer on a Saturday when the market was on. This is a perfect opportunity to try out lots of different things and foods on the street and take a break in the sun with a good beer on their outdoor space.
The second time was when we were doing a walk along the canal not that long ago. Broadway market is the perfect location to take a break in between the walking and go for a drink. The Dove Freehouse is almost next to the canal.
Their selection of beers is truly amazing and a lot more than the average bar in Belgium. I always try the ones I definitely can't find somewhere else or in the supermarkets.
One tinny snobbish comment: my second beer wasn't served in the right glass last time. I know, sound absolutely ridiculous, but we Belgians are quite fond on that! ;)
This place does such an amazing amount of beer!
The food is also really good, bison burgers - Kudu sausages and even organic full english breakfast on Saturday morning with an awesome bloody mary, it's great breakfast food.
Other places on Broadway market take music, loud groups while The Dove Freehouse seems to just love all things that are great to do with beer. You can talk, have a great drink and some lovely food in an unpretentious relaxing vibe.
The dining room is relaxed and the staff very friendly. My only gripe is that it is sometimes hard to get somewhere to sit down. On the street is always an option and gives you a chance to watch the strange, odd and sometimes beauitful people go by.
I would recommend The Dove Freehouse for a medium size of friends who want to enjoy a chilled out weekend meal
Wandered in here during a storm to escape the rain - a lot of other people had the same idea so it was packed but nice. It was darker inside so you felt like you weren't in an insanely crowded place, even though we were.
We drank some beers and chatted and waited for the storm to pass. When it didn't for awhile the bartender was nice enough to call us a cab.
Great service and great selection of beer.
If you like the Dovetail (in Clerkenwell) you'll love the Dove. Into Trappist beers? They've got Chimay, Westmalle, Orval, Rochefort, Achel and La Trappe. Triple lovers will be pleased to know that they have Straffe Hendrick (a personal favourite).
This pub's especially nice to pop into after lunching in the stalls of Broadway market (Banh Mi 11, Lucky Chip). And if the weather's nice, you can sit outside and bask in the sun!
This is physically the closest pub to my house. I could actually walk here in my slippers and it would be a little strange but do-able. As for a local, I couldn't ask for a better pub. As I was sat in there last night, it hit me that this pub was the most like home I've ever seen in London. I'm not talking about my living room here I'm talking about the pubs in the village where my parents live.
I've live around here for about 3 months now and this is the first time I've actually been in this pub. I've had a pint outside, but not eaten in. I feel so luck to have such a gem on my doorstep. Live music, a huge selection of real ales, ciders and beers, as well as fruit beers, a wonderful selection of home made foods, friendly service and cosy seats make this a prime pub for whiling away the cold winter evenings. I was going to invest in a sofa for my house, but now I've discovered The Dove, I don't see the point. I have a living room right opposite my front door.
This is my local and I love it.
If you just want a few pints in the evening, the staff are friendly and quick, the drinks yums. They have a plentiful choice of beers/ ales if that float your boat. There are board games a plenty and the toilets are sexy and unisex. There is outside seating to absorb the evening sunshine as the days get longer.
It is also great if you want to go out in the evening for some great comfort foods. There is always a tasty pie, meat and veg or something else to tickle your fancy.
i love it !
I'm deliriously happy they have Delirium Tremens on tap here along with a string of other pretty good beers (Duvel, Chimay, etc). Prices are quite reasonable with two pints and a glass of wine coming in at just a touch over £11.
The pub itself is quite winding with several levels and tables stacked in a chaotic yet somehow orderly fashion. The benefit of this system is readily apparent when you finally discover a table and realise its quite easy to have a conversation despite the pub being packed. Which brings up another point, this place was full on a Tuesday night and not a banker (myself excluded) in sight.
Sounds like a win.
The Dove is one of my favourite pubs in London. It's quaint, funky, cosy, and is filled with personality - everything you could hope for in a local pub! This Belgian pub has an extraordinary range of Belgian beers, ales and lagers, and a great wine. They serve great meals and bar snacks - my favourite are chips served in a pint glass - delicious!
My favourite thing about the Dove is the HUGE range of boardgames they have - I have spent many an hour hidden away in one of the many corners of the pub, playing Monopoly or Pictionary...just last week I won a game of Cluedo! Highly recommended, the Dove is a real gem.
Nothing about this pub from the outside tells you what you're going to find inside. It does look like a regular boring pub, one that you could be tempted to keep walking past in the hunt for something a bit cooler. But you'd be wrong.
Inside is a split level drinking-come-eating hole with a great range of belgian and continental beers on tap, as well as the regular tipples. It's a big old place yet there were no tables available on a Thursday night at 8pm. Everyone was nattering away or eating or just unwinding. This is somewhere you can get over yourself and just have a beer.
I'm going to get back here when it's warmer and fight for some the outside seating (which was also in heavy demand, in February).
An excellent pub on Broadway market about which I have lots of positive things to say. The beer choice is probably the best that I've seen in London, with delicous Belgian beers alongside ales, lagers and stout. The design of the place is also nice with the traditional wooden interior and its charming, tucked-away nooks and crannies. There is also a selection of board games, a comprehensive menu and some very modern-looking unisex and surprisingly dim toilets.
What can I criticise it for? Well, its definitely too full whenever I seem to visit, and getting a table can be tough. The food could be cheaper too, as its solidly reliable but nothing special. But all in all, this is the one pub on Broadway I go back to again and again.
The famous Dove pub -- not many pubs can even touch the selection of exotic beers here on offer here -
This is not a good pub if you want wine --and it is advisable to try some different ales and beers with the quaintest of names !!-- i have tryed strawberry beer , speckled hen and even brakspear beer - A really nice atmosphere and okay food as well .
They have a series of tables outside which seem to be busy even in the winter.
This pub has been serving these Belgium beers with great pride for years now and have gotten a reputation as a must do pub.
A really great drinking place and good for taking the out of towner for a true british/belgium experience ...an adventure as well
The Dove Freehouse and Kitchen is my favourite pub in all of Hackney. There are a number of reasons for this, all of which I am excited to write about.
Firstly, the Dove is the epitome of the 'cosy' English pub. Its minimal lighting from scattered candles, its fully functioning fire place, its wide variety of board games and its beautifully crafted furniture all contribute to what makes it an ideal winter venue.
Secondly, The Dove prides itself on its selection of Belgium beers, which really is quite impressive. There is a menu that provides information about the wide range of beers. My tastes definitely lie on the fruity end of the beer spectrum and I would recommend the Fruli on tap.
Thirdly, given the cosy nature of the pub, it is a great place to come for a Sunday roast. They roast is amazing but you have to be quick, the last time I went there was none left by 6pm. That was not the end of the world however, as I ended having the 'wild boar burger'. The Burgers are huge, utterly delicious and good value for under ten pounds.
The forth and final reason for this pub being my favourite in Hackney, is the fact that it has the best Guinness around. Yes, a really exceptional Guinness can be hard to find, but they do it here.
The Dove is open 7 days a week and is quite busy most evenings. A lot of the time it can be hard to get a table, but be patient and one always turns up.
The Dove is always good and has been for years.
We went there on Saturday night and had a great London Fields experience. Supping a massive selection of beers in a wood panelled room with a rag tag bunch of locals and lycra wearing hipsters. Awesome.
I would also say that the bar staff were possibly the friendliest staff I have ever come across. I almost considered tipping as I was buying rounds (which I never do in English bars); that friendly.
Food is kind of what you want; big averagely cooked burgers etc.. Nothing to write home about but stop the hangover in the morning.
Went here last night and we liked it! The beer selection is over the top! A trappist's dream! I had an Orval and my wife had a champagne of beers (I done forgot the name). Then we both had guiness cold. Mmmmmm.
On a rec from our table neighbors, I had the green curry chicken special with jasmine rice. Excellent. The basil and eggplant stood out while the chicken was tender and juicy. My wife had the ostrich burger, which was also good, but not excellent.
The service was a little tardy. Not sure if it was because we were in the back corner. Not bad. But not good.
Food: 4.5 stars
Service: 3 stars
Ambiance: 4 stars
Wood panelled interior on two levels.
Great beers on tap, with a global selection.
Absolutely rammed at the weekends - especially Saturdays.
Nice ambience - buzzy but still fairly relaxed.
A lot of trendy London Fields beards, skinny jeans and/or Barbour jackets.
You get the picture. Highly recommended if that is your kind of thing.
On a rainy Sunday evening, this pack was packed and cosy. The selection of Belgian beers was impressive and having been in Belgium numerous times, all the usual suspects are on the menu. But unlike a Belgian bar, the beers didn't necessarily come in the right glasses!
The food menu was game heavy with only a few choices for vegetarians. I had the mixed game pie with mashed potatoes (£13.95) and thought it was tasty and reasonably priced. The apple pie with custard was fantastic!
With stacks of board games and a jazz duo on the Sunday night, I would recommend The Dove and will also be returning to try some more beers and other menu items.
To be fair this is a great pub for drinking: relaxed atmosphere, a great selection of beers and tons of board games. As a drinking establishment this place is 5 stars.
Last night, however, I had the unfortunate experience of eating here again (last time was 6 years ago and it was unpleasant which explains the reluctance to try the food again).
I ordered the classic burger, at almost £10 is wasn't cheap. What I got was the nastiest burger I've eaten in a long time with the greasiest chips. My friend managed about 3 bites of his before abandoning it. Seriously, this was disgusting and afterwards I felt so sick that we had to abandon our London Fields pub crawl.
It's such a shame because I love coming here for a drink. The signs were clear from the start though, the dining room was empty whilst the pub part was packed. Says it all really.
The Dove is one of my favourite pubs in Broadway Market, mainly because this is one the few pubs in London who serve the most amazing Belgian beer in world Fruli - a strawberry beer and Is one of the most delicious drinks ever, anyway enough about the beer.
The layout of the pub is quite nice, I prefer to sit at the back as it's more cosy, the food is really good and the portions are fairly generous and the menu has a nice selection of meat, fish and vegetarian options.
The toilets are unisex which is a little strange at first but you get used to it.
It gets so busy at the weekend and it can be hard to find a seat but in the summer it's so nice to just sit outside with a glass of Fruli in hand and watch the world go by.
The Dove is a cracking pub. The beer selection is immense and of a high quality (the British ales are brilliant, as are the Belgians, for which The Dove is better known). The food in the adjoining restaurant is an odd-but-tasty combo of pub-grub and Thai at typical gastro pub prices.
In many ways, the only downside is its popularity. On a weekend it is wall to wall with post-market hipsters, which means slow service for food and fighting through skinny jean-clad crowds to get to the bar.
The Dove is a great pub located on Broadway Market. Specializing in selling my own home country's delicious beer (Belgium, that is), this pub evidently knows the good things in life. The inside is divided into many little rooms resulting in many nooks and crannies where you will have to hunt down a free table.
Most impressive here, is the food. I challenge you not to feel your mouth water when you smell the delicious aroma wafting from the kitchen and watch a waitress serve a table. It has a good selection of authentic pub and continental style grub which which will not set you back that much. The only problem with this pub is that it is always full. You will have to wait a long time for a table, and fight for it when one gets liberated. There is a separate restaurant area and I would recommend to make a reservation for it if you are planning to head here on a Sunday.
I visited this pub in the afternoon on a weekday. Not the busiest time usually, but it still had a comfortable amount of people in. Enough to stop it feeling empty. The décor is fabulous. Lots of wood, and separate little nooks and crannies to sit in. Carvings and ornaments all over. Though I didn't stop for a drink the barman I talked to was quick to respond to some enquiries I had, and went to someone else quickly when he couldn't help. So good service points there.
They do a range of real ale, and do food (with a separate eating area and a tasty looking menu). I have a feeling it's probably packed at times. I certainly have it on my list of places to go should I need somewhere to take someone down Broadway Market!
I love the Dove and the Dove loves me. No, seriously. Who could resist the siren call of orange scented trappist ales, Belgian beers you sound stupid trying to pronounce and a warm candlelit polished teak interior that has just the right level of the 'romance factor' to meet up with someone you fancy for a first date, while simultaneously not being too schmaltzy (which would of course send said date running for the hills)? Not me. That's why on my cycle route home my bike always seems to (ahem) 'break down' (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!) outside that pub. Then I see the Fruli I say to myself: Sorry, I have no willpower. I must enter.
The possibility of me going teetotal is nil, thanks to that place.
What I like about it most though is the feel you get when you go in; it's inviting and relaxed, with its gaudy old golden chandeliers and candles stood up in wax-coated bottles, it does have a whiff of the cool about it but it's friendly; without being crammed with tryhards like the Crown at the top of the road.
This means that when you trip over someone's bag, accidentally bump someone or ask someone to move their seat in (the place is almost always crammed like a Monday morning on the tube) people still do so gladly, unlike in some other places (mentioning no names, George and Dragon Shoreditch) where you get given the 'hairy eyeball' every five seconds.
The beer range is nearly exemplary. It's not as wide as say De Hems in Soho, but still very respectable. Expect to snag some rare ales, honeyed beers, tropically flavoured wheat beers and frequent guest beers that make you seriously consider finding ways to get that drink on tap. At home.
Delicious food - especially anything fishy.
Good draft cider - quite strong tho in a tramp/doorway kind of way,still, tasty.
Yes, the owner is really weird.
Good range of beers, mediocre food. Lived in London Fields for 8 years before Broadway Market went all twatty and of course went here in 2001 when the Observer and Time Out were raving about it at a time when the only other redeeming feature of Broadway market was cheap crack.
Since then I have been back for a cherry beer from time to time but baffled why people love this place so much, its grotty inside and all the food comes with iceburg lettuce like a throwback from the 70's served by transexual Thai's from the basement.
This place is nice on a Saturday lunchtime when you have just spent £200 on organic celery and olives from the farmers market and you can wash it all down with a glass of draught cherry beer, as for eating here, I'd rather eat at one of Michael Barrymoore's pool parties.
Yeah this place rules - if for no other reason than the beer selection is the best east of the square-mile. On the menu are a selection of trappist ales, wheatbeers, and the rest of the best from the continent.
A fine cloudy afternoon spent sipping on the deadly De Koninck Triples [8%]. What more could your heart desire?
Being a local, this is one of my favorite places to enjoy a Belgium beer and a nice (much filling) European-style dish. Staff are welcoming, provide good advice for the less connoisseur that want a change from English Lager and challenge their palate! They have loads of draft beer (especially kriek lambic) and It will take you years before you overcome their 100 something beer menu (could be a hobby tough)! They also organize beer tasting event so 100% chance you'll find the liquid that rocks your world!
Food is filling and nicely presented, dishes are varied (mediterranean, English but also Asian). Better to get there when hungry! Also very cheap (£20 for a 2-people dinner, beer included)!
I come here very often just for drinks and always have a nice time. Ok prices, nice atmosphere and friendly staff. Its got quite a relaxed vibe and its nice in the summer how everyone spills out into the market. the decor is just the kind of setting I like in a pub.
I came here for lunch a few Sundays ago and was a little disappointed. Loads of people said the roasts are amazing but I found it average. I had the pork which was over cooked and the gravy was quite watery. The veg and potatoes were really nice though. It was ok and I enjoyed it but its something that I could do better myself at home. It didn't seem that busy yet the staff looked quite flustered. And my neice had to ask for mint sauce about 3 times and when it did come we'd all nearly finished.
The bloody mary I had to start was Bloody AMAZING though!
I think I will stick to just drinking here in the future.
Though I am not much of a beer or ale drinker, I will pop in when in the area, as it is such a lovely old pub. Loads of character and anyone who is a beer or ale fan will be spoilt for choice. I haven't eaten in here; prices seem quite cheap, though I have noticed plates half finished, so maybe food isn't their thing.
Good in the summer as there are lots of tables outside, and good in the winter, as is dark and cosy inside.
I sort of don't want to write a review about the Dove Freehouse on Broadway Market, because then more people might know about it and it'll get even harder to get a seat at the weekends. Selfish, I know.
The Dove is a local favourite situated on Broadway Market in Hackney. In the summer, it spills out into the street and on a Saturday you'll get some of the best people watching in London standing outside and watching the hipsters go by.
They are famous for their range of Belgian Beers - particularly their Strawberry beer which is so strong they only sell it in half pints! But since I'm not a beer drinker, I love them for their Bloody Mary's which are EPIC. They come in a pint glass and are actually the best I've ever tried, ever (see pic). They make them with port, horseradish and a secret ingredient (I can't tell you, or I'd have to kill you).
On a Sunday, the roasts at the Dove are to die for. Order a whole chicken for £20 to share between two of you and grab a board game from the vast and random selection they have available. It's the perfect way to spend a winter sunday.
Be warned though. Get there before 2pm or you'll be waiting queuing for a seat. I'll be the smug one in the corner who got there early.
When it comes to choice of alcoholic beverage, there are few who could match the Dove for it's liquid temptations. Situated in the popular Broadway Market, the pub established itself through the tough times when the Market didn't exist and thrived.
There's many a reason for that. Not only does it have the beer selection from heaven, it serves up a mighty feast too. The ambiance can best be described as enchanting, with four different sections to the building. The main bar space has has room to seat about thirty people, with a little alcove for those romantic discussions. Behind the bar is the restaurant and the downstairs combines eaters and drinkers.
In a word, the place is lovely! The wooden beams and lit candles add a warmth that the sterile chain bars could learn from. The staff know their stuff and clearly receive good training. I am jealous of their tasting lessons.
I really enjoy going to this place. The food is lovely and the range of beers is fantastic. It can get busy and the stairs and different levels can make it seem Escher-esque!
Worth a visit, especially for a sunday lunch.
What can I say? I love the Boradway Market and I love The Dove even more.
Yes, the drinks can be a little expensive, but I don't think I've ever been to a more welcoming pub in London. During the dry weather, it is also pleasant to sit outside and watch the hustle and bustle of market life.
They have a great selection of beer and ale, a great thing for this pint drinker! They change the selection quite often with various guest drinks, so it's possible to try something different everytime.
It's relaxed, chilled and homely, the wooden beams giving it a lovely warm atmosphere. Staff are friendly and it's great fun sitting in the lower level playing chess whilst nursing a pint!
An infamous local pub which seems to be attracting Londoners from far and wide. The Dove is on London's 'new Hoxton' strip, Broadway Market and attracts an unpretentious arty young crowd but is the kind of place you could easily bring your parents, kids and even dogs.
It has an array of Belgium beers on tap with Fruli (strawberry beer) being my personal favourite. The Dove also does an amazing Sunday roast. A whole roast chicken with all the trimmings will set you back £17 and you'll be asking for a doggy bag guaranteed.
Check it out on Saturday, market day, although you may struggle to find a seat
My local, and happily so. Belgian beer extravaganza -- my wallet and my liver might be begging for mercy, but my head and heart are content. The food is quite good, the selection of beers on tap superb, the hip kids are haughty and beautiful and take up all the space, so to get a table you better go on a weeknight or get there early if you want to sit down. Bummer that they close at midnight, though. Should you forget the hour in your merriness, no worries, the security guard will remind you gruffly that it is time for bed.
Situated on Broadway Market, the Dove is right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Hackney. They have a great range of beer, everything from dark ales, lagers, to speciality beers. They take pride in their Belgian beer selection and even have strawberry beer on tap for those who feel like something sweeter.
There's a separate seating area to one side which is reserved for diners only, and quieter than the area next to the bar. Great for Sunday lunch, the Dove has the usual pub grub and a changing menu of more upmarket dishes. Affordable but not cheap, mains starting at just less than a tenner.
It's a buzzing place, and can get very crowded, so its usually difficult to find a table. The tables outside are gold dust, a perfect spot to people watch on Broadway Market.
This is one of my favorite pubs in the area, although often too busy to get a table, it always has a relaxed vibe and mostly friendly clientele. Choose from the huge selection beer, fight for a table and grab one of the board games, a perfect way to spend a quiet afternoon.
Definitely worth a look, particularly if you're a fan of Belgian beer!
im about to live across the street from this pub and am sure to try other kooky ass beers. cant wait!
And now, for some spoken word: Belgian beer, intimate candle light, friendly bar staff? What a nice pub! *bow* *polite clapping*
A lovely, lovely pub. Has lots going for it, including a please multi-level layout, a superb range of beers and even some board games for when the conversation dries up. This would be an ideal local. Don't bother trying to get in when Broadway Market is in full swing though - best on a weeknight.
Indeed, typically impossible to find a place to sit at any desirable time of day. Good veg options for Sunday lunch, mind. Ultimately, its only merits are in seeing and being seen, on the most superficial of levels; it's chock full of "hipsters" if that's your thing, but the ones that frequent The Dove are high on look and low on substance, so don't expect to meet anyone, really. Substantively, the unisex washrooms are the only really cool thing in its favour. Vegetarians typically make their own dishes better, anyway.