History of the Dove

The Dove has a rich and colourful history

The Dove

The Early Year

The Dove Inn known by the name and sign of The Dove was built in the 45th year of Queen Victoria in 1872 on an adjacent site to replace a much earlier inn of the same name.

This earlier Dove was little more than a thatched cottage with a drinking parlour and serving room to the rear. It was built during the reign of King Charles 1 in 1633 and comprised then of a main tenement or messuage with outhouses, hempsland and barkside. At this point it time the property was a farm dwelling, it was owned by one Richard Coveman, a yeoman of Hernhill.

Upon completion of the present Dove, William Smith moved into the new Dove, however his stay was short lived since he died within 18 months of opening. His widow Lisa took over until June 1875 when she was succeeded by Thomas Goodwin who served until his death in 1898, whereupon his widow Margaret took over until 1903.

Our gardens

Bat & Trap

We offer an al fresco daily menu, all food cooked to order using locally sourced ingredients including herbs, eggs and from our own garden and chickens which roam the outside garden. The pub is host to the traditional Kentish sport of Bat & Trap throughout the Spring Summer months.

If walking or cycling is your passion the Dove is situated in a good spot to stop off for lunch as it is on the many walking/cycling routes. Victory wood is close by as are the hamlets of Hernhill, Yorkletts and Boughton.

The Dove is available to hire for private venues and the rustic feeling is ideal for a country styled wedding. We have a small marquee in the garden where are able to host parties and receptions together with an outside bar. We are happy to offer discounts for large groups. Please contact us for more details.

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