The Dovecote Inn, Laxton, Newark, Nottinghamshire

The Dovecote Inn is what you’d call a proper country pub in that it’s charming and the ethos is to do simple really well. The red brick former farmhouse sits snugly with a backdrop of open fields (in fact, Laxton is the only village in Europe where the open field method of farming is still worked); in the garden at the front of the pub there are ordinary benches and a dovecote. You see, they don’t need to do anything fancy because what they do works very, very well, it’s relaxing and homely and the feels are very relaxing.

The food is farm to table fare, raised and grazed or grown in the local area, with pub classics, weekend specials and a cracking Sunday lunch. On the mains menu you’ll find the likes of Pan fried hake fillet, Twice cooked belly pork, Venison haunch steak, and none for the vegetarians, Rigatoni Bolognese. If you want something lighter at lunchtime, you can have a wrap or a sandwich – sausage, fish goujon, steak, falafel or Caesar chicken and bacon. Just don’t be surprised if you end up staying till closing time, that’s the kind of place The Dovecote Inn is.

Open: Weds- Sat 12.00-2.00pm and 5.30pm-11.00pm      Sun 12.00-7.00pm
T: 01777 871586        All information correct at the time of writing

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