Broadway Market’s Dove is Belgian beer heaven. The building has the feel of a Continental tavern: it’s an old-fashioned building decked out in oak with the always oversubscribed bar the focus of the action. There are a few optimistic picnic benches peppering the front pavement. To finish the effect, a distinct waft of yeast hits you as you enter the room. There’s certainly no messing around on Dove’s tome-like menu filled with Trappist, gueuze and fruit beers: it’s an exhaustive list celebrating the best of a proper beer culture.
There’s the expected Broadway Market trendy community present at most times, as the Dove makes a perfect post-market pitstop or afternoon party venue. Steaming bowls of moules marinière fly from the kitchen just as steadily as pints from the bar. Craft beer done the time-honoured Low-Country way.
24-28 Broadway Market
|Opening hours:||Open noon-11pm Mon-Thur, Sun; noon-midnight Fri, Sat. Food served noon-10pm Mon-Thur, Sun; noon-11pm Fri, Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: London Fields rail|
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Average User Rating
4 / 5
- 5 star:9
- 4 star:9
- 3 star:2
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:2
Superb pub, with second to none choice of vegetarian mains. That's on top of one of the finest selections of Belgian beers around, and top quality food on the whole.
A rambling wood-panelled warren of a pub at the canal end of Broadway Market that's hugely popular with local Hackneyites and occasional confused-looking tourists. A pub specialising in Belgian beer? Fine. A bar with attached dining room offering home-cooked Thai specials? Sure. But both together in the same establishment? Well, why not? It works a treat. The range of beers is dizzying, covering the gamut from brown beers to amber ales, blond beers, lambics and geuzes. Get Brugse Zot – brown or blond – on tap and dozens of bottled beers from the familiar Chimay (Red and Blue) to much less often spotted delights as Grottenbier, Troubadour, even Verboden Vrucht. They’ve even got all the glasses, though it’s pot luck if you get the right glass with the right beer. There’s an extensive pub food menu too, but the standout dishes are the daily Thai specials. You can eat (and drink) in the spacious dining room or the busier pub and either way your food will be brought to your table by friendly staff. This could be – whisper it because we wouldn’t want it to be any more popular than it already is – the best pub in the world.
I had a meeting at the pub on Tuesday when we ate bar snacks. They were truly awful. Obviously prepared long in advance, dried up and barely even heated up for us. I was Ill all night and the next day. I went and talked to the manager on Wednesday. She was totally uninterested and tried to say that all food was prepared as needed. She didn't offer to refund the cost, she did take an email address but we haven't heard a thing since. I wouldn't recommend anyone to go here if they value their health.
I have known this pub for 22 years, it developed it's reputation for 2 main reasons. They have a very large selection of belgian beers and it's woman friendly, which isn't so unusual now but 20 years ago was very progressive. All else is secondary. The food has been somewhat variable, and you need to know what they do consistently well. Whatever the price you won't find a better selection of belgian beers to improve your appreciation of this unusual country.
Favourite pub around Broadway Market. Great food as well, served in a separate room so you can get a seat even if it's busy. @Leonard Rees: If you don't want to pay £4.95 for your beer, don't order imported American hipster pale ale!. A can of lager will cost you £1 in a supermarket but £3 or £4 in a bar. That's kind of how it works. A supermarket is not a pub.
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. 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 am going to spend all my time in there.
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