Fullers Chiswick, Fullers London Pride, Fullers ESB, Fullers Discovery,
This pretty little 17th. century riverside pub has everything; unspoilt surroundings, good food and excellent beer, which must explain why it gets so busy. The Dove's popularity is nothing new. It boasts a long list of celebrity customers including Graham Greene, Ernest Hemingway and A.P. Herbert, whose novel The Water Gypsies features a pub called the 'Pigeon', nee the Dove.
William Morris lived nearby. James Thomson, who in 1740 wrote Rule Britannia, is said to have lodged and died here. He may well have lodged but died at his house in Richmond, having caught a chill on a boat ride from Hammersmith to Kew, following a visit to the Dove perhaps? Another story says Charles II and Nell Gwynne had secret rendezvous here. One verifiable claim to fame is in the Guinness Book Of Records, for the smallest bar in Britain, a cosy 4 ft. 2ins by 7ft. 10ins.(1.27m x 2.39m).
The saloon bar has a low ceiling with dark oak beams and is simply furnished. An open fire takes off the chill in winter. A small flight of steps leads to the dining area at the rear, which has ample seating. Double doors lead out into a conservatory which houses an old vine. The riverside terrace beyond is a favourite viewpoint for the University Boat race. www.theboatrace.org
Rude staff and dreadful service. When asked about the delay in food being served explanation given in off hand manner. Gave excuse that menu was new and therefore problems in the kitchen. Female bar staff stood slovenly most of the time with back to customers and undid her hair three times flapped it about and readjusted it in full view of customers. When we were speaking to a male member of staff about poor service we were told by kitchen staff not to come to the place again! Fullers must do something about the place, please.
Thanks for a cosy, snowfall night at the Dove last Saturday. -jos- p.s. got a real nice pen, too =)
My wife and I had the worst experience at the Dove. We complained to Fuller but despite their claim of excellent customer service they seem to disregard a real problem with the management of this pub. A shame because this could be a great pub thanks to its history and location. But very poor and chaotic service indeed.
Amazing pub by the River Thames. Always has a warm buzz with well kept beer and great food. One of the musts for any pub goer!