Alex and Rhe have certainly done this as they set about refurbishing the pub and restaurant, using the time allowed by the lockdown period to transform the pub into a modern and welcoming venue. “In terms of the building itself we absolutely love our refurbished restaurant - the floral ceiling and beautiful chairs make the dining experience so comfortable and enjoyable every time you visit. We worked hard to give the pub a fresh, modern and welcoming vibe.
Of course the journey hasn’t been all plain sailing, Taking over the reins of a new business during lockdown was always going to be challenging. “I think with any business there are definitely challenges; for us, one of the biggest was starting from scratch at a new venue with no pre-covid customer relationships. Everyone was launching takeaway services and we had lots of brand new faces to impress.”
Since re-opening, The Dove has once again become a central part of the local community, and for Alex and Rhe, ensuring The Dove offers a warm welcome to everyone who comes through the door is one of their main selling points.
“In a way I think every pub has its own little spark that makes it great. At The Dove we aim to offer great food, great drinks and fantastic service. Sometimes simple things can be forgotten but we listen to all our customers to make sure we give them what they want. There’s nothing better than walking into your local, being served with a genuine smile and delicious food & drinks, just that feeling that you’re part of the community.”
“Oh and our nachos definitely help as well.”