The Duncombe Arms
Come inside and enjoy a roaring log fire, sample our excellent range of beers and wines or enjoy fabulous food from our award-winning chef Gary Auld. Or in the summer you can laze in our large garden overlooking the view to Worthy Island Wood.
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Mon - Thu 12:00PM - 2:30PM 6:00PM - 7:00PM 8:15PM - 9:00PM
A lovely Sunday evening spent with family in a great country pub with excellent food and service
I can't really fault the dining experience; the service and food were both very good.
The overall experience was however marred because the gents toilet facilities were unpleasantly smelly almost certainly because these did not appear to have been properly cleaned.
Got together for a leisurely lunch with friends on Saturday at the Duncombe arms. We had a warm welcome, great service and delicious food!
We will definitely be making a return visit.
A really varied menu full of unique flavour combinations. Excellent service and great value for money. The only niggle was the large, rowdy table near to us who showed no consideration for fellow diners.
On arrival we were greeted by very well dressed and smiley staff. The ambience and temperature of the bar area were perfect and the décor very well suited to the Ashbourne country side. When ordering drinks the chap behind the bar was very knowledgeable about the wine selection and helped pick a nice red.
When we took our seats in the restaurant we were seated in a conservatory to the front in a bay window. The menu was very nice, beautifully prepared, lovely ingredients - overall just brilliant.
I paid £80 for 2 Sunday lunch's with drinks which is slightly over what I usually would, but was certainly worth it.
We go to The Duncombe Arms quite often and really love it there but on Saturday there were just a couple of things that let it down. The first was that our booking was for 8pm but we weren’t seated until 825pm.
My order of fish and chips tasted great but the presentation was lacking - the chips looked like they’d just been thrown on the plate!
It won’t put us off going back though
Fabulous food, perfect service, cannot wait to go back soon!
Been here a number of times. But this time very disappointed with the food. There were very noisy unsupervised children in the restaurant making a great deal of noise. Parents just not caring. They were drinking and left them to their own devices.
Service was good
Fabulous first visit to a top quality restaurant. Will definitely be returning
Comfortable and attractive, a lot of attention to detail. Good food, good wine, real fires, lovely atmosphere.
Soup was very salty.
Wine list extensive but on the expensive side
This is my husband and I's favourite restaurant, service is excellent, staff are exceptional, food always perfect, our regular place to eat!
Great food! Amazing apple tarte tatin
Great lunch.....from the Duncombe Ale through the duck parfait, the steak and finished by the Tarte Tatin - all outstanding 😁
Another visit to The Duncombe Arms with a warm welcome and great quality food. Only issue was the price of bread which works out at £1.25 per slice of albeit very good sough dough - or £7.50 for six slices !
I took a friend for a birthday treat and she thought it a very special place and excellent food - I have been before and have always enjoyed. A new chef and now exceptional!
Another first rate meal at the Dunscombe Arms. Lovely staff. Excellent wine list and well crafted food. Many thanks
Well presented food but roast dinner was only lukewarm Meat was tender and cooked as requested Noisy conversation from next table unwelcome . Duncombe Arms beer very good
The food was outstanding and the staff were impeccable. Nothing was too much trouble. We will definitely come back.
The quality of the food was not in keeping with prices charged. I sent an email to the restaurant explaining my dissatisfaction but am yet to receive a responds.
I won't be returning anytime soon.
The food on the set menu was not up to usual standards expected
As ever wonderful food, excellent drink selection and a great team. Well worth a visit,
scallop starter very small. calamari starter nearly all batter. wine service poor.
no reply to my e mail.
The bar to start with was lovely, the bar man was attentive and made us feel welcome. Drinks were great.
The food was average, roast potatoes hard, and squid starter lacked taste.
The pudding was lovely.
Overall the food was over priced for very basic cuisine.
I was disappointed.
A great night at the Duncombe. We sat outside before our meal and a really great chap lit the fires for us. He was excellent behind the bar too. Everything was exceptional apart from being charged £14.00 for a glass of wine and 75p for an extra slice of bread (no more butter was brought). The wine we chose was good but was overpriced at £40 plus. On a bill of over £200.00 it is very mean and not good service to make this silly charge for the bread. Our waitress was superb and said she would feedback our comments. We will return but will think seriously about the extras we ask for. A little disappointed.
Very disappointed with the standard and selection of food! Haven’t been for a year and went for a birthday meal only to find it was not the same. We had the special beef dish for 2 priced £65 you got a piece of beef a small pot of chips and small pot of mac cheese No garnish the meal was a total ripoff. Our guest had a steak again no garnish just a small pot of chips. Starters poorly presented and not much to choose from. Don’t know what has happened to the lovely food we have always raved about totally different and not great. Waiting staff also not to the same standard and require further training we weren’t even asked how our meal was if we had we most certainly would have given feedback. You do t expect to pay nearly £300 for 4 people and not enjoy it. Sadly it will be our last visit
Excellent lunch on our way to North Wales. Lovely setting, helpful and friendly staff. Food yummy.
Our first visit to The Duncombe Arms, on the recommendation of friends. We were a group of 5, including two friends from the Windsor area and a 96-year old Australian lady. Everything went incredibly well - great staff, lovely big round table for good conversation, impeccable service, super food with a good variety on offer, and a dessert was specially created for the senior member of our party. Definitely a place we would recommend to others.
Lunch after walk
I am so impressed with this place. The food is excellent. The staff are great. It’s an all round winner.
The food was unusual and of an amazing standard , cucumber sorbet with my starters was just amazing as was my lamb main meal ! The waitress was attentive and friendly , highly recommend
Our second visit to The Duncombe Arms for Sunday lunch - this time in a party of four persons. There was a slight delay on arrival before I could get our drinks because a very elderly lady couldn't remember her PIN Code to pay her bill - this was handled tactfully by the barman, but the bar area is very cramped and noisy and not conducive to speedy, tactful resolution of this type of problem.
The food and wine very good (the latter we had by the glass rather than buying a bottle - because we had different choices). Service was speedy and efficient.
The conservatory area is rather noisy and difficult to converse. An elderly person at an adjacent table was speaking very loudly (I am aged 70+ too!) and was making it difficult for me to hear conversation at my own table.
The serving staff were excellent, although occasionally perhaps too hasty in attempting to clear the table (even though there was no reservation for the table after us).
Fantastic meal as always, food was exceptional and a much bigger menu this time, staff as always provided a fantastic and faultless service. A thoroughly enjoyable experience
I had steak and asked for medium rare unfortunately it came out as medium. The waitress asked if I would like another one but I was happy with what I had
Lovely food, a classy restaurant and comfortable surroundings.
Lovely building opposite the church. Good service. Menu reasonable. Some confusion this time about my online booking not being known yet there was a table for three ready for us, ended well.
Absolutely unbelievable and is consistently great every time we go. Can’t wait to go again.
Great food with good service
What a nice time we had as a family lunch out, great service as ever and tasty food..impressed with how the standard is maintained!
Came for a special anniversary dinner and were extremely pleased with everything. Food was delicious and the pub itself was very lovely. Lots of people around which was nice to see and although the staff were clearly very busy we had great service. Would highly recommend.