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The Duncombe Arms

4.6
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935 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
The Duncombe Arms is a beautiful, traditional country pub situated at the heart of the lovely rural village of Ellastone on the Staffordshire / Derbyshire border. Located on the edge of the Peak District near the towns of Ashbourne and Uttoxeter it is a great place to visit providing a delightful setting in which to enjoy a drink, some lovely food, as well as a chat with friends or family.

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 Jake Boyce. Or in the summer you can laze in our large garden overlooking the view to Worthy Island Wood.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Celebrate New Year's Eve with a fantastic meal!

Dine in
Starting Dec 31, 2020

We are serving a special menu for the evening of New Year's Eve. Our usual a la cart menu is available in the daytime.

Dine out on Christmas Day for a stress-free Christmas

Dine in
Starting Dec 25, 2020

We are serving a special Christmas Day menu. Please call 01335 324275 for full information and to book.

What 935 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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Suri
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

To celebrate our 34th wedding anniversary I was so excited to get a table here at late notice after reading the positive reviews therefore saddened when my main course arrived lukewarm after waiting nearly an hour - the side dish of peas and beans arrived hot.
Complimentary coffee was good & hot.
Staff are great and the ambience is cosy & friendly.

LG
LiamG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great place to visit, looking forward to coming back

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BarryB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. A great find and highly recommend to anybody

JM
JaneM
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely place with amazing food and nice, friendly staff. We sat in the front conservatory type area and it was really cosy. We had starters, mains and a shared dessert and were both really pleased with our meals! We also stayed here for the night and the breakfast was great too! Thank you!

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DaveandT
London
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fine Dining in upscale country pub surroundings. Friendly professional service. Quality food well presented. Well worth a visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt COVID secure and good excellent. Four people all had different and all good

DO
DaveO
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good ambience,Good food, good covid awareness, nice environment

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CourtneyH
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quality food - was just disappointed that they ran out of the crab that I was longing for :-(

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Mittim
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience from start to finish - staff were absolutely flawless & the food was amazing, this is the second time we have visited & we will be back! COVID guidelines are being followed to the button

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mags
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good welcome. Staff professional. Food choice excellent

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RossM
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Enjoyable experience but let down by lamb portions being very small and having to pay extra for vegetables. The conservatory was unpleasantly noisy when all 4 tables were occupied. Great selection of wines. Fantastic cheeses.

SG
vipStephenG
Cheshire
23 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely setting and excellent food. Real fire and good wine and ale choices. Good value cuisine

MW
MarkW
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoy visiting The Duncombe Arms for lunch. Real fire, made to feel very welcome , very fresh and tasty food. Service is very attentive.

MW
MaureenW
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The autumn menu is very interesting with plenty of choice .All 3 courses beautifully cooked and presented .
We ordered a very reasonably priced glass of 'pudding' wine, which proved delicious but did not arrive with the pudding until we raised the matter with the waitress. The bar staff were busy so better coordination to delay serving of pudding until the wine is ready would help. Did not affect overall rating.

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LucilleR
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit and it was as wonderful as the first time. I had the lamb and my husband had the celeriac tureen. Both meals were cooked to perfection. The staff were attentive and friendly. Great job everyone.

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JimS
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Duncombe has been consistently good ever since it opened. With a regularly updated menu featuring highly competent cooking and great ingredients as well as a considered wine list, it continues to be our destination of choice in the area.

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LucyC
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Food was amazing. Service was great at the beginning but after mains were cleared away we did not get offered desert and had to ask explicitly for our bill and after already putting our jackets on we then had to ask for change as we did not feel the service warranted a tip. Unfortunately this ruined a good end to the evening

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tobyh
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb as ever...completely looked after and the best steal I’ve had in a restaurant in ages....

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GenevieveD
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was excellent and the atmosphere was great. The server made us some mocktails which were delicious! The ribeye was great as well. The only thing I would say is that the crab starter was too acidic and left a strange after taste. Apart from that everything was great.

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IanM
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & fantastic service. The staff were really friendly & helpful.

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Happy
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly helpful staff, cosy surroundings and excellent food, perfect!

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GailL
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not the cheapest meal but worth every penny. Great service and ambience too.

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TrevorS
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place and service and food highly recommended

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NicolaJ
Staffordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic meal, had a great night. Big thanks to all.

TC
TraceyC
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We booked for my Dads 75th birthday
The food was disappointing as it was cold. I ordered a Ribeye steak and asked for a salad instead of chips. I was given a bowl of lettuce. This was £27. This was my special meal???
My daughter had the burger, again disappointed. Sad as the place is beautiful. Sorry, don’t mind paying for good food. This was a real let down

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StevenD
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I very much doubt there is anywhere else around Stoke-on-Trent / Staffordshire that can come anywhere close to the service and level of food that my partner and I received at Duncombe Arms. We will be returning at the beginning of November.

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robync
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Sunday lunch I have ever had, will definitely be back :)!

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SteveW
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat next to the log burner which was very snug, service was superb by the 2 young servers, Sunday lunch was as good as ever, the beef was pink and fantastic, and my wife and I were treated for our anniversary with a surprise fudge treat, thanks you and see you soon....

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate here throughout our stay and the food was incredible throughout. We were lucky to experience breakfast, dinner & Sunday lunch, all absolutely top notch. Probably one of the best, if not the best, Sunday lunch we’ve had - beef and yorkies were superb. The lamb dish is amazing too. Can’t wait to come back again. Thanks for having us!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Worcestershire
5 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very creative and super tasty. Jerusalem artichoke starter was sublime. Manager and service was just so accommodating. We live 1.5 hours away but will definitely visit again

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JohnnyB
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable. we're regulars at the Duncombe and this was another example of how do things well. In particular the choice of vegetarian options was good, i.e. there was actually a choice, not just one starter and one main. A couple of our party had the vegetarian options and were very impressed. The steak was good too, and the puddings, and the wine

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Roopak
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice decor good service. Good food, very relaxing.

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VictoriaH
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal that was absolutely delicious! The staff were friendly and attentive and the covid measures made us feel safe.

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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrived early but it wasn’t a problem as they welcomed us to a table, excellent settings, lovely ambience, and the food was Amazing!!

MJ
MariJ
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We always enjoy the food at the Duncombe Arms and the service is excellent.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning as always!

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LesleyB
Staffordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt very safe. Social distancing was in place. The food and service was excellent.

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sooty
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

short of veg should not have to pay supplement for extras

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LucilleR
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a lovely venue with excellent food. There was a quiet atmosphere which we like and the service was great. We hope to return again soon.

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Steph
Derbyshire
3 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really enjoyed our last few meals here. The food has been excellent.
A little slow on th