The Duncombe Arms

4.6
986 reviews
£26 to £40
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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 986 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favourite places to eat, and as always it didn’t fail to impress. We were seated under the newly constructed pergola, the roof was open as the weather was beautiful. The food, ambiance and staff were fabulous, with nothing being too much trouble. Looking forward to visiting again very soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Gloucestershire
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside dinning was brilliant, the staff deserved a medal as it was pretty chilly! Food was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Hardly any potatoes with the steak , no veg or salad with the main course included
None of the staff were wearing masks or face coverings
No vegan or vegetarian options on the desserts
Very expensive for the quality and quantity of food

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VanessaF
Derbyshire
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first trip out for a meal this year and our expectations were high but the Duncombe Arms did not disappoint! We had a very comfortable table in the new pergola and were happy to move to the garden next to the fire pit after the meal to enjoy the atmosphere and the scenery for a bit longer.

All the dishes we tried were outstanding and the service very friendly and efficient.

It is hard to strike the right balance between safe and relaxed but you have nailed it!

BM
vipBexM
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always always book here when we make the journey from Hertfordshire to Alton Towers. I’m
Not sure anymore if it’s Alton Towers we are excited to visit or Duncombe arms.
Food, service, welcome as always was first class. We look forward to booking again very soon .

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Steph
Derbyshire
4 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable meal as ever - excellent food, good service.

MW
MarkW
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Yet another superb lunch, two of us had the mutton which with the glazed carrots was excellent. When lock down finishes we will be back!!

SB
StephB
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, slick and very friendly service, can’t fault anything, we had an amazing evening

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OpenTable Diner
Inverness
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely lunch

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Howetowers
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food in particular the desserts which were truly fabulous. We had the Cherry Bavarois and Sticky Toffee pudding- yum!

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Garonne9
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having been recommended by friends we weren't disappointed. Very Covid safe, friendly welcoming staff, great service and fantastic food. Will definitely make it one of our favourite local places to eat.

JA
JodieA
Staffordshire
16 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, COVID measures were fabulous and staff were very attentive as usual

CF
ClaireF
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful pub with a lovely atmosphere. Food was exceptional and presented first class!

SB
StevenB
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely meal with excellent friendly service. The pudding was definitely worth a try.

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Chez
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dining experience. We booked last minute when visiting the local area and were very happy we did. Staff were friendly and attentive, there was a lovely relaxing atmosphere and the food was great. We will certainly be visiting again when we are next in the area.

DC
DavidC
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic time with friends.The food was delicious and we felt totally safe .Nothing was rushed or too much trouble

LT
LibertyT
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most incredible evening. Beautiful food, delicious wine and a few outstanding cocktails. The service was impeccable. Would highly recommend. Our experience was made that little more special with a stay in the accommodation they offer at The Walnut House.

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AntonC
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

great food, bit pricey but worth it. nice for a family treat but fairly high end for children, although enough on offer. lovely spot and pleasant place.

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Boot
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was our first visit, based on recommendation from our son and subsequent praise from a couple of other people when we mentioned we were going. We were very pleased with the surroundings, service and food. However, although near the fire, I felt a little chilly (it was a cold day) and my preference would have been slightly warmer food - my husband found no problems with either of these.

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maureenh
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a pleasure to go there such lovely people and staff

AM
AmandaM
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have lived in Ashbournenow for over two years and this is the best restaurant we have found if you exclude the Lighthouse which we only visit for special occasions. We felt safe, the vegetarian food was excellent, the waitress helpful and charming and my husband enjoyed his birthday wine!

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Marshall
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very warm welcome, pleasant ambiance, well presented dished and excellent flavours. All in all a special evening... Try the celebration of chocolate!

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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
3 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always..this is our favourite place!

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DavidO
London
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice hotel, great food and very friendly stall.
I will definitely book a return visit

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mags
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

room felt a little chilly. Food enjoyed even though incorrect cod dish.

DR
DavidR
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice of original and traditional dishes. High quality - Much better than the average gastro pub

SR
SimonR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked for Sunday lunch, and we weren’t disappointed!! The food is top notch!

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Pollianna
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and lovely surroundings ....the sat nav did take us on a wild goose chase but it was lovely once we got there!!

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Lucy
London
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Exceptional Sunday roast - the food was stunning and the service was top notch, very attentive and professional. Also excellent value - would definitely recommend.

Only downside was that we were sat in the conservatory on our own when there was plenty of tables that were available in the main rooms, with a bit more vibe.

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Suri
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
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 on 17 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great place to visit, looking forward to coming back

BB
BarryB
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. A great find and highly recommend to anybody