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The Duncombe Arms

4.5
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778 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • 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
What 778 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience4

First meal out after lockdown. Not a good start as service in complete chaos.

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PaulG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice to be back. Food and service excellent as always and the changes required for Covid done so well as to make it seem a really “normal” but still safe feeling experience. Thank you!

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Henry
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Have prices gone up? seems more expensive and smaller portions. starter choice not good.

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wingL
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have good experience at Duncombe Arms, therefore chose this as our first dining out experience after lock down. We were not disappointed. Food as good as before. Safety measures taken by establishment spot on. Nobody need to be worried visiting this venue
Staff charming and helpful as always

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WillP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a really good experience for our first time here, we will definitely return. The atmosphere was really nice, helped us forget all about everything that was going on currently. The staff were really pleasant and friendly and made us feel very comfortable. Food was outstanding! Highly recommended.

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DeeJ
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service - we will be back again!!

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MaxineG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a long awaited pleasure. Food was perfect as always and James welcomed us in with his usual professionalism.

Can’t wait to go back again.

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Charlie
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience for our first meal out after lockdown. The owners have obviously thought very carefully about the measures they have put in place and all was done sensitively in a way that did not detract from our experience. We will be back!

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tobyh
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb as ever. Only disappointment was that there wasn’t a soufflé option on the pudding list....please bring them back....pretty please!!!

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AlisonW
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply excellent as always! Fabulous food and great service.

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RachelG
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Sunday lunch after 5pm please! We had booked thinking we would have this do we were disappointed when it was t on the menu. All the tables round us noted this too.

Food was ok but I wasn’t blown away by it.

From a Covid point of view - excellent in going with the guidelines, restaurant was well thought out and the one way system worked very well

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Katrina
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Very enjoyable. It was only the 2nd day of reopening and there wasn’t many diners, of course that was no fault of The Duncombe Arms. We were booked in for 5.15 but sadly Sunday lunches stops at 5pm. More guests after us asked for it too. Not a wide choice of deserts. Would definitely go back though.

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FrancescaM
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We found the staff all working in a friendly and professional manner. Social distancing was observed and the Covid policy worked well. Excellent Sunday lunch!

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FelimM
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I found this restaurant by chance. So very glad I did. All four of us had a great time and the food was exceptional.
We will aim to go back when we are once again in Staffordshire.

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HaydenB
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Love this place but in all honesty I have had better meals there. Perhaps lock down rustyness. I will be back!

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JoM11
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always ! We’ve really missed this place during lockdown and it was great to be dining and drinking here again. They have put an enormous amount of work into making the place safe to visit, during this coronavirus pandemic. We felt very comfortable with the table layout and the ‘at table’ service throughout the evening. Credit to everyone for adhering to government guidelines and putting in place new safety measures for social distancing, hand sanitising etc. We had a great night, thoroughly enjoyed our food and the amazing cocktails. Thank you duncombe arms! It’s great to have you open again.

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KirstiG
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here on the 4th July 2020 opening day It was really good they put a menu on the table and that told you everything you should be doing the lay out was really good as well and the food oh my god was to die for we travelled 50 minutes to get to this place and we will definitely be back thank you

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M4DMK
Staffordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxed atmosphere, good menu and service. The food was excellent add usual.

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MikeS
London
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb restaurant and bar, in rural setting, always very clean and welcoming. Not cheap though !

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HenryV
London
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Limited menu, but it was a Sunday. Needs to decide if it is a pub, or restaurant. Waitress wore jeans.

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DoreenC
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our meal but found the pink beef a bit too pink and too thickly sliced. My husbands beef contained a large amount of fat which appearance wise was very off putting.

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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were being treated by our expat son for our birthday weekend. From the moment we arrived to leaving the following morning we were dealt with in a totally professional high class way. The room was tremendous, with all excellent hotel touches. The evening meal was AMAZING. The quality of ingredients, the choices, and the presentation were second to none. The highlight was the dessert. A chocolate experience, bought out from the kitchen by the chef, with all elements described and combinations recommended. Nothing was too much trouble throughout. Highly recommended

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vipChrisH
London
17 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, good service, good venue. Menu not huge but sufficiently varied. Suits couples to small family groups.

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IanK
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service
Lovely place for a birthday lunch
My partner even got a chocolate decorated plate that said happy birthday

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RMCK
London
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, really friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic place! Very cosy atmosphere, fantastic service and amazing food 10/10. We will be back , keep up the good work guys

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wakers
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful country pub great Sunday lunch had a table by the window in the conservatory staff very good a little mistake on the order but put right straight away well worth a visit

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Derb
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Great place that we use several times a year and have done for some time, it has always been hi end dining and so so enjoyable.
However, it is now starting to get extremely expensive! I’m left questioning the value (£150 for 2 people to have 2 courses with wine!)

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DavidH
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A wonderful place to hold an informal meeting.
As my clients didn't drink too much, great food and reasonable price. - David

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CrazyNeighbour
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

I could not fault the service, all of the team i came in contact with were extremely polite, the pub itself was very cosy.
Unfortunately both my friend and I made a decision to have a sandwich, big mistake. The description of the sandwich was acceptable but it was noted that it was accompanied by chips or fries I can not remember. OMG - can I advise you not to bother with the portions, in fact you really need to look at having this whole option on your menu. It was soo disappointing. The fries were like you would receive on a taster plate, talk about minimal. The sandwich was described as made with sourdough bread, again OMG that was one tough tiny sandwich. It was soo tough my friend left half of hers. This is not a dish for a male or a person with an appetite. Please do you and your customers a favour and relook at this, I left disappointed and hungry !

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LeahR
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as usual. We look forward to returning soon.

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Alexandra5Lilac
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous! We absolutely love coming. It’s like a family!

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AnnaS
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food as always. The deserts seem to get better and better, Michelin Star quality, presentation & flavours all the way!
A really enjoyable and memorable birthday lunch experience. Perfect atmosphere, gorgeous interiors & lovely staff to match the fantastic menu.

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DavidM
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, unhurried and attentive but not intrusive service.
Food was very good .

JD
JillD
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from start to finish. Easy booking system.

JJ
JanetteJ
Dubai
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic meal at the Duncombe Arms, we took our daughter who hasn’t been before so it was a real treat for her. Our starters were perfect and our main course delicious, what we really like is the way the food is presented , and portion size just right. We had desserts and they were gorgeous .
Great ambiance in the bar and restaurant, professional and attentive staff.
A fabulous time and a wonderful meal.
We shall return

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ChrisS
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This is our favourite place to dine! Reliably excellent and varied menu, always beautifully presented.

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ElliottN
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The quality of service is second to none. All staff are very polite and well dressed. Every detail was accounted for and we had a truly amazing experience. We have never had such great service before. The food was delicious too.

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vipStephenG
Cheshire
21 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful gastro pub with top notch food, superbly presented.

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NigelG
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always a pleasure going to the Duncombe. Lots of lovely touches in the look, feel and service and the food is beautifully crafted. The extensive wine list has a huge variety but is getting a bit pricey. Even so, one of our favourite places and worth a round trip of well over an hour.

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The Duncombe Arms is rated 4.5 stars by 778 OpenTable diners.

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