The Duncombe Arms

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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 from our bar and restaurant menus, 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 Gary Auld. Or in the summer you can laze in our large garden overlooking the view to Worthy Island Wood.

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MD
Staffordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MS
London
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

HV
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.

DC
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.

OT
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

CH
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.

IK
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

RM
London
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, really friendly staff.

w
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

D
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!)

DH
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

CN
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 !

LR
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as usual. We look forward to returning soon.

AL
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

AS
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.

DM
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JD
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from start to finish. Easy booking system.

JJ
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

CS
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

EN
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.

SG
Cheshire
21 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful gastro pub with top notch food, superbly presented.

NG
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.

LW
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing and can never fault the service or food! Only thing I would say was that it was extremely smoky

NS
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Greeting and service was prompt, friendly yet professional and faultless. The staff were knowledgeable of the menu and happy to help. The food was great value for money and the ingredients were clearly of impecable quality. The haddock souffles were absolutely delicious! The apple tarte tatin, recommended by a friend, absolutely did not disappoint. Will highly recommend and cant wait to return in summer to enjoy the lovely outdoor space.

DH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for Sunday Dinner and thorough enjoyed my beef sirloin roast with Yorkshire pudding. Would definitely recommend!

JA
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

We had a meal on Saturday evening which was excellent the choice was very good. With this in mind we booked for Sunday lunch as we had friends visiting. We found the menu to be very limited as I am a vegetarian there was literally one option.this was basically a plate of carrots, there was nothing served with it, a roast potato or two would not have gone amiss. It was extremely poor value for money. My husband does not eat meat but does eat fish, but the fish was served with chicken sauce. This was a very small piece of fish and came with a spoonful of greens. Having had a very good meal on the previous visit this was extremely disappointing.

JR
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table for two last Saturday night. The service and food was fantastic as usual.
Will return soon.

WS
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent food and service in a beautiful venue. Do no think you could better this.

GC
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service, in a pleasant environment

AM
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was our first visit, but will definitely return. Fantastic food in lovely setting, with excellent service😁...

MH
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Staff lacked a friendly personality. The food was ok for the price and I can see why it’s list it’s popularity

PH
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every possible way. Accommodation way clean and comfortable and breakfast and evening meal was first class.

DM
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and service, one of the best places in the area.

LA
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Lovely atmosphere sat in the bar next to the fire for Sunday Lunch.

EA
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Had the sunday lunch menu and it was lovely. Plates were piled high with beef and couldn't fit in a dessert. Would recommend to ask for more gravy to be served as the yorkshire pudding was large.

a
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Had Sunday roast, the beef was delicious rare just as we like it. Most of the veg very disappointing apart from the roast potatoes. The cauliflower cheese was awful really overcooked and a soft soggy mess. Lovely big Yorkshire pudding. Not worth the money, won’t be going back.

OT
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place to eat, steak was fantastic and tarte de Tatin incredibly nice

B
London
13 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

High class pub dining experience. Ambiance is outstanding and obviously a lot of thought was given to the renovation. The menu is interesting and the quality of good standard. Outstanding wine list with huge choice and generally acceptable prices. Would recommend the Duncombe Arms as well worth a visit.

RA
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience4

OK food but poorly balanced meal - vegetables were extra. Not offered tap water. Attentive but predatory service. £120 for 2 is seriously expensive for what we had - 2 courses a la carte , 3 courses set meal , 4 glasses ordinary wine + 1 bottle water.

HB
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Lovely meal. I found the main meal a little too carb heavy with the large amount of mashed potato to accompany a very filling pastry pie and no veg. The pie was delicious though! Very good service and atmosphere.