The Duncombe Arms

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563 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely village ‘gastro pub’ with welcoming staff, lovely appearance, and the best Sunday roast I have had in several years! For the fussy eater on the table they were allowed to order from the bar menu even though we were on the main restaurant area. Would definitely recommend.

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JM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in quality surroundings. Would have no question in recommending to friends and family.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food & service was exceptional! The only thing that let it down was some other diners as they had a child sleeping on one of the back benches at the table we were meant to be sitting at. As a result instead of asking the other diners to move we had to sit at a different table. Apart from that (which did spoil the ambience a little) it was fabulous!

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NW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and very tasty food, although drinks are a bit expensive!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal...flavours were excellent and some interesting combinations that worked so well. A lovely relaxed meal. Highly recommend!

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SM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm welcome, staff are friendly and attentive. Have dined here four times in last couple of months. It has to be the best in the area!

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RS
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food,service and atmosphere will definitely be returning.

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HL
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very welcoming interior, which is smart and comfy at the same time. The staff are relaxed, well trained and friendly. The food is superb, seasonal menu which is cooked and presented to perfection. The bar is extremely well stocked with good quality drinks. Beautiful country pub serving posh good food in a relaxed cosy place.

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MC
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good service, good food and well presented. Would be regarded has reasonably priced anywhere south of Derbyshire, good value for money

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JW
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Found it expensive, the wine was £10 a glass, the chicken meal which was small did not include any potatoes (£3.50 extra) so over £20. Service was slow but it might because it was busy.

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CB
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We came to Ashbourne to visit Sudbury Hall and stopped at The Duncombe Arms Pub for lunch. The starters were very good, my husband enjoyed the asparagus with the egg and my son liked his salmon. I'm afraid we were disappointed by the main courses especially the cod. A lovely piece of fish in a very bitter unedible sauce. As a dessert, we had the Tarte Tatin... it was sublime!
I'm afraid a mixed feeling experience, maybe we chose the wrong day?

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LB
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had heard from friends that the Duncombe Arms was a great place to eat. They weren’t wrong. We booked for Sunday lunch and from arriving to departing, we couldn’t fault a thing. The staff, the food, the wine, everything was perfect. We highly recommend the Duncombe Arms to anyone. We will definitely be back.

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CW
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My duck egg and asparagus starter was absolutely superb and we were very impressed with all the dishes. Staff were very efficient and there was a lovely relaxed atmosphere.

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L
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good and we enjoyed our lunch. We felt that the wine was very good but very expensive. Overall a lovely day out.

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HS
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Have been a few times now and usually a 10/10 however this occasion we felt it took way too long to order and the food wasn’t quite up to its usual best.
Still going back as said above it’s usually a 10/10

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OT
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Table booked for 8:45pm. Arrived in the bar at 8:40 and the person in charge asked us to get a drink and then she would show us to our table. Other people came in after us and were shown to their tables before us. At 9:00 I asked if we could go to our table. We were told it was not ready. Eventually we were shown into a side room, where none of the tables were occupied. Why couldn't we have had one of those at 8:45?
In the morning I raised this with the person in charge, who told me that the table that had been allocated to us was not vacated until some late hour. This makes something of a mockery of your booking confirmation which lists timings for different party sizes - 2 diners, 1.5 hours, 4 diners, 2 hours.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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DB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fresh tasty food. Great service and nothing too much trouble

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AM
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always. Food exceptional . Service great and lovely atmosphere

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CP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Good quality food, friendly approachable service. Nice surroundings and not rushed service.

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OT
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 3rd visit and as usual was lovely. The food, staff and service were fantastic and sitting outside on a beautiful sunny day just made it perfect. I would highly recommend The Duncombe Arms to everyone.

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JA
Staffordshire
12 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An oasis of excellence, location, staff, service, food, drink are all top notch. Nothing at all to fault- have been many times, the team deliver a top quality experience every time.

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AM
Staffordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always come here for a special occasion and it never fails. Had the best pie I have ever had. Can't recommend highly enough.

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JT
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the two course market menu which only has 2 choices but the food was excellent.

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SB
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab service, wonderful food. Would highly recommend and will be visiting again.

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MC
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went once before 2 years ago, remembered it was pretty good gastro pub.

After a spectacular 8 hours windchill minus 3 on Kinder Scout and a fab drive down the tops from Buxton (highly recommended), we were not disappointed. Rang ahead an hour late - no probs. Almost closing time 7:30pm on a Sunday can often be a let-down as staff are bushed and food is running out. But this was top-notch.

Limited choices of starter and mains correlate with high quality. Everything was spot on: interesting super tasty, nicely presented. Staff helpful and accomplished. I had piping hot (much needed!) watercress soup with some interesting touches and fabulous warm home-made sourdough, we both had a great roast beef - generous, properly pink, super crispy yet light roasties, great cauli cheese. The 4 males on the family on the next table conspired to have the last of the chocolate delice with cherry sorbet, but the sticky toffee pudding with salted walnut ice cream was dreamy - light, but enough, swimming in a divine sauce. Classy and extensive winelist - we chose our first ever Uruguayan wine as we hope to win business there soon (!) - at £36 - totally worth it, best red we've had at that price for some time, great nose, beautifully balanced.

Dumcombe Arms has a lovely smart country pub ambience. Any time we head up to the Peak District, we'll look to work in a stop here!

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KW
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful meal at the Dunscombe arms, excellent service and ambiance. We would highly recommend.

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r
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Good is lovely if slightly overpriced. Service needs to be more relaxed. They hover over your table too much and should leave you alone more so it's more relaxed. The £9 dessert was lovely but minute considering the price.

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TK
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Sunday lunch, food and service was exceptional - not much else to say
Highly recommended.

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CM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing experience. Also booked a bedroom and would highly recommend.

A wonderful getaway

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JT
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, some of the finest I’ve had for a long time. friendly, professional and well informed staff. Relaxing yet buzzing environment, easy to switch off and focus on your table. Enjoyed the opportunity to try the fine wines by the glass. A memorable night. Thank you, you certainly deserve to be in The Michelin guide.

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OT
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was to celebrate Mother’s Day and the service was, as usual, excellent.
Ambience and food were also very goo, nothing to complain about.

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NC
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

An excellent place to eat. Staff are so polite, friendly and accommodating. The food is wonderful, too. My only criticism is there is only one vegetarian dish on the main menu & I think one starter. Each time we’ve been it’s been artichoke risotto which was delicious but would be nice to have a choice. Vegan/cegetarianism is becoming so popular that surprises me. Vegetarians do not eat fish. Otherwise I love the Duncome Arms and would and have highly recommended it.

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CP
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great service, great inside & outside space. Highly recommend.

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AS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very friendly, warm and upscale gastropub with a great range of drinks and some excellently cooked food. Don't miss the tarte tatin, which is well in competition with some top end Michelin starred restaurant desserts. Portions are perfectly sized and the only gripes are a slightly missed opportunity on the red wine glass selection, where nothing is really designed to pair well with a very nicely cooked rack of lamb, and the fact rooms are available on site which means there is a slight risk of the hyperactive child pervading the otherwise very calm atmosphere! Minor points however - well worth a detour to visit!

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j
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

mustard in cauliflower cheese. There must be lots of people that don't like mustard. Gravy is full of sugar. Suggested wine on the menu reads 500ml and the bottle name. This is very deceiving. Unless you take careful note that 500ml is not a whole bottle. It should be made clear that this is a caraf not a bottle.

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JG
Derbyshire
3 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Without question go and visit.
There is nothing to compare to the service and whole experience there.
Bespoke Gins with special tonics. Wines are perfectly served and the food and service is to like nothing in the area.
I would really recommend a visit and cant wait to return!

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SM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Last minute booking, the Dunvombe Arms, is relatively close to us. Lovely food and attentive staff. Will definitely be going back!

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S
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We have eaten at the Duncombe Arms before and have always had a good experience, but this time we came away disappointed. This was due to the main course (we both selected a dish with black pudding as the main feature) - none of the flavours seemed to go together and the black pudding was heavily disguised! Starters and dessert were fine by the way.

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JT
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, lovely ambience and very cosy. Very good value for money. We live in London and definitely go back just to eat here. Perfect place for date night and quiet enough to be able to have a chat with your partner. Could not recommend enough. The staff really go all out to ensure you are well looked after and are very attentive to the customer.

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