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The Duncombe Arms, Ashbourne, Derbyshire
The Duncombe Arms, Ashbourne, Derbyshire
GARDEN ROOM - The Duncombe Arms, Ashbourne, Derbyshire
Award-winning

The Duncombe Arms

4.5
4.5
2056 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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2 people

19:00


Booked 22 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    British, European, Gastro Pub
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00–14:30 Sun 12:00–15:00 Dinner Mon–Sat 18:00–20:30 Sun 18:00–19:30
  • Phone number
    01335 324275
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Scott Law
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2023
  • Area
    Ashbourne
  • Cross Street
    MAIN ROAD ELLASTONE DE6 2GZ
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 2,056 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Derbyshire

    Best Overall

  • Derbyshire

    Best Food

  • Derbyshire

    Best Service

  • Derbyshire

    Best Ambience

  • Derbyshire

    Best Value

  • Derbyshire

    Good for business meals

  • Derbyshire

    Good for business meals

  • Derbyshire

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Derbyshire

    Great for fine wines

  • Derbyshire

    Good for special occasions

  • Derbyshire

    Lively

  • Derbyshire

    Most Booked

2,056 Reviews
  1. MaryS

    Leicestershire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall an enjoyable lunch. Food up to usual high standard. Bit of a delay in taking order for coffees and more generous portion - cup of straight Americano was barely 3/4s full. Would also prefer slightly lower volume of background music.

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  2. Finley

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic Sunday roast, incredibly attentive staff and dishes!

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  3. Alij

    Derbyshire

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just love it! Beautiful venue, lovely vibe, excellent service, exquisite food.

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  4. mattydug

    London

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a really fun birthday lunch. Delicious whitebait, pasta and steak with a really performing bottle of wine. Very enjoyable.

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  5. SarahC

    Bedfordshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Have visited the Duncombe Arms many times for lunch and evening meals. Have found food and service to be consistently of a high standard.

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  6. SusanG

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and wine in a tastefully designed restaurant.

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  7. Wens

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food but not quite excellent. My risotto starter was overwhelmed by butter/oil and the cod dish was quite bland although the rib tortellini just rescued it! Husband's starter was excellent but main course average. Given the recent excellent reviews & acclaimed in the top 50 gastro pubs we were disappointed. Service wasn’t great - bored & tired looking waiting staff and a long delay between starter & main course. Bill was inaccurate ( charged for 2 gin & tonics we didn’t have). It was Sunday night so maybe that was some of the issue!

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  8. DaleH

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service we will definitely come back at some point

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  9. FionaS

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I’ve been wanting to come here for a while to try the Sunday dinner and it didn’t disappoint. The food was delicious. We had the beef Sunday dinner and it is the best Sunday dinner I’ve had out in a long time. My mum had the fish and said it was lovely too. We also shared two of the apple tarts and they were lovely we all really enjoyed them. We couldn’t fault the food or the service at all. My only one criticism is that the fire was on and the room was about 27degrees on the thermometer so it felt very warm. We would definitely recommend and we will be back again soon.

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  10. ClaireT

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We stayed over night and had a wonderful dinner and breakfast. Very tasty and well presented food. Reason price too. Service was lovely and friendly. Looking forward to our next visit with friends. We came on the recommendation of a family member and this place did not disappoint.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing! The service, atmosphere and food was incredible. We cannot wait to come again. Thank you to James for being our great waiter, made us feel very relaxed and we loved the whole experience.

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  12. HeatherP

    Cheshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favourite place, Never disappoints already looking forward to our next visit.

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  13. Clarise

    Anchorage

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The quality of the beef and including the wagyu special. The lamb was very well prepared. However all the other were probable the worst beef we have ever tasted

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  14. MatthewR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place. Food is excellent. Pricy, but you get what you pay for.

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  15. JohnSleek

    Derbyshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service The Duncombe Arms lives up to surpasses expectations ever time. Cannot recommend it highly enough, me and my wife eat here as much as we can. The staff are amazing and nothing is ever too much trouble. We will back again

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  16. GrahamL

    London

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyable meal but not up to usual standards of the establishment

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  17. DENEB

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very welcoming bar. Service was great. Food was outstanding We had a very enjoyable evening

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  18. Jay73

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The Food and hospitality are 2nd to none. Your made to feel very welcome. The 3 course Sunday lunch was exceptional.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Derbyshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Decent enough ‘posh’ Sunday lunch. Warned Lamb off the menu as they ‘weren’t happy with it’s. Offered Lamb shank as alternative. Lovely venue with attentive staff. Seemed to irradiate the manager that we didn’t want the wine list and were using a voucher. Great atmosphere (busy) without being too noisy. Will be visiting again to sample the bar menu. Ideal for a summer weekend visit.

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  20. SharonT

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another very enjoyable visit. Staff so friendly. Lovely atmosphere. Great food.

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  21. berylw

    Cumbria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious a la carte lunch in comfortable, eye-catching surroundings with polite and helpful staff. We will certainly return. B Waterhouse

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  22. SueS

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our whole experience of Saturday lunch. The food was perfect, the service very good and the surroundings comfortable and attractive.

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  23. JANETD

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Not as good as pre- covid. Bread and petit fours are now charged. Portions are smaller.waiter struggledcwith understanding what drinks we required.

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  24. CharlotteO

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, service and atmosphere was amazing. Our first time visiting and we will be back!

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  25. Annie

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The pub is beautiful and the food was very good. I found the staff unhelpful, forgetful and the female bar staff rude.

    1 person found this helpful

  26. JoannaG

    Perthshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal. Attentive staff and beautiful food. 3 courses was a perfect amount for when we had been working all day. Not too much, not too little.

    1 person found this helpful

  27. KarenH

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We visited on a quiet lunchtime in January so it was a little lacking in atmosphere. The restaurant and bar are beautiful and I can appreciate how lovely it will be as a venue when full of life - especially in the summer as the outside terrace is delightful. The food and drink was hugely enjoyable - there were many things on the various menus that appealed - the wines by the glass that we chose were superb. All in all a lovely experience but I look forward to enjoying it even more with a few more people around and not quite so much attention from the staff.

    1 person found this helpful

  28. dinerview

    London

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I just love the place! Open fire , great food, great booze and dogs allowed! The best

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  29. Alij

    Derbyshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exquisite as always, such a gem. Love everything about it.

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  30. Sian

    Baja California Sur

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Me and my partner always come here for special occasions & we brought our 18m old daughter this time and she loved it too!!

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  31. CarolynH

    Derbyshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful dining experience. Great attentive service, beautiful tasty food and really lovely atmosphere. Thank you. We will be back.

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  32. PhilipL

    Scot. Islands

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was a joy! My wife is vegetarian and it was fantastic to have some genuinely interesting/innovative and delicious options available.

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  33. LucyJ

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The most amazing food! All the staff were super lovely. They even brought out a happy birthday dessert for my partner! Will definitely be heading back soon!

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  34. JovicaP

    Cornwall

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful food. Service was good but our order for a second bottle of water was never realised. Staff were very friendly and helpful. A tad cold in the garden room, however it is the time of year. Perhaps a smaller square heater in the corners of the building would warm the ends of the room better. We always enjoy our time at the Dunscombe Arms.

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  35. JenandNige

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food, lovely decor and attentive service. My only criticism is the room we were in was a little cold, but it’s a small thing and didn’t detract from a lovely evening.

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  36. JamesL

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Me, my wife and mother in law went and had a fabulous meal here. We had been in for drinks a few times but had never eaten before and the Duncombe Arms didn't disappoint. From the moment we arrived until we left the service was excellent, very attentive and friendly. The food was delicious with a great menu especially the wine menu. We would highly recommend and will definitely be coming back!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Sunday lunch menu was excellent. Lots of choice, food cooked perfectly. The cheese and chive soufflé was divine! Lots of attentive help from the friendly staff. Will definitely be back to try the other menus!

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  38. BarrieS

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious, beautifully served. Some interesting choices. We will come again.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was faultless, wine was delicious. Would have been 5 star but sat outside in the garden room which was lovely but a bit cold even with heaters and lacking in atmosphere as we were the only table in there. Moved to a table in the pub for dessert, overall a lovely evening

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  40. VickiJ

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I booked a meal and overnight stay at the Duncombe Arms after a friend’s recommendation. This was a surprise birthday treat for my husband. It could not have been better. The welcome, food, service and accommodation were all first class. Ten out of ten from both of us. It is a stunning setting with beautiful views. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. My husband feels the cold and was a little chilly in the room to begin with and the heating seemed unresponsive. This was immediately rectified. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would happily return. It is full of character and charm. Definitely recommend this place.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

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The Duncombe Arms is rated 4.5 stars by 2056 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 22 times today
Google Map for The Duncombe Arms

The Duncombe Arms, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 2GZ

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2023
  • Cross Street
    MAIN ROAD ELLASTONE DE6 2GZ
  • Area
    Ashbourne
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00–14:30 Sun 12:00–15:00 Dinner Mon–Sat 18:00–20:30 Sun 18:00–19:30
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    British, European, Gastro Pub
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Scott Law
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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