The Duncombe Arms

4.7
1266 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 1266 People Are Saying
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LaraW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely surroundings
Good service
Great food thoroughly enjoyed it
Thanks

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely, just lovely!

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PaulD
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small menu, but I prefer it this way,as all dishes are prepared to a high standard. All 3 of our steaks were excellent & the fish & chips were very good.
The service is always exceptional & professional. I like been looked after by experienced, mature staff who know & understand the menu & wines & actually care.
The decor & ambiance is so special, a lovely dining experience, The new outside/inside area is a great addition to the restaurant. I will always recommend the Duncombe Arms.

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ShBe
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Food was not as expected and everything had an aniseed oil on it. Did not enjoy at all.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely locatio

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KTilz
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious meal from an interesting menu. Very good attentive staff.

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redcolonel
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb, imaginative meal, well presented. Excellent, attentive and friendly service from everyone. Very enjoyable.

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Sandy
Key West
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our daughter was celebrating her 16th birthday at a table with friends. They tucked us around a corner, discreetly out of view to enable them some independence.
Thoughtful, happy waiting staff and lovely ambience made this a very lovely evening.

The lovely young lady looking after my daughters table was particularly helpful and lovely with them.
Food was also rated excellent by all.

MP
MichaelP
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a superb meal and overnight stay on Friday 10th Sept, 2021. All very welcoming, good ambience and high standards both in the restaurant and our lovely room overlooking the garden area. Pity the heavens opened as we would have loved to have sat outside our patio doors on the charming little table and chairs. Food was beautifully presented with great attention to detail. It was a very special, romantic occasion of our engagement and we are delighted that we chose The Duncombe Arms; a truly wonderful experience. Judging by the numbers in the lovely restaurant and also breakfast an experience shared by many!

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kaiM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place to stay. Very stylish rooms. We even had a patio. Food delicious and lovely welcoming atmosphere 😋

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Ross
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rustic pub fare meets haute cuisine. Food was delicious, service attentive, wine list extensive. Worth the drive.

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IAND
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were very attentive, professional, helpful and friendly. Food was excellent.

MP
MaryP
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely pub in lovely location with deli tans interesting food and drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was lovely in all respects. My starter was delicious and beautiful! All the meals were delicious and the menu imaginative. Excellent food, happy staff and great service. Knowledgeable (local) young gentleman employee was very good assisting us navigating the wine list options. The breakfast was just perfect too, and we will return for another stay to enjoy again the very comfortable “late for breakfast” snuggly beds and well decorated rooms. In the morning the whole team were in early for menu testing, and there was an enthusiastic and happy atmosphere throughout our stay. Not easy to have achieved with so many challenges this year.

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ClaudiaH
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous place! So pleased we found it. Wonderful food, beautiful rooms & excellent staff. Very chilled vibe, loved it.

CL
CLARISSAH
Devon
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and lovely atmosphere, would recommend....

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StephenW
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Nice country restaurant staff very good and pleasant sat outside that was nice
Food very good and tasty will go again

SM
StevieM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favourite places to eat. Food is always first class. Lovely setting- sat in the new sun lounge area with open roof.
Perfect on a sunny evening!!

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HilaryC
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sole followed by the tarte tatin was way above any normal pub food. A real treat.

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AndrewY
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recently moved to the area, and the best eating experience we have had thus far. I suspect won't be long before we back again. Lunch Menu had a good selection for a vegetarian in the family, which makes a pleasant change. Looking forward to trying the m ore extensives evening menu in due course.

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LizS
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a most enjoyable lunch in jonnies bar on our own (as everyone else wanted out side in the sunshine).
The lunch was lovely and our waitress was very polite and helpful nothing was too much bother.
Very enjoyable. Thank you.
Peter & Liz Sands

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CLARISSAH
Devon
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Sunday dinner, beef cooked to perfection. Sticky toffee pudding amazing.

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RebeccaM
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal with excellent service. A beautiful restaurant and one I will be visiting for years to come! Loved it

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BeverleyD
Kent
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

FAB ULOUS Gastro Pub, great ambiance, fantastic service.
Best Pub in the area

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Andrew
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Relaxing lunchtime meeting up with family. Great food and service.

LM
LauraM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely beautiful: gorgeous interiors, delicious food & excellent service. The accommodation is also flawless (and I am fussy).

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JaneB
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Slightly disappointing as previous visits better. Very good service but my egg yolk ravioli starter had to go back as it was cold. I chose badly for my main as it was a carrot dish, and all the additional tastes lost the taste of the carrots which I love. Beautifully presented though. Delicious wine served at perfect temperature. Overall it was ok but for £85 I would have liked a warm starter!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stayed over night and had dinner in the bar, staff were more than accommodating and kind when we dined with our dog. Food was delicious and great wine menu!

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foodie8
London
2 reviews