The Duncombe Arms

4.7
1050 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.

Support The Duncombe Arms during COVID-19

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 1050 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.6
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SandraS
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional! Wonderful ambience, food , staff and surroundings. A memorable evening. Thank you.

JH
JennyH
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delighted after a long walk to be seated indoors/outdoors - nice and warm from the patio heaters and well undercover to avoid the downpour.
Really excellent food - fish and chips with mushy peas, tartar sauce and curry sauce. Always a little irritating to have to pay extra for veg which should really be included on the dish, which was what I had to do to go with my truly delicious panfried plaice and heritage potatoes.

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HazelJ
Warwickshire
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and wine. Very well organized outdoor seating arrangement.

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Kerrmit
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Sunday roast was amazing, in a great setting.

JH
JenHarvey
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My favourite place to eat in Staffordshire - can’t recommend it enough. Food, staff and service all tremendous. We will be back ... again.

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FionaF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our Sunday lunch and thought that the Duncombe had gone to extraordinary lengths on comfort and style for outside dining.

JB
JanetB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely Sunday lunch. Never dissatisfied with this venue 👍

SB
SarahB
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a really lovely lunch at The Duncombe Arms. The food was amazing and the restaurant staff could not have been more friendly and attentive. Strongly recommend dining here.

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DavidH
London
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although outside had wall heaters and roof so only needed jumper on a cool wet night. Definitely be returning

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EmilyS
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, loved the atmosphere, new shelter amazing!

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DanO
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful alfresco lunch, the food was faultless, the service was friendly and professional. The atmosphere was relaxed and stunning views of the countryside. 1st post lockdown meal out and want disappointed.

JB
JoanneB
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food amazing service amazing views my no 1 go to place

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KAARINAB
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and the garden and pergola are amazing

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time at this restaurant- food excellent, staff were very good. We took friends, we were all really happy with the meal.

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MichaelE
Cheshire
3 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service as usual a bit pricey for lunchtime.only real disappointment was the service charge added to the bill tipping is discretionary according to the law

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vipStephenD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hospitality has many difficulties to address at the moment, although the Duncombe Arms is taking those stresses admirably in its stride. Eat outside the rules say, so the pub makes the outside so comfortable that a May snow shower and an immediate associated five degree temperature drop to 2.5C could go virtually unnoticed. How is the kitchen handling the pressures? Suffice to say all 3 courses were stunning. The world seems a very contented place for a couple of hours with such pleasures on the menu to enjoy. A big thank you to the whole team at The Duncombe Arms!

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Godders23456
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best meal I’ve had at the Duncombe. Dined in the outdoor shelter which definitely works well in these strange times we have.

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StevenA
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb as always. Great food & drinks from a team who live and breathe service. Couldn’t recommend it enough.

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Wheels
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as always - outside area really well thought out and food was fantastic

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PamP
London
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Covered outdoor eating area is fabulous and so well done

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EmmaH
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They’ve really sorted COVID precautions - just stunning. Gorgeous food, beautiful atmosphere, a real treat.

PJ
PeterJ
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely experience, friendly professional staff in a place where service really matters to them.

They pre-empted everything. The food was lovely and our drinks where perfect.

As for the its in a great location, lovely setting and well decorated and lovely table arrangements.

Cant wait for another visit.

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ADSD
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Overpriced for what it is! Lovely setting and staff were friendly and helpful, but for the prices you’d expect fine dining and it really wasn’t. Underwhelmed by the food unfortunately, but a lovely place.

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Alison
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as always and doesn’t disappoint

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AnthonyC
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Sunday lunch, lovely alfresco dining with great service. We will return

SG
SamanthaG
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very VERY lucky with the bank holiday weather on our visit, but the outdoor seating area was fantastic and the food was perfecr as always. Cannot fault

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PhilS
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Generally the visit was satisfactory but small items let the side down.
I find it very annoying when the main course arrives but you are then left waiting for the sides.
The menu is over priced.

JK
JudithK
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very impressed by all that had been done to make outside eating comfortable and enjoyable, even on a chilly day. And the food was as good as always.

LG
LizG
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service as always. We are so lucky to have this close to home

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EmmaH
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An exceptional pub, amazing food and service. Ideal for a celebratory meal or indulgent treat

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