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Oak Room - The Duncombe Arms, Ashbourne, Derbyshire
Award-winning

The Duncombe Arms

4.5
4.5
2123 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

Dining areas

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 2,123 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

    Innovative

  • Derbyshire

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Derbyshire

    Great for fine wines

  • Derbyshire

    Romantic

  • Derbyshire

    Great for scenic views

  • Derbyshire

    Good for special occasions

  • Derbyshire

    Lively

  • Derbyshire

    Most Booked

2,124 Reviews
  1. RichardA

    Gloucestershire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was friendly, informed and polite, with recommendations being made and our questions answered openly. The food was innovative, of very high quality, and cooked to perfection. Whilst probably a few pounds more per head than other local pubs/restaurants, this dinner was certainly worth it. Would highly recommend.

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    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent menu choices, well cooked and beautifully presented Staff were friendly and welcoming and provided very good service. Would highly recommend, especially for a special occasion. Lovely garden and high standard of furnishings in restaurant make for a very enjoyable experience.

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  3. MichelleP

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food. Fantastic attentive service taking care without being intrusive.

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  4. ToniM

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was lovely but the service was just ok we came for our 40 th wedding anniversary just didn’t feel very special. We have been once before which we enjoyed more so was a little disappointed

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Derbyshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We go regularly as it's our nearest restaurant. In fact we must have been a hundred times since it reopened in 2012! Birthdays ,Christmas, lunches, new year, leaving do's, and recently retirements! I am always happy to go as it is very consistent and a nice ambience Saturday lunch for an Engagement was just as lovely as usual, fish pie, steak and chips, a gourmet burger and a sourdough sandwich and fries. Good service is the norm here. My only criticism is that in all our 100+ visits we are never welcomed as regular diners despite our 12 years of visiting. Just a sign of recognition or even, when we put on our booking "special birthday " maybe some acknowledgement of the occasion? I just think it would make the visit more special, as we consider it to be. Won't stop us coming every month tho as we do enjoy our visits.

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  6. Riddler

    Derbyshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were looked after very well from the start to the end of our visit. The food was beautiful as usual. We would definitely recommend. Thank you to all the staff, an enjoyable night.

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  7. Shelly

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious meal in a lovely setting. Wish it was closer to us but we will be back.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Last visited The Dubcombe Arms 5 years ago for Sunday Lunch and it was fantastic then and I had another brilliant experience this time. Early Father’s Day meal and my Dad absolutely loved it. The food was presented really well, delivered in a timely manner and was absolutely delicious. The service was as fantastic as always, nothing was too much trouble. Keep up the great work! Very much looking forward to the next minute.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Surrey

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 June 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    First visit, with friends who have been many times. We were very disappointed. Returned my meal as it was cold. The same meal Was bought back to me having been under a heater. Still like warm and the monkfish completely rubbery. Husband had the crab starter which was tasteless, his main course burger bun was cremated and the burger itself dry. Desserts were lemon and mint, although totally lacked flavour and my chocolate dessert tasted burnt with the lavender ice cream totally overpowering. Positives, the bread was delicious, as were the triple cooked chips. Atmosphere was great. So disappointed, we were really looking to visiting. Had we have not been with friends I would have sent all of the food back again.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food! I was pleasantly suprised by how big the portion sizes were. I couldn't finish my fish pie even though I so desperately wanted to. Table service was excellent once we were seated in the restaurant. It did take a while to get served for drinks in the bar area but I just take that as a sign of how popular the place is. Will definitely be coming back!

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The Duncombe Arms is rated 4.5 stars by 2123 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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