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

The Duncombe Arms

4.5
4.5
2094 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 17 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 2,094 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

    Innovative

  • Derbyshire

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Derbyshire

    Great for fine wines

  • Derbyshire

    Romantic

  • Derbyshire

    Lively

  • Derbyshire

    Most Booked

2,095 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were the only ones in the restaurant for a while having booked a table at 6pm on a Sunday, and to begin with we did feel a little bit isolated as we’d been sat at a corner table. Slight confusion at the start with the drinks order, and an unpleasant tasting lemonade but we were soon back on track. Starters were delicious, as was the main course and portion sizes were on the small side. We were glad we’d ordered extra veg. The tarte tatin saved the day and was lovely. We would definitely come again, maybe for a Sunday lunch.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a gastro pub in the true sense of the word. Restaurant quality food in a beautiful pub setting with attentive, efficient staff. We had a fantastic time.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I would of loved a bigger choice for vegetarians. The homemade bread was fab, the pea risotto was divine and the lemon cheesecake was delicious 😋

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  4. HelenR

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First visit to the Duncombe Arms and we weren’t disappointed. We sat in the conservatory area it was a beautiful day so the sliding doors were open but we were sheltered overhead. We all had wonderful meals and great service from the staff.

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  5. LarryD

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely country pub with a garden, ideal for summer lunches and dinners. The service was friendly, attentive and efficient. The food - delicious, succulent lamb rump in a balsamic jus and tender veal schnitzel fried in butter with capers, mushrooms, and triple-cooked chips - was excellent. This is far more restaurant-standard fare than pub grub, by a long way! We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and will be back to this countryside idyll soon.

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  6. Tomsdad

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptionally good. The restaurant and eating area outside is high end and the feel good factor whilst dining makes the whole experience top notch. The quality of the food is matched by the service and the friendliness of the staff. If you have never been here put it on your 'to do' list and make it sooner rather than later. We shall return.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was well cooked and excellent to taste. The tarte tatin is to die for. Good service, nice atmosphere and pleasant staff

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An excellent experience, thank you and the celebratory plate for the birthday member was such a lovely surprise.

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  9. JohnH

    Derbyshire

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a beautiful meal,with friendly staff and were looked after very well.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you're looking for a relaxing away day, or two, in the peak district then the Duncombe Arms is the place to stay.

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  11. Poppy1

    Shropshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely setting, fabulous food and great staff, excellent service.

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  12. HC44

    Cheshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous vibe, fabulous food, fabulous staff! I would highly reccomend, the food was top notch and the staff lovely.

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  13. ClareN

    Derbyshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great menu and excellent food. Our group chose from both the A La Carte, and the bar meals menus. Lovely ambience in the restaurant. Good choice of drinks. Some of the waiting-on staff didn’t seem to be enjoying their job. We felt they could have been more engaging. Overall a very good experience at the Duncombe Arms.

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  14. WilliamC

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service and food thank you, rump steak is the best.

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  15. Garonne9

    Yorkshire

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 22 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Although it is a while since we had been, we have been many times previously. I thought that the quality of the food / choices wasn't as good as previous visits. The 'classic' fish & chips (off the bar menu) had changed. Fish & Chips were good, but served with 'Brown Sauce' 🙈, Garden Peas (with herb butter on the top 😢) & Tartar Sauce (which didn't look homemade). Two of us had the Burger, which was very nice tasting, but need to change the Brioche Bun as it collapses while trying to eat it. The Chicken & Leek Pie apparent was excellent. Best part was the Duncombe Arms own real ale - delicious & moreish. Our Server was brilliant.

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  16. Gerry

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was good? The food was excellent. I spent a very enjoyable lunch with my brother catching up on family matters. A quality afternoon in a quality space. Thank you.

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  17. Grejen

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came to the Duncombe Arms for a Birthday treat for my husband. The food was absolutely delicious. I had the whole Cornish sole and my husband had the veal followed by “Dunnocks” and the cheese board. Superb! We always love the atmosphere and attention to detail shown by the staff. A fantastic pub for a special occasion!

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  18. MaxineG

    Derbyshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fantastic food and great service. We were celebrating a birthday and this restaurant never fails to impress.

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  19. Stal

    Leicestershire

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was fantastic. The restaurant is beautiful with fresh flowers and linen napkins. The food was delicious, a little on the expensive side. Very pleased with the special menu for our dairy free guest.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Faultless amazing service - really enjoyed everything staff were very professional really outstanding thank you everyone for a really good meal and experience.

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  21. SteveD

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service and very nice venue, will visit again.

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  22. DavidT

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We had a family meet up yesterday for lunch and most us (4) had the sole which was wonderful but my wife who does not like to make a fuss had the lamb which was a disgrace from such a venue. The portion was minute and even though she asked for it to be well done it came out extremely tough and chewy and with such a small portion (2bits!) she had one mouthful and for I think £26!! This was our first visit even though the rest of the family are local and have been before, so having operated restaurants I suggest the chef has a look at quality control.

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  23. KarenG

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Having heard good things about the Duncombe Arms we were not disappointed. The property is nicely furnished and has lots of different areas where you can dine or just enjoy a drink. There were three good menus to choose from which catered for all budgets. We chose from the A La Carte menu as it was a birthday celebration. The food was delicious and the Tart Tatin for two, was to die for! All staff we encountered were very polite and friendly and we cannot fault the service which was excellent. We cannot wait to return and will certainly recommend this lovely place to friends and family.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. So good, we booked to come back!

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  25. vicciem

    Derbyshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always! Perfect! The Duncombe is never anything else than perfect! The staff are so lovely, such a great service, and the food is second to none! The menu is superb, portion sizes are spot on and the food is so tasty and delicious, cooked and served to perfection! Our favourite place 🙏🏼

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  26. MikeW

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food and service, especially the lamb. At last a cheese board that's not served from the fridge - room temperature and great flavour. Just a bit noisy.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We only stayed one night, but what a great place! Friendly staff, a lovely quiet room (with a terrace overlooking the countryside) and a superb restaurant. It was a very creative menu which was well priced. The food was beautifully presented and delicious! I’d definitely come again.

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  28. Semaj

    Derbyshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Four of us went there for lunch on Saturday March 16. My wife and daughter had an item from the Bar menu and asked if the sourdough could be changed for some green vegetables. Their request was met and they thoroughly enjoyed the meal. For dessert they ordered the tarte tatin which they rated as excellent. Overall a very enjoyable lunch with great service and a relaxing ambiance,

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  29. AndrewS

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Needed somewhere halfway between Abby and Sheffield, so The Duncombe Arms, together with reviews , fitted the bill. We were late due to road works needing. 10 mile detour, but it wasn’t a problem. We were warmly welcomed. The front of house staff looked after us beautifully throughout. We chose the lunch menu and it was superb - mussels and hot salmon for starters. Perfect. Main courses were sea bream potatoes and veg. Again beautifully cooked on hot plates. Kale the mainstay but alternatives for kale haters was available. Cheese plate excellent as was a sponge/ice cream. Drinks very limited because of driving, but next time the rooms look very good to make a really good night out next time. Very well done to the Dunscombe Arms . We’ll be back

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  30. JamesN

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food and great service. The log burner kept the chill off.

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  31. PL2Z

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My wife and I wanted a nice meal while we were visiting the Peak District and we picked The Duncombe Arms from the Michelin Guide website - one of the very few in the area open on Monday nights. We arrived late due to unexpected roadworks, but were made to feel comfortable very quickly. The staff were all extremely pleasant and we were able to relax in the bar without being rushed to our table. The service was well paced - not so quick that it didn't feel special or so slow that we felt forgotten about. The food was lovely - well cooked and great flavours. Don't expect 'pub' food - it's high end restaurant quality. The wine list is extensive. We would definitely recommend and, given we only booked it a couple of days in advance, thought we'd been lucky to find this little gem.

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  32. StephenG

    Cheshire

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful food, excellent service, great cosy atmosphere

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  33. GUYJ

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 7 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Went for lunch but was disappointed with menu choice all very heavy meals no light choices and items on menu were subsequently found not to be available but staff failed to advise us of this.

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  34. dinerview

    London

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 6 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favourite restaurant at the moment . Everyone and everything is just great!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and friendly, helpful service. Highly recommend.

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  36. HannahS

    Warwickshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely meal here. The lamb was cooked beautifully and dessert was great too. A nice treat!

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  37. JanT

    Devon

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All was good. Will return. Will recommend. Lovely setting. Enjoyed nice walk followed by lovely lunch - perfect Sunday.

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  38. NigelB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service from the second one walks through the door. Excellent food, good portions and a great wine list.

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  39. MaryS

    Leicestershire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 February 2024

    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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  40. Finley

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

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

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The Duncombe Arms is rated 4.5 stars by 2094 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 17 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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