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The Duncombe Arms

4.6
4.6
1571 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

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    British, European, Gastro Pub

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–5:45 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 6:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    01335 324275

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jake Boyce

  • Neighborhood

    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 1,571 people are saying

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Derbyshire

    Best Ambiance

  • Derbyshire

    Fit for Foodies

  • Derbyshire

    Good for Groups

  • Derbyshire

    Healthy

  • Derbyshire

    Great for Lunch

  • Derbyshire

    Romantic

  • Derbyshire

    Special Occasion

  • Derbyshire

    Most Booked

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  1. k

    kjnc

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The accommodation, food and service are all excellent. A wonderful place!
  2. G

    Grumpy

    Worcestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend. Interesting food served by pleasant staff.
  3. PS

    PaulineS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our first visit after reading an article in the Times. It was well worth the journey from Doncaster to Ashbourne. Very well trained staff and excellent food. However we were in a smaller room with an open fire which may well have been needed early morning but by 2pm was not necessary and it was taking some time to die down.
  4. BT

    BrianT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food5service5ambience1
    Food & Service excellent, but next table very noisy, so ambiance not good for couple trying to 'enjoy' birthday celebration in "quiet" corner ? Over priced and limited selection on food and over-priced wine ! Unlikely to return.
  5. P

    Paris

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Friendly and welcoming staff. A great choice in wines, food cooked to perfection.
  6. CP

    CarolP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Understated classy. Excellent food, service and ambience
  7. J

    Jenny

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely gorgeous and a lovely atmosphere as a little chill in the air so a nice open fire lit
  8. S

    Shelts1963

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have been going for several years now, and it has never disappointed. Inventive and regularly changing seasonal menus, attentive and informed staff, excellent wine list.
  9. m

    markyp

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A mushroom tart to die for 😋
  10. AW

    AmyWard

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible in every way. Such a lovely environment, great service and gorgeous food. Can't wait to go back!
  11. RM

    RonM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Friendly and helpful staff. The conservatory area where we sat was busy and quite noisy but this didn't detract from the overall positive experience.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and set menu (2 or 3 course Sunday lunch). Beef was perfectly served.
  13. P

    Philippa

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food in a delightful setting. Always order the Tarte Tatin!
  14. S

    Suri

    Derbyshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Having been before a few tons I booked online through Opentable and as before found the pub and food ifull of character with a modern twist; we had a very enjoyable dinner and never felt rushed to leave by the friendly & efficient staff. We will be back.
  15. AB

    AnthonyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Soot from coal fire falling over clothes and food, kindly moved to another table, perhaps look into spinning cowl on chimney to alleviate this problem.
  16. TS

    TonyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We always enjoy eating at the Duncombe Arms, and yesterday was no exception. The only difficulty was choosing between the excellent choices on the menu. Will obviously have to go again in the near future to enjoy some of the other options.
  17. M

    kaiM

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great pub with rooms. Our second visit returning from hols. Fantastic welcome, great food and the rooms are exceptional considering they take dogs. Strongly recommend if in or near Ashbourne.
  18. BD

    BobD

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Although I had indicated on the booking that it was a birthday dinner, we were seated very near the bar area where there was a great deal of noise from from looked like regulars who didn't care about anyone else around them (seemed to like the sound of their own voices too much). Also, the menu stated that one of the deserts had to be ordered ahead of time, which we did, only for a waitress to then come to our table, while we were still eating our mains, to ask if we wanted to see the sweet menu!!! Also, I ordered the ribeye steak, which although tasty, was cold and I had to send back. Overall not the fine dining experience I was expecting, especially for the price we paid!
  19. PW

    PhilW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An amazing experience with awesomely friendly people who understand the importance of clear communication with customer's. Our waitress was amazing and as was the food. Thank you to the chef for the 2 fried eggs with my pork chop meal, you made my day. Kia Ora
  20. SS

    StephanieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can't recommend highly enough. The nicest Sunday dinner I've eaten out... usually I end up thinking I could have cooked a nicer dinner myself, but will definitely be coming back!
  21. AD

    AndrewD

    Barcelona

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent meal as always
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great visit to the Duncombe Arms. The food was again excellent and the recent change to the menus make it a simpler process and easier to understand the dishes. Staff were as ever great, friendly and attentive with out crowding or intruding. Also thank you for the additional sweets making my wife’s very belated birthday meal a little more special.
  23. CS

    ClareS

    Staffordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely Sunday lunch. Good service and atmosphere
  24. HM

    HamishM

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Our first visit and stay. The staff were very welcoming and helpful. No criticism at all. We need to find an excuse to return as sadly it is not around the corner from our home in London!
  25. IM

    IanM

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely meal,impeccable service beer lovely, nice 3 pints of pedigree
  26. g

    golferdiner

    Bedfordshire

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our first visit. The room we were in was a little dark and unfortunately did not look out of the property. We had a generously sized table (for 2). The menu was quite brief and to be honest, for us, the choice was limited but it does cater for most dietary preferences. Service was prompt and friendly. The food arrived reasonably quickly and both the starters and main courses were well prepared and presented, and of good quality. The prices reflect recent industry increases and we noted that The Duncombe Arms is, in common with many other restaurants, putting what we might consider main course essentials down as "extras" with an extra charge. I may be old school but I expect some carbohydrate with my main course and don't expect to have to order as an extra. That said portion sizes were reasonable. The puddings were excellent and they proved a good restaurant can deliver a well cooked soufflé in 15 minutes or so. The wine list is extensive and the choice of wine by the glass pretty good - the ones we had were reasonable value. Overall. a pleasant dining experience but was it worth £140 for two - in today's climate it's a marginal call. What I don't know is if prices vary between lunch and dinner (we ate lunch) - if they're the same dinner would be priced OK but it makes the lunch prices a little too high (?)
  27. RH

    RichardH

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience5
    Rather limited unexciting menu choices. Nice environment. Waitress service not up to standard for this type of restaurant
  28. MW

    MartinW

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    1st visit to duncombe arms. Lovely ambience, terrific food. Good friendly staff and service. Worthy of their high gastropub rating in the country! Will be back.
  29. B

    Boglebus

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The food and service is great but it is on the pricey side, especially drinks. 1 beer, small coke and a bag of crisps £9.21. On a second occasion we were charged £21.50 for 2 pints of lager and 1 small coke. The bill came to £76.50, 2 Sunday lunches (2 courses) plus the drinks. Not sure the prices can be sustained in the current climate.
  30. DN

    DawnN

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top notch from the time we arrived. Fantastically trained and friendly staff, beautiful setting, spotless and first class food, refreshingly good 👍
  31. LM

    LouiseM

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    This review is unusual for here as normally it’s excellent! Wrong gin served as pre-dinner drink - 2 doubles of 2 different gin types were ordered & 2 of same type were presented, wrong wine bought to table even though specific bin number was given, steak sent back as overcooked and we had to ask for desert menus as we thought they’d forgotten about us
  32. MT

    MikeT

    London

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Our starters were reasonaby good and fair value - although the Pearl Barley in the risotto could have been a little softer and the dish would have been livened up with a bit of truffle - or at least truffle oil. The mains were not great - with some very odd combinations. The Jerusalem artichokes advertised with the Cod came as a brown puree that tasted slightly burnt - when we were looking forward to actual jerusalem artichokes. The fish & chips was pretty average with a thin tail fillet of Haddock that was lacking in flavour and a curry sauce that did not seem to gel at all with the dish.
  33. R

    Robscoffs

    Derbyshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as ever. My steak tartare was stunning and eating in the garden room was lovely on a hot and sunny summer evening.
  34. j

    johnw

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An outstanding meal. Beautifully cooked and original food ideas supported by a long wine list makes for a really good meal then add in a beautiful setting and super efficient, friendly staff and you have a full house. Highly recommended.
  35. EG

    ElaG

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional food. The only comment I would make it would be about adding to a menu a chicken meat option.
  36. J

    Jack

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    It was ok! Lovely building and great service. But the food was average at best and very expensive. Wouldn’t eat there again sorry
  37. t

    thomask

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect 3 course Sunday lunch Very nice service not rushed not slow
  38. PP

    PamP

    Derbyshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable evening out with friends, good food and service as always Menu is smaller but perfectly formed
  39. NC

    NickC

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, staff, and nice surroundings - highly recommended
  40. LS

    LouiseS

    Manchester

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    We were showed to our table and asked if we would like to see the drinks menu, we were given the drinks menu but then sat there waiting for someone to come and take our drinks order for quite some time, when someone did come to the table they asked us if we were ready to order food, we hadn't even been shown the food menu. she did apologise and went to get menus, but our drinks still hadn't arrived, by this time we had been at the table for close to 20 minutes. The food arrived and was very nice, but during courses being delivered to our table we weren't asked if we would like any more drinks, only until the end of the meal by which time it was too late !! I felt we were just plonked at our table and forgotten about, really sad about this because this has always been a favourite restaurant of mine and my husbands, not sure if we'll be back after this experience

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer 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 4.6 stars by 1571 OpenTable diners.

The Duncombe Arms does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Google Map for The Duncombe Arms

The Duncombe Arms, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 2GZ

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    MAIN ROAD ELLASTONE DE6 2GZ

  • Neighborhood

    Ashbourne

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–5:45 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 6:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    British, European, Gastro Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jake Boyce

  • 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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