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The Duncombe Arms

4.7
4.7
1306 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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Booked 18 times today
  • 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

  • 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

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

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 1,306 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Derbyshire

    Best Overall

  • Derbyshire

    Best Food

  • Derbyshire

    Best Service

  • Derbyshire

    Best Ambiance

  • Derbyshire

    Best Value

  • Derbyshire

    Fit for Foodies

  • Derbyshire

    Healthy

  • Derbyshire

    Great for Lunch

  • Derbyshire

    Romantic

  • Derbyshire

    Special Occasion

  • Derbyshire

    Most Booked

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  1. IJ

    IwanJ

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food, great service as always. Reasonable price for how much you get

  2. CM

    CindyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really enjoyable pleasant staff delicious food .Can’t wait until next visit !!

  3. JG

    JackieG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Gorgeous meal,really enjoyed ourselves. Service was first class,from all the staff. Wasn't rushed at our table, and it was a busy evening. Looking forward to going again, as soon as I can book a table 😀

  4. JW

    JonathanW

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Been meaning to visit for some time now so after a long day hiking we decided to treat ourselves to a well deserved meal and we weren't disappointed. Great ambience, log fire, great service and the food was superb. Attention to detail was perfect, will be back again soon.

  5. JA

    JeremyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great menu, executed brilliantly. Decent portion size. Flavours really thought about. Service amazing. Very impressed.

  6. DB

    DebraB

    Staffordshire

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had an amazing night exceptional food lovely staff and lovely environment

  7. JH

    JayneH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Lovely food and atmosphere. Will be back again soon.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything delightful🌈👍

  9. MR

    MoiraR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Booked for my husdands birthday and what a treat it was I cannot fault it. We will be visiting again soon.

  10. DA

    DevA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great time. The food and ambiance was excellent. The host (Laura) interacts with everyone and made us feel very welcome. Will certainly come again and again.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very good.We liked everything.

  12. BM

    BrianM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A nice experience and one I would be happy to repeat. The venison casserole was excellent.

  13. JS

    JaneS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Friendly, attentive, efficient staff. Perfect menu for everyone. Personally, appreciated the ribeye steak, cooked to perfection, extremely tasty and locally sourced. Tart tatin to die for - need to order well in advance. Wine list perhaps a little too extensive. Loved the decor, felt most relaxed and will definitely return in the very near future. Perfect venue to celebrate my birthday and well worth the money.

  14. DG

    DavidG

    Lincolnshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Excellent ambience created by comfortable/spacious seating, attentive service, attractive menu & with lovely fires in main dining rooms

  15. BG

    BarbaraG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It has been a while since we have been to the Duncombe Arms due to COVID, but I think it was better than ever on this visit. Warm, welcoming and excellent food and service.

  16. V

    Vectis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place for a special occasion. Very tasty interesting food. Friendly and efficient staff and good ambience. Food quite pricey but worth it for a "special" meal

  17. FC

    FernC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fab night! Excellent food & service! Will be back again soon!

  18. AC

    AshleyC

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Top food option again, inventive seasonal menu well presented. Stellar wine list.

  19. BB

    BoBo

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Wasn’t impressed, expected the food to be amazing, over use of seasoning, very expensive for pub food. Won’t go back.

  20. SJ

    SammyJB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    This was our second time of visiting after really enjoying the food first time but we were slightly disappointed last night. Our table was booked for 8pm and we didn't eat our main course until 9:15pm which is a long time to wait. We had scallops for starter and whilst it was delicious I think it was overpriced at £12 for just 2 scallops. I have still given 4 stars because the staff are very friendly and the food is really nice but I think we will try somewhere else next time we want a meal like that.

  21. MS

    MarionS

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a great lunch. The staff were very friendly, obliging and knowledgeable. Lovely place in nice village setting. Food was very good (including the vegetarian options). We will definitely return when we’re back in the area!

  22. SO

    ShaunO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The initial friendly casual welcome set the tone for a lovely evening with great food and service.

  23. BO

    BenO

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great staff and lovely place to eat. Would have liked another scallop, one isn’t enough for someone with a big appetite! Overall, I would highly recommend and the venison casserole is one of the best main meals I’ve had in my life.

  24. TC

    TonyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very nice mushroom soup with a nice twist. The Venison was well made and the Pan Fried Sole had a very nice sauce. The Tart Tartin had a nice thin base and we love the whole experience.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely atmosphere very relaxed and comfy. Food cooked and presented beautifully. Good wine list too

  26. CH

    CarlH

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful place - thank you!!

  27. DC

    DavidC

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food. Excellent service. Excellent ambience. Very enjoyable meal. Will definitely be there again.

  28. j

    jonathanp

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday lunch for six on a Sunday, late October. A beautiful restaurant. Two of our party had to come late due to a pet emergency. The charming staff made us feel immediately relaxed, bringing us drinks and taking photos for us while the others caught up. Service was both friendly and correct throughout, a rare combination. The menu is short but varied and interesting, and cates for non-meat eaters. I had an interesting take on brandade: the fish in more like a soup with the potato in the form of a crispy dumpling, a success. I liked the fact that the main course of hake was not over-seasoned, allowing the fish to speak for itself. Dessert for all was a stunning tarte tatin with caramelised apple, ordered at the start of the meal. The wine list is extensive and informative, covering a good price range. It is a serious list but like everything here it is focused on the pleasure of the diners.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall3food4service4ambience4

    Was a lovely place and had a great vibe but the menu wasn’t the best. Hyped up pub grub.

  30. JM

    JamesM

    Staffordshire

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful presentation and mix of contents with Starter Scallops! The Loin of Pork was delicious with a great supporting combination of tastes! The Quince based dessert was the perfect finish to a fantastic meal. Looking forward to my next visit very much indeed.

  31. b

    bernie

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Thoroughly enjoyable lunch in a pleasantly relaxed setting

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our ‘go-to’ venue for the best ala carte dining you’ll find in the most tranquil of settings, with the brilliant addition of high quality luxe-rustic rooms. I cannot rate the service, food or wines highly enough. If you’re lucky enough to have found THE most-special someone, this has GOT to be on your agenda. Perfect.

  33. JH

    JeremyH

    Shropshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The very definition of a great country pub / restaurant…… great location, decor, service, beer, food and wine list. Highly recommend.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was wonderful except the shine was taken off the trip when we discovered the £45 bottle of wine was available in Waitrose for £19. This level of mark up seems a little excessive. Other than that it was really fabulous

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous as always! Great cocktails, incredible desserts (soufflé heaven)..... genius curry sauce with the fish & chips ! Divine caramelised cauliflower. I love it here. Highly recommend.

  36. SM

    SimonM

    Cheshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience3

    Food was outstanding but both my wife and I felt as though we were a bit of an inconvenience when we first arrived! Just simple things like the reaction when we first walked in, taken to the wrong table and then presented with a sheet of paper instead of the proper menus. It also took a little to long have our order to be taken and a touch too long a wait for our food to arrive. Upon the food arriving i'm glad we hadn't got up and left! The young lady who served us was great and as I said the food was top notch. Perhaps it was just our experience on the day but if those tiny elements were different i'd have given it 5 star's for everything!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a lovely meal and the tarte tatin is the best pudding I’ve ever had it’s a bit expensive but the food is exceptional

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superb, lovely team, great food and stylish and fun interior.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    I ordered the steak (Rib Eye) rare, unfortunately it was too gristly (usually perfect) ! despite several attempts to eat it, I had to admit defeat ! The staff were (as always ) amazing ! I went for the Pork as replacement and was SO pleased I did ! It was lovely…. The flavours of the dish worked SO well together… We were celebrating, as my son was recently in hospital for six weeks , having had two major operations for Bowel Cancer , but he is finally on the mend ! We had the best time and will obviously be back … Sunday lunch (Beef ) ! Can’t wait !!!

  40. AB

    AlanB

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had an amazing experience - the food was fantastic and the service was wonderful. We also stayed over and that was a real treat. Thanks very much for everything! Alan and Mary-Ann

FAQs

The Duncombe Arms is rated 4.7 stars by 1306 OpenTable diners

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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Booked 18 times today
Google Map for The Duncombe Arms

The Duncombe Arms Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 2GZ

  • 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

  • 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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