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The Duncombe Arms Pub

Main Road | Ellastone, Ashbourne DE6 2GZ, England
+44 1335 324275
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good18%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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12:00 - 22:00All hours
European, Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Main Road | Ellastone, Ashbourne DE6 2GZ, England
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1 - 10 of 738 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago

I simply love this pub for special events! The food is always superb, service and atmosphere also excellent. Being able to sit in the outside area on a balmy June evening really was the icing on the cake. I had the chicken terrine starter, the...More

Thank Christine S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our visit to the the Duncombe Arms, was again a pleasurable experience, sitting outside to eat our dinner, the sun setting, it was lovely. The food was again a fantastic standard, taking our taste buds on a exquisite journey....... but right at the end the...More

2  Thank Dave B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Duncombe arms never ceases to disappoint. We returned here for Father's Day lunch today after a 6 month gap. Still excellent food & superb service. It's a bit of a trek but well worth the journey. Thanks to everyone involved. P.S Almond ice cream is...More

Thank shelagh c
Reviewed 1 week ago

Today I had a superb lunch. The food was first rate, the fizz was better than ever - Laurent Perrier, and the service was top notch. All expertly over seen by James, never intrusive but always on hand. For a country pub this place excels...More

Thank safuller
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped at this quaint village pub and restaurant for a dinner meal, after a busy day at work. Lovely rural setting and the decor of the pub was as you'd expect in a rural setting but with a slight modern contemporary feel. The food was...More

Thank Steve m
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the Duncombe Arms Pub in Ashbourne, Derbyshire area on the 16th June 2017 to celebrate my father's birthday. Upon entrance to the pub was clean and tidy and very 'in-theme with the countryside'. The drinks were refreshing and the food was cooked to...More

Thank Will J
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying in a rental cottage in Ellastone for threee nights so we went to the Duncombe Arms for two evening meals. The food was great on both occasions and the staff were very friendly and efficient. The menu is very varied, and the...More

Thank davideingram
jgreenall, Owner at The Duncombe Arms Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear davideingram, Thank you for staying in Staffordshire and helping the local economy and in particular Ellastone. I hope you enjoyed your stay and it was lovely to read your kind review on The Duncombe Arms. We are delighted you had a great time and...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely, cosy place. Staff very friendly and efficient, the food is wonderful and the standards are good! There is something for everyone here, don't pay any attention to the grumblers.

Thank theCovMuddies
jgreenall, Owner at The Duncombe Arms Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear theCovMuddies, Thanks for the very succinct review which says it all! We are really grateful and hope you will be back with us soon. Best wishes Johnny Greenall

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While visiting friends in Derbyshire, we (two couples) decided to do Sunday lunch. They recommended a country pub, the Duncombe Arms in Ellastone, just a stone's throw from Ashbourne northwest of Derby. What s treat! What a surprise!!! I've eaten at a lot of pubs,...More

Thank WearybutWileyTravele
jgreenall, Owner at The Duncombe Arms Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear WearybutWileyTravele, Thank you for your very positive comments on your recent visit to The Duncombe Arms. The 'Best Meal in 21 days in England' is a great line and we are just delighted you had a good time. Your comment on the wine is...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To celebrate our recent wedding my wife and I had booked our table well in advance. However, upon arrival it transpired that there was some minor confusion with bookings (or the couple before us were just rude and over-stayed their welcome, I'm not sure which)...More

Thank DarronWithano
jgreenall, Owner at The Duncombe Arms Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear DarronWithano, Thank you for taking the time to review The Duncombe Arms following your recent visit. I am delighted that you chose The Duncombe to celebrate your special day and that you had a great time. Apologies about the table not being ready and...More

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Is this pub dog friendly
2 August 2015|
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Response from jgreenall | Property representative |
Yes of course! Dog bowl at the ready!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$38
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Validated Parking
Good for
Romantic, View, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Road | Ellastone, Ashbourne DE6 2GZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Derbyshire  >  Ashbourne
  • Phone Number: +44 1335 324275
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The Duncombe Arms Pub is a delightful setting in which to enjoy a drink, some lovely food and a chat. You’ll have the ambience of a roaring log fire and enjoy choosing from a great range of beers, a varied and interesting selection of wines and all your favourite soft drinks. Our great food is freshly prepared and we offer traditional favourites with a few exciting specialties of our own – all at affordable prices.
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