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The Duncombe Arms Pub

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Main Road | Ellastone, Ashbourne DE6 2GZ, England
+44 1335 324275
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Today
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: The Duncombe Arms Pub is a delightful setting in which to enjoy a drink...
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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Visitor rating
  • 219
    Excellent
  • 72
    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Birthday lunch.

Again a fabulous meal. Atmosphere, food, drinks and service all of the highest quality. Easily the best place to eat for miles around. Will keep on returning to this delightful restaurant. Thanks to James and his team.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
safuller
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Marchington
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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345 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Marchington
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Again a fabulous meal. Atmosphere, food, drinks and service all of the highest quality. Easily the best place to eat for miles around. Will keep on returning to this delightful restaurant. Thanks to James and his team.

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Derby, United Kingdom
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I booked a table for 7 to celebrate my fathers 90th birthday. It is always difficult to please the 2 other couples, and can always be a bone of contention, I was relived when the whole party was pleased with the service, the food, the atmosphere and the friendliness of the staff. From my perspective the food was excellent and... More 

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jgreenall, Owner at The Duncombe Arms Pub, responded to this review

Dear Joy Thanks for bringing your party to The Duncombe Arms and I am delighted you all had a good time and especially your father. I know the feeling when you are responsible for the evening so I'm really pleased the team did a great job looking after you and that the food was excellent. Thank you for choosing us... More 

Ashbourne, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Very local to us, 5 minutes by car. The atmosphere is fabulous, it's welcoming like a big hug as you walk in. Staff friendly and very accommodating to a very picky eater such as myself. Always go out of their way to make sure food is prepared the way I like it. Whether you just fancy whiling a way a... More 

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jgreenall, Owner at The Duncombe Arms Pub, responded to this review

Dear Nicola Many thanks for writing such a lovely review on Tripadvisor. We set out to be the 'local' with the 'twist' and your recommendation says it all. We are so happy that you love the pub. Hope to see you in soon! Best wishes Johnny Greenall More 

Newcastle-under-lyme, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

It is a good 45 minute drive for us to reach the Duncombe Arms, however, it is truly worth the journey. What is there to criticise? Nothing as far as I can see. This place has a chic, warm feel as soon as you walk in. The updating has cleverly retained all the character and intimacy of the old building,... More 

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jgreenall, Owner at The Duncombe Arms Pub, responded to this review

Dear Rosemary Always intimidating when we are reviewed by chefs,operators and Cordon Bleu qualified cooks! Wow we are delighted to have ticked the boxes and given you a lovely time. We are finding more customers are coming to visit us from 45 mins out year on year through word of mouth which is great news for our business. We hope... More 

Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

This Duncombe Arms really is the best in the area. Decorated superbly, the service is great and the food is to die for. The menu has a few fancy dishes on that you wouldn't tend to find at many other local pubs/restaurants in the area, but also has a couple of pub classics on too. All dishes are of the... More 

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jgreenall, Owner at The Duncombe Arms Pub, responded to this review

Dear Niall Thank you for your great review on The Duncombe Arms. The Kitchen and Front of House teams are really grateful for the kind comments and your strong recommendation to Tripadvisor readers to visit our pub on account of service,food and the ambiance. We hope you will be back with us soon. Thanks a million Best wishes Johnny Greenall More 

Derby, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 via mobile

We came here for our anniversary on a gorgeous Summer night and loved it. The menu had plenty of things we could have had all interesting and much more what you would expect from a city restaurant than a country pub. We have been back since and will go again- we save it as a treat as it's a little... More 

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jgreenall, Owner at The Duncombe Arms Pub, responded to this review

Dear Amanda Thank you for your lovely write up and supporting us by your recommendation on Tripadvisor. To choose us for your anniversary is an accolade in itself! We hope you will be back with us soon. Best wishes Johnny Greenall More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Second time for this restaurant. This was a Sunday lunch and attended as a family. Despite booking in advance we were placed in a side-lined table in a thorough fare. Service was slow and at one point the waiter restaurant manager had to retake the order which meant our main course was delayed. When I asked for bread to stem... More 

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jgreenall, Owner at The Duncombe Arms Pub, responded to this review

Dear PartisanArtisan Thank you for taking the time to review The Duncombe Arms on Tripadvisor. I am disappointed that your experience didn't live up to expectations with a table in the busiest part of the pub and your order delayed. On behalf of all of us please accept our apologies as it is our aim to give the very best... More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Not cheap but in my opinion worth every penny. A table found for a Saturday night at very late notice. Staff extremely attentive and the food was great. Nothing was too much trouble.Would have no hesitation in going again if we were in the area

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jgreenall, Owner at The Duncombe Arms Pub, responded to this review

Dear Carole Thank you for taking the time to review The Duncombe Arms on Tripadvisor. You gave us a 5* rating which is fantastic. We have a great team working in the pub and your comments reflect that so a million thanks. Hope to see you soon. Best wishes Johnny Greenall More 

Ashbourne, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

Heard a lot of good things about this place recently and as we live locally decided to give it a try. We are so glad we did. We were warmly welcomed and as the bar area was very small we were shown straight to our table and our drinks were served there very promptly. The menu offered plenty of choice... More 

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jgreenall, Owner at The Duncombe Arms Pub, responded to this review

Dear Arthur Thank you for recommending the Duncombe Arms on Tripadvisor following your recent visit. I note your point about the bench seat but don't worry we can find alternative space where you will be more comfortable. Thank you for your support and we hope to see you soon. Best wishes Johnny Greenall More 

Ashbourne, United Kingdom
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

As regular lunchtime diners we felt like a change! As always super food and excellent service. A very professional dining experience with good quality tableware and starched napkins!

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jgreenall, Owner at The Duncombe Arms Pub, responded to this review

Dear Jackie Delighted you enjoyed our first wine evening. We try to tick all the boxes on our overall wine list by offering value,range and quality so introducing individual wines on a night is an excellent way for our customers to try the wines and have a nice time. Many thanks for your support. Best wishes Johnny Greenall More 

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Restaurant Details

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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