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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
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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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
  • 229
    Excellent
  • 74
    Very good
  • 36
    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
Delicious food and great atmosphere

My fiancé and I had a long weekend in Ellastone and managed to eat here twice, both times had fantastic meals and good service. The beef roast on Sunday was very tasty and arrived with a hearty portion of vegetables which all had great flavour. The Sunday menu still had variety and was not just for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
Velli14
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Barnet, United Kingdom
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English first
Barnet, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

My fiancé and I had a long weekend in Ellastone and managed to eat here twice, both times had fantastic meals and good service. The beef roast on Sunday was very tasty and arrived with a hearty portion of vegetables which all had great flavour. The Sunday menu still had variety and was not just for meat lovers. Very popular... More 

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

Dear Velli Thank you for reviewing the Duncombe Arms on Tripadvisor. Delighted you gave us your seal of approval and visited us twice over the weekend and that you enjoyed the food. Please come and see us again when your next in the area. Best wishes Johnny Greenall More 

Derbyshire
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

I've been wanting to try The Duncombe Arms for a while having heard good things and read the reviews on Trip Advisor. My boyfriend and I visited for lunch yesterday and had a lovely time. The pub is beautifully decorated with lots of little finishing touches like proper, fresh flannels to try your hands on in the rest rooms and... More 

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

Dear Miss M0lly, Thank you for the lovely review and giving us a five star rating. We really appreciate the kind comments and especially those about the small 'touches' that are so important in making everyone's experience special. The team are delighted that you gave such a high rating for service and food. James Laura and I take a lot... More 

Ashbourne, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW via mobile

Me and my girlfriend have been here a few times before and always make a point of returning as the food and staff are both amazing. The price is very reasonable. Highly recommended!!!

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

Dear Flig123 Thank you for writing a review on The Duncombe Arms and recommending us to Tripadvisor. We really appreciate your kind comments and are so pleased you like the pub. We hope to see you soon. Best wishes Johnny Greenall More 

1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Lunch at the duncombe was delicious a superb fish pie. Staff very attentive and friendly. Will certainly return to sample more meals

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

Dear Elaine Thank you for writing a review on The Duncombe Arms. Delighted you liked the fish pie - my favorite! and that the team looked after you. We look forward to seeing you back at The Duncombe Arms soon. Best wishes Johnny Greenall More 

Watford, England, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Don't be fooled by this establishment just looking like pub on a main road. If you are looking for a lovely, friendly gastronomic pub, with very friendly service, do try here. I have been to many a pub for food and drink (and indeed, many a restaurant) and this is arguably one of the best that I have visited 'pond... More 

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

Dear John, Your review was a total delight and we are thrilled you had a good time. You will also be pleased to read the Burger has been made trainee assistant manager! Reading a review such as yours is a real boost to the team so a big thank you from us all. We have a team who are passionate... More 

England, United Kingdom
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

First visit to this establishment (we live in the area). Seems to have a mixed reputation locally but well thought of on Tripadviser so we thought we would find out for ourselves by having Sunday Lunch, today 12th April. We had the traditional Sunday Roast on the basis that this is not difficult to get right and if satisfied would... More 

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

Dear Jack Thank you for reviewing The Duncombe Arms on Tripadvisor. Local reputation and Tripadvisor recommendations are equally as important.. In discussion with Head Chef Gary we maybe able to account for your food not being as warm as you liked down to the ventilation in the kitchen. Due to the outside temperature a door was left open which will... More 

Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I have rarely felt inclined to give a 5 star review on Trip Adviser, as there are chefs who are capable of lifting the culinary experience into an art form and there is no way to differentiate between them and places that deliver an excellent experience but which nevertheless don't quite ascend to those giddy heights. With the Duncombe Arms... More 

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

Nick Thank you for giving The Duncombe Arms a 5 star rating alongside your extremely complimentary review. We are ambitious in our goal to make The Duncombe Arms one of the best pubs in the County and more! Thanks for supporting us and endorsing the pub on Tripadvisor we are truly grateful. Hoping to see you soon. Best wishes Johnny... More 

Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Have been here with my family three times now and each time, the atmosphere has been great, staff are so friendly, menu very good and end result even better - they do a fantastic 'fish & chips'. Excellent choice of well kept beer - think this pub is on a winner - keep up the good 😊

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

Dear Jessfromleek Thanks for your lovely review and vote of confidence in The Duncombe Arms,it's staff and it's food. The fact you keep coming to see us is testimony enough and we are so pleased you love our little pub. Hoping to see you back with us soon hopefully on a sunny spring summer day when you can enjoy the... More 

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

We visited today for lunch and sat outside as it was a lovely day. I've visited a few times and never had a bad meal although I do find the menu quite limited as a vegetarian. The menu could be updated more often if there isn't going to be much choice to encourage repeat custom. Great service, a mistake was... More 

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

Dear 9054hall Thank you for writing a review on The Duncombe Arms. I have noted your concern about the menu and the vegetarian element. We do change the menu regularly and the specials are the inspiration of the kitchen team which are delicious too. I am glad the team looked after you and on their behalf thank you for the... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Rather expensive, but definitely worth paying. Beautifully presented and every bite delicious. With a lovely cosy setting and excellent staff to boot! Definitely recommend, even if it's out of your usual budget. Treat yo self.

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

Dear Corrine Thanks for taking the time to review The Duncombe Arms and I am delighted you enjoyed yourself. Your accolades mean so much to us and the team are delighted. Please come and see us again. 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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