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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
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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
  • 211
    Excellent
  • 71
    Very good
  • 33
    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
Most recent review
Surprise find

Went with friends. Lovely place, tastefully redecorated. Very comfortable. Very good service & food to match. Acceptable wine list. They have started doing wine dinners which look very good value. Will go there again.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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335 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Went with friends. Lovely place, tastefully redecorated. Very comfortable. Very good service & food to match. Acceptable wine list. They have started doing wine dinners which look very good value. Will go there again.

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Porto, Portugal
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

When I think about excellence in service, I'm usually pretty rigorous. Working in management means identifying and being critic about small details. And restaurants are usually one of the hardest services to nail, but I have to say, this pub should be on textbooks as an example of excellence. Lets start from the welcoming, the warm hello, casual but honest... More 

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

Dear EduardoNPT Thank you very much for the very detailed review on Tripadvisor. You really did put us under the magnifying glass and I am delighted we came out with superlatives as will all the team who do so much to 'make it all happen'. We hope you will come and see us soon. Best wishes Johnny Greenall More 

London, England, United Kingdom
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

What a gem. beautiful interior, nice staff, good wine and food. Would definitely come back. Pretty pricey though, I reckon is a more chique gastro pub, but worth the visit.

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

Dear Melkroe Thanks for posting a review on Tripadvisor. I am really pleased you liked the pub,staff,wine and food. We are passionate about our business and your comments really make our day! Thanks a million and hopefully we will see you soon. Best wishes Johnny Greenall More 

Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

This is the very best GastroPub that we visit and we visit an awful lot around the country, enjoying our retirement. Sunday lunch is always a very pleasant experience and good value. Simply not to be missed. The staff are all lovely and very often the owner, Johnny Greenall and his family are in the there, so what better recommendation... More 

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

Dear Roger 1fe Thanks for your fantastic review. To put us at the top pf your gastro pub awards is fantastic news. I had the beef too and it was delicious and as you saw my children's plates were empty- always a good sign! We really appreciate your very kind comments and we very much hope you will continue to... More 

Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed a really good Sunday roast, The staff are very welcoming and professional,especially the young waiting staff, a credit to the management An excellently well presented pub, Exceeded our high expectations Highly recommended.

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

Dear Martyn D, Many thanks from everyone at The Duncombe Arms for the lovely review you wrote on Tripadvisor following your Sunday lunch. We are delighted you had a good time and that all the staff and especially the young ones looked after you so well. We have a friendly and hard working team and as you say they are... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

One of the best restaurants I've been to! We live in London and came up to the Peak District for the weekend. A friend recommended this place, and we are glad she did. Had three delicious courses, served by polite and friendly staff. Being from London, the prices on the menu were also a delightful change.

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

Dear MinceandCheese Thanks for your kind comments and for taking the time to post them on Tripadvisor. We are so pleased that customers are finding us from way out of the county and recommending our small pub to the outside world. The team who work hard to make it all happen are delighted with your comments. Hopefully we will see... More 

Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We brought our friends here who come from Cumbria. They said it was the best rib-eye steak they have had in a very long while. All the meals and service was exceptional. Truly the best restaurant in the area. Thank you again for yet another superb evening at the Duncombe Arms.

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Essex, UK
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

.....and thank goodness for that! This was our second visit to this restaurant while staying in the Peak District. This time we drove over 40 minutes in pitch dark country lanes to get there. Lovely service, smashing food and dogs welcome in the bar area. Definately worth a visit for a special meal. We'll no doubt be back when we... More 

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

Dear Steve Thanks for braving the pitch dark country lanes and driving 40 minutes so you be with us at The Duncombe Arms.but we are really pleased you had a good time. We really appreciate your kind comments and endorsement of our pub it's service and it's food. We hope you will be back with us soon. Best wishes Johnny... More 

Derby, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Deserves it's good reputation; you will almost always need to book a table. Good quality and imaginative food, reasonable portion sizes, good country décor, and prices that are in keeping with a quality gastro pub, without being over the top. My only criticisms: - A bit more variety in guest ales would be welcome - The meat element of the... More 

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

Dear Clinteastwood Thank you for reviewing The Duncombe Arms. Your comment that we deserve our reputation is an accolade by my reckoning as I know how hard the team work to make that reputation! With regard to guest ales we would love to offer more but not only is the bar area small the cellar is the same. Comments with... More 

Uttoxeter, United Kingdom
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

for the pungafun review, you are pathetic get a life. Better you stop at home and starting cooking yourself giving the Restaurants a break of pathetic reviews.

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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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