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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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12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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118 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was not sure about writing this review as the overwhelming majority of reviewers rate the Duncombe Arms very highly. The problem I have with this place is "value for money" or lack of it. We went for lunch and 2 ate from the very limited lunch time menu and 2 from the main menu. I had the duck leg... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have eaten at this pub restaurant a couple of times a year since it first opened and have never failed to be impressed. It is unpretentious but very classy, with friendly staff who make a real effort to accommodate individual diners requirements, which in the case of various of my friends and relatives have extended to use of the... More 

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

Dear Richard, Thank you for your wonderful review and lovely comments on The Duncombe Arms following your recent visit. It confirms that we go the 'extra mile' to make sure our customers get the very best in food,service and an optimal experience whilst they are with us, We really appreciate you posting such a positive review on Tripadvisor and hope... More 

Derbyshire
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87 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have been to this gastropub several times and each time is fabulous. I would say the service is unobtrusive, which I like, and very relaxed. I do like this type of service but the lunchtime we visited it seemed 'slow ' rather than relaxed. There were plenty of staff but when asked for menus they said they could bring us... More 

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Thank lilac22
jgreenall, Owner at The Duncombe Arms Pub, responded to this review

Dear Lilac22 Thanks for the review and I apologise that you had a long wait and there was confusion about menu choices. We will make a special effort to inform our customers that there is a bar menu which include the ciabattas and salads which are highlighted on the the various blackboards in the pub. It is our aim to... More 

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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went here with my girlfriend and it was packed but we was seen to straight away and they showed us all the care and attention we required we had 3 course witch where of an amazing class better than any place I've ever been too! Strongly recommend to anyone. !

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

Dear Harvey, Thanks for your lovely review on Tripadvisor. I am delighted you and your girlfriend had a good time at The Duncombe Arms. Your recommendation means a lot to us so our sincerest thanks. We look forward to seeing you back at the pub soon. Best wishes Johnny Greenall More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Probably the best flavour and best presented food I have had in quite a few years. Had Lunch here and was blown away by the quality. I seldom give 5 stars. In fact I seldom make positive recommendations, but in this case 5 stars is a star too few. This place has an accomplished chef and a great team.

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

Dear Ray Many thanks for your 5 star review following your recent visit to The Duncombe Arms. We are delighted to get your recommendation on Tripadvisor and the team are really grateful for your critical acclaim. A million thanks and hopefully you will come and see us soon. Best wishes Johnny Greenall More 

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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well decorated and charming country village pub, obviously a hit with the locals as plenty of people in the bar. Dinner was good and very thoughtful and attentive service. Whitebait starter was delicious and chocolate brownie pudding the same. Pork loin main course a little under-whelming on taste although very stylishly presented. Maybe that dish needs a little tweaking on... More 

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

Dear CarolineHoddell, Many thanks for taking the time to write a review of your recent visit to The Duncombe Arms. Thank you for your kind comments and those relating to the pork loin. I will discuss this with the team but many thanks for bringing this to our attention. We are delighted you thought the dinner was good and had... More 

Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gourmet pub ambiance, excellent well presented food and great attentive service all combined for a wonderful celebratory lunch. We took our time over ordering, and the courses, and the team were friendly and accommodating of any requests. It was a great place for a long, leisurely, luxury lunch.

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

Dear M8EPK, Thank you for choosing The Duncombe Arms for your celebratory lunch and I am delighted you had a good time. The description of your experience is exactly how we wanted the pub to be for our customers so I am thrilled. Hopefully we will see you again soon. Best wishes Johnny Greenall More 

Uttoxeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a fabulous job they have done here. The welcome and service is friendly, yet professional.....hits the right note. The food was delicious. We had ciabbata and a burger. Both excellent and the fries are second to none! Crisp and tasty. Lovely presentation and reasonably priced. The coffee was served really hot and with delicious shortcake biscuits. The garden looked... More 

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

Dear Rac T, Many thanks for your 5 star review on TripAdvisor following your recent visit to The Duncombe Arms. Your comments were really welcomed by the team and especially those waiting on your table. I am sorry the weather didn't allow you to take advantage of the garden but hopefully another time when summer arrives! Thanks again. Best wishes... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

waiting staff friendly . The pie meat good nicely done but the pastry was well undercooked. The pork that I had was very fatty for pork loin and not nice taste wise. Maybe the chef was having a bad day or was on holiday. A much better pub is the Royal Oak Mayfield or Mr Woos in Uttoxeter or Indian... More 

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

Dear Trevor Apologies about the below expectations on the food you ordered on your recent visit to The Duncombe Arms. I met the team today and we discussed the points you raised. . Whilst the dish was rump of pork and not loin it should have been delicious and you pastry likewise. I can confirm that the same dedicated team... More 

Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While on holiday we were on our way back approx 6pm & needed to find somewhere to eat , we were not disappointed lucky to find a really welcoming place with very delicious food. A added bonus they allowed our "old girl " in with us the staff were very kind to her.! The food was "freshly" cooked really well... More 

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

Dear Linda Thank you for reviewing The Duncombe Arms on TripAdvisor. Thank you for your lovely comments and I am glad you were well looked after and you enjoyed the food. Hopefully you will come and see us again when you are next in the area. Best wishes Johnny Greenall More 

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Restaurant Details

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
Average prices
$9 - $40
Cuisine
European, Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Bar scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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
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.

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