The Duncombe Arms | Pub in Staffordshire | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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The Duncombe Arms - Pub in Staffordshire

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Ellastone, Ashbourne, DE6 2GZ, Staffordshire
England, United Kingdom

James Oddy
www.duncombearms.co.uk/
+44 (0)1335 324275(landline)

Favourite Newcomer
2015/16

This edge-of-village pub is gorgeous inside and out, with just the right balance of old and new charm. And the food is fantastic

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The bar is sleek and stylishly laid out, with rustic nooks to settle into, the music plays discreetly and the food is absolutely beautiful. Diners include many regulars and returning Londoners, even though this is Derbyshire. James is passionate about making the Duncombe excel, and excel it does: the staff are on the ball and there's a top team in the kitchen, headed by Stuart Langdell. Platefuls of flavoursome food, modern British with touches of rusticity, are delivered to inviting tables in dining areas cosy, lofty, private, airy or al fresco; take your pick. Our pollack with crushed potatoes and crabmeat, purple sprouting broccoli was faultless. The extensive wine list is impressive, 13 top malts, Duncombe Ale on tap, and in summer you can spill into a huge garden with views across the Dove Valley.

Features
Wheelchair access
Wheelchair access to some public rooms and to wc's.
Children welcome
Children of all ages welcome in some public rooms (highchairs not necessarily available).
WiFi
Wireless internet access available in the bar.
Public transport
Within 2 miles of a bus/train station.
Vegetarian meals
Good vegetarian options on the menu.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.
Dogs welcome
Dogs welcome in some public rooms.
Handpumped ales
Pub serves four or more handpumped ales.
Wine list
Pub serves eight or more wines by the glass.

Local points of interest from James Oddy:

Local points of interest from
James Oddy:

  • We are minutes away from the start of the Pennines and on the doorstep of some of the most stunning countryside in the UK. Explore the immediate area with walks or cycle rides that look over the picturesque Weaver Hills.
  • Dovedale, the gateway to Derbyshire, is only 15 minutes away. Why not visit the River Dove? One of the best fresh water fishing rivers, made famous by Izaak Walton.
  • 10 minutes away in Wootton Hall you can visit the restored Jean Jacque Rousseau Gardens. Alton Towers is close by for thrill-seekers wanting an eventful day with the family. A paradise for shoppers, the lovely Market Town of Ashbourne is also close by.
  • 15 minutes from Uttoxter for cinemas, skating and bowling, 20 minutes from Carsington Reservoir -ideal for watersports and walks. 20 minutes from Wild Park Leisure for paint-balling and quad biking.
  • 30 minutes from Kedleston, Robert Adam’s neo classical masterpiece and the home of the Curzon family. Experiencing the opulence and grandeur of this magnificent house and park is a must when visiting the local area.
  • 30 minutes from the Potteries where you can visit a myriad of factories, including Emma Bridgewater, where the children can get creative with their own hand-painted personalised pottery.
Points of interest

Guest feedback
"My local and just excellent! Great to have such a lovely pub with great food in the village."
July 2015

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Details

Meals:

Starters £5-£12. Mains £15-£25. Sunday lunch, 3 courses, £28.50.

Closed:

Open all day.

Address:

Ellastone, Ashbourne, DE6 2GZ, Staffordshire

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