survey result


Very Good
Very Good
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Away off the beaten track” in North Staffs (near the Peak District), this “gastropub with heart and imagination tries very hard to offer local variety and a happy experience”. Its traditional-with-a-twist cooking comes very highly recommended and the “outside space with lovely views adds to its charm”.


Very Good
Very Good
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This “superbly renovated building in lovely countryside” in “the middle of nowhere” in particular – on the edge of the Peak District and “accessible from the culinary desert of North Staffordshire” – is “busy for good reason”: from a “shortish menu” the food is of “tip top” quality.

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Owner's description

The Duncombe Arms is a beautiful, traditional country pub situated at the heart of the lovely rural village of Ellastone on the Staffordshire / Derbyshire border. Located on the edge of the Peak District near the towns of Ashbourne and Uttoxeter it is a great place to visit providing a delightful setting in which to enjoy a drink, some lovely food from our lunch and evening menus, as well as a chat with friends or family.

We have been selected as one of the top 30 gastro-pubs in the country in the prestigious Budweiser Budvar awards.

Eat, drink and enjoy!

Come inside and enjoy a roaring log fire, sample our excellent range of beers and wines or enjoy fabulous food from our award-winning chef. Or in the summer you can laze in our large garden overlooking the view to Worthy Island Wood.


Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £18.50 £22.00
Dinner £18.50 £22.00
SundayLunch £25.00 £30.00

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£8.00 £19.00 £8.00
Wine per bottle £18.50
Filter Coffee £3.00
Service 10.00%

Restaurant details

No dress code

The chef

We are delighted to announce that Gary Auld has joined the team at the Duncombe Arms as our new head chef.

Gary brings with him a wealth of experience having worked previously as head chef of Purdey’s restaurant on the Langdale Estate in the Lake District, Gilpin Lodge and East Lodge at Rowsley.  Gary and the team will continue to put more emphasis on great local produce and fantastic British dishes.

Main Rd, Ellastone, DE6 2GZ
Opening hours
Wednesday12 pm‑6 pm
Thursday12 pm‑6 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm
Sunday12 pm‑5 pm

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