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The Duncombe Arms Pub

€€ - €€€European, , British
Main Road | Ellastone, Ashbourne DE6 2GZ, England
+44 1335 324275
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good18%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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European, Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Main Road | Ellastone, Ashbourne DE6 2GZ, England
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1 - 10 of 798 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had heard good reviews about the Duncombe, so we set off looking forward to the evening. It started very well the staff were welcoming and cheerful. As they were throughout the evening. The food was good but the wine was very expensive at circa...More

Thank Paparatcy
Reviewed 5 days ago

This pub restaurant is a lovely warm and welcoming place. Attractive decor, real fires and comfortable seating. The menu is varied and has a light bites section at lunch time, I don't know if this is available on an evening. Food and service were excellent....More

Thank Joana101
Reviewed 6 days ago

We really enjoyed this restaurant on a recent trip to the Peak District so much so that we ate there twice in a four days stay. It's top end gastropub in feel although the food had a more fine dining feel about them. Portions size...More

Thank AnnonFoodFan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here with family, really cosy and relaxed dining areas, very popular place which was busy but you didn't feel like you were being rushed all the staff were very friendly and helpful. The menu had a great choice and the food was fantastic...More

Thank Michele B
jgreenall, Owner at The Duncombe Arms Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Michele Thanks for posting a lovely review of your recent visit to The Duncombe Arms. We are delighted you enjoyed all the food and that the team did a good job in looking after you. Thank you also for recommending the Duncombe Arms to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took a group of friends for dinner to the Duncombe last night - hadn't eaten here for a while but have always thought that the food is good and it's an enjoyable experience. We had a fabulous time from the seating (round table so much...More

Thank ceriannwj
jgreenall, Owner at The Duncombe Arms Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear ceriannwj, Thank you for taking the time to write a review on TripAdvisor. I am delighted you enjoyed dinner with friends and had a fabulous time. We really appreciate the feedback and the team will be delighted with your comments. We look forward to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious food, great service and amazing Gins - pretty much what we have come to expect from Johnny, Laura and James' Team.

Thank Jamie B
jgreenall, Owner at The Duncombe Arms Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Jamie Thanks for your kind endorsement of the food, service and the amazing gins! We really appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you back with us soon. Best wishes Johnny

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family originate from this lovely village where I remember the Duncombe Arms from the 1960s. It is now unrecognizable with a trendy feel but has retained its traditional feel. The food and service are highly recommended. Usually ample parking.More

Thank Jenny629
jgreenall, Owner at The Duncombe Arms Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Jenny Thank you for your lovely review which is really appreciated. The fact that you think we have retained the traditional feel is music to our ears as are your comments on the food and service. We hope you will come and see us...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After complaining about the well-overpriced menu and my suspicions as to why a few months ago on Trip Advisor, and after getting over 300 likes, my review was mysteriously taken down. However a number of other people have also started to complain recently on this...More

1  Thank Craig S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is my last visit to this elegant but expensive place for lunch. A small portion of mushroom risotto at £18.00 was outrageous and my sisters fish finger sandwich was full of greasy batter and very unappetising at £8.00! Also a very limited selection on...More

1  Thank peter2280
jgreenall, Owner at The Duncombe Arms Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Peter I am sorry that you wont be returning. Yours sincerely John Greenall

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited early August for an evening meal with my partner. As always the food didn't disappoint, although the portion sizes have shrunk since the last time we visited. We both had 3 courses and really enjoyed them, however my dessert was three times the size...More

Thank reboks
jgreenall, Owner at The Duncombe Arms Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear reboks, Thanks for writing a review on The Duncombe Arms. I am really pleased you enjoyed the food and I have noted your concern about portion sizes. Lets hope we can get 5 stars on your next outing! Thanks again and we look forward...More

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8 October 2017|
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Response from jgreenall | Property representative |
We will have music by Sam and Ella and we are 15-20 minutes from Muggington
26 August 2017|
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Response from Jamesoddy | Property representative |
children are very welcome!
14 August 2017|
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Response from Melissa T | Reviewed this property |
Assumption is a terrible thing, my review like all of my reviews if you cared to read are mostly good but when something not so good happens I feel it is right to share. Apologies if I offended but perhaps others will... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$40
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, Validated Parking, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, View, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
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
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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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