The Duncombe Arms has old fashioned and smart service - you are not bothered all the time, yet feel the staff are always checking you are having a great time. The food is delicious. I took my girlfriend there for dinner and we were both thrilled. She had local venison bresaola and I had the mist delicious egg in breadcrumbs followed by the amazing chicken kiev, which was utterly delicious. Zuleika had the lamb, which she loved. We shared the chocolate and popcorn brownie pudding and had champagne and rose. I have recommended the place to various friends and could not praise the food more. Very delicious indeed and the pub is in a truly beautiful part of north Staffs. Also excellent value for food that would not be out of place at Claridge's - although better portions here! I won't forget the truffle and parmesan french fries.