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At a glance

Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Open all year
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi

George Eliot set her first novel Adam Bede in Ellastone. In this bucolic corner of Staffordshire, between the wooded Dove Valley and the shapely Weaver Hills, is where you’ll find The Duncombe Arms, a notable dining pub. Classic and contemporary architecture now blend seamlessly in the sturdy old inn. Over a glass of Duncombe Ale or Addlestones cider consider a comforting menu of pub stalwarts enhanced with modern dishes; start with braised pig’s head terrine before enjoying perhaps pan-fried Icelandic cod fillet, rope-grown mussels, crispy potatoes and warm tartare sauce. Finish with toffee bread and butter pudding and Granny Smith sorbet. The wine list is extensive.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch opening: Mon-Sat 12-2.30, Sun 12-8
  • Dinner opening: Mon-Thu 6-9, Fri-Sat 5.30-10, Sun 12-8

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales: Marston's Pedigree, Duncombe Ale, Timothy Taylor Landlord
  • Real ciders: Addlestones, Aspall Premier Cru

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From Ashbourne take A515 towards Lichfield. 1m, take A52 towards Leek. Approx 1m left onto B5032 signed Ellastone. In village turn left, pub on left

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