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Smart village pub in the Dove Valley

At a glance

Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Open all year
Wheelchair access
Dog friendly

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 salmon rillette, cucumber and radish, horseradish sorbet before enjoying perhaps pollack, crushed potatoes and crabmeat, purple sprouting broccoli, south coast crab bisque. Finish with prune and Armagnac soufflé, almond streusel and prune ice cream. The wine list is extensive.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12-2.30, Sunday 12-5
  • Dinner: Monday to Thursday 6-9, Friday to Saturday 5.30-10

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales available: 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
  • High chairs
  • Baby change


  • Ramp access available
  • Accessible toilets


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

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

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