The Duncombe Arms

Ashbourne, Staffordshire

There is a ‘physical warmth immediately discernible’ upon entering this 1850s village pub close to the Peak District national park. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

There is a ‘physical warmth immediately discernible’ upon entering this 1850s village pub close to the Peak District national park. It is hard to believe that the place was boarded up and decaying before a local couple, Johnny and Laura Greenall, breathed new life into it. Guide inspectors were greeted on arrival by a ‘polite and friendly’ young woman, and shown to one of ten bedrooms in Walnut House annexe. It was ‘tastefully furnished, with leaf-patterned wallpaper’, hung with some of the modern artwork that abound throughout and are for sale. ‘A French window opened on to a paved terrace with a view over gently undulating fields and wood.’ There was a coffee machine, milk in a fridge in the lobby. Six rooms have a bath and shower, four a shower only. In the dining room, busy on a Wednesday night, cooking is ‘of a high order. We enjoyed heritage Isle of Wight tomatoes and white crab meat’, with avocado mousse (smallish portions), roast cod in a fish bisque and ‘a perfectly timed Hereford rib-eye steak with Béarnaise sauce’. The service was ‘bumpy’ but at breakfast (with scrambled egg on sourdough, tempting pastries) ‘a very personable manageress provided prompt attention’.

Hotel details

Address

Ellastone
Ashbourne
Staffordshire
DE6 2GZ
England

Telephone

0133 3532 4275

Bedrooms

10. In Walnut House annexe, 2 family rooms, 1 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year.

Facilities

bar, dining room, private dining room, free Wi-Fi, no mobile signal, garden (alfresco dining, fire pit), car park, electric charging points, bar and dining room wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

quiet in bar and restaurant.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in some bedrooms (£20 charge), bar (dog-friendly tables for dining).

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £160–£190. À la carte £40, market menu (Mon–Thurs) £18.50–£22.50.