The Duncombe Arms
“Assured cooking at this historic inn” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
Close to Alton Towers, this appealing whitewashed country inn enjoys a lovely location in the picturesque village of Ellastone. Still a popular pitstop for a pint, the contemporary food draws diners from further afield. Fresh flowers, polished wooden tables and linen napkins provide a relaxed and homely setting and the seasonal cooking is creative, with carefully considered flavour combinations.
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Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 75
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Closed: Monday, Tuesday
- Wines under £30: 41
- Wines over £30: 50
- Wines by the glass: 54
- Cuisine style: Modern British
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About the area
It was Staffordshire that bore the brunt of the largest non-nuclear explosion of World War II, when a munitions dump at RAF Fauld went up in 1944. It was also the county’s regiment that once boasted within its ranks the most decorated NCO of World War I, in the person of William Coltman (1891-1974). Going back a little further, George Handel penned his world-famous masterpiece The Messiah on Staffordshire soil. During another chapter of Staffordshire history, the county was home to the first canals and the first factory in Britain, and it had front-row seats for the drama surrounding one of the most notorious murder trials of the 19th century, that of Doctor William Palmer.
In outline, Staffordshire looks not unlike the profile of a man giving Leicestershire a big kiss. The man’s forehead is arguably the best region for hillwalking, as it comprises a significant chunk of the Peak District. This area is characterised by lofty moors, deep dales and tremendous views of both. Further south are the six sprawling towns that make up Stoke-on-Trent, which historically have had such an impact on Staffordshire’s fortunes, not to mention its culture and countryside. This is pottery country, formerly at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution and the driving force behind a network of canals that still criss-cross the county.
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