Dog-friendly pub near Peak District, named one of Britain’s 100 best restaurants for outdoor dining

A country pub on the Derbyshire border, just a short distance from the Peak District, has once again been nationally recognized for its outdoor setting. It’s not the first time The Duncombe Arms in Ellastone, on the Staffordshire side of the River Dove, has been praised for its efforts; in January 2023, Estrella Damm named it to the Top 50 Gastropubs list.

Open Table’s recent annual list highlights diners’ favorite spots serving delicious food at outdoor hotspots across the country. Venues are particularly celebrated for being dog-friendly, with Laure Bornet, vice president of international growth at OpenTable, saying: From a charming pub garden at The Duncombe Arms in Derbyshire to a waterside terrace at Gaucho Richmond in London and a seaside spot at the Bank At The Bude in Cornwall, our nationwide Top 100 Restaurants for Outdoor Dining list has an outdoor setting for everyone , with more than 70 dog-friendly places.”




The Duncombe Arms’ summer menu features seasonal ingredients to be enjoyed in the sun-drenched garden, with starters ranging from fresh pea and asparagus quiche, goat’s curd, raw asparagus salad to Cornish brown crab crumpet, white crab, lemon mayonnaise and cress. The main courses consist of Sprinks Farm pork chop, black garlic barbecue sauce, glazed pork belly, sweet corn puree, gem salad and carrot tarte tatin, classic carrot salad, spiced yoghurt and carrot pesto.

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The pub was renovated by Johnny and Laura Greenall, who, after driving past the boarded-up pub every day, decided to make it the center of the village again. The Duncombe Arms is also home to Walnut House’s 10 cozy bedrooms. For families and groups they offer The Old Barn, a self-catering cottage for six people in three rooms; and Garden Cottage, a separate self-catering cottage for up to 6 people.

The Duncombe Arms is renowned for its award-winning food and incredible wine list, carefully curated by general manager James Oddy. A culinary gem for those in the know, Chef Scott Law creates exciting menus that have led to the pub retaining a Michelin Bib Gourmand for four years, being placed in the Estrella Damn Top 50 Gastropubs and also being named ‘Pub or the year 2024’ at the Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism and Good Food Awards.

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