The Duncombe Arms – Ellastone, Staffordshire
When Johnny and Laura Greenall drove past the boarded-up 19th-century inn that had once been the hub of their nearest village, they dreamed of giving it a new lease of life. After a renovation that included creating a state-of-the-art kitchen and light-filled dining space, they opened in 2012 and are celebrating their 10th birthday this year. In that time, the pub has gone on to receive and retain a Michelin Bib Gourmand for the outstanding pub classics and modern British fare rustled up in the kitchen using local ingredients and herbs and vegetables from the pub’s new kitchen garden. The pub is also home to Walnut House, where ten cosy country-chic bedrooms are full of homely comforts. There are also two lovely rentals: Garden Cottage in the grounds of the Wootton Hall Estate and The Old Barn, just behind the pub, both sleeping up to six people. Located in the Dove Valley, just a stone’s throw from the Peak District, there is beautiful walking straight from the door and the charming market towns of Ashbourne and Uttoxeter nearby.
Doubles from £195
+44 (0)1335 324275; duncombearms.co.uk