We’ve been very preoccupied during the last few days working on ideas for the newly rebranded Tom’s Barn website. Do hope it will be worth waiting for. It’s still some way off so meanwhile there is nothing other than my excuses to show for my silence on the blog.
However, we have not been so preoccupied that we could not find the time to accept our friends Gill and David’s suggestion that we have dinner with them a few evenings ago at the Duncombe Arms. The Duncombe Arms describe themselves very accurately as ‘a charming country pub with great food and drink’ and we’d been meaning to check them out for some time so were delighted to have the opportunity.
And on the strength of one delicious meal, with friendly service, we can certainly endorse that and happily recommend it to you all. It is at Ellastone, the other side of Ashbourne, on the road towards Uttoxeter so not exactly on the doorstep but a very relaxed 25 minute drive, and well worth it.
They are open every day for lunch and then dinner, although on Sundays and Bank Holidays you’d have to dine earlyish as they stop serving at 8pm. I should imagine it is always wise to book, but you might be all right for lunch – although it would always be better to give them a ring on 01335 324275 to check.
For all our guests it would be well worth considering, perhaps especially if you’re planning a day in Ashbourne, or going over to Staffordshire to explore the charming market town and antique centre of Leek (speaking as a website expert (!) the website is rather startlingly bright but nonetheless pretty informative at the same time!).
Douglas’s Barn is available to book for short breaks 3 or 4 nights between 2 and 20 May 2016. Bookings usually start on a Monday or a Friday but if you want a break that starts on a different day get in touch. We are very flexible with bookings.
There are some new attractions added to the list of treats available with the Premier Cottages special privileges card. Amongst them are Renishaw Hall, Thornbridge Hall Gardens (new discounts), Hassop Station Cafe, Village Green Cafe Eyam, Carsington Water Sports and Leisure, Hartington Cheese Shop.
There are still a few free dates at the end of March/April in both Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns. Short breaks, 3 or 4 nights, which are not normally available are on offer. Please look at availability and give me a call or book on line.