The dove farm Eating Out guide 

There are so many eating out options when you are staying at dove farm. Something to suit all tastes and budgets. We are giving you a head start, with this selection of  lovely and local places to eat out,  around Ellastone, Alton, Ashbourne and Uttoxeter. We have chosen places which can accommodate larger groups of guests,  with ease.
Most local pubs and restaurants will require you to make a reservation in advance for group dining

Our top 3 local and lovely pub restaurants

The Duncombe Arms 

Main Road, Ellastone, Ashbourne DE6 2GZ tel 01335 324275
Walk round the corner to this luxury country pub restaurant. Added bonus - you can leave your car parked up at dove farm. A mix of traditional and contemporary; serving high end cuisine. Regularly placed on many acclaimed listings, for best UK dining pub. Dinner for two? Perfect. Large party?  yes if you want “special occasion” dining. Set menus available lunchtime. Great place to meet up, on your day of arrival, prior to your check in time at dove farm cottages. Ideal for pre-dinner drinks, cosy autumn evenings by the fire, or for those lazy summer afternoons in the garden.
The Rose & Crown

sadly now closed. 

The Tavern

College Road, Denstone, Uttoxeter, ST14 5HR     tel 01889 590847
2 miles away. Popular with locals and guests alike. Informal. Adjoining annexe offers light and airy dining space for larger groups. Traditional carvery served on Sunday.  Limited outdoor tables for drinks. Booking essential. Parking across the road at village hall car park.

Pub restaurants a little further away

The White Hart

6-8 Carter Street, Uttoxeter ST14 8EU tel 01889 568814
In Uttoxeter town. More of a commercial feel to this restaurant. Good for celebration meals. convenient if you want to have pre-drinks elsewhere in town, and then walk round to the White Hart, or move on elsewhere, afterwards. Lunchtime and evening menus. Lively atmosphere. Serves cocktails too

The Bulls Head 
2, High St, Alton ST10 4AQ  tel 01538 702307
We had to include this one -  on trend, vibrant and hits the spot for a quality pub night.        5 mins Alton Towers. Great range of real ales, craft beers and gins. Quality menu and locally sourced where possible. Plenty of gluten free options.  Live music monthly. Function room for events and provides useful extra seating for restaurant when things get really busy.       9 seater minibus service is helpful, and dove farm is close enough to make 2 journeys easy. If you are driving yourselves, park at Alton village hall and walk down. booking essential

The Green Man 

10, St John Street, Ashbourne DE6 1GH tel 01335 346040
In Ashbourne town. Next to Jack Rabbits cafe. One for the foodies. Refreshingly honest, is how this pub describes itself. Newly refurbished coaching inn. Interesting menu. Stylish, contemporary interior. Deliciously different. Parking  on Shawcroft car park

The Crown

Riggs Lane, Marston Montgomery, Ashbourne DE6 2FF tel 01889 591430
Newly refurbished, traditional country pub . Village setting. Modern menu twists. Locally sourced ingredients. Good specials board. Parking at the pub.

Family pubs

The Blacksmith Arms

Tythe Barn, Alton, Stoke on Trent ST10 4AZ tel 01538 702213
Convenient stop-off on the way back from Alton Towers. Large groups should pre-book. Standard pub grub. Limited parking - but you can always park down the hill at Alton village hall and walk up

The Old Swan – Wetherspoons

Market Place, Uttoxeter, Staffs ST14 8HN
You know where you are with a Wetherspoons. Handy for an early evening meal, or maybe a late breakfast, or brunch before catching the train home?

The Dapple Grey – Marston’s

Town centre, Uttoxeter ST14 8AZ tel 01889 562117
Chain pub. Excellent value meal deals and 2 for 1 deals. Kids menu, with under 5’s indoor kids zone. Pizza kitchen. Plenty of easy parking.  Close to retail park. Good choice for an early doors drop in, especially if you have just done your Uttoxeter Tesco shop on your way through to dove farm?

The Stepping Stones – Marston’s

Carnation Way, A52. Ashbourne DE6 1AY tel 01335 300800
Chain pub. All day pub meals. Kids meal deals and outdoor play area. Rotisserie. Next door to Aldi, and Travelodge. plenty of parking.

Light bites and cafes

Denstone hall farm shop and café

Main Rd, Denstone, Uttoxeter ST14 5HF tel. 01889 690050
2 miles away from dove farm, this multi award-winning farm shop and café, is definitely worth a visit for brunch, lunch, or afternoon tea. Stock up on foodie treats and browse for gifts whilst you are there. Do please book for large groups. Afternoon tea at the end of a local walk, is a treat indeed. Sunday lunch menus. Private bookings in separate area sometimes available. Ideal  place to meet up, on your arrival day at dove farm cottages, before moving on to us, when your cottages are ready. Plenty of parking.

Jack Rabbits

10 St John’s Street, Ashbourne DE6 1GH tel 01335 342285
contemporary coffee shop and café with range of drinks and all day artisan type menu. Proper coffee. Light and airy ambience. Many items are home produced, using locally sourced ingredients. Indoor and outdoor seating. Nearest parking on the "Shawcroft" car park, or at Sainsbury's and walk across.

33 High Street, Uttoxeter ST14 7HN tel. 01889 569 360
More than just a coffee shop and café. A place for serious coffee lovers, with the addition of artisan food, craft beers and a contemporary atmosphere. You can move seamlessly from breakfast, brunch to lunch, or from a cuppa to cocktails. Ask for hot water to be served alongside your coffee, if you like yours to be really nice and hot. Take out service also available. Parking at "the Maltings" main car park, or next to Asda.

Herberts Tearooms
Tissington village, Derbyshire DE6 1RA - 4 miles north of Ashbourne  tel 01335 350501
If the beautiful little village and estate of Tissington is your destination, then Herberts Tearooms is a must. Quirky decor, good menu choice, relaxed atmosphere and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. dog friendly too. Seasonal opening, so once you get into October, check opening hours. Walkers and cyclists can be dropped off in Ashbourne,  (by the leisure centre) to make their way along the Tissington trail, while you drive round to Herberts tearooms and wait for them in comfort! Some designated parking close by - otherwise, park along the Tissington village lane.

Of course you will find the usual Costas in both Ashbourne and Uttoxeter - and an excellent  Waitrose café in Uttoxeter. Lots more little independent cafes to try in Ashbourne. Enjoy browsing antique shops, boutiques, lovely charity shops and gift shops, with such a choice of refreshment stops to keep you going.

Takeaways – you may have to go collect your order?

Panacea Indian restaurant. Not a bad curry. Only 2 miles away. Spar is just over the road from the restaurant,  for drinks and additional snacks and sundries. Some parking, or park on High St or village hall car park.
37 High St, Rocester, nr Uttoxeter ST14 5JU tel 01889 590169

25 Market Place, Uttoxeter ST14 8HL tel 01889 568020
The usual menu favourites. Great ambience for eating in, as well as takeaways. some parking on the market place, or park along Carter St.

23-25 Dig Street, Ashbourne DE6 1GF tel 01335 300021
stylish interior for eating in. Quality menu. May deliver large orders. Park up on Shawcroft car park.

Indian Spice Indian Punjabi cuisine. Very good takeaway reviews.
83 High St, Uttoxeter ST14 7JJ tel 01889 569992. Roadside parking

Mr Woo

The OId Coach house. 57, High St, Uttoxeter ST14 7JQ tel 01889 565676
Cantonese and Malaysian cuisine. Eat in or takeaway. All you can eat buffet, all day Sunday and monday evening. Usually a generous service for large orders. Parking.

Domino’s pizza

G2-G5 Lion buildings. Market Place Uttoxeter ST14 8HP tel 01889 566655
you know what it is

Sergeant Pepper’s 

7, Smithfield Rd, Uttoxeter ST14 7LG tel 01889 566776
Really good pizzas, freshly made dough. also burgers and pasta takeaways. Across road from Fishy Business chippy

Fish and Chips

Rocester Fish bar & pizza
84, High Street, Rocester, Uttoxeter ST14 5JU tel 01889 591684
A decent chippy, more or less on the doorstep – only 2 miles away! Spar a couple doors down. so you can pop in for drinks and extras while you wait for your order. Parking on High Street, or village hall car park and walk up.

Market Place Fish & Chips restaurant
7, Market place, Ashbourne DE6 1EU tel 01335 344780
Arguably the best in the area – depends if you get a fresh batch? Busy. Park on market place

Ashbourne Fishbar
9, Compton Street, Ashbourne DE6 1BX
also consistently good. You can park at Sainsbury’s and walk down side of store to Compton St

Cod’s Corner
44, High Street, Uttoxeter ST14 7HT tel 01889 564282
often rated as the best in Uttoxeter? Cannot park directly by shop

Fishy Business
47, High Street, Uttoxeter ST14 7JQ tel 01889 564282
great fish and chips – across the road from Sgt Pepper’s pizza. Limited parking in front of shop
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