Here are our selected choices for eating out, when you are staying at dove farm. This is not an exhaustive list. We are giving you a head start, by offering you a range of lovely places to eat out, around Ashbourne and Uttoxeter, which can accommodate a larger group, with ease.
Most local pubs and restaurants will require you to make a reservation in advance.
Our top 3 (very lovely) local pub restaurants
The Duncombe Arms
Main Road, Ellastone, Ashbourne DE6 2GZ tel 01335 324275
Walk round the corner to this luxury country pub. Added bonus - you can leave your car parked up at dove farm. A mix of traditional and contemporary, serving top end, gourmet cuisine. Regularly on many acclaimed listings, for best UK dining pub. Dinner for two? Perfect. Large party? a definite yes for “special occasion” eating out. Set menus available lunchtime. Great place to meet up for an afternoon treat on your day of arrival at dove farm cottages. Ideal for pre-dinner drinks, or summer afternoons in the patio garden.
The Rose & Crown
Main Road, Middle Mayfield, Ashbourne DE6 2JT tel 01335 342498
2.5 miles drive from dove farm. Comfortable, welcoming, spacious country pub with parking; serving excellent cuisine by resident owner/chef Danny, at reasonable prices. Groups welcome. Sunday lunch always popular - especially with our guests who are looking for a hearty gathering, to wrap up their weekend away, before everyone heads off homewards. Booking essential.
College Road, Denstone, Uttoxeter, ST14 5HR tel 01889 590847
Neighbouring village pub. frequented by locals and guests alike. Informal. Adjoining annexe offers light and airy dining space for larger groups. Traditional carvery served on Sunday. Booking essential. Parking across the road at village hall car park.
Pub restaurants further afield
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. Lunchtime or evening. Lively atmosphere. Serves cocktails tooThe Green Man
10, St John Street, Ashbourne DE6 1GH tel.01335 346040
In Ashbourne town. One for the foodies. Refreshingly honest, is how this pub describes itself. Newly refurbished coaching inn. Interesting menu. Deliciously differentThe 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.
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 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, before catching the train home?The Dapple Grey – Marston’s
Town centre, Uttoxeter ST14 8AZ tel 01889 562117
Chain pub. Excellent value meal deals. Kids menu, with under 5’s indoor kids zone. Pizza kitchen. Plenty of easy parkingThe 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 foodie treats and gifts. Do please book a café table 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 meeting place on your arrival day, before moving on to us when your cottages are ready.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. Great coffee. Light and airy ambience. Many items are home produced, using locally sourced ingredients. Indoor and outdoor seating.Bear
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 refreshing atmosphere. You can move seamlessly 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 (even though that is not the connoisseur choice, apparently !)
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. Better for take out. Decent food. Only 2 miles away
37 High St, Rocester, nr Uttoxeter ST14 5JU tel 01889 590169Divine
25 Market Place, Uttoxeter ST14 8HL tel 01889 568020
The usual menu favourites. Great ambience for eating in, as well as takeawaysAnayas
23-25 Dig Street, Ashbourne DE6 1GF tel 01335 300021
stylish interior for eating in. Quality menu. May deliver large orders
Indian Spice Indian Punjabi cuisine. Very good takeaway reviews.
83 High St, Uttoxeter ST14 7JJ tel 01889 569992Mr Woo
The OId Coach house. 57, High St, Uttoxeter ST14 7JQ tel 01889 565676
Cantonese and Malaysian cusine. Eat in or takeaway. All you can eat buffet, all day Sunday and monday eveningDomino’s pizza
G2-G5 Lion buildings. Market Place Uttoxeter ST14 8HP tel 01889 566655
you know what it isSergeant Pepper’s
7, Smithfield Rd, Uttoxeter ST14 7LG tel 01889 566776
Really good pizzas, freshly made dough. also burgers and pasta takeaways
Fish and Chips
Rocester Fish bar & pizza
84, High Street, Rocester, Uttoxeter ST14 5JU tel 01889 591684
your nearest chip shop – only 2 miles away!
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
9, Compton Street, Ashbourne DE6 1BX
also consistently good. You can park at Sainsbury’s and walk down to shop
44, High Street, Uttoxeter ST14 7HT tel 01889 564282
often rated as the best in Uttoxeter?
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