We are excited to re-open in time for lunch on Friday 7th January.
Please book your table through our website or email [email protected].
We can’t wait to welcome you back - Happy New Year from all of us at The Surprise!

Opening Times

We serve lunch in the restaurant and bar:

Tuesday to Saturday
12 noon to 4pm

12 noon to 6pm


We serve dinner in the restaurant and bar:

Monday to Saturday
6pm to 9.30pm


Our bar is open:

Monday to Sunday
12 noon to 11pm

Our Kitchen

Simple dishes, locally sourced

The Duncombe Arms

Described by Tom Parker Bowles as ‘the local we all wish we had’, the Duncombe Arms offers outstanding food, rustic-chic rooms and a stellar wine list in the quaint Staffordshire village of Ellastone.

Like his son Jack, The Surprise’s landlord, Johnny Greenall has a generations-old hospitality pedigree as part of the Greenall-Whitley brewing dynasty, and he and his wife Laura have poured all their passion for top-notch produce, beautiful interiors and a classic country pub welcome into this award-winning dining destination.