Upcoming Events at The Surprise...

Opening Times

Monday to Saturday
12pm – 3pm

12pm – 8.30pm


Monday to Saturday
6pm – 9.30pm

6pm – 8.30pm



Monday to Sunday
12pm – 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.