Stones Restaurant Matlock

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828 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Creative Cuisine
Tucked away in the heart of former spa town Matlock, Stones is a cosy restaurant serving modern British cuisine with style. The restaurant’s interior is smart and intimate while the kitchen marries British produce with recipes inspired by international cuisine. Don’t be fooled by the apparent simplicity of the seasonal lunch and dinner menus, every dish demonstrates the culinary imagination, technique and flair of the vibrant kitchen team, led by head chef Kevin Stone. The additional tasting menu offers eight courses partnered with a carefully selected optional flight of wine. Catering for all dietary requirements with a distinct vegetarian menu, Stones Restaurant will impress everyone. Diners can also enjoy views overlooking the coursing waters of the River Derwent. Discreet, informed service with an informal approach, allowing the food to take centre stage, Stones is one of the finest dining experiences in the area, carrying two AA rosettes for culinary excellence.
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R
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were both excellent especially the lamb cooked to perfection thank you for a great meal

JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Looking forward to returning in December!

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Anniversary meal. Terrific food, great evening, top class value. Thanks to everyone at Stones for a lovely evening.

DF
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good selection of food and wine. We had the tasting menu and it was excellent. Very modern dining experience.
Not the usual old men in ties and jackets, listening to cutlery scraping plates because its so quiet.
Highly recommended.

JS
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Relaxed atmosphere. Nothing too much trouble.

r
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. The bread was outstanding. Only minus is the entrance down steep stone steps.

DS
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good online booking system easy to use, restaurant felt cosy and noise level was low and easy to hold a conversation, the menu choice was small which indicated fresh and excellent dishes ( which it was ) the staff were lovely polite, well spoken and discreet, later on the restaurant became a little warm but the excellent staff noticed this and without asking opened door so that cool air circulated.... Meals were delicious and complimentary canopies as well as lovely after dinner chocolates were served. Well recommended - book early !!!

s
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I have eaten at Stones a few times and my husband and I love it for special occasions. We were a party of 6 on Saturday. I had the goats cheese starter which was nice but there wasn’t much to it. Normally there are many other flavours on the plate. My main course of Pan fried cod was tasty. All parties enjoyed their meals although one member had the beef which he felt was over, he ordered it medium. Service however was poor. We had to continue asking for our wine to be poured and the beer was served warm,. One member of the party had to wait quite a while for his main course. Overall it felt disorganised, not up to it’s usual standard.

CA
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Its the best restaurant in the area and never fails to deliver !!!

MA
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great decor, good lighting and comfortable seating.
Service excellent and not intrusive.
Food outstanding. Nice touch with delicious amuse bouche. Presentation of our starters and mains were beautiful. The taste .... wow!
Can not recommend this restaurant enough.

SB
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loving evening celebrating our wedding anniversary with my brother and sister in law.

We have been to Stones on several occasions with different friends and family and will be returning.

M
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a celebratory lunch with friends, which was fantastic. The food was excellent and the staff couldn't do enough to make our visit enjoyable.

D
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our lunch at Stones was as wonderful as it usually is. Fantastic food and brilliant service. My friend and I cannot fault it. I am a coeliac and the food choice is great. I always enjoy the delicious gluten free bread with their duo of butters.

IB
Derbyshire
5 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were celebrating the birth of our grand daughter xx

AH
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

We were disappointed as we were expecting a lovely special meal for my partner's birthday. As far as setting goes, it felt more like a cafe than a posh restaurant and our table was far too small. It was hard to fit everything on. In fact our bottle of prosecco had to be kept at the bar as there was no room in the table. It felt cramped. My creamy soup starter (which was delicious) had large firm vegetables in it which needed a knife and fork to eat. It was an awkward way to eat soup with nowhere to put the extra cutlery needed. It seemed an odd combination. Our mains were both disappointing. My partner's beef was tough and he couldn't cut. It was served with leek segments which were not cooked all the way so we're impossible to cut and tasted awful. The mushrooms were so salty he couldn't eat them. I had the polenta pizza. It was tasty overall, but was covered in about 15 black olives that were the kind you buy in a jar in brine. I was surprised as I have these in my fridge and expected something a little more subtle and special! At one point I had to get up to refill our glasses as no one else had (remember our bottle was at the bar). It was overall a deeply dissatisfying experience and for the price shockingly poor.

M
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Waited 3 months for a table and thought it wS very average. The outside terrace is beautiful, lovely flowing water background but after being seated and ordering drinks we were soon moved indoors and served them at our table. Would of been nice to enjoy outdoors esp as we had arrived early to do this.
Food was nice but not worth the hype, wine was lovely.

PS
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yet again, superb. I always look forward to visiting Stones and am never disappointed. Great food, ambience and service. They just have it ‘right’.

AM
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Having asked for a quiet table we were allocated a table next to the door and opposite the bar - so occasionally noisy. The staff were pleasant and attentive. The food was excellent if rather over rich. We certainly did not need a starter. A special occasion venue.

JS
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were hoping for an excellent experience at Stones judging by previous reviews. However, this restaurant seems like it’s there but unfortunately doesn’t hit the mark.
We entered the restaurant down some very steep steps and my parents had a big issue getting up and down - not sure you can change that but if you have elderly people then that may be difficult. The waitress we initially had I think must have been new as we could not hear much of what she said and she had little knowledge of things. She brought us only one menu and after 10 minutes I got up and asked for 3 more. The starters came and were presented well but just seemed to lack something in the taste. The mains were the same and my parents asked for soft veg rather than aldente but I don’t think that was taken on board. My steak I asked for medium rare but was only just pink in the middle and outside well done. My mother’s lamb was definitely over cooked even though we had quite a lengthy conversation about wanting pink but no blood. Desserts were the star of the show and we have no issue with those and were delicious. For what we paid, over £200 for 4 people we would have expected excellent food with top notch service. Sadly won’t be returning.

BM
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our go-to restaurant for a special occasion - did not disappoint

T
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was lovely.

MI
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent celebration meal. Great food and service as always.

RS
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting, fantastic food and service.
I recommend this restaurant superb!

JS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it yet again. Crab risotto was amazing. See you in 3 weeks!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience/setting, faultless from start to finish

JB
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Service ,pleasant and professional. Food not as good as previous visit . The beef rather " chewy" . Told waitress but no real comment . 7/10 only.

LM
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was stunning as usual, and great service. We were sitting by the bar and till which wasn’t as nice as in the conservatory or middle area, but we still had an amazing night, thank you

ND
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic evening for our wedding anniversary. As always food excellent, service brilliant and a thoroughly lovely evening. Thank you

EL
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We caught the train from Derby. The restaurant is just across the road from Matlock station. Had the tasting menu and wines to compliment each course 8 in total. The food was wonderful and the wines very smooth. We will definitely go again and have already told our friends to try it out. We sat down at 18.30 and didn’t feel rushed to leave for the 22.56 train back. Excellent service, very friendly staff. Also the menus changes every couple of months and you will probably need a couple of months to be prepared for the next time. Note to self don’t eat anything before a visit. But do book well in advance if your going for a special occasion!!!

PD
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We feel very lucky to have a restaurant of this standard in the area

RO
Leicestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service excellent, restaurant in a lovely location. Had to share one of each dessert as could not decide which to choose, all excellent.

JH
London
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My husbands Birthday was made so specisl. Good food. Good service. Good wine. He loved it. The staff even bought a birthday plate out with chocs and a sparkler.

R
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service would definitely recommend.

FC
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The finest dining experience we have enjoyed for a long time. The food, wine and staff were excellent

JS
Derbyshire
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous lunch at Stones.

L
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a super time celebrating our daughter's and son-in-law's birthday. From the amuse bouche through to coffee at the end of a tasty three course meal, Stones offered us great value and service.

T
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stones didn’t disappoint!

WW
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 stars given for every aspect of this lovely restaurant can’t praise it enough .

AN
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for lunch with my wife who had the chicken terrine which she found over seasoned. No sea bass was available for the main course so my wife had the alternative of cod, i had the jerk pork shoulder which again was over seasoned. When i mentioned this to staff who came around they offered to change the meal without hesitation, but i preferred the pork to the other options so continued with the meal. At the end of the meal another staff member came who already knew of the issuses with the meal and offered us free desserts which were both excellent. On the whole the meal was very good, excellent presentation, lovely tasty canapes and bread, professional staff, nice setting, just marred by the issuses mentioned, but to Stones credit it was dealt with well and it would not put me off coming again and recommending Stones to other people.

AD
London
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was excellent - good sized portions and lunch price was fixed - no hidden extras. Delicious warm bread and a couple of little tasters on the house. My husband had a slight problem in cutting the leeks and the waitress very quickly brought some extra vegetables. My only problem was that we were placed inside in a corner squeezed in between the wall and the table next to us. It was a beautiful sunny day and I felt disappointed and expressed this to the waitress. Unfortunately she said that all the tables in the conservatory were booked and advised us to be more specific when booking.

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