Stones Restaurant Matlock

4.8
624 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
British
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Hours of Operation
Tuesday 6.30-8.30, Wednesday to Saturday 12-1.30 & 6.30-8.30.
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Phone number
01629 56061
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Kevin Stone
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Parking Details
Nearest car park situated at Matlock train station (Pay and Display). 2 minutes walk away
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Public Transit
Matlock Train Station- 2 minutes walk away
Matlock Bus Station- 2 minutes walk away
Additional
Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Wine
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M
Derbyshire
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us went for my birthday everything was lovely.

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D
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Again a night of great food. We had sung the praises of Stones to friends and so it seemed appropriate to book a table and introduce them to the delights. We were not disappointed

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DI
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An eating out experience rather than just dinner at a restaurant. Nowhere else like it round my area as far as I am aware.

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S
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food let the restaurant know before hand that you are vegan and they will prepare a beautiful meal.

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AS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Stone accommodated better than expected, my wife Susan's Gluten Free & Vegan Dishes.
She never felt she missed out on anything.
Overall, a Lovely Lovely meal had by four of us. We never had less than a most enjoyable meal at Stones.
Look forward to the next.
Thank you Jade, Chef Stone & all the staff.

Best Wishes
Barbara, Pete, Sue & Abid.

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OT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday get together

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LS
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Fab service. Would highly recommendto friends

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MC
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, ambience and food. Access to restaurant down steep concrete steps......not for the less able! Would highly recommend for special occasions.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a thoroughly fabulous time from start to finish. The only thing that disappointed us was that the duck wasn’t as we were expecting confit of duck leg. It was a little tough but otherwise everything was fabulous. Can’t wait to visit again.

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FP
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a birthday treat and everyone loved what they ordered, will definitely return.
Food was great, lovely atmosphere and friendly, attentive staff.

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SS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the taster menu and every course was amazing and delicious.

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L
Derbyshire
4 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited on Sat 3rd Nov. We have visited this restaurant many times and it never disappoints.
It offers great value for money and the food is excellent.

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WF
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Stones is fantastic. Great food, very good service. Very reasonably priced superior wine list. Overall excellent value for money too.

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F
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Stones Restaurant is, in our view, the best place to dine in this corner of Derbyshire. Service is friendly and efficient without being intrusive, and the quality and presentation of the food is of a very high standard. The wine list is comprehensive and realistically priced. Prices have been increased for the new Winter Menu, which means that Stones is becoming a restaurant for those special occasions rather than for that spontaneous decision to eat-out, but the well balanced and varied menu will tempt us back.

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DB
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent tasting menu with friendly, efficient service. However, I would expect better quality wines in the 'wine flight', given the cost, and also expect slightly larger quantities. I appreciate the need to provide tasting quantities of the wines over seven or eight courses, but most of the servings we had were 'stingy', and were noticeably further down the glass than the restaurant used to provide. The current tasting menu is geared towards white wines. Previous tasting menus have been more balanced, with three white wine courses and three red - the latter including the cheese course. This time, sadly, the cheese course had been relegated to a paid 'extra', with which I assume one would have had to pay for one's own extra glass of red wine. So, larger servings of better quality wines, and a more balanced tasting menu, please. We will be back, however, that's for sure.

Final comment, nothing to do with the cuisine: Do you think anyone will ever say, 'I'm not going back to Stones because they don't play background music'?

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JS
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal once again, in lovely relaxed surroundings. Fantastic value for money and attentive but unobtrusive service. Highly recommend!

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JM
London
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent restaurant. Food top notch, good selection of drinks, staff friendly and informative and overall great value for money.
Highly recommend and will return when back in the area.

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OT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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HH
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service, lovely for a treat or special occasion.

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RH
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I recently visited Stones for the first time as a belated anniversary celebration. We arrived 15 minutes early but our table was ready and we were seated straight away. The staff were friendly and service in general was spot on. Canapes were brought out, then not long after, a selection of breads and butters. The food is outstanding, beautifully presented without being pretentious and utterly delicious. Highly recommended.

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IB
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food , great atmosphere and amazing service

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LB
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. We had the tasting menu and absolutely loved every course. We will 100% be coming back.

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GY
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed the ‘tasting menu ‘ and found the wine choices complemented the excellent food. Initially thought when I saw the portion sizes that my husband would still be hungry at the end but no need to worry - we both had more than enough. Service was great with a young and knowledgeable team of staff.

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AW
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As always, perfection! The food was excellent, with a wonderful atmosphere, and impeccably trained staff.

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JT
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We received a very warm welcome when we arrived, and were given a choice of tables. A drinkers menu was brought immediately so we could peruse the menu whilst sipping an alternative. We chose our food, starter and mains, there was also a tasting menu with accompanying wines, we felt this might be a little too much with seven courses. Delicious bread and butter arrived and then a variety of candles, which were very sweet and tasty. My scallops were served to me very simply , but were cooked perfectly. The main course of venison was fabulous, the flavours of the ragout were deep and rich and the fillet was tender. Dessert of chocolate presented in a variety of ways was sublime and the cheeses , local and varied. Overall a fabulous evening, where everything was just right. I would highly recommend this restaurant, keep on doing what you're doing stones.

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AN
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a very special place where the chef and his team deliver with extraordinary attention to detail, every time. The food is impeccably presented and of an exceptionally high standard. Every course delights and the between course surprises are wonderful. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Stones to anyone who is looking for somewhere incredible.

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H
Cheshire
3 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely food and great service . Just keep it steady no rushing asvso nice when you can really relax and enjoy every minute

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f
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit on a birthday occasion. We were cordially received by the staff and made to feel welcome. The ambience of the place was superb and we were able to converse without disturbance. The food and wine menus were excellent and our food choices were cooked to perfection. The whole 3course dinner took over 2 hours and we never felt rushed in the very busy restaurant. All-in-all, a great mid-week night out. Highly recommended!!

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CA
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We have been to Stones several times but invited some friends this time. We all agreed this was the best meal we have had at a restaurant in a long time. Can't wait for the next visit which is coming up soon.

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H
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal & atmosphere , staff super helpful and friendly !!!!

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m
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, beautifully presented, with great service.

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DJ
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here gets better and better. Jade is a wonderful host and Kevin has schooled his chefs wonderfully.
The waiting staff are friendly and well-trained.
We tend to have the taster menu because we like to try a bit of everything!
Our restaurant of choice.

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CH
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food, good menu choices, lovely atmosphere, excellent service provided by friendly, professional staff.

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JW
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waited 4 months for our table and it was well worth the wait, what an excellent restaurant, food, staff and service were outstanding..

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Y
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food well presented! We were well looked after thanks so much! Can’t wait to come back :)

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HA
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just lovely! A very pleasant evening with delicious food and attentive service.

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HM
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit for Birthday lunch. Everything about our visit was top class. The food was imaginative, well cooked and beautifully presented and the service was everything you could ask for. It will not be long before we are back and we are already relating our experience to our friends. Well done Stone's.

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GM
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked Stones for lunch for my husband’s birthday. From start to finish the experience was excellent. The atmosphere was very relaxed, the service was brilliant & friendly and the food was fantastic - presented beautifully and just really, really delicious! Nothing was over the top or pretentious, we absolutely loved it and hope to return as soon as possible. My husband even got chocolates at the end of the meal as it was his birthday which was a lovely surprise!

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p
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely devine. Service was impeccable and surroundings beautiful. Would definitely recommend this venue for a nice evening out

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HB
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful meal consisting of the tasting menu.
Delicious variety of seasonal dishes, superbly presented.
Attentive staff, excellent service. Expensive but worth it.

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