Stones Restaurant Matlock

4.7
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943 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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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JillD
London
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb as usual. First class food and Excellent service.

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AndrewW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, even better food, lovely surroundings. Could not fault. Will return

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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my husbands birthday. Had a fabulous table in the conservatory, lovely ambiance, superb service & food, and was even more appreciated with all the craziness building up in our country. Felt like we had stolen a night out before we ate completely shut down.... Thanks Stones, and all the very best during the coming weeks/months.

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JackieS
Derbyshire
5 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous meal at Stones. The canapés were absolutely delicious- I could drink the soup forever !
Thank you also for bringing the 21st birthday plate. Our daughter loved it!

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NoelC
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Here for anniversary lunch What a gem Food spectacular Service impeccable Incredible value for money even without the discount that I got Just don't use the steep steps down to the entrance as an excuse not to visit as it will be your loss

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SallyA
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent as usual it's great for a special night out

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alisonW
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Usually a better standard of food especially for the price
Rushed service like last time

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CarolineH
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the service all you would wish for, and the price very reasonable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked Stones restaurant on the 29th Feb as it was a Leap year and I proposed to my lovely partner on this day. We had a wonderful evening again as we did in August for my partners special birthday. It is a little gem and we highly recommend it. The staff even congratulated us on our engagement 😃

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SebSo
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food was very good and so was the atmosphere. However, we had to wait in excess of 45 minutes to get our table, which was originally booked for 8.30pm. Although, we were served a complimentary drink, we felt unnecessarily aggravated by the long wait.

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MoiraM
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit and it didn’t disappoint. Friendly and relaxed but feels special. From the canapés to bread and flavoured butters, starters to desserts and homemade chocolates with coffee it is a treat for the senses and we tried ingredients, flavours and combinations that we might not normally embrace - and loved it all.
Thank you again

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VickiL
London
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really delicious food. Approx £50 per head for an 8-course tasting menu of this standard is really hard to find. Thoroughly recommend.

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KevinT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

60th birthday celebration meal. Top class restaurant. Food excellent.

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Beamish58
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service outstanding highly recommended have lunch and you will not eat again that day

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StephenS
London
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience, excellent food , great service, we had a fab evening from canopies to petit fours the quality was outstanding . Looking forward to returning.

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KarenH
Derbyshire
4 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food in pleasant surroundings. The service was attentive but not intrusive. Although the menu is small there is something for everyone and the wine list covers all bases.

SM
SeanM
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always reliably good. We go to more expensive places, and they are never as good. Service is attentive without being intrusive. Food always great.

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JohnC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent night. Just a little warning about salt. Sometimes a little too much. Otherwise excellent.

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LindaB
London
6 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. One of our favourite places. Never had a bad meal. Staff are friendly and polite. We love it and if you haven’t been you need to try it.

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keith
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Id love to lie and say it was horrendous so no one else will go and I can have the place all to ourselves but sadly I cant. Always have the taster menu and it was first class as ever.

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SimonM
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a lovely experience. Great service and food

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LucaR
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and menu are outstanding. Price very good

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Carol
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A lovely restaurant tucked away by the bridge in Matlock. Delicious freshly prepared food with excellent service. The vegan menu is not advertised but if you contact them in advance they will always cater for you. The only negative is watching my hubby eat all the delicious petite fours as they don't provide any vegan options (perhaps they could offer a piece of dark chocolate as a token gesture)

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RosemaryW
Staffordshire
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a charming place, set by the river. Staff are charming and attentive and the quality of food is excellent. There are many extra touches- petit-fours with coffee, amuse Bouche while waiting- gorgeous!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Beautiful food well presented. Great value lunch.

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Caztone
Derbyshire
3 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, nice atmosphere, service spot on. Location great too. Really excellent gluten free menu - good as the regular menu.

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StevenW
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special occasion - has to be Stones. And never disappointed. Great menu with plenty of choice. But it's the service that sets the standard. Ask any question about the food or wine and they have the answer.

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JohnW
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good standard of food and service. Never fails to please, we will look forward to visiting Stones again.

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RobinW
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is very good showing much attention to detail. The pace of the courses was excellent and the service attentive.

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Kazzylan
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Would definitely return. Excellent for gluten free

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MarkW
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stopped at Stones for a lovely Friday afternoon lunch in early February. The food was delicious and the service excellent. Thank you

JW
JaneW
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

My first time here and it was excellent will be going again and hope it’s just as good.

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MickP
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always an excellent meal and fantastic staff who always make you feel welcome.
I cannot recommend this place enough, a great way to celebrate or for a special meal.

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Datvires
Derbyshire
5 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as ever. Stones are consistently excellent

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HayleyMc
Derbyshire
3 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always! Love the tasting menu! Looking forward to our next visit!

JS
JoandSi
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great place, great food. Been before and will return even if the service was a little erratic on this visit.

DJ
DJ1987
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is to an extremely high standard.

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AlisonM
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal in nice surroundings. Would definitely recommend.

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MargaretW
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautifully presented food, well cooked and tasty. The description on the menu was accurate, however I would have preferred to know the black pudding that came with my dish was in the form of a purée, rather than the conventional slice (which I had planned to give to my husband). Apart from that, it was an excellent feast for the eyes and taste buds.

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Tara
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, staff very attentive and helpful
Food fabulous