Stones Restaurant Matlock

4.8
643 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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  • 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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D
Derbyshire
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Quite excellent food and service. The place for a quiet, special occasion

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JD
Yorkshire
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took friends here for a special birthday meal and everything was excellent!!
First class food, service and lovely ambience!
Never been disappointed in Stones and will continue to go back!

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JR
Manchester
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent as usual, never disappointed. Menu has good choice and ample portions.

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JH
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed our experience. Top service and outstanding food. Très bien

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B
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always an excellent evening. The food is superb and the staff very charming. It is nice to enjoy a very good cocktail whilst choosing your food and the wine list comprehensive.
This restaurant deserves to be in the Open Table top 100 restaurants as I cannot fault it.

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C
London
6 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We continue to go to this restaurant despite it not being too local, but it is so worth the journey. We always enjoy the excellent food, quality service and relaxed atmosphere. We will continue to revisit.

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D
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our meal very much. The little tasters had very hard rye bread. My sparkling water had a very peculiar taste but everything else was fine

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AJ
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Really enjoyed our lunch. Delicious, high-quality food (even the bread was amazing). Friendly, attentive service. If ever we’re back in Matlock, we will try to visit again.

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R
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As good as it's always been. First class food and service. Warm relaxed atmosphere

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OT
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sensational seasonal food in a lovely setting with friendly attentive service.

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JN
Derbyshire
4 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious as always. So nice for a special occasion

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RG
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Wife and I have been eating here for a few years now and Stones has to be our favourite restaurant in Derbyshire if not the whole of the midlands.

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G
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! We really enjoyed our evening, the food is amazing. We will definitely be returning

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T
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Stones met our expectations yet again. The service was attentive again and they have a way with taste, texture and presentation that would be difficult to match. There is nothing to match it in our locality.

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JW
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent presented dishes. The range of dishes, textures and seasonal produce make this restaurant outstanding. I recommend all the time.

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SD
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and service. Excellent value for the quality.

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KH
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, great choice for meat eaters and vegetarians. Wine list varied with something for everyone.

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HA
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous tasting menu with excellent wine. Staff are so lovely and attentive without being intrusive. Wonderful meal every time we’ve been!🥂

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LB
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time I’ve been to stones in the past month. Last time for dinner, this time for lunch. Once again a faultless experience. The lunch menu was excellent, amazing flavours, great price. I took a friend who hadn’t been before and she’s already booked to go back again. 10/10.

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M
Derbyshire
4 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us went for my birthday everything was lovely.

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D
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2018
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 on 15 November 2018
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 on 14 November 2018
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 on 14 November 2018
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
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 5food 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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