Stones Restaurant Matlock

4.7
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896 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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal , not our first visit and definitely won’t be the last

BS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, beautifully presented. Lots of extras, canapés, special breads and butters, delicious chocolates with coffee. Service is friendly and efficient .

TH
Derbyshire
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant. Food exceptional. Service and ambience very good. Highly recommended.

JD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food as always, great wine pairings with a very well executed tasting menu!

JY
Nottingham
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely lunch held at stones restaurant in Matlock overlooking the river. Modern and contemporary with a nice ambiance. Food was nicely presented and reasonable portion sizes, which meant we were not overphased by masses of food. Will come back

BW
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food, service and ambiance were the best.

RT
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant food and service as ever. The best place to go for special family occasions.

WS
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always our first choice for special occasion dining.

MH
London
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food was delicious and well thought out, the service friendly and attentive without being overbearing and the whole evening was a delight. Have been coming for a number of years and it continues to offer amazing value, incredible food and a wonderful night out for my wife and I. We will be back again soon.

DH
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent service also excellent food, I think when we book again we will ask if we can have a table overlooking the waters edge, but yes we can't fault it in any way.

Thanks

j
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent food as usual perhaps the starters are not hot enough but still tasty tho. The service are top notch especially presenting us with the ingredients on a piece of paper every time we are served a course which is very helpful since we are deaf. Definitely will be back again.

M
Derbyshire
6 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of the best restaurants in Derbyshire I would highly recommend it.

H
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Stones, food seems to get better every time we go. It's a special treat.

KM
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always and would certainly recommend to friends and family.

EH
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes! I'd recommend Stones. It's the only place I've ever been where ever time the meal and the service is consistently outstanding! Love this place, we're so lucky to have Stones in Matlock!!

DR
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional meal, very attentive staff, overall excellent experience.

BC
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing evening out
Amazing food
Amazing service

Overall...Amazing

GA
Nottingham
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent once again.

LT
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten in many great restaurants, this is absolutely up there with the best. Food was exemplary, we enjoyed every single morsel of all 5 courses.
Will definitely go again, if we can get in !

H
Gloucestershire
4 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A most enjoyable supper with friendly and professional service, delicious food and a busy buzz around the restaurant

OT
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely relaxing evening at Stones, always a pleasure to dine there.

K
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Excellent meal and enjoyable evening. A wait for our table at 8.30 was not a great start, but staff apologised for the delay, and on the whole we were looked after very well for the rest of the evening.

AO
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, as always. My favourite place to visit in Derbyshire

A
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd visit to this lovely little restaurant. From the time you sit down to leaving everything is perfect the friendly staff and amazing food make the whole experience really special

C
London
12 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again an excellent meal at Stones. Excellently presented and prepared food thrown together with quality service .

AO
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent venue and food made for a memorable evening with friends

OT
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place excellent service and attention to detail. fantastic food cooked to perfection

GG
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Dined here on a couple of occasions now and the food is always impressive in presentation and taste, if not in size of portion, though why serve butter on a pebble?? Couldn't fault the chef though and we left happy. Atmosphere was a little stinted however and both my partner and I were facing walls. I'm sure the outer atrium benefits from better views and atmos. Not cheap, even with the special two course early bird menu, but no doubt we will dine there again, special occasions only.

SY
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Catching up with my lovely daughter as we live a distance apart. We had a Lovely meal, exceptional service. Can’t fault anything about Stones Restaurant. Booking is essential as always busy. Anyone travelling and planning to stay around Matlock should ensure they book Stones. Great experience. Exceptional food. Thank you

JD
Yorkshire
13 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As ever, a lovely meal for a birthday treat!
Marred by a very noisy and raucous table behind us!!
Also noticed when I got home that I’d been charged for 3 3 Course meals, but we’d all only had 2 Courses!! Surprising!!

HD
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Excellent food. Service need a polish if they are to ever gat a star.

l
Liverpool
4 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

A lovely restaurant, but not a lot of choice on the 2 course £35 menu. I skipped the starter as there was nothing which appealed. I had the fish panache for my main course.The halibut was overcooked and dry. There was no sauce with it, just potatoes, spinach and chorizo, so it was all dry. I had to remind the waiter to bring our wine.
I had a nice pudding though of panna cottta.

JW
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic 3 course meal for my birthday. All courses and the canapes were delicious. The staff were very attentive. All in all a lovely meal out.

PW
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite restaurant by far. Service professional but still personal and friendly

AM
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Fabulous food !! Staff very pleasant and polite. Would recommend the tasting menu. Cant wait to return very soon.

AM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food with chef able to adapt to special dietary requirements. Great service from friendly staff who were not in the slightest bit pretentious.
We’d definitely return.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous evening from start to finish. We met the lady owner on entering and had a lovely welcoming chat with her. The service by the young girls was lovely and the food was delicious and such good value for money. The staff, under the circumstances on this evening, were amazing. They had come very close to being flooded this day as the majority of Matlock was under flood. They had escaped by the depths of only one hand from
The water coming over the river wall. How lucky they were. So delighted that your restaurant escaped any damage. Thank you for giving us a magnificent meal under those circumstances. I (without my husband) shall look forward to returning again in December for another lovely meal.

LB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always. There is none better than this

LH
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience5

We have been many times to Stones and always recommend to family and family, but this time we were very disappointed,. Starter of smoked eel was grey, jelly like in consistency and extremely fishy, main course of beef was nice but potato and broccoli undercooked and hard. We didn't bother with a sweet. It was a shame as it was a Birthday treat.

CW
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal and great service. Will be returning. 8 course taster menu was a great experience