Stones Restaurant Matlock

4.8
676 reviews
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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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M
Derbyshire
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We always enjoy going to Stones and they never disappoint with excellent food and service. It was a special occasion as it was my husbands birthday and it was a lovely surprise they decorated a plate with chocolates and candles. We are visiting again in April to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We just know we will have a wonderful time.

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

Lovely food and experience again!
Looking forward to visiting the Bluebell Pub when open!

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HP
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved it the food was amazing great service drinks reasonably priced would definitely go back and would definitely recommend

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OT
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wedding anniversary lunch. Received complimentary chocolates (which was a nice touch). Food and wine was very enjoyable and the service was excellent. It was our first visit to “Stones” and we will certainly repeat the experience.

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SC
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The quality of the food was excellent, the restaurant décor lovely and of high quality. The staff though friendly, pleasant and knowledgeable seemed a little distracted at times, though this didn't detract from the overall great dining experience.

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MW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fabulous food. Small menu all done very well indeed. It's not cheap but I wouldn't expect it to be.

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RR
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, terrific food and environment. Many thanks.

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F
Derbyshire
3 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A small but excellent restaurant in a lovely position beside the river in the centre of Matlock. An imaginative menu, very well presented and served by knowledgeable and friendly staff. Quite expensive, but worth paying for on special occasions.

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TT
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great value for the price, delicious food, lovely presentation and great service!

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OT
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about the evening was lovely

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W
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tasting menu is fantastic, even better with when you add the matching wines with the wine flight.

many thanks for a wonderful evening

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DG
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual we had a brilliant night with great food and service. Looking forward to the opening of the Bluebell at South Wingfield

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PD
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A special evening to celebrate our retirements. Perfect in every way.

Many thanks

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BL
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been having lunch here on an occasional basis for several years. Consistently outstanding.

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D
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you once again for a wonderful meal. Brilliantly catered for as a coeliac. A great place to treat yourself to a beautiful meal. The staff are lovely and very helpful without being intrusive. The menus never fail to surprise for choice and taste. Thank you

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JK
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stones is consistently good, providing first class food in a comfortable atmosphere, with great service that is attentive without being overbearing. We are very pleased that they have chosen our village in which to open their second enterprise and wish them the best of luck with the venture

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JP
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant. The food is simply stunning. We had the tasting menu which was a perfect mix of tastes and textures. They left the perfect amount of time between each course and the service was very professional. Highly recommended.

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CS
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely staff, nice environment to have a meal. Hard to get a reservation but we'll worth it for an outstanding meal. Would definitely go again!

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KH
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food and service. Well worth the hour train journey. The menu is small but you don’t feel stuck for choice and there are plenty of vegetarian options. The cheese board is definitely worth a go.

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JS
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our 4th year in a row we've visited Stones for Valentines day and as always we were blown away by the food and the service. We will be back in 2020 100% guaranteed, it's still my favourite restaurant I've visited. You are made to feel so welcome and so relaxed, you'll want for nothing as the service is so personal but professional. There was only thing that let our last visit down and that was a group table of around 10 people that must've thought they were in a noisy pub or fast food restaurant, they were extremely raucous and loud, completely unnecessarily loud bellows of laughter that sounded fake and raised voices as though they needed to talk over something although everyone else in the restaurant were talking quietly. This is obviously not the restaurants fault but maybe they could've stepped in, made them aware that they're over zealous ways we're not in keeping with the restaurant, could be intrusive to their other customers conversations and spoiling their evening.

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DG
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stones never fails to deliver. Although the waiting on staff were young they were friendly and efficient.

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P
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is delicious and the service was attentive enough that you were never left wanting but it wasn’t overbearing.
I’d recommend anyone who appreciates well cooked food at a decent price to come here and enjoy what they have to offer!

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JW
London
8 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fined for the valentines menu, 7 courses £48 amazing value. Fine dining in a welcoming relaxed environment.
Will always be favourite treat place

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RO
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both the food and service were excellent, as I have a dairy and lactose intolerance the staff and chef could not do enough for me. We will definitely be back.

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RG
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Lovely menu and great food - especially the mango and yuzu dessert. Only slight distraction was the waitresses frequently looking through the window to see if we had finished.

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DB
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here. Excellent food and service in a lovely location.

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MH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our evening at Stones was a wonderful experience with excellent staff and great food. It is our second visit in a week. We will be returning again.

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PG
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was as good as we've come to expect at this fantastic little restaurant. Not too much to overfill you but allows room for 3 courses; however, don't forget the complimentary chocolates at the end as there were 8 of them between two when we went!

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OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A night out for a treat for my wife and I. We’ve been to Stones a number of times before and it was again consistent with our previous visits. I always feel it does a lot of the functional basics well and has some nice touches but is a bit let down by the actual food. Canapés on arrival were nice and aperitif choice was good. Service is fine but staff are very young and lack the real knowledge of the food and wine that you get at more top end places. Menu is safe with nothing unusual. Certainly nothing to scare you off but also nothing that really grabs you. Starters were pleasant but not exceptional and the main courses were well presented but were both just a bit bland. Deserts were nice though (always seem to me to be the thing Stones does best) and the petit fourrs were top notch and were the best thing we had.
Stones is the only “nice” restaurant in town and in that context is the nicest place to eat. It doesn’t really stand comparison with the better places in Nottingham though and is actually about the same price so I always feel it’s a bit overpriced.

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MP
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stones is very easy to summarise, excellent food, friendly and attentive staff and a great all round dining experience

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RD
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food, friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff, warm comfortable environment.

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B
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lovely overall experience. Cocktails, canapes and petit fours all make if extra special. Slightly disappointed with the beef as was expecting a small rib of beef in slices. Turnip was rock hard and all was luke warm. Didn't want to make a fuss as with a group of friends. Starter. Breads and puds all lovely. Overall experience very nice.

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EH
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We dine at Stones 3-4 times a year. The food is consistently excellent, as it was on this occasion, with lovely touches like the amuse-bouches, artisan breads and butters. The service is good but not quite as slick as it used to be - sometimes you are left for too long or water isn't brought to your table after you've asked. I hope they can sort that out, as it used to be just as excellent as the food.

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D
Derbyshire
4 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2019
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 on 12 January 2019
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 on 11 January 2019
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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