Stones Restaurant Matlock

4.9
1365 Reviews
£26 to £40
British
Tucked away in the heart of former spa town Matlock, Stones is a cosy restaurant serving modern British cuisine. 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, Stones offer distinct vegetarian and GF menu. Diners can 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. ***Visit www.stones-restaurant.co.uk for up to date menus.***
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SamuelA
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A wonderful place to eat representing good value for money. Lovely service too. Really brings some much needed fine dining location into the area and differentiates from the countless 'pub grub' locations. Great location by the river, would go again to try the other bits on their menu!

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DiverMike
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I thought the food unimaginative with to much pulled meat!
Bar staff very noisy, alarmingly, no staff wearing masks in a small restaurant which was to warm!

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AndrewA
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried the winter tasting menu and it was superb. There were so many tastes and textures throughout. The staff were very friendly and attentive. The food was beautifully presented and the whole experience was first class. Good selection of wines and the reds were served at the correct temperature.
All in all a memorable evening.

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TOrtoise
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience, food, service, staff, everything

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lisam
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great restaurant, good food , nice ambience and great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way
Well done Stones for providing an exceptional relaxed dining experience

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DavidB
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service in a friendly atmosphere with helpful staff. Quiet - so we could hear each other speak, unlike many other restaurants these days. The tasting menu is well-designed with interesting wine pairings - which work well with the food. A lot of thought has also gone into presentation; top marks for the chefs.

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MalR
Lancashire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service. Would have scored higher if ambiance was better. A bit cold and bright lit in the restaurant. However, will revisit and try the tasting menu.

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ROBERTC
Leicestershire
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fabulous lunch at Stones for my wife's birthday we had a lovely time , the food was amazing and so was the service , Staff were attentive and really looked after us.

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cordwainers
Nottingham
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

staff lovely as ever
food great
All up to normal great standard, looking forward to the full choice of chocolates

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Catherine
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely evening - Creative food, beautifully presented, attentive and professional staff. Will return!

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Bosser
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal and brilliant service. I’ll be going again soon!

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CharlesD
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic tasty good value lunch. Already booked again

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JulieG
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fabulous evening at Stones for my friends birthday we had a brilliant evening , the food was amazing and so was the service , Abi really looked after us and another young lady who I can’t remember her name sorry , both excellent , will be back x

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KateR
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and excellent service as always. Took my elderly mother for her birthday. We were very well looked after. Thank you to all the staff

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JohnH
Warwickshire
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful meal as usual but service was good but a little slow.
Excellent venue which we have been on many occasions.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to stones restaurant a few times , but today is the 1st time I've been for lunch , I booked for my wife's Birthday & I must say it's been a great experience the food , service and Atmosphere were excellent I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone give it a try but make sure you book well in advance as it's very popular & once you've been you will see why

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StevenW
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really enjoyable dining experience. We look forward to visiting again, thank you.

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Seventyplus
Derbyshire
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The attention to detail with waitressing through to the food is outstanding. More an experience than a meal out.

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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a perfect lunch experience in every way

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joannef
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't fault a thing. Fabulous service, and every course on the taster menu was just heaven

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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never been disappointed; the food,service and ambience are always fabulous. We book here time and time again.

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EleriG
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and very attentive staff. Will definitely visit again

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IanM
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

One of the joys of coming to Stones is the 'extras' - the canapes and the amuse bouche. These were as good as ever and a great introduction to the main event. For the first time I was disappointed in the choice of only two starters on the new Winter lunch menu (risotto or turnip soup). My wife and I both chose the saffron risotto. There is always salt and pepper on the table at Stones but the seasoning is always spot on so they are rarely needed. In this case, however, I found the risotto overly salty and there is little you can do with that.
For mains my wife chose the halibut and myself the slow cooked rib of beef. We both thought the portions were a tad small - for example my wife had 3 tiny cubes of potato as her vegetable. Both dishes were, however, beautifully cooked with the highest quality ingredients. The beef was melt in the mouth tender and fully flavoured. The service was, as ever, top notch.
My niggles are trifling and we look forward very much to our next visit.

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KevinW
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is our second visit in 2 months and we live 34 miles away! Well worth the drive.

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LauraS
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant. Amazing food. Staff very friendly and attentive

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at21
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful venue, great menu and attentive staff.

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GrahamC
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very attentive staff, good food and will visit again

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HollyD
Bedfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really wonderful restaurant. Exceptional food and service

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Lewes42
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for the taster menu and as it should it pushed us beyond our comfort zone into some wonderful and some challenging tastes and textures as well as some outstanding comfort staples. Wonderful evening…..and the 750ml bottle of beer served in a cooler lasted the meal for one of us….great idea.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service excellent, can’t wait to visit again!

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MichaelB
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All round good, a lot of salt though in the mise en bouche

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DennisS
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, nice welcome from very friendly staff. Food was excellent though the menu was limited. The canapés between courses were delicious and included in the price of the meal. Great venue for a special occasion.

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ChrisB
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was very very good. Service superb. Only comment was that the wine flight didn’t have enough variety.

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barbarab
London
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply stunning again. Never fails to be anything but amazing

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ClareC
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had the tasting menu which was well presented and flavourful, we were basically brought tasty morsels of food at timely intervals for 3 hours which was lovely, we are regulars at stones as it is the best restaurant nearby. We will be back!

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AlexC
London
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice food, good service and value. Nice Friday lunchtime treat

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JakeA
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic. I’ve been waiting to dine at Stones for ages and it did not disappoint. Everything was absolutely faultless- the food, the service, the drinks, the ambiance- I just couldn’t knock it. Please please if you are considering it, go. You will not be disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit too stones! Absolutely beautiful meal! Will definitely be returning! Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet lunch with a University colleague.

Great location and pleasant ambience, with friendly and helpful staff.

Both had the scallops with the oriental broth of lemongrass and chilli. Just amazing flavour and the scallops were crisp on the outside and just cooked on the centre, so perfectly cooked.

Main was Halibut, similarly cooked with the heavenly mash and spring onions and fennel, garnished with colourful unknown leaves.

The Vouvray was excellent and complemented both fish courses

Overall fabulous!

FAQs

Stones Restaurant Matlock is rated 4.9 stars by 1365 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.