Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Stones - Matlock, Derbyshire.

Recently, I recommended the multi-award winning Stones in Matlock to Great Food Club as one of my top Derbyshire picks. I've been a few times over the years but haven't actually written up a review before. So, it made sense to go back and share with you all my experience. 

If you haven't heard of Stones before, it's located on the bank of the River Derwent in the beautiful town of Matlock, just on the edge of the Peak District. 
Stones is a family run restaurant serving AA rosette fine dining British dishes within chic, contemporary surroundings and is the perfect setting for any occasion from a romantic meal to a fancy business lunch.

Following our descent down the steps to the entrance, we were welcomed and asked whether we'd like to go to our table or head out to the riverside terrace for drinks. As it had just started spitting with rain, we opted for our table in the conservatory however had it not have been raining, we definitely would have sat outside. The terrace area has beautiful views overlooking the river.

Whilst perusing the menu, we were bought over some appetisers to enjoy along with some cocktails. Today's selection was Tomato and Cheese Swirls, Chicken Liver Parfait and Pease Pudding along with some fresh homemade breads consisting of Treacle, Sunblushed Tomato and a Cheese one too. All had an amazing crunchy crust. The butters, served on a stone, were in both salted and pesto flavours. The pesto butter and tomato bread were a match made in heaven.

There are different menu options available at Stones. There's a lunch, Dinner, Vegetarian and a Tasting menu too. We were booked in at night and went for the Dinner menu. Two courses are available for £32 or three courses for £36 which I've always believed to be great value for money for the standard of food on offer.
To start, I went for one of my favourites, Crispy Goat's Cheese with Peas and Beetroot. This is a classic combination and a lovely light starter.
Mum went for the Seared Scallops (£2 supp.) which are served with Satay Sauce, Mango, Coriander and Chilli. Scallops are her favourite but the Satay Sauce had her intrigued. The Scallops had the perfect texture and the Satay was subtle, just what she was hoping for. All elements worked together brilliantly.

When it came to main courses, I was in a fussy mood. Nothing on the dinner menu was screaming out to me so I asked to take a look through the vegetarian options. I spotted the Pea and Broadbean Risotto with Lemon & Mint and that was the one for me. I've had Risotto at Stones previously and it was the best one I've had. This one was certainly up there. The dish contained really fresh tasting ingredients which was a nice change. I couldn't manage the whole bowl unfortunately. Risotto is filling, okay?!!
Mum went for the Fillet of Beef which had I chosen a main from the dinner menu, I'd have gone for myself. This is served with Peas, Leeks and Rosti Potatoes and has a £4 supplement. 
The meat itself was excellent quality and was cooked as requested, medium rare. I just had to steal one of those Potatoes, they were so crispy. 

Dessert was a no-brainer. I wanted to go for something different to my usual choices which lead me to a Passionfruit Parfait with Grapefruit and Orange Terrine and Earl Grey Sorbet. 
Now, I don't like tea so the Earl Grey Sorbet was a no no from me but if that is your thing then I can image this element compliments the dish. I however, pushed it aside. Passionfruit however, is one of my favourite flavours so this along with the smooth, creamy parfait was the perfect end to my meal. The terrine had an odd texture. Don't get me wrong, it was very nice but I needed convincing a little more. Might have to try it again - wink wink. 
Mum had a Chocolate and Butterscotch Mousse with Salted Caramel ice-cream and Popcorn. It sounded a gorgeous dessert and was well and truly demolished. With those ingredients, how could it not be?

Our evening at Stones was as fantastic as always. The food is stunning both in taste and visually, the service is spot on and the atmosphere there always makes you feel welcome. It's a beautiful restaurant with beautiful surroundings. I can't fault a single element. 

Big thanks to Stones for yet another incredible meal. If you haven't paid a visit before, then you must!
For more information, take a look at their website.

Thanks for reading,


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