September 2018. A lovely relaxed lunch by the river. Our inspector enjoyed the delicious breads and the seared mackerel in particular!
Negotiate the steep steps down to this small riverside restaurant and head for the front room with its floor to ceiling windows. Unfussy, modern British dishes are attractively presented and display the odd Mediterranean touch.
The restaurant is light, airy and elegant. It’s small but doesn’t feel cramped. Not only is it perfect for romantic date nights and family occasions, it’s also an impressive spot for a business lunch.
Just keeps improving excellent again Visited again for Lunch Menu the food was excellent again and great value for money. All the dishes we had where excellent and will return again and again as the Lunch menu is perfect for us both.
The intimate dining area is tastefully decorated using a palette of browns, reds and creams, with warm lighting adding to the already relaxing atmosphere. Soak up the chilled-out ambience while enjoying something from the creative evening menu. A starter of ham hock and guinea fowl ballotine with chicken liver parfait and raisin purée showcases the exciting and unique flavour combinations on offer. For mains, try roasted saddle of wild boar with braised red cabbage, carrot purée and a sauté of girolles, or perhaps a fillet of plaice with slow-roasted pork belly, white bean and chorizo fricassee and wilted baby spinach. Finish off with an exquisitely presented dessert – such as the warm chocolate brownie with Toblerone ice cream – and you have the ultimate exhibition of modern British cuisine.
The fine-dining restaurant, in a picture-perfect spot with lovely views over the River Derwent, was forced to close for a while. It reopened earlier this year – and is even better than before. All dishes were beautifully presented. Your spy had enjoyed the rest of the meal – but was completely blown away by the dessert, a neat-looking tart served with peanut butter mousse and caramel ice-cream, topped with tiny pieces of golden honeycomb.
“Tucked away behind a wooden fence in the heart of this perennially charming spa town, Stones is every inch the contemporary eatery.”
Right on the coursing waters of the River Derwent, the terrace of Stones restaurant is as bright as midsummer. The texture of the bread was peerless. The plaice had a clean, sweet flavour and the texture balance was satisfying. The tartar sauce was clearly home-made, with a dill-centric freshness. The black pudding was lively, peppery and rich. The pork was lovely: moist, pale, quite delicate but distinctly meaty. My poached pear with honey panna cotta was incredible: the honey element turned it on its head. The pear was sweet and demure. A round of vanilla ice cream was beautifully creamy. R had pistachio crème brûlée, which he loved. I have never, I admit, had so much pistachio flavour packed on one spoon.