From January 2017
Two Courses £32 Three Courses £36
Tuesday to Saturday 6-8.30pm
FILLET OF JOHN DORY wild mushrooms, sweetcorn and radishes, vegetable nage
SLOW COOKED LAMB BELLY pickled cockles, wilted sea vegetables
OLIVE OIL CONFIT POTATOES V butternut squash puree, rosemary cream, macadamia nuts
TASTING OF DUCK fig gel, hazelnuts, brioche
SEARED SCALLOPS cauliflower, grapes, toasted almonds, curry oil (£2.50 supp)
DUO OF BEEF pine nut crusted carrot, broccoli purée, beef jus
TRIO OF PORK fondant potato, glazed apple, cider and rosemary cream
LOIN OF VENISON root vegetable dauphinoise, red cabbage, vanilla and blackberry jus
FISH OF THE DAY Please ask for details
RICOTTA, SPINACH AND WILD MUSHROOM CANNELLONI V sweetcorn purée, red pepper salsa
WARM APPLE CAKE Tonka bean rice pudding, cinnamon milk
CHOCOLATE BROWNIE TORT white chocolate sorbet, orange gel
RHUBARB AND CUSTARD lavender
SELECTION OF BRITISH CHEESES quince jelly, dehydrated malt loaf (£3 supp.)
LEMON CAKE poppy seeds, olive oil
From January 2017
8 Courses £48.50pp
Optional Wine Flight £28.50pp
Tuesday to Saturday 6.30-8.30pm
Stone’s 2016 Tasting Menu offers eight wonderful courses marrying our house style to the season’s best ingredients.
This menu is available Tuesday to Saturday evening and must be taken by the entire table.
Taringi Sauvignon Blanc I Fresh & tingly with soft gooseberry flavours. Lovely crisp dry aftertaste.
Muscadet I This prestige cuvée from the Domaine du Landreau Village, offers spices on the nose followed by fresh grapefruit/mineral notes and a wonderfully fresh, round mouthfeel.
Monmarthe Champs I First class 1er Cru Champagne, elegant, dry and crisp with good fruit balance and lasting mousse.
Pinot Noir I Supple and intense. Delicate red berry aroma with dark cherry notes. Rich, persistent finish.
Simon Hackett Old Vine Grenache I Rich and fruity, gleaned from the very old vines yielding mouthfuls of pure brilliance.
Grahams Tawny 20 yrs I Great complexity and harmony capturing the perfect balance between the young and aged port wines matured for over 20 years in seasoned oak casks
Vouvray I A classy medium dry wine from the Loire valley, delicate with subtle fruit flavours.
Essencia Black Muscat I Deep pink in colour, sweetness on the nose and the palate are partnered by assured finesse.
From January 2017
Two Courses £22 Three Courses £25
Wednesday to Saturday 12-1.30pm
CHICKEN SOUP roasted sweetbreads, brioche, truffle oil
HAM HOCK TERRINE pickles, toasted sour dough
SMOKED HADDOCK CROQUETTE poached egg, Hollandaise
WARM GLAZED GOAT’S CHEESE V beetroot chutney, aged balsamic
POACHED LEMON SOLE WITH MUSHROOM AND SPINACH roast chicken jus
BRAISED BLADE OF BEEF red cabbage, parsnip purée, rich beef jus
SLOW COOKED PORK BELLY creamed potato, mushroom and stilton
BREAST OF CHICKEN cabbage and bacon, roasted onions, grain mustard
LEMON CRÈME BRULÉE poppy seed shortbread
SELECTION OF BRITISH CHEESES (£3 supp.) quince jelly, dehydrated malt loaf
RHUBARB AND GINGER CHEESECAKE custard ice cream
TRIO OF CHOCOLATE MOUSSE salted caramel
From January 2017
WARM GLAZED GOAT’S CHEESE
beetroot chutney, aged balsamic
OLIVE OIL CONFIT POTATOES
butternut squash puree, rosemary cream, macadamia nuts
cauliflower, almonds, curry
RICOTTA, SPINACH AND WILD MUSHROOM CANNELLONI
sweetcorn purée, red pepper salsa
RISOTTO OF THE DAY
can be enjoyed as a starter or a main
ROOT VEGETABLE DAUPHINOISE
broccoli puree, warm stilton and mushroom mousse
101 Sauvignon Blanc Privilege I France £18.00
A most satisfying Sauvignon Blanc, luscious, bone dry with zesty citrus overtones.
102 Vouvray Comte de Boissier (med.) I France £18.00
A classy medium dry wine from the Loire valley, delicate with subtle fruit flavours.
103 Pinto Grigio Corte Viola Italy £19.00
From the home of Pinot, green apples on the nose, stone fruit flavours on the palate.
104 Villa Wolf Pinot Gris I Germany £22.00
A rising star and a perfect wine to accompany food as it has little aroma. On the palate it is full and rich, filling the mouth with gorgeous flavours, great balance of fruit and acidity.
105 Muscadet de Sevre I France £22.00
This prestige cuvée from the Domaine du Landreau Village, offers spices on the nose followed by fresh grapefruit/mineral notes and a wonderfully fresh, round mouthfeel.
106 Gruner Veltliner Jurtschitsch I Austria £24.00
What a find! Wonderfully aromatic nose followed by rich fruit flavours on the palate.
107 Traingi Sauvignon Blanc I New Zealand £23.00
Fresh & tingly with soft gooseberry flavours. Lovely crisp dry aftertaste.
108 The White Viognier Australia £27.00
Full-bodied, peach-scented with surprising complexity, orange blossom and apricot.
109 Sancerre Le Haut Mesnil I France £31.00
Bright, clean with lemon and gooseberry bouquet. Full body, rich fruit and lovely aftertaste.
110 Gavi di Gavi Rovereto I Italy £32.00
Cortese grapes produce one of Italy’s finest. Delicate, ripe with hints of pear, moreish!
111 Chablis 1er Cru ‘Vau Ligneau’ I France £34.00
A French classic, dry and steely with all that is expected from a top estate.
112 Pouilly Fume Chateau de Tracy I France £40.00
Limestone soils and flint offer a “gunflint” flavour with the exquisite Sauvignon fruit.
113 Puligny Montrachet Domaine Louis Jadot I France £51.90
Rich, dry with the fragrant smoke aromas of a typical Chardonnay. Cote de Beaune’s finest.
201 Merlot Privilege I France £18.00
Pronounced bouquet of red cherry and plum aromas, wonderfully juicy, soft on the palate.
202 Granduc Tempranillo I Spain £18.00
Made from the grape that create Rioja, medium body, smooth berry fruit and hint of pepper.
203 Lyngrove Estate Pinotage I South Africa £19.00
South Africa’s signature grape giving a deep coloured wine with wild fruitiness.
204 Septima Malbec I Argentina £22.00
Full bodied, deep garnet in colour, with black cherry flavours and spicy overlays.
205 Primitivo Miopasso I Italy £22.00
Big, robust, but not too full. Smooth and silky with rich dark fruits and a spicy savouriness.
206 Cotes Du Rhone Est-Ouest I France £24.00
Deep, dark with prune and smoky bouquet. Good fruit with light tannins and mellow finish.
207 Berton Vineyard Black Shiraz I Australia £23.00
Typical Aussie Shiraz, big, powerful with succulent black fruit flavours and great balance.
208 Rioja Vino Pomal Reserva I Spain £28.00
Bright and deep purple in colour. Elegant and complex with subtle oak and spice.
209 The Crossings Pinot Noir 2011 I New Zealand £28.50
Supple and intense. Delicate red berry aroma with dark cherry notes. Rich, persistent finish.
210 Simon Hacket Old Vine Grenache I Australia £29.50
Very rich and fruity, gleaned from the very old vines yielding mouthfuls of pure brilliance.
211 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot I South Africa £30.50
Intensely scented, warm, rich hints of wild dark berries and blackcurrants, soft spicy ending.
212 Chateauneuf Du Pape Juliette Avril I France £40.00
Famous Rhone wine, still delivering a glass of great quality, good fruit, balance and finesse.
213 Nuits St. Georges Domaine Morin I France £51.00
Tremendous Burgundian. Great fruit, coffee and chocolate on the palate. Subtle oak finish.
301 Santa Digna Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve I Chile £19.00
Pink strawberry colour, a hint of blackcurrant on the nose and ripe, fruity flavour.
302 Chateau De L’Aumerade Rose I France £26.00
You can taste the sun in this quality rosé, berry fruit and nectarine in a bottle.
501 PROSECCO SPUMANTE DUC D’ALBA Italy £23.00
Deep straw colour, fine mousse, fine balance and lots of fruity fun.
502 CAVA CASTILLO PERELADA BRUT ROSÉ Spain £25.00
Bursting with bubbles this crisp refreshing rosé is fruit driven by red berries and raspberries.
503 MONMARTHE BRUT 1ER CRU France £36.00
First class 1er Cru Champagne, elegant, dry and crisp with good fruit balance and lasting mousse.
504 MONMARTHE BRUT 1ER CRU ROSÉ France £38.00
Handcrafted 1er Cru rosé, warm pink salmon in colour, heady bouquet and satisfying fruit flavours.
505 PERRIER JOUET GRAND BRUT France £43.00
Elegant full bodied reserve Champagne from one of the greatest Champagne houses.
506 BOLLINGER SPECIAL CUVEE BRUT France £54.00
The ‘Champagne of the Kings’. Sophisticated quality all the way!
507 VEUVE CLICQUOT VINTAGE 2004 France £65.00
Strength and body, due to two-thirds of black grapes, balanced by the finesse and elegance of Chardonnay. Excellent with fish or white meat.
PROSECCO SPUMANTE DUC D’ALBA IT £5.00 125ml
Deep straw colour, fine mousse, fine balance and lots of fruity fun
PIMMS AND LEMONADE £5.00
Pimms No.1, lemonade, fresh mint, cucumber
BLOODY MARY £5.50
Grey Goose vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, celery
VODKA MARTINI £5.50
Grey Goose vodka, Dry Vermouth, lemon peel or olive (Angostura Bitters optional)
GIN MARTINI £5.50
Hendricks gin, Dry Vermouth, lemon peel or olive (Angostura Bitters optional)
PIMMS AND GINGER BEER £5.50
Pimms No. 1, Fentiman’s ginger beer, fresh mint, cucumber
Prosecco blended with either raspberry, strawberry, peach or passion fruit
Sauvignon Privilege, Crème de Cassis
KIR ROYALE £7.00
Monmarthe Champagne, Crème de Cassis
Grey Goose vodka, Cointreau, cranberry, fresh lime juice, orange peel
THE BACARDI COCKTAIL £6.50
Bacardi white rum, grenadine, fresh lime juice
STONE’S PINK FIZZ £7.50
Monmarthe Champagne, Cherry Brandy, rose syrup
MONMARTHE 1ER BRUT CRU FR £7.50 125ml
First class 1er cru Champagne, elegant fruit, dry and crisp, fine mousse in the glass
CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL £8.00
Monmarthe Champagne, Remy Martin VSOP, brown sugar, Angostura Bitters
APPLE, ELDERFLOWER AND MINT FIZZ £3.95
Cloudy apple juice, elderflower, fresh mint, soda water
SHIRLEY TEMPLE £3.95
Grenadine, Ginger Ale
LAGER & BEER
BIRRA MORRETTI Italy 4.6% £3.30 330ml
GROLSCH Netherlands 5% £3.80 440ml
BUSINESS AS USUAL Derby, UK 4.4% Balanced, malty, traditional £3.60 500ml
QUINTESSENTIAL Derby, UK 5.0% Well rounded, fruit and citrus £3.60 500ml
OLD INTENTIONAL Derby, UK 5% Rich full bodied, delicate hop finish £3.60 500ml
ESTRELLA DAMM INEDIT, Barcelona, Spain 4.8% £10.50 750ml
ESTRELLA ‘FREE’ DAMM NON-ALCOHOLIC Barcelona, Spain 0.0% £3.00 250ml
CIDERS We have a selection, please ask for details £4.30
APERITIFS & SPIRITS
Mixer included if desired. 25ml unless specified.
GIN Bombay Sapphire £3.20; Sipsmith £3.80; Hendricks £3.80
LIQUEUR Campari £3.20; Southern Comfort £3.20
MARTINI Rosso/Bianco/Dry £2.80 (each 50ml)
RUM Morgan Spiced £3.20; Bundaberg £3.60; Malibu £2.80; Bacardi £3.20
SHERRY Williams & Humbert DrySack Fino;
Capataz Andres Deluxe Cream £2.60 (both 50ml)
VODKA Absolut Blue £3.20; Grey Goose £3.90
WHISKY Famous Grouse £3.00; Jameson £3.20
WHISKEY Jack Daniels £3.20
OTHER Archer’s Peach Country Schnapps £2.80;
Ricard 45% £3.50; Tequila £3.20
FOLKINGTON’S JUICES Grown around the world £2.50
PREMIUM ORANGE From Valencia, Spain, noted for intense, sweet flavour
CRANBERRY Sharpness thanks to juice made from Canadian cranberries
WILD ELDERFLOWER With added zest from Timperley rhubarb, Sicilian lemons
CLOUDY APPLE Russet apples, East Sussex & Kent with Jonagold Red apple juice
TOMATO Late harvested, sun ripened tomatoes from Navarra Spain
GINGER BEER Made using the finest Chinese ginger root. Fiery and full of flavour
VICTORIAN LEMONADE Juice of 1½ lemons in every bottle
COKE/DIET COKE £2.50
SLIMLINE TONIC each £2.00
401 WENLOCK SPRING WATER £3.50
Still or Gently Sparkling 75cl
Filtered through the Wenlock Edge and bottled at source. Nothing added and nothing taken away, just as nature intended.
101 SAUVIGNON BLANC PRIVILEGE France £5.20/£6.20
102 VOUVRAY COMTE DE BOISSIERE France £5.20/£6.20
103 PINOT GRIGIO CORTE VIOLA Italy £5.60/£6.60
107 TARINGI SAUVIGNON BLANC New Zealand £6.30/£7.80
501 PROSECCO SPUMANTE DUC D’ALBA Italy £5.00
503 MONMARTHE BRUT 1ER CRU France £7.50
201 MERLOT PRIVILEGE France £5.20/£6.20
202 GRANDUC TEMPRANILLO Spain £5.20/£6.20
203 LYNGROVE ESTATE PINOTAGE S. Africa £5.60/£6.60
207 BERTON VINEYARDS BLACK SHIRAZ Aus. £6.30/£7.80
301 SANTA DIGNA CAB. SAUV. RESERVE Chile £5.60/£6.60
My partner booked a surprise birthday meal here for me. It was fabulous. Friendly professional staff and delightful decor. The meal we had was second to none and beautifully presented. The cocktails we chose were superb. Before our meal we were served with Rye toast and Salmon dip which was very tasty. We were then offered a selection of hand made breads to choose from with two types of butter and rock salt. After our three courses we ordered coffee and was given a selection of homemade petitfors which were divine!. I was also presented with a happy birthday petitfor complete with birthday greeting and sparkler. I was most impressed with my birthday treat and would recommend it to anyone!! We will definitely return!
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.