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The Stepping Stones

Carnation Way, Ashbourne DE6 1AY, England
01335-30-08-00
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Ranked #36 of 66 Restaurants in Ashbourne
Price range: $8 - $20
Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Brew Pub
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Next to The Travelodge Hotel, three years old with a fantastic "Impact" garden. Five minute drive from Ashbourne Town centre and twenty minutes drive from Alton Towers and Derby City Centre. Easy access from A52 and A50 and open every day. Breakfast served from March to October during holiday season.
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English first
Leasingham, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

great friendly service, good and fair prices and lovely food with good size portions, child friendly with a little park outside and very clean facilities

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Just popped on for an early evening drink. 1 pint, 1cider and 1 lager nearly £12 a bit steep I thought. Was ok place, nothing special. Ample parking

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Diss, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Having been to my local Materson's and finding service there awful, thought try this one which was next door to where I was staying only yo find the service was just as bad. An hour from ordering to mains arriving. Food was warm and plates hot as if been sat around for a while. Seems service not this chain's strong... More

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AshbourneBob, Manager at The Stepping Stones, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. I am very sorry that you did not enjoy your recent visit. We do get very busy, though you should not have to wait that long for main courses. I would appreciate if you could contact us at your earliest convenience to discuss the issues you faced, an to hopefully find some answers and solutions.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This is a great eating place with a great choice on the menu,you get plenty for your money.Its clean and the staff are very cheerful and helpful.The menu for children is excellent.If you are travelling that way and want a bite to eat don't pass it,the visit would be certainly worth it.

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AshbourneBob, Manager at The Stepping Stones, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. We are extremely happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit, and felt that everything was very enjoyable. Our children's menu is an award winner, and a lot of time went into developing it, so its great to hear that it was a winner for you as well. We look forward to seeing you again... More

Sudbury, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Visited here whilst staying one night at the travelodge next door. So glad we chose to eat on its doorstep. Food was really lovely, nothing outstanding, just good hearty grub. The restaurant itself looked fine, nothing special or fancy. However, the service was exceptional. Friendly, attentive and not to overbearing. The waitress was happy to rescue me from a daddy... More

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AshbourneBob, Manager at The Stepping Stones, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. We are very happy to see you enjoyed your recent visit, and that you felt everything was to your satisfaction. Our staff are a credit to us, and deliver service way beyond what is asked of them. Insects are just one of the things we have to be aware of during service! Its great to... More

Buckinghamshire
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51 reviews 51 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We ( 2 adults 1 child) went in for an evening meal about 8pm. Although the menu and promotional material brands the place as a rotisserie restaurant we were told they had completely run out of chicken, only had ciabatta roles if we wanted burgers and several other menu choices were unavailable. This was on a Monday evening! The food... More

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AshbourneBob, Manager at The Stepping Stones, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. I am very sorry that you were not able to order what you would have liked. Unfortunately there was a problem with our food order on the Monday morning, and as a result we ran out of quite a few items. We did explain this to all guests when they entered, so as not to... More

Manchester, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

great place to go for a cheap meal and drinks. the food is good here and if you go before 5pm in the week meals are really cheap and not disappointing. if you order the rotisserie chicken you get loads so take a doggy bag. staff attentive and pleasant. gardens outside are nice and there is a little park for... More

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AshbourneBob, Manager at The Stepping Stones, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments, it is great to hear you enjoy to take advantage of our lunch menu, which is very popular. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to seeing you very soon. More

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The young lady how took our order was very patient as we couldn't make up our minds. We ordered fron the menu Two courses for £8. Garlic mushrooms, 8oz Rump steak served rare. delicious, very good. Everything very good even the Pedigree. If in Ashbourne again I would certainly visit again.

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AshbourneBob, Manager at The Stepping Stones, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. Its great to hear you enjoyed the service and food, and our lunch menu is a very good offer and very popular with everyone. And its always a great compliment to hear our Pedigree is hitting the spot. We very much look forward to welcoming you back very soon. More

Westcliff-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

I used to live in the area and have been to this place several times the first time we went just after it opened was OK and the food reasonable ever since then its been dreadful. We last went on our latest trip to see the in-laws after my father in law mentioned that it was supposed to have improved... More

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AshbourneBob, Manager at The Stepping Stones, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback, and I am very sorry you did not have an enjoyable visit. I would add that if you felt the food was not up to the standard it should be, please let us know as soon as possible, and we will do everything we can to rectify it. This is especially true of the chicken,... More

Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Happened upon this restaurant/pub by accident, with a family of 6 everybody enjoyed their meals and we came back a second time. The food was a really good price and there was a lot of variety... except for somebody who doesn't eat meat/cheese/eggs/dairy! As a vegan there was only one option for me to eat, every other vegetarian option was... More

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AshbourneBob, Manager at The Stepping Stones, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback, and we are very happy that you enjoyed your visit. We do try to ensure that we give as much choice as possible and cater for all needs. The point you make is a very good one and it is certainly something we will feed back to the menu developers for future menus. We look... More

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