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The Stepping Stones

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British, Pub, Brew Pub
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Carnation Way, Ashbourne DE6 1AY, England
441335300800
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11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Families with children
Description: Next to The Travelodge Hotel, Five minute drive from Ashbourne Town centre...
Next to The Travelodge Hotel, 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.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good pub grub.

Nice specials. What you'd expect from a Marston's pub. Good service. Hot food. Can get very busy, but is perfect if you're staying at the Travelodge next door. Outside area is nice.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
AILamb
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North Wootton, United Kingdom
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North Wootton, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice specials. What you'd expect from a Marston's pub. Good service. Hot food. Can get very busy, but is perfect if you're staying at the Travelodge next door. Outside area is nice.

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Hannahstubbings, Assistant manager at The Stepping Stones, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback, we are looking forward to seeing you again soon! More 

Cambridge, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The service was warm and friendly and the food was spectacular. The value was exceptionally good. If you are not looking for a top/high price restaurant then you can't go wrong here!

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Hannahstubbings, Assistant manager at The Stepping Stones, responded to this review

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Ashbourne, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great food great service a big thanks to laura..jeanette ..cara and jordan who served us. We were quite a big group with lots of children.They all had impeccable patience

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Hannahstubbings, Assistant manager at The Stepping Stones, responded to this review

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lincolnshire
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Staying at local travel lodge so had dinner one evening, the rotisserie chicken is especially good , also the Lasagne got my wife's approval. One tip....Join Marstons website and get a free drink voucher prior to travelling, you will get newsletters and e mails but also a free drink!!

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Thank paquito54
Hannahstubbings, Assistant manager at The Stepping Stones, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback, the Rotisserie Chicken is very popular! We are glad you enjoyed it! We hope to see you again soon. More 

Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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156 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dined here in a group of 8 last week. The Stepping Stones is a budget restaurant that offers most dishes in a 2 for £10 menu. This is a good choice of you are on a budget. The quality of the food isn't amazing but you get what you pay for I suppose. Staff were good and looked after our... More 

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Hannahstubbings, Assistant manager at The Stepping Stones, responded to this review

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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126 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in here on a cold windy night whilst staying nearby. Clean , comfy and good service. We went for the 2 meals for £10 offer and the meals came very quickly . The food could have been slightly warmer - you're bever going to get 5 star cuisine at the price but it was excellent value for money.

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Hannahstubbings, Assistant manager at The Stepping Stones, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback and we hope to see you again soon! More 

Doncaster, United Kingdom
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98 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very well located restaurant adjacent to the Travelodge, and the by pass. Food is basically good- but careless presentation- such as three cheese tartlet chosen had been unnecessarily burnt on one side-- this apparently did not matter. Prawn cocktail was presented with knife and fork!!! For price though- good value.

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Thank 1949etwall
Hannahstubbings, Assistant manager at The Stepping Stones, responded to this review

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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate here one night while not staying too far away. we ordered mains from the 2 for£10 menu and added starters as we weren't sure what the portion size would be like for our mains. both starters were lovely and had no complaints about the generous portions for our mains. All this topped off with lovely service, we will... More 

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Thank nickp2121
Hannahstubbings, Assistant manager at The Stepping Stones, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback, we all hope to see you again very soon! More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate here couple of nights while staying at the Travelodge next door. There is a pleasant welcoming atmosphere and the menu was varied and imaginative. We were in a family party including 3 generations and a vegetarian and everybody was happy with the variety, quality and portion sizes. The staff were friendly and efficient.

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Hannahstubbings, Assistant manager at The Stepping Stones, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely feedback and we all hope to see you again soon! More 

Ashbourne, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Poor menu choice, and even worse standard of food. Sunday afternoon we expected a Sunday roast, as was advertised. The choice was chicken or turkey and no other meat. Who wants turkey less than 3 weeks after Christmas. We chose 2 main courses from the normal menu however both my husband's and my meal were of dreadfully poor quality, badly... More 

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Thank andymichele
Hannahstubbings, Assistant manager at The Stepping Stones, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback! We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your visit. If you would like to speak with a member of management please contact us (steppingstones.ashbourne@marstons.co.uk) we would love to hear from you! Thank you. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Carnation Way, Ashbourne DE6 1AY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Derbyshire  >  Ashbourne
  • Phone Number: 441335300800

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 17
  • Cuisine: British, Pub, Brew Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

Next to The Travelodge Hotel, 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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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