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The Stepping Stones

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British, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub, Gluten Free Options
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Carnation Way, Ashbourne DE6 1AY, England
441335300800
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11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We stayed in the travel lodge opposite hence picking the stepping stones to eat. We ordered food (approx 10 people) there was approximately a 45 minute wait between starters and mains. The food was average some meals good others burnt. Desserts were nice. We also had breakfast there which was undercooked. Cheap and convenient - nothing more.

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Wymondham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited 13th September 2016 at 6pm. Quickly seated and order taken by waitress named Wez. (short for Leslie). Our order was brought to the table within a reasonable time and the food was of good quality. Wez returned several times to ensure everything was in order which it was. This particular evening there was a horrific storm which set off... More 

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

Thank you very much for your lovely comments! I remember that night very well! Hope to see you again soon. Samantha More 

Stafford, United Kingdom
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395 reviews
230 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It started off well when we were quickly seated and our drinks orders were taken straight away which I love. It went down hill after that. A group of 5 people were seated next to us even though the table wasn't big enough and they were virtually on top of us. Eventually they asked to be moved. They were told... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback. If you would like to contact us on 01335 300800 to discuss further. Samantha More 

worcester
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped for lunch at approx 1.30. Service prompt and friendly. BUT we had eaten by 2.00 and wanted a dessert. Waited 15 minutes no site of waiters/waitresses, only 1 girl frying to serve behind the bar and take orders. I saw a meal delivered to the table by a guy who appeared to be the chef. The guy who,I took... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry you did not enjoy your visit. If you would like to contact us on 01335 300800 to discuss further. Samantha More 

Aylesbury
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had a great spit roast chicken between 4 of us with sides, deserts and drinks for under £40. Service was slow to start with but think we arrived at a peak time early evening, and the coffee machine had broken. On the plus side, the food was quick to come after placing our order and I really enjoyed a very... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback. We hope to see you again in the future. Samantha More 

Bedlington, United Kingdom
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208 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Finding somewhere open for food on a Sunday night can be a bit of a challenge. This is part of the Marston's chain so it has a standard quality to it. Very busy and popular and the food was good and service was fine, though there seems some confusion at tables round us. Overall we would happily return here, easy... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback. We hope to see you again in the future. Samantha More 

Downpatrick
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The worst service I have ever experienced. Food slow to arrive and barely warm when it did. Tasted ok but the long wait on food and drink was interminable. Had to ask for what we had ordered on three occasions. The restaurant wasn't busy but the staff just didn't seem to notice us or care. For instance while our waitress... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry you did not enjoy your visit. If you would like to contact us on 01335 300800 to discuss further. Samantha More 

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Me and my hubby were driving past here on the way home and decided to stop for some lunch - nice to get waitress service and not have to queue at the bar - they do a lovely rotisserie chicken with a range of side dishes - hubby had a buttermilk chicken burger very filling we topped it off with... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback. We hope to see you again in the future Samantha More 

Alfreton, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was very tasty and the service was brilliant. The waitress, Charlotte, was friendly and made our experience very enjoyable. Would recommend this pub to anyone. I will definitely be returning soon.

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

Thank you for your feedback. We hope to see you again in the future. Samantha More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Staying in the next door Travelodge whilst on training course about 10 miles away. Second time doing this the first time was in March 2013. No Aldi next door last time. Meal last good as was service. This time however was a bad experience. Ordered a rack of ribs which arrived after a reasonable time. Had a couple of the... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry you did not enjoy your visit. If you would like to contact us on 01335 300800 to discuss further. Samantha More 

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Restaurant Details

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
Average prices
$7 - $16
Cuisine
British, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Carnation Way, Ashbourne DE6 1AY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Derbyshire  >  Ashbourne
  • Phone Number: 441335300800
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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?