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All 23 Matlock Bath Restaurants

The Fishpond Freehouse

204 South Parade, Matlock Bath DE4 3NR, England
01629 581529
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Ranked #8 of 23 Restaurants in Matlock Bath
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $24
Hours:
Sun - Thu 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 1:00 am
Cuisines: British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: The Fishpond Matlock Bath is back and now represents the ultimate free house experience for the people and visitors of Matlock Bath. Offering an unsurpassed range of traditional beers, continental lagers, fine wines, spirits and soft drinks, the newly refurbished bar is a great place to meet with friends or family. By working with our local breweries we hope to provide our customers with a more sophisticated selection at the bar. Guests of our establishment are not only offered a dynamic place to gather and mingle, but also a place to participate in the entertainment through interactive events, celebrations, and live music. Our new Artisan bakery will provide our menus with the finest breads, pastries and pizza - all served in our casual dining ambiance. The philosophy of food at the fishpond is to ethically source seasonal fresh produce to deliver an unrivalled taste experience. Our Espresso coffee and Teas selection sourced from local Roasters is available throughout service along with menus that reflect the time of day. For those wanting a spot of live music Over the years The Fishpond name has become synonymous with Live Music, our 200 capacity Ballroom regularly hosts live bands and entertainment and has seen the likes of Ian Dury, Thin Lizzy take the stage. As a focal point for local and touring music please check our gig guides to find out what's coming up as we look to reinstate the reputation of this once great music venue. And we are also proud to introduce our Raft Restaurant... Raft restaurant floats neatly on The Fishpond at Matlock Bath and retains many of the historic buildings original features. We aim to take our food to another level; offering a unique dining experience from solid oak tables complete with fish detail to the warming log burners that frame the room. The style of food on offer is contemporary British with a European twist and the menus will showcase the best local produce from reputable suppliers. Our menu will also follow the seasons to ensure ingredients are at their finest when used. We take pride in the reputation we have as a friendly, welcoming and professional venue, and hope to see you soon at The Fishpond!
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Fishpond had change abit from our last visit. Gone a little more up market. But it is still a nice pub. It was nice to sit outside and have a drink and watch the world go by.

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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We're regular 'goer outers' to restaurants in Derbyshire, in a gang or on our own, and I wanted to book somewhere 'new' (to us!) for a birthday treat. The Fishpond had been stuck in my mind as the 'grungy pub in Matlock Bath' for years, and years. I knew it had changed, but hadn't really taken much notice. I checked... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Don't be put off by the name of this place as the food we were served with was very tasty & good value for money. They did seem a little short staffed & I was kept waiting at the bar to make my order & to pay at the end. That said when I did interact with the 2 ladies... More 

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Audley, England, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Great pub/restaurant. Good atmosphere, good selection of drinks including real ales. Car park directly opposite the pub. Food was very tasty and reasonably priced. Good selection on the menu and nothing too posh, just decent meals that anyone would enjoy. Would definitely recommend and will go again when I'm next in Matlock Bath

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stockton on tees
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10 reviews 10 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We stayed in matlock bath between Christmas and New year and we visited The Fishpond for lunch 2 days in a row. The food was great, very tasty, reasonably priced and there was something on the menu for everyone in our party. We all agreed that it was so good that we didn't bother trying anyway else, we were a... More 

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Alannah S, Manager at The Fishpond Freehouse, responded to this review

Hello There So pleased you have given us such a lovely review! And it's great that you returned after your first visit if you are in the area again soon we hope to see you If you would like any information about our menus or booking a table please give us a call or take a look at our website... More 

Barnsley, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We stayed at a local hotel for three nights between Christmas and New Year that did not serve food on Sunday evening. We called at the Fishpond on Saturday for a drink and asked what time they served food until on the Sunday. We were told until 9pm. We also asked if we needed to book a table for the... More 

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Alannah S, Manager at The Fishpond Freehouse, responded to this review

Hello there I can't apologise enough for the mix up in communication Unfortunately you should have been informed that the Raft restaurant is only open from 12-6 on a Sunday. It should also have been explained to you that on a Sunday evening we can be incredibly quiet and so may close the kitchen early All of the staff have... More 

manchester
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

On our weekend away in Matlock Bath we ate at the Fishpond on the Saturday night. Having called in on the Friday night to book a table we were slightly disappointed that there were no tables available in the Raft restaurant. That disappointment disappeared when our food arrived. Everything was cooked to perfection, well presented, reasonably priced and with excellent... More 

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Alannah S, Manager at The Fishpond Freehouse, responded to this review

Hello Thank you for taking the time to review us I am so happy you enjoyed your experience here I have passed this great review on to all of the team If you visit again please give us a call and we will book you in to our Raft restaurant Thanks again The Manager The Fishpond More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We came here for a meal after a busy day out in Matlock Bath. The food was delicious and the childrens meals were very good sized portions. It was halloween when we visited and the pub and restaurant was beautifully decorated for the occasion, even the staff were dressed up too. The staff were very friendly and gave sweets to... More 

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Alannah S, Manager at The Fishpond Freehouse, responded to this review

Hi There I am so glad you had fun We all really enjoyed it! (we love to dress up) Families are always welcome here at the Fishpond and we hope you and your family will visit again soon Thank you for taking the time to review us The Manager The Fishpond More 

Lincoln, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Had a table upstairs which was nice & quite. A really great meal with home made bread, which was also on offer to buy, so took some home. Friendly staff very polite & helpful as my son & daughter in law vegetarian. The main bar was nice & looks to have a range of live music during the week.

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Alannah S, Manager at The Fishpond Freehouse, responded to this review

Hi There Thank you for your review I am glad you enjoyed your meal and got to see what we offer Our bakery is really kicking off now with fresh bread being produced every day We want our pub to be lively and fun with our Raft restaurant being a quiet relaxing place to enjoy a nice meal I am... More 

Upminster
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Situated opposite the museum of mining, this recently redeveloped free house and its Raft's restaurant offer a great selection of real ales, log fires and good food. I would imagine it's very much the heart of the local community.

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Alannah S, Manager at The Fishpond Freehouse, responded to this review

Hi There Thank you for your review Keep up to date with everything that's coming up this year on our website Hope to see you come back soon The Manager The Fishpond More 

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Additional Information about The Fishpond Freehouse

Address: 204 South Parade, Matlock Bath DE4 3NR, England
Phone Number: 01629 581529
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Derbyshire  >  Matlock Bath
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 am
Average Prices: USD 0 - 24
Cuisine: British

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