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The Fishpond Freehouse

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204 South Parade, Matlock Bath DE4 3NR, England
01629 581529
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9:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: The Fishpond Matlock Bath is back and now represents the ultimate free...
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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Good for:
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 82
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good for a couple of pints...

Just been to 'The Fishpond' for a few drinks while visiting Matlock Bath. The pub/restaurant is based at the end of the 'Matlock Bath Strip'. Old looking building from the outside however looks like it has had a recent refurb inside with old and new styled decor. Good choice of food on the menu... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
Stephen W
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Walking upto The Fishpond, it looks okay. When inside tables were lacking chairs but we overlooked that and found a spare two for one of the free tables (even though it was dirty). When ordering the guy behind the bar wasn't interested in our order and the specials advertised food which wasn't available. We have to change orders and then... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Just been to 'The Fishpond' for a few drinks while visiting Matlock Bath. The pub/restaurant is based at the end of the 'Matlock Bath Strip'. Old looking building from the outside however looks like it has had a recent refurb inside with old and new styled decor. Good choice of food on the menu including burgers and of course fish... More 

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Maldon, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

An unusually laid out place with a modern lay out which I found quite welcoming. Bar had a reasonable selection of ales and lagers. Menu is bar food,She who must be obeyed had the beef stew and I had the pizza which come at a deal at £7.95 including a pint. The pizza, which was goats cheese and red pepper,... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Been here at least half a dozen times over the last 6 months. That says a lot. The margarita pizza is always amazing, and just £6! the guest ales are always different and really tasty. The homemade chips here are proper "just like mum used to make" and delicious. The staff are always friendly and service is generally good.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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21 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

We just happened to be passing through on a filthy Sunday evening and decided to call in for a drink. First impression as we walked in was warm and welcoming, and a fairly good selection of ales. It wasn't very busy so we got our drinks and went to sit near a lovely warming wood burner. We got talking to... More 

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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We visited the fishpond on the Valentine evening for a quick drink and were impressed with the surroundings ... lovely log burners ... nice furnishings and excellent attentive staff ... a bonus that doggies are allowed too ... as we had plans for that evening we decided to return 21st February for some food ... the service was very good... More 

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Fishpondteam, Food and beverage manager at The Fishpond Freehouse, responded to this review

Hi There Thank you very much for taking the time to review us I am so pleased that you enjoyed your experience with us I am also very happy that you are going to come and visit us again but just be careful as the staff and I just can't resist a cute doggie in the pub Thanks again The... More 

Derbyshire, England
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I called in for Sunday lunch today and I have to say it was very disappointing, for starters he ordered ham hock terrine, which stated that it came with toasted bread and actually came with un toasted brioche, I ordered mushroom and thyme soup with artisan bread and again this was served with the same brioche bread... More 

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Fishpondteam, Food and beverage manager at The Fishpond Freehouse, responded to this review

Hi There First of all apologies from all of us here at the Fishpond It really is a shame that you did not get the food at the standard we normally strive to achieve. Unfortunately your comments were not passed on to me at the time as I could have come and spoken to you myself to try and resolve... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Visit for my birthday was terrible. Complained about cold food to which nothing was done about it apart from a "that's no good is it" comment.My lasagna was that overdone in the microwave I could barely cut it. I emailed to say about this to which I'm still waiting a response. Never again will I set foot in here!!!!

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Fishpondteam, Food and beverage manager at The Fishpond Freehouse, responded to this review

Hello, I have emailed you today regarding your bad experience here at the Fishpond. It is very disappointing that the food was a bad standard as we strive to produce beautiful dishes made with fresh ingredients at all times. I am not going to make any excuses as the whole thing is inexcusable. Although I would just like to say... More 

Rotherham, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We popped into this pub for a bar meal, what we had was as good as some top class restaurants They had a good choice of draft beers which they offer samples if you ask. The staff are polite friendly and helpful. the portion sizes are generous well presented and very tasty. the woodburning stoves at each end made for... More 

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Fishpondteam, Food and beverage manager at The Fishpond Freehouse, responded to this review

Hello. Thank you for taking the time to review us. It is great that you had such a good time and is even better that you are going to come back to try our RAFT restaurant (I am sure you won't be disappointed) our menus are kept up to date on our website. We look forward to seeing you soon. More 

Sleaford, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We (being a group of 4) booked a table on Valentine's day for an evening meal. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble for the staff, the venue is positioned well in Matlock Bath, very clean, tidy and we'll presented. Food was extremely good quality and more than reasonable prices. On the night we found a live band performing, since... More 

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Fishpondteam, Food and beverage manager at The Fishpond Freehouse, responded to this review

Hi There, Thank you for your lovely review.I am so pleased that you enjoyed yourselves and have passed on you great comments to the team. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 204 South Parade, Matlock Bath DE4 3NR, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Derbyshire  >  Matlock Bath
  • Phone Number: 01629 581529

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 24
  • Cuisine: British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Outdoor seating

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!
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

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?