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The Fishpond Freehouse

204 South Parade, Matlock Bath DE4 3NR, England
01629 581529
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Ranked #7 of 23 Restaurants in Matlock Bath
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $26
Cuisines: British
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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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English first
Croydon, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We initially tried this pub for a drink, but decided to stay for a meal when we saw others eating. The décor is frankly weird, with a huge mixture of styles in one room, and it lacks atmosphere, despite the little oil lamps on the tables. The dining end is better, and our food was good and plentiful, well priced.... More

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Horncastle, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We booked in here for a meal,as we were staying in Matlock Bath ready for a wedding the next day. Well what can I say, we were very pleasantly surprised. The restaurant, called The Raft, was beautifully decorated, & had a lovely ambience. Great menu, & the food was excellent, we decided to share the couple of cheese boards for... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I have used this pub several times. I have never had a bad experience. Very comfortable and nice. The staff have always been polite and helpful. It's cozy in winter and has good outdoor seating on warm days.

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East Midlands
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22 reviews 22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Visited Matlock Bath on Saturday and was surprised that most pubs stopped serving food early evening. The Fishpond serves food until 9pm so this is where we ended up. As a group we had steaks, beef burgers and veggie burgers. One of our friends suggested the food was 'style over substance' but ate his words when he struggled to finish... More

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Ian G, Manager at The Fishpond Freehouse, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to send your comments about the Fishpond. We pride our selves on our freshly prepared dishes and am delighted that you and your friends enjoyed their meal! We hope to welcome you back soon. More

Carlisle, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Called in when passing it had decent live music with good ale,clean tidy and staff very pleasant.Toilets very clean and modern an overall good experience.Drinks a reasonable price too unlike further up the road.

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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Wonderful service,wonderful food, definitely be visiting again keep up the good work well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Wow, what a great friendly pub with fantastic staff and a wide range of drinks, we were made to feel so welcome here and it was nice to sit outside and watch the world just pass by.

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8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Stopped here twice for a few drinks and it was lovely and clean with fantastic toilets,good choice of real ales and very friendly staff.

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CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

A group of 5 of us ate in the restaurant last weekend. It was a real treat to eat such wonderful food in a relaxed atmosphere that didn't feel 'stuffy' or pretentious. The standard of food was first class and presented beautifully. We all had a great evening - made extra special by the fact that we went into the... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We had been recommended to the restaurant and first impressions were a bit down-beat. However, when the food arrived we realised that nothing else mattered. The food was first class and there was plenty of it.

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