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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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Hours:
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
Reservations
Late Night

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 80
    Excellent
  • 46
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 7
    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
Excellent

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
LIz B
,
Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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152 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

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
Contributor
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 

1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 via mobile

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
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 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 

Manchester
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

I visited this public house twice in 24 hours....Very friendly and welcoming staff....Charming wood burners keeping the modern interior very appealing...Tried the homemade pizza, and it was so good I had another the next day....

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

Hello. Thank you for your review, it's great that you actually came back to have another pizza, we make the dough and sauces in house and it's really good to hear about how much people enjoy them, thanks again for your review and hopefully we can tempt you back for many more visits and pizza's. More 

Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Me and my partner decided to visit after seeing the menu change and were very pleasantly surprised. Portions are huge and very tasty and all home cooked food. Lovely atmosphere and good selection of beers/ciders as well

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

Hi There. Thank you for your great review. It really does make a difference when you get served fresh food doesn't it? we are always looking for the freshest ingredients and our chefs are all very enthusiastic about the food they create. Also glad you enjoyed our selection of real ales etc, we are lucky to be surrounded by some... More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

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

Hello, thank you for taking the time to review us and hope to see you at the Fishpond again soon. More 

Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

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

Hello. What a wonderful review to read, Thank you so much. you have described the Fishpond and Raft restaurant as just how we want our guests to feel when they come here. The ham hock portion really was too big and we have scaled it down a bit (not too much though). We look forward to seeing you again very... More 

Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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Fishpondteam, Food and beverage manager at The Fishpond Freehouse, responded to this review

Hi There, thank you for taking time to review us. I am so glad you enjoyed the food, sometimes we can get a lot busier than we origionally thought and this leaves us short staffed, I am really pleased the ladies that served you were pleasant though and I shall pass on the good comments to the team. Thanks again 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 - 25
  • 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?