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The Fishpond Freehouse

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204 South Parade, Matlock Bath, Matlock DE4 3NR, England
01629 581529
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Drinks, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene
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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  • 110
    Excellent
  • 76
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 16
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Night out

Brilliant entertainment dj was great good 80s/90s night would go again bar staff very friendly not to expensive for drinks .

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Rick G
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Derby, United Kingdom
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stayed here for lunch on our tour of Matlock bath, the place is very nicely done out the menu caters for everyone. 4 of us had burgers, two lamb and two beef. The lamb burgers themselves were fine, the bread bun wasn't as fresh as it could of been but it was alright. The quality of the beef burgers were... More 

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Thank alfrid2000
Derby, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Brilliant entertainment dj was great good 80s/90s night would go again bar staff very friendly not to expensive for drinks .

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Thank Rick G
Fishpondteam, General Manager at The Fishpond Freehouse, responded to this review

Hi There, Thank you for taking the time to give us a review. The disco night was really good last Saturday, and I am very proud of the great staff I have. We try to keep our drinks as low as we can, (And ALL our home made food, fresh every day 12 - 9pm) and the Live music or... More 

Darley Dale, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lunch at the Fishpond was quiet. Barman was friendly and very helpful. Got us a highchair striaght away. We had sandwiches; one of them was toasted. The bread is delicious and the fillings were plentiful. Homemade red cabbage coleslaw - we love it! Tea was in a mug and very good.

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Thank Sue H
Fishpondteam, General Manager at The Fishpond Freehouse, responded to this review

Hi There, Thank you for your lovely review. It is so nice when customers actually recognise the staff that are serving them, so thank you for that. I am very proud of my team. You mentioned our bread, we have our own little bakery on site, so we make our bread fresh every morning, you can also buy our bread... More 

Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

we came on a Tuesday evening while visiting the area for some food. The woman on the bar was very friendly and helpful. We ordered food which was quick great value for money and so tasty. I had steak and it was cooked perfectly medium and full of flavour and my other half had a burger which he said was... More 

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Thank bethjosykes
Fishpondteam, General Manager at The Fishpond Freehouse, responded to this review

Hi There, Thank you for your lovely comments. Our bar staff are the best, and we are really proud of them all. I'm glad you enjoyed our food too, its thanks to our dedicated kitchen team that will only use local suppliers and we cook everything from fresh..... we even make our own bread ! Look forward to seeing you... More 

Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Always walked past...won't again. Tastefully decorated, great menu without a huge choice to put you off, friendly knowledgable staff. Food well presented, tasty and didn't take too long at all. An eye opener for me. Thanks. I will be a returning customer.

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Thank Rachael O
Fishpondteam, General Manager at The Fishpond Freehouse, responded to this review

Hi There, Thank you for your lovely words. Customers are always surprised when they come into the Fishpond pub, as its not always what they expect to see. We have a great team of staff (Its like our own little Fishpond family) I'm glad you enjoyed your meals, we buy all our produce in fresh.... daily, we even bake our... More 

Chesterfield, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not really a customer revue - but I played here recently with my 60's band - Rattled. The Fishpond has always been a great venue for top quality live entertainment both in the bar and the upstairs function room. We played in the bar on a Saturday night. It is more years than I care to remember since I was... More 

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Thank Steve S
Fishpondteam, General Manager at The Fishpond Freehouse, responded to this review

Hi Steve, Thank you for putting your comments on here, I really do appreciate it. I'm glad you enjoyed your gig, we had some great feed back from staff and customers too. Its free live music in the bar Fri and sat nights and Molly Mays talent show on a Sunday night. You mentioned we have done a vast improvement... More 

Level Contributor
12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016 via mobile

Went for early evening meal in the bar. The pub was very quiet (but it was only 7pm). Chose scampi & the pie. Both were nicely presented. The scampi good & chips in basket. The salad came with dressing on which I like but my son does not & therefore left. My husband had chicken & mushroom pie which he... More 

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Thank eieilowe
Fishpondteam, General Manager at The Fishpond Freehouse, responded to this review

Hi There, Thank you for your comments. I'm please you are happy with the value of your meals and drinks. I'm sorry your son was not happy with the salad dressing, If your calling in again, please feel free to order your salad without dressing, we are more than happy to accommodate your requests. I will mention the pie pastry... More 

Chesterfield, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

Friendly greeting on arrival. Oliver our dogue de Bordeaux was made welcome as well. Good traditional ales and lovely home fires. We all enjoyed our meals. Hot and tasty food. Adequate portions and Oliver enjoyed his sausage.

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Thank Joanie259
Fishpondteam, General Manager at The Fishpond Freehouse, responded to this review

Hi There, Thank you for your lovely words. Im glad you all enjoyed your meals and time with us. And Oliver is always welcome back. See you soon. More 

Chesterfield, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
105 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

Popped in for a few drinks on Saturday evening. Nice atmosphere, comfy seats and good real ales on. Bonus a band was on which made a nice change. No complaints, I'd definitely return. No comments on the food as we didn't eat.

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Thank Zoe M
Fishpondteam, General Manager at The Fishpond Freehouse, responded to this review

Hi There, Thank you for your lovely comments. We do try to make the pub nice and comfy / welcoming. We also have a great range of real ales to enjoy while you sit by the cosy log fires. We have live music on in the bar Fri and Sat nights, and a talent night on a Sun evening. Try... More 

Sheffield, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
231 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

Hubby and myself decided too have a visit too Derbyshire as a pre christmas rush chill. We drove through bakewell , too Matlock and after a walk around and a coffee we decided too visit Matlock bath, the fishpond was the only Christmas decoration we saw , a big bright Christmas tree in the from court year drew us too... More 

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Thank ablb
Fishpondteam, Manager at The Fishpond Freehouse, responded to this review

Hi There, Thank you for visiting us, and thank you for your comments on our Christmas tree - If your passing through next year, we have a great plan for next years tree ! But hopefully we will see you back here soon. Have a great new year ! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 23
  • Cuisine: British, Pub, Pizza, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene

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
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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