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The Thorn Tree

Certificate of Excellence
British, Pub, Bar
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48 Jackson Road, Matlock DE4 3JQ, England
+44 1629 580295
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tue - Thu 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Showing 88: English reviews
Derby, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to the thorn tree several times and have been meaning to write a review for sometime, this is a very busy tiny pub which on a summer evening has a view which is absolutely stunning. The food is amazing either on Wednesday pie night or Sunday evening meal, expect to wait but it's worth it! If you... More 

Thank stuart w
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a bit of an uphill walk but well worth it for the views and perfect conditioned beer served. The Wednesday pie night was brilliant. A choice of pastry top, four different fillings and choices for potatoes and veg. Great idea and top class food.

Thank Sharon Alexandr... D
Matlock, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2016

This is a great little pub with good ales and and plenty of charm. Inside there is a small 'snug' to the left and a larger bar room to the right but.......... outside they have a well covered seating area (smoking to the right) which offers a fantastic view over the Matlock/ Matlock Bath valley. We sat one evening and... More 

Thank k_mckegney
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

Recommended to visit, we made a specific journey earlier in the day to check it out. Opens at 5pm website states food from 6-8. Returned at 5.45 no tables, but never mind decided to get a drink and wait for a table. Finally at 6.05 we sat down and asked for a menu.....only to be asked if we were on... More 

2 Thank Chris T
Matlock, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

The views across the Derbyshire dakes to Riber Castle are fantastic. Lunchtime food is plentiful and filling - particularly the filled oatcakes, served with chips and salad. Lunch for three people, excluding drinks, was about £14.50.

Thank macclesfieldgourmand
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

Visited for real ales and discovered the most amazing view of the Dales. Not easily accessible but adds to the charm and keeps it hidden.

Thank juniorj12
Newcastle, Australia
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42 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

A visit to the Thorn Tree is a must for anyone visiting Matlock/The Peaks District. Set high on a hill overlooking Matlock it provides sweeping views of the surrounding countryside including the Heights of Abraham and Riber Castle. You can choose from sitting on the outside terrace enjoying the views or sitting inside taking in the quirky bar.Either way you... More 

Thank Jim L
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016 via mobile

100%out of 100% The best pie we have tasted great pub family's so welcome we have travelled from midlands and back to have these pies love um thank you great staff from pat & Bev

2 Thank 924patrick
Alfreton, United Kingdom
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258 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016 via mobile

There's not many great pubs around anymore but this is one of them. Lovely staff and great beers. Wonderful atmosphere and comfortable surroundings. Good food and outdoor terrace with wonderful views. Recommended

1 Thank Lambers2013
Derby, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016

The beer is excellent; there's always a good choice for the real ale drinker and you can try before you commit to a pint! The lunchtime meals are delicious, with chunky wedge chips & lovely fresh bread for the sandwich options. They also do a mean salad if you want a lighter bite. Portions are generous so it's good value.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$6 - $11
British, Pub, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Dining on a budget
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 48 Jackson Road, Matlock DE4 3JQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Derbyshire  >  Matlock
  • Phone Number: +44 1629 580295
We are a small pub, with a strong focus on real ale. We serve lunch Tuesday to Friday (12 Noon - 1.30Pm). We have a pie night every Wednesday (6pm - 8.00Pm) and we serve roast dinners on a Sunday (5pm - 6.30Pm). However, we don't serve food on any other evenings.

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