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The Fishpond Freehouse

Bar, British, Pub
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204 South Parade, Matlock Bath, Matlock DE4 3NR, England
01629 581529
10:00 am - 11:30 pm
10:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Fri - Sun 10:00 am - 1:00 am
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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186 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We came here for a mid week comedy night and had an enjoyable evening. The staff were friendly and helpful and the beer was well kept and flavoursome. There was a good atmosphere and a lovely beer garden outfront looking up the High Street. Looking forward to returning again in the near future. .

Thank filthurlow
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39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have been here quite a few times now for drinks (coke me), food and bands. Food has always been good, bands hit and miss and coke is coke. Service can be a bit erratic when the place is full but always been good The old Fishpond now that was another century.

Thank IainShsron
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Alec was the star of the show. When we accidentally ordered the wrong pizza he stepped in and made sure the vegetarian in our group didn't go hungry. Lovely location with great pizza.

2 Thank Saul S
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Called at The Fishponds just wandering about and wow found a gem , lovely 3 terraces at the back very nicely done , seating out at the front and well appointed inside bar area, we had pizza here and I have to say they were just to die for , defo be coming back here , the prices here are... More 

2 Thank freddy1000
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Recently stay in Matlock if you food after 6 that's not fish and chips then this is the place limited tables so beware . Only place with any kind of night life and on Sunday night they do jam nights it was fantastic Really enjoyed it . Well worth a visit and can deal with any allergy

2 Thank ALisonWo
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely pint of cold cider after a nice walk. Lovely place and friendly staff. A lot bigger than it looks

2 Thank Garry S
Derby, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is the worst review I'll ever have given a place. I've heard their pizzas are great but I should've asked if they did a gluten free version (my fault) - not sure whether they do. I ordered the Veg/Halloumi burger without the bun (I do this a lot as gluten free buns can be awful) when I tried to... More 

Thank Shelley J
Wombourne, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Called in for a late tea whilst driving through Matlock back towards our b and b. Was quite busy and there was a band playing but we got served quite quickly, great choice of real ales and they had a baker on site making fresh pizzas. I had the "Derbyshire" which can best be described as a breakfast on a... More 

2 Thank Adam T
Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Seems to be a popular bar with visitors and locals as it was busy both nights we went. Room terrace best place to sit if you want some peace. Has live bands and dj's on a weekend. Reasonably priced beer, not the friendliest staff in the village but that doesn't really matter if you only want a drink. Sitting out... More 

2 Thank Goggs1966
Matlock, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We popped in for a quick meal and had the stone-baked pizza which was delicious! Will definitely be back for more.

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

Hi thanks for your review and please come back for more! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$4 - $18
Bar, British, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Buffet, Waitstaff, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Dining on a budget, Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Open Hours
10:00 am - 11:30 pm
10:00 am - 1:00 am
10:00 am - 11:30 pm
10:00 am - 11:30 pm
10:00 am - 11:30 pm
10:00 am - 11:30 pm
10:00 am - 1:00 am
10:00 am - 1:00 am
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
The Fishpond Matlock Bath 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 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 Artisan bakery provides 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 and to deliver an unrivalled taste experience. Our Espresso coffee and Teas selection 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. To see our full event listing please check our gig guides. And we are also proud of our somewhat undiscovered Raft Restaurant... The Raft restaurant floats neatly on The Fishpond at Matlock Bath and retains many of the historic buildings original features. This restaurant is currently only available for private hire, with bespoke menus and various options. Dont be put off by this, our restaurant is usually free to hire if you're having a meal. We also host special events and themed evenings here, so watch this space. 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?