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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 - 1:00 am
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Fri - Sun 10:00 am - 1:00 am
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I visited for an evening meal with my family, the staff were friendly, it had a good atmosphere and the food came quickly and was really lovely, the portion size was good and reasonably priced. Would definitely eat there again.

2 Thank Janine W
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Thanks again for your great hospitality and food we love this place. Staff are so professional. Really wish it was possible too get this service everywhere you go. Will be back again really soon and will get the name of that lovely barman

2 Thank flashleicester
Darley Dale, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Absolutely fabulous place serving some of the best pub grub in the area. Can choose to sit and eat inside or outside and all areas are spotlessly clean. Good beers too and not over priced .

2 Thank anthony r
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

They serve great pizzas here, stone baked and different toppings, if you are looking for a decent pizza you can swap some of the toppings if you speak to the barman and ask nicely ;) They also serve good, artisan bread (although that seemed expensive if I remember rightly) and of course... good beer! The decor is good inside although... More 

2 Thank Fe F
North of London, UK
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Really nice pub. Had really good pub food at a good price and beers that I like. Interesting split level beer garden at the back and tables out front to watch the world go by. Stayed in the town for a week and chose to have dinner there twice.

2 Thank Sat_with_some_cereal
Manchester, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited The Fishpond for dinner during our visit to Matlock Bath. Nice pub/restaurant although the staff appeared a little disorganised to be honest...cutlery brought to the table after the food etc. Food was nice, served very hot and the outdoor fishpond is a lovely feature

2 Thank Katie Louise F
Bristol, United Kingdom
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170 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very friendly chap at the bar and the waitress did clean our table when requested. Would say this is possibly a pretty basic place to eat - food was ok, nothing to complain about, but wouldn't recommend or use it again ourselves.

Thank Terence K
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely place to go since its been done up! Lovely terrace at the back away from the main road and noise of Matlock bath. Fantastic food and great value you get huge portions

1 Thank Kim S
Sheffield, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came in this afternoon for food and drinks. The food is gorgeous, the place is lovely inside and out. The staff were all very friendly. Although one poor girl behind the bar had to deal with a horrible rude woman. I really felt for her. The woman had rudely interrupted me and the bar lady while I was placing my... More 

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

Hi There, Thank you for your lovely review - we do try and make it a great place to visit. But sadly we are faced from time to time with customers that are dam right rude. I have been given a description of the woman in question and apparently she has been in before and visits another pub in Matlock... More 

Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to stop here for a spot of lunch as we did not feel like fish and chips. We were happy to see that this establishment offered more than that. We both ordered the pizzas which were very tasty and reasonably priced; 2 for £12. The staff were super friendly and did not make us feel unwelcome as we... More 

2 Thank Dups88

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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, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Buffet, Waitstaff, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Large groups
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?