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“Great welcome”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Duke William

The Duke William
Ranked #72 of 122 Restaurants in Matlock
Price range: $3 - $26
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Late Night, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Digital Payments, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Cheshire, UK
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great welcome”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2012

Stayed in a tent on the campsite here for one night. Overall had a great night with only a few minor niggles.

The People: Just fabulous! Could not have been more warmly welcomed and looked after; Mel and the staff were fantastic, and the locals were just as chatty and friendly. Turned up on the night of the outdoor skittles league match - was great to watch.
The Food: Good hearty stuff, what I'd call "proper pub grub". Not the high end quality stuff you find today in todays gastro pubs, but that's not what it is...... it's a local pub that serves unpretentious, not-too-bothered-about-presentation decent platefuls of decent grub.
The Pub: Like I said, a proper locals pub but without any of the clique-ness that can sometimes bring. Decor slightly dated, but good selection of ales, good sized dining area, separate TV / darts lounge and cracking service.
The Campsite: Flattish field behind the pub, just 4 other tents and one caravan when I stayed. Decent views across the valley and the church. Facilities ok - juts 2 toilets and one shower, but it's not a huge site so doesn't need huge toilet/shower block. Shower had plenty of hot water and was just about on the right side of ok from a cleanliness perspective. Only niggles were the church bells that pealed throughout the night - got used to it pretty quick though.

Not 5* caravan club type quality camping and facilities, but you're not going to get the Ritz for £5. Overall, I'd say 2/3* facilities with a 5* pub and welcome from the people. I had a great time and would definitely go back and stay there again.

  • Visited June 2012
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1 Thank Paul W
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English first
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Best in and around matlock”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2012 via mobile

Been coming to duke william for over 10 years and can not fault the campsite, pub and staff, mel and Jude always a pleasure to visit, that much so were there this weekend.

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Thank Distance0106
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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2012

Having had the Duke William recommended to us my wife and I intended to enjoy an evening there. Unfortunately we were told that we could not go in because I had my guide dog with me. This archaic and illegal attitude managed to completely ruin our evening. We are staying in Matlock again in May but certainly won't be attempting to visit this establishment, or recommending it to any of our friends.

  • Visited November 2011
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3 Thank Norman E
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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“Best night out we've had in ages, great food too”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2011

We stayed on the camp site and ate at the pub on Saturday night. Didn't know what to expect of the entertainment but we had the best night we'd had in ages DENNIS the singer/entertainer was excellent in making it a real party atmosphere as did Mel the owner, he was so funny.
Great food, a real choice too for my o.h who is a veggie and we always have a problem finding somewhere to suit him, he had a pizza and chips, said it was superb.
Wish we lived near here we would be regulars for sure.
Certainly will visit again.
Keep up the good work Duke William

  • Visited September 2011
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3 Thank ladybirdholly
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“Absolute recommend-Will definately return”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2011

Fab pub & campsite in an excellent location. Recommend the childrens nearby park which has a minature train & boat rides. Heights of Abraham (cablecars) a half hour walk away & very impressive, & great day out. Pub Grub very nice & reasonably priced. We took our 2.5yr old grandaughter camping here for 2 nites & she loved it. Campsite great (despite it being next to a church which for some reason insists to chime every hour - not great while you trying to kip!) Toilets lovely though could do with an extra WC & a mop in the shower room for campers to swish around after themselves! Overall, we really enjoyed our stay & hope to bring more of the family next year.

  • Visited August 2011
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1 Thank zoe006
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