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“Thank goodness something new in matlock bath !!!!”

The Fishpond Freehouse
Ranked #1 of 34 Restaurants in Matlock Bath
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $17
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: 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!
Reviewed November 6, 2012

Friendly staff , really made to feel at home , love the smiles ! Fantastic food nice choice , and could do adults meals (as its all made fresh to order) For children. The fire was on and burning brightly ,nice and cosy , i appreaciate it may not always be possible for the staff to light , but its well worth it !!! Nice clean venue SOMETHING NEW FOR MATLOCK BATH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i WILL DEFFO BE RETURNING !!

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Thank Alice609
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Reviewed November 5, 2012 via mobile

2 bands on whilst we where there both free and excellent great atmosphere and good value pity we couldn't try food but looked excellent and we will again when we are back in matlock

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Reviewed November 2, 2012

Our first visit was on a wet miserable evening, we sat at a table near to a lovely log fire and had pizza and wine, very quiet due to the weather, but said we shall come here again. 2 days later, last day but one of our holiday and we decided to go to The Fishpond again. No log fire, where the tables had been was a stage of sorts (think a band were performing later) nowhere to sit, staff did not seem fussed. Disappointing, especially after our first visit.

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Thank Steve T
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

Been here quite often / food / comedy night , but one night while looking at the menu with 3 other friends we were told "you'll have to move from there soon " the band has to set up." Thought the idea of entertainment was to bring people in not turn them away! Still Charles made a few quid out of us.

Thank Clive B
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

The Fishpond is set to take on a new lease of life since re-opening this year! A great artisan bakery (bread sold at the bar to take home as well), fresh pizzas, a changing locally sourced menu and growing list of live music, it's a pub for locals and visitors! Try the churros, best this side of Toledo!

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Thank bongotraveller
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