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“Lunch at The Fishpool”

The Fishpond Freehouse
Ranked #1 of 32 Restaurants in Matlock Bath
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $17
Cuisines: British
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Restaurant details
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!
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Lunch at The Fishpool”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Very good food and service nice beer and a warm welcome.We will call again when in Matlock.After been closed for some time it good to see it open again

Visited April 2013
Thank Joe H
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Derby, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Great real ale pub with live music”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

We called into the Fish Pond after bring recommended by friends and were not disappointed, live band playing on Friday night with a great atmosphere. Blue Monkey real ale being served one of my favourites and also Citra. All ages a really good night, will defiantly be back.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank lainey394
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“A disappointment...”
Reviewed April 6, 2013

We visited the fishpond for the second time last night after having a lovely meal the first time around. Upon arrival we had to wait for our table to be cleared of its previous occupants and their meals. Then looked at the shoddy menu which had dramatically Changed since the month before ( do not look at the menu on the website as there is no correlation between this and what is actually served ) there were no starters, two side orders , possibly 8 main courses and one dessert! The only good thing was the speed at which it was cooked. Once we had finished we patiently waited for our table to be cleared for 20 minutes but were ignored! So I had to go up to the bar to ask for our table to be cleared. Then when I went up to the bar to pay the bar woman looked at me in amaze that I had not put any tip in the jar! The only tip I have is sort your menu and customer service out and you may start to see some tips. I will definatey not be going again!!!
I am a 22 year old matlock resident and I will be sharing out experience with family and friends!
From Tim in matlock.

  • Visited April 2013
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1 Thank TimmyWalker
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Cannock, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

We visited for an afternoon drink and returned for an evening meal whilst staying in Matlock during easter week.
Inside the premises were bright warm and decorated in a modern fashion.
The staff were friendly and service was good with a wide range of beers and lagers.
The food was reasonably priced and the portions were of a decent size and of good quality.
We will definately visit again next time we are in town and would recommend the place.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank markledo
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“Great food”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

We ate here at lunchtime then booked to come back in the evening. The staff were friendly and the food was excellent value for money. There was a band on in the bar in the evening, this was a bit loud but we still had a great time.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Maxine B
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