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The Fishpond Freehouse

204 South Parade, Matlock Bath, Matlock DE4 3NR, England
+44 1629 55006
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good28%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible6%
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“pizza” (107 reviews)
“bread” (29 reviews)
“pork” (7 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
204 South Parade, Matlock Bath, Matlock DE4 3NR, England
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Reviewed today via mobile

Came on the music festival weekend. Great friendly pub. Plenty of staff as the place has heaving which was great as although it was sonetimes 5 deep at the bar you didnt have to wait too long. Plenty of outside seating and an outside upstairs...More

Thank Juleshine
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went here to meet up with an old mate I knew from my RAF days way back from 40 years ago. Their choice of real ale was just the best and helped the memories of past days of glory flow freely. I had a steak...More

1  Thank Edwardo C
Reviewed 3 days ago

We went for a pizza each and had to wait ages at least half an hour then two out of three arrived with no cutlery had to go and ask. Pizzas were tough and we had to give up in the end could not eat....More

Thank MariaD48pink
Reviewed 5 days ago

Popped in here for drinks at the weekend and it was packed inside and out.There was a good atmosphere and staff where rushed but polite.Layout is good both in and out and good choice of drinks and food. Enjoyed our hours stay.

1  Thank chrisworthington48
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Don't understand some of the negative reviews we went on Saturday during the music festival so everwhere was rammed. We ordered the pizzas and the brisket on mustard mash ,food was lovely and huge portions especially the pizzas. Service and wait for food was very...More

1  Thank Malko79
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had completed a pre-order form for 17 meals, including some starters and 17 main courses. All were delivered as per order and enjoyed by all. The Fishpond has a great atmosphere and serves quality food.

1  Thank FordKA05
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A weird little town, with numerous fish and chip shops and only a couple of other plaices to eat. Fishponds looked the best of the bunch...expecting the worst we were both very pleasantly surprised. Having walked from a neighbouring village we were hungry and the...More

1  Thank hockey1991
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Matlock Baths yesterday with a group of friends and were looking for a pub with a nice beer garden when we discovered this pub with its beatutiful roof terrace so thought a perfect place for some food and drinks. After looking at the...More

4  Thank mcdonnellkatherine6
Reviewed 1 week ago

12 of us attended yesterday for meal and drinks. The barman got our food order wrong, we didn't find out until the meals were brought out and there was no pork dinner for myself. We complained and the young barman shrugged his hands in the...More

2  Thank SkyBluesMark
Fishpondteam, Manager at The Fishpond Freehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Until recently I was personally unaware of this complaint. I understand that it has been reported to one of our managers of whom I must discuss it with in order to respond to your review properly. We would be more than happy to discuss this...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had lunch here during a day out, the location is amazing on the near the river in Matlock Bath, beer and lager both pretty average, both went really flat almost immediately. My wife had a basic tomato & basil pasta dish which she really enjoyed...More

1  Thank chunkboozy
Fishpondteam, Manager at The Fishpond Freehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting us and for your recent review. Sorry you found our beer selection disappointing. We change our selection very regularly and sometimes it just depends if the beers we have on suit your individual tastes. That said we always have at least...More

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Questions & Answers
Tracy S
June 25, 2018|
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Response from Mandy H | Reviewed this property |
No, but there is a small public car park opposite
victoria m
May 25, 2018|
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Response from Fishpondteam | Property representative |
Hi given that its Sunday evening now I guess that we're too late in getting back to you sorry. Perhaps for next time its worth noting that we do offer vegan options, ok not and extensive menu but some . . . . Vegan... More
Jennifer K
December 12, 2017|
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Response from Fishpondteam | Property representative |
Yes Pay and display opposite and behind us on on Temple Road.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$17
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Buffet, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
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: +44 1629 55006
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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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