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The Fishpond Freehouse

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204 South Parade, Matlock Bath, Matlock DE4 3NR, England
+44 1629 581529
10:00 - 01:00
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The fishpond is such a great place to visit Can't say enough in praise for the Great food the lovely friendly atmosphere Great staff Wonderful manager Sarah. We are both vegetarian and never have a problem with the food There Sunday veg roast is Fab and there Goats cheese pitzzas are delicious. We can't find anywhere else as good in... More 

Thank Susan G
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Matlock Bath was rammed full of people, and as you can expect at around lunch time, virtually all the cafes and restaurants were all full. Except this pub. The only reason why we went in is because my kids were pestering me so much about being hungry. I ordered a Guinness, diet coke, and 2 normal cokes. It took the... More 

Thank Allan D
Fishpondteam, General Manager at The Fishpond Freehouse, responded to this review

FALSE REVIEW !!! Hi There, To be honest I don't even know why I am replying to your FALSE review, I should just get Trip advisor to remove it, but as you have found the time to write something that never happened, it gives me a great opportunity to let our REAL (new and old) customers into the life at... More 

2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Matlock bath has more than its fair share of eateries (mainly fish & chips), so we had plenty of places to choose. We settled for this pub because it had a good variety in its menu and looked popular. We ordered a shared starter (nachos to share with chilli) which was huge, perfectly spiced and delicious. Nothing skimped - generous... More 

4 Thank James M
Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Walked from Matlock to Matlock bath looking for somewhere nice to eat as most of the cafes were fish and chips . Found the fishpond and ordered a pizza and hubby ordered a pulled pork burger. Cost was around 30 including drinks . Pizza was huge and far too much for me it was also a little burnt underneath hubby... More 

3 Thank julz56a
Uttoxeter, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Fishpond looks quite deceiving from the outside. Larger than I thought. Not 100% sure on the eating areas. Dog in the bar, which is a bit off putting but overall the food was excellent. I had a veggie burger which is the best I've ever had. My friends had pizza and steaks which they enjoyed

2 Thank marilynstramshall
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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162 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly service, we rang and booked on the phone 30 mins before and our table was ready for us. Food was nice and came quickly. Would have been 5 stars but they wouldn't put first drink on a tab without leaving them a card behind the bar - this seems very old fashioned, couldn't they have scanned it? We had... More 

3 Thank LetsHopeTheSunShines
Fishpondteam, Manager at The Fishpond Freehouse, responded to this review

Hi There, and thank you for your review. We do put drinks on a tab if you are dining inside and you tell us that you intend to dine when ordering. The only exception to this is if you are dining outside, where we do not operate tabs and require full payment upon ordering. Most card payment devices don't allow... More 

Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a local we will often stop by for a pint and a bite to eat. They sell local ales, food and bread! The pub has a music venue attached and often has great music, bands and solo performers offering a wide range of music. The interior is cosy but with a modern twist. We have always found the staff... More 

2 Thank ustwo3
Derby, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Matlock Bath by train and decided to return to the Fishpond after many years for lunch. It has had a refurbishment since we were last there and looks very modern. The fish outside kept our son entertained and there's also plenty of outside seating too. The food and drink options were good and we all settled on fish... More 

2 Thank Stu2310
Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Called in not knowing what to expect and had a couple of excellent meals. In fact the home made pie was one of the best ever and my wife really enjoyed her pizza. Service was very good. This was about six o'clock on a week day. Looks like there is a lot of live music at the weekends.

2 Thank Chas T
Northampton, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

20 minutes wait for food, took over 1 hour even after after chasing up. No apologies if had not paid would have walked out. Tables unclean, staff wandering about. No apologies at any time. If hungry avoid. Food ok when arrived

1 Thank Tina620923
Fishpondteam, Manager at The Fishpond Freehouse, responded to this review

Eeek! This is not what we want to hear! It seems that when we got really really insanely busy we forgot to advise you about waiting times before you ordered . . . . or indeed afterwards by the sound of it. We have drilled this into our brilliant team and they are doing this, but it looks like you... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$17
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, View, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 - 23:30
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 23:30
10:00 - 23:30
10:00 - 23:30
10:00 - 23:30
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
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 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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