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The Fishpond Freehouse

₹₹ - ₹₹₹, British,
204 South Parade, Matlock Bath, Matlock DE4 3NR, England
+44 1629 55006
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible5%
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“pizza” (84 reviews)
“artisan bread” (6 reviews)
“chilli” (7 reviews)
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10:00 AM - 11:30 PMAll hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
204 South Parade, Matlock Bath, Matlock DE4 3NR, England
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Reviewed yesterday

The place was full of atmesfer, landlady was dancing, good music and food/drink staff very freindly, plenty of rooms, and places to sit,had a realy good night, me and my wife was very inprest with the pub and matlock alltogether, first time we have stayed...More

Thank Michael W
Reviewed yesterday

Attended as a family on Sunday late afternoon 5pm as we were about to go see the illuminations, Walked in was packed as expected we found a table up the corner which would seat the 4 of us (2 adults, a 14 and 7 year...More

Thank Shaun R
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Before you read on...it takes an awful lot for me to leave a bad review, but this was a no-brainier. Booked in advance as it was an Illuminations weekend in Matlock Bath. Arrived 10 minutes early and showed to our table.Table still sticky from drinks...More

Thank Adeold
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited as in Matlock for the weekend, Friday evening meal having booked a few hrs earlier. Busy pub but friendly staff with plenty of real ales on tap. Good choice of mains on offer includes pizzas homemade. We choose a pizza (a hot spicy one)...More

2  Thank Robert S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I recently visited the pond, firstly for breakfast and later in our holiday for an evening meal. On the morning we went for brekfast the restaurant was understandably empty for mid week morning but the food and service were both lovely. Similarly...More

2  Thank Samantha W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here a little while ago had a fantastic lunch. Decided to go back and it was not the same, maybe it was a different chef. Ordered the same meals as before, was acceptable just not as good.

Thank Elaine D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Has a good assortment of real ales, plenty of room to sit down and if the weather's nice plenty of room to sit outside. Recently was refitted and is much nicer inside than it used to be, I can recommend you go there for a...More

2  Thank BigChristoff
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Comfortable surroundingshort pleasant and helpful staff. A handy restaurant for the area and at weekends some good music with a variety of bands and styles.

2  Thank Hilary H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went for an evening meal the first day of our short break to Matlock Bath and the food was so good returned every night .We had a different meal every night and all were excellent very tasty and plenty of it.The staff were very...More

2  Thank fiesty2015
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to the Fishpond on Friday afternoon and booked a table to dine on the following day, Saturday 23 September at 6.30pm to allow us to have a meal before going to the illuminations. The girl taking the booking even went to the kitchens to...More

Thank wendy r
Fishpondteam, Manager at The Fishpond Freehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are genuinely sorry that you experienced us at our worst, however if I told you that we do take great pride in our staff, our food, our customers and our service you might be thinking "yeah right" . . . .right? We are continuously...More

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Questions & Answers
2 June 2017|
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Response from Steve S | Reviewed this property |
Yes..... I'm sure they had a great choice of ciders and ales...
Dave P
30 January 2017|
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Response from Fishpondteam | Property representative |
Yes, we even have dog bowls and free dog treats on hand for your canine friends.
13 January 2017|
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Response from Fishpondteam | Property representative |
Hi we sell Stella, Carling, Coors Light, Peroni on tap, plus we always have a range of good real ales, and ciders available too.
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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
Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
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
  • E-mail
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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