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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 good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“pizza” (82 reviews)
“chilli” (7 reviews)
Open Now
10:00 - 23:30All 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 2 days ago

We were in Matlock Bath for the weekend for my son's 30th. What a brilliant weekend. We went to The Fishpond after watching the fireworks. The staff were absolutely lovely. One girl in particular really went out of her way with my coffee order and...More

1  Thank Dizzy18
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Best place in Matlock bath to relax and have a pint. Plenty of choices of beer and cider. Perfect on a nice day as it has a good size outside terrace. Located across from the entrance to Derwent gardens and below Gulliver's carpark.

1  Thank Dazandelise12
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Been to Matlock Bath dozens of times over the years, but only ever been in The Fishpond once, a while back. It was very busy, with the Illuminations being on. Found a seat at the rear beer garden, prices are very reasonable, £7.40 for a...More

1  Thank Todd M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Called in to see if food was still on very glad we did by time had beer pipping hot food was on table and it was very good so good went back second time and just as friendly and food was just as good would...More

2  Thank dsp56
Reviewed 1 week ago

Staying nearby for a few days and stopped here nearly everyday for at least a drink. Popped in on the first day when we were looking around Matlock Bath and went back every day while we were staying just up the road. Staff were very...More

2  Thank Alexander G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recently spent an extended weekend in Matlock bath and found ourselves in the fishpond every day. The 'snug area' was very quant and comfy, we ordered a burger which came with hand cut chips... it was brilliant. The drinks, mainly Guinness was perfectly looted and...More

2  Thank BigBishtrvls
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I were originally looking to visit Matlock itself however found ourselves in Matlock Bath - we only wanted a light lunch as we had already made arrangements for the evening. The lady who took the order was lovely, friendly and informative however...More

Thank michaelsmrs
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Booked whilst in Matlock bath for a family table and had an enjoyable Sunday lunch and service very good, all meals well presented and ample sizes a little cooler than we prefer but gravy brought to us and made the Yorkshire puds nicer. Good value.

2  Thank Diana d
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went the The Fishpond in a group of 10. The waitress took our order to save us going up separately and the food for everyone was delicious and in large portions.

3  Thank LozzaC1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I am very disappointed in my visit today! We stopped as we saw the excellent sign for TripAdvisor, not sure how. It cost nearly £50 for just 3 sandwiches and a kids chicken nuggets and chips, 3 cokes and a j20! How can you possibly...More

Thank Laura B
Fishpondteam, Manager at The Fishpond Freehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Firstly we are sorry to read your review. After reading your review my initial thought was how expensive that seems. Ive worked out the total of your bill and although I dont know exactly which sandwiches you ordered it wont add up to £50.00, more...More

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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
USD 4 - USD 18
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
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
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 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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