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The Fishpond Freehouse

204 South Parade, Matlock Bath, Matlock DE4 3NR, England
+44 1629 55006
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good28%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible6%
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“pizza” (120 reviews)
“bread” (31 reviews)
“black pudding” (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 4 days ago

Finally, somewhere I can get a decent vegan pizza that simply comes without cheese (rather than a disgusting fake cheese) but is also really tasty! Absolutely love the Vegan Dream with a very good tomato sauce, fennel and peppers plus houmous and spinach. Thank you...More

Date of visit: December 2018
2  Thank MrsPerk1ns
Reviewed 5 days ago

We were staying in Matlock recently and popped into the Fishpond for something to eat one tea time. We ordered a Stilton Stonebake pizza and a Vegan Dream pizza, plus onion rings and chips as side. The pizzas were delicious and massive, hanging over the...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Joolsybabe
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food was well worth the value. Sandwiches are large so don't be put off by the price. Table of six, served in a good timely manner. Burgers were probably the best pub burger I've had and the soup was home made. Only negative I can...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank 2bfgethinj
Fishpondteam, Manager at The Fishpond Freehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Fantastic! We're all very glad you enjoyed your food, everything is homemade so it's good to know it's being noticed. Hopefully the sweet chutney wont steer you away from coming again! Thanks again for your review

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a fantastic pub - friendly, relaxed and great food. We visit every year as we go to see the illuminations.

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank johalliday2016
Fishpondteam, Manager at The Fishpond Freehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely review, hopefully see you again next year!

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Came here after an autumn walk through Matlock , addmitidly we only chose it as it was one of the few places open that wasn’t a Chippy but it was a great find ! There was a great selection of beers , and the food...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank nicolay824
Fishpondteam, Manager at The Fishpond Freehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Well thank you for taking a chance on us! We're glad you enjoyed your meals, please come again soon and maybe you could try our delicious Sunday Roasts!

Reviewed 4 November 2018

Popped in to get something to eat and a drink and highly recommend the pizzas. Tasty and at a reasonable price too.

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank nige_d
Fishpondteam, Manager at The Fishpond Freehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review we really appreciate it and glad you enjoyed your pizzas!

Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

decent priced beer, nice pub, alright entertainment. Staff were incredibly rude about customers. When I asked about pubs that were open while late (as this one was closing) the bar man sent me on a wild goose chase to a pub that didnt even exist....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Go40908576563
Fishpondteam, Manager at The Fishpond Freehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2018

Hello, the only pub I can think of that this would be, because we normally send people here when we close, is 'Toads Tails & Ales' and unfortunately they don't have a sign up yet because they are a relatively new pub so maybe that's...More

Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

Had pizza and a halloumi burger. Pizza Verdi had no tomatoe base and bit undercooked. Vegetables with the burger needed cooking moreMore

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank R5755TEmichelled
Fishpondteam, Manager at The Fishpond Freehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2018

We're sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your food, if you would have let us know you weren't happy with it we could have either sent it back to be cooked more or maybe cooked another that might have been more to you're taste. I'm...More

Reviewed 31 October 2018 via mobile

Visited in a Sunday lunchtime, table was pre booked. I have to say that both myself and husband had pizzas and they were the best I've probably ever tasted and hubby agreed.

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Angeee2013
Fishpondteam, Manager at The Fishpond Freehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2018

We're so glad you enjoyed our pizzas so thank you for the review. If you come back between Monday-Thursday they're 2 for £15!

Reviewed 27 October 2018

We booked a table here as we were visiting Matlock Bath for the Superhero Illuminations on Sunday 21st October 2018. The boats come down the river at 7pm so we booked a table for 5pm thinking this would give us plenty of time (the event...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank mcredman79
Fishpondteam, Manager at The Fishpond Freehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2018

Thank you for bringing all of this to my attention. I'm very sorry you didn't enjoy your visit to the Fishpond, as you can see we rarely get comments like this (especially about our Sunday roasts) so we've taken a lot of it into consideration....More

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Sue M
8 September 2018|
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Response from Michael H | Reviewed this property |
No. But it’s a great place
Tracy S
25 June 2018|
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Response from 96mandyh | Reviewed this property |
No, but there is a small public car park opposite
victoria m
25 May 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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$16
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
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
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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