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“What a Delight”

Designate At The Gate
Ranked #58 of 126 Restaurants in Matlock
Cuisines: British, Italian, Cafe
Dining options: Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Restaurant details
Dining options: Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol
UK
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“What a Delight”
Reviewed 20 July 2014

Attended a family event at this pub and what a lovely experience it was. This is about as different as it gets because it's much more than a pub. They sell cakes, coffee, food, artwork and gifts along with the beer. It's decorated in a sort of shabby chic style; it has a superb play area for children and a delightful little covered terrace area.

The food was simple but perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. But probably best of all is the quiet efficiency of the owners who are clearly passionate about what they do, and proud of their achievements - and rightly so.

  • Visited July 2014
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English first
Matlock, United Kingdom
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82 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Best pub in Matlock”
Reviewed 10 July 2014

Designate at the gate in Matlock has come up with a novel concept, good beer, food and conversation, no television screen showing football, no bouncer or doormen and a friendly welcome from the owners. Only does one real ale and its a good one, live music and a variety of off the wall promotions makes it a great place to unwind after a hard day at the grindstone.

  • Visited June 2014
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Derby, United Kingdom
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164 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
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“good food with shabby chic!”
Reviewed 20 June 2014

Have visited Designate a few times and have always found the food to be hot and tasty - recently had a corned beef hash which was delicious. Staff are friendly and there is good buzz about the place. I have knocked a point off though as I find the shabby chic a bit too shabby - the mismatched cups and saucers are a nice touch, but my cup was chipped and cracked which is a 'no no' for me. Also didn't like the dirty boot/floral arrangement on the outside table. Yes its characterful, different and offers good food, but keep an eye on the level of shabby chic as it can be a bit off putting to certain customers!

  • Visited June 2014
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“Wonderfully different”
Reviewed 28 May 2014 via mobile

saturday morning pancakes and a browse round the shop.. Lovely products on sale and the pancakes were tasty and filling.. Worth a visit and a return.

  • Visited May 2014
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Sheffield
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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“The Beach Comes to Matlock. ”
Reviewed 17 May 2014 via mobile

We visited on Saturday afternoon for the first time and will definitely be returning!
What a delightful,welcoming and unique place to spend a couple of hours away from the hustle and bustle of Matlock on a 'beach'.
Drinks, snacks and lots to do this place is a little treasure and the gift shop has some delightful ideas if you're stuck for a present.

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