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“The Best Family Pub in Derbyshire!”

Designate At The Gate
Ranked #66 of 130 Restaurants in Matlock
Cuisines: Italian, British, Pub
Dining options: Breakfast
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Dining options: Breakfast
Reviewed 12 August 2014

The Pub title doesn't do the Gate justice. It's so much more than that. The owners have created a brilliantly different, quirky, homely place. Great for a nice pint and a read of the paper, but also a fantastic venue to take the kids for food, entertainment and drinks. I just wish we had somewhere like this when our kids were growing up.
The decor is a wonderful shabby chic, vintage, distressed style. You feel instantly at home. The owners are welcoming and always happy to chat. There's bags of stuff for kids to get involved in, games, chalk boards, you name it, and in the evenings and weekends the Gate offers plenty of clubs to keep kids occupied and interested. Plus on Saturdays it's Pancake Day! Much much better than a Happy Meal!
The Gate offers even more! Part of the bar area is given over to a craft, vintage and local arts shop. Bought my wife a great music inspired bag fob. Plus it's a great emergancy card shop should you ever forget. No more garage based cards anymore plus you can treat yourself to a pint of Doombar whilst you shop.
And when the Doombar gets those taste buds going, the tempting Potted Meat midnight feats are so much better than a packet of crisps! And if you're lucky you can catch a local band playing. What more can you ask for in a local?

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Reviewed 8 August 2014

A lovely cafe with play area for young children. Laid back style, really friendly staff and reasonable prices. Plus, the cake is good too :-)

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Reviewed 4 August 2014

Lovely quirky, friendly gem in Matlock. Excellent, interesting home cooked food. Nothing to dislike about it!

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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.

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Thank R1chard
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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.

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Thank DaveM236
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