Fishpond pub has a revamp

Fishpond Refurbishment: The Fishpond in Matlock Bath, which re-opened after refurbishment on  Friday 25 May.
Fishpond Refurbishment: The Fishpond in Matlock Bath, which re-opened after refurbishment on Friday 25 May.
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More than £1million has been spent on a landmark pub in Matlock Bath.

The Fishpond, has finally been reopened this month following a major refurbishment.

New owner, Trevor Milner, who also owns 4x4, invested the cash in the premises after a series of previous owners left the historic pub in a shabby state.

Steve Welch, head chef at the pub, said: “We took out about 200 tonnes of rubble and plaster from the building as part of the renovations.

“Trevor decided to buy the pub because he is very passionate about it.

“He used to go round all the pubs for the live music and he’s always had a thing for the Fishpond.

“He could see the charm in it and the opportunity for something big.”

The main bar area has been knocked through to create a large open space.

The pub is a freehouse and will be serving a selection of lagers, ales and wines.

“We have tried to go a bit more up market, but also keep the prices as competitive as possible,” Steve said.

The new owner is planning to restore the Fishpond’s reputation as a live music venue, having spruced up the ballroom, which can hold up to 200 people for gigs.

He will be serving traditional food in the pub, as well as in the 40 seater restaurant upstairs, which has yet to open. On the menu in the new restaurant will be a selection of French and continental cuisine, as well as stone baked pizzas, which people will also be able to takeaway. The kitchen will also be producing freshly baked goods such as speciality breads.

The venue is planning to host weddings and conferences.