Big splash for new-look pond

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Creating your own bread is bound to be a good start and warm the hearts of true foodies.

So a bakery is a great addition to the new-look Fishpond in Matlock Bath.

The pub and restaurant has
re-established itself as an asset to the community – proving popular with both locals and visitors as a top venue.

After falling into disrepair, a local businessman bought the premises and refurbished it.

The pub was reopened in 2012 with a modern and funky decor with a focus on good quality ales, wines and food.

The online menu is enough to set your mouth watering before you even step inside - described as contemporary British cooking with a European twist.

The dishes certainly showcase the best local produce from reputable suppliers including roast chicken with wild mushroom, wilted spinach, sauteed wild mushroom, musted pomme puree cream sauce or roast rump of lamb with crused peas, postato rosti, buttered savoy and mint jus to name just a couple.

So we decided to give it a try. Upon entering the place, the first thing that hits you is the atmosphere – it feels warm and friendly.

To the food.I ordered caramelised nuts (£2.50) and olives (£2.50), which proved to be a tasty entree before our main meal.

For the main course I ordered an 8oz beef burger (£8.95) with added bacon and cheese (each costing an extra £1).The menu boasts “all burger patties are homemade with Derbyshire beef, we even make the bun!”.

The chefs at the Fishpond clearly put a lot of thought into presentation – as the burger arrived it was an impressive tower of beef, bacon, lettuce and cheese, wrapped in a white bun and held together with a skewer. It was served on a piece of slate with a side of dark, thick–cut chips stacked next to it in a neat Jenga–like arrangement.

It looked beautiful, it was almost a shame to ruin it – but I was hungry.

The burgers tower was very aesthetically–pleasing but the slate the feast was served upon seemed rather small. Nonetheless, after figuring out a ladylike way of wrapping my chops around the food, I was happy.

The burger itself was thick and juicy and came with a side of The Fishpond’s own spicy ketchup, which tasted like a mixture of mustard and tomato ketchup.

The chips were delicious, especially when drenched in lashings of salt and vinegar.

The venue pulls the crowds in with free live music at the weekends, which sometimes makes it a little hard to hear the person you are with –but it is a small price to pay for a decent local venue offering live music and good food.

The Fishpond also offers entertainment in the form of comedy nights, and it benefits from one of the largest pub gardens for miles around.

It offers good quality for the price and comes thoroughly recommended.


Venue: The Fishpond

Address: South Parade, Matlock Bath

Contact: 01629 581529

My star ratings out of six

Food 5

Atmosphere 6

Service 3

Value 4