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Old Bank Cafe Bar is, again, I am afraid not a standing at the counter type of place. It is more of a bistro so you really have to sit at a table. Uncomfortable if you are not eating.
Fishpond is a large bar which shows its use as a live music venue. The large beer 'garden' area is pleasant. Guest real ales available, as is reasonably priced good food.
Good Beer Guide 2016
The Riva looks very traditional from the outside and has a beer garden to match this image. Inside is a different matter. It has been refurbished as a restaurant and the bar area, though comfortable is more of a waiting room before sitting down, Not a standing at the bar counter.
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There is nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.
John Ciardi (1966)
The Midland is on the river side of the road and overlooks the river Derwent. Seems very interested in serving meals rather than beer.
The writer Stephen Booth bases his excellent Cooper & Fry detective novels in the Peak district.
Matlock Bath is a very pleasant small town with lots of attractions for the family. The town is on the A6 which forms the main road with shops, pubs and tearooms on one side and a promenade along the banks of the River Derwent on the other, Attractions include an Aquarium and the Heights of Abraham reached by a cable car.
County and Station is a Marston's pub opposite the Midland. Real ale is served in room to the left and dining opposite
Drink and Music
Wine, Woman and song