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Designate At The Gate

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72 Smedley Street East, Matlock DE4 3FQ, England
+44 1629 760033
Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

Just had my baby shower at Designate & it was pure perfection! Gorgeous venue with thoughtful touches & kind, friendly, attentive staff throughout. The food & drinks were delicious, great quality & so much to go around. One of my guests is vegan & they added surprise vegan cakes for her! A*********

1 Thank Louise N
Chester, United Kingdom
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127 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2016

found this by chance and enjoyed a couple of pints of local ale. Also couldn't resist a slice of blueberry and lemon cake, delicious.Really friendly landlord. thanks

1 Thank cappleton2
Matlock, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2016

Excellent choice of 'meal in a pot' Excellent music for the evening Good atmosphere and Guiness Information given regarding up and coming film nights etc.

1 Thank KevMc666
Matlock, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2015

Needed a treat after a morning decorating. staff friendly and efficient. Had tea and fresh homemade 'pinwheel' scones with cream and jam - delicious. Well worth a visit. Beautiful stuff on display in the shop- will be calling in when I start Christmas shopping!

1 Thank shirley b
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2015 via mobile

Visited here for lunch Friday with my husband. Love the quirkiness of the place. Staff friendly & polite. Had a really tasty pumpkin & potato soup with a web of cream (Halloween theme) & toasted pumpkin seeds. My husband had a vegetable wrap & salad. We followed this with scone & pot of tea. Lovely scones only complaint was that... More 

1 Thank eieilowe
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2015

Lovely quirky place with friendly people. Toys for the kids and a very nice back garden with trampoline and table football. Such a shame it was let down by the lunchtime food which came in very small pots, adults not much (any?) bigger than the children's portions, and was completely flavourless - the pasta and the smoked haddock dishes were... More 

Thank jon7doh
Designate72, Manager at Designate At The Gate, responded to this review

Hi Jon, I am very sorry you did not enjoy your food here at Designate @ The Gate. Designate started as a craft business in 2000 and has since grown into a venue that offers a creative environment for film, crafts, food & drink. We thrive on everything being hand-made/ home-made on the premises and we have dedicated our ethos... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2015

Liked this cafe/bar/venue. Nice sunny seating area outside and good food too. Staff were pleasant and friendly and they obliged us with lunch even though they had just finished their lunch service.

Thank Gill G
Matlock, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 2015

This is a traditional 'local' with real ales and good food. The owners have created a fascinating shabby chic interior packed with high quality handmade crafts. They and their staff always welcoming and friendly. I've had the hot food 'one pots' - which are quirky and tasty, they do a range of sweet or savoury scones - (not tried them... More 

1 Thank shirley b
Brighton, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 April 2015

Great environment if you want a quiet meal in a nice atmosphere. Went on a Tuesday night and it was very quiet, but could well image that it is busy on weekends when there are special evenings on.

1 Thank WolfieB1
Matlock, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2015

A definite must try when your visiting the area...... or live here. Unusual interior with lots of quirky decorations. Some unusual art work on show and for sale. Different stuff happens in the evenings including real music. Good Guinness.

Thank KevMc666

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
British, Italian, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 72 Smedley Street East, Matlock DE4 3FQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Derbyshire  >  Matlock
  • Phone Number: +44 1629 760033

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?