The Lock Keeper (Ashtown)

4.7
198 reviews
€30 and under
Gastro Pub
Nestled in the heart of Ashtown Village, Dublin 15, overlooking the Royal Canal, The Lock Keeper can be found at Lock #10.

Steeped in heritage, this double lock was constructed c.1792. With quality stonework and attractive sloping edges Lock 10 is one of 46 along the Royal Canal and continues to be a testament to the skill of the craftsmen involved.

Our bar is adjacent to the Lock Keepers House, a post that became obsolete in 1961 when the canal was closed to traffic the previous year. The Royal Canal, which runs from the River Liffey to the River Shannon and stretches a distance of 145km, was originally built for freight and passenger transportation with the last working barges ceasing to operate in 1951.

Now beautifully maintained by Irish Waterways, you are welcome to visit The Lock Keeper by canoeing, walking or cycling from Dublin City Centre. Equally idyllic, why not catch a train from Connolly with a short 6 minute journey bringing you to our
What 198 People Are Saying
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Heather
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely restaurant. Very relaxed atmosphere & nice views of the canal. Lovely staff & food was great. We’d a lovely afternoon & we’ll be back again soon :-)

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Harry
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Good points
1) Front of house and waiters/waitresses very friendly
2) food quality very good

Bad points
1) very rushed to order food and shows how quick of a turn over they want people in and out, potentially will make a good percentage of customers not return,
2) for the price you pay the portion sizes are terrible inline with alternative bars/pubs in the surrounding area- the quality partly makes up for this but overall bad value for money.
3) bill was brought over without us requesting which can be found to be very rude.

Overall due to this visit I would not recommend a revisit although if the little changes were made I would recommend this location for food and drink due to the quality of the food is very good and the staff are very friendly.

Visiting date- 25/07/21.

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ireneh
Dublin
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous evening - the food, service was excellent- we’ll definitely be back

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Daly123
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious as was cocktails outdoor seating area and as really lovely would defiantly go again

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MiriamH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely blond haired lady looked after us. We went with our son and it was lovely. Will be back again. Many thanks.

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I was very disappointed when I turned up for lunch today to find that dogs are no longer allowed in the outdoor area since they have installed fake grass (a bit crazy putting fake grass down). This venue has been pet friendly since the bar first opened, and was pet friendly when ownership changed. But this seems to be no longer the case and would have been one of the things I would have enjoyed about the venue. Very much a step backwards.

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Mairead
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot to enjoy a few sociable drinks & food with friends & family ! Staff are very pleasant and attentive to your needs

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was delicious

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LindaM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, staff very nice and helpful, food excellent, would like to see some more vegetarian options please

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AnnC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

A very nice experience, lovely outdoor seating, seats could be more comfortable. Able to drink in the bar when finish food, overall a lovely experience. Variety of food a little limited.

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SeanB
Dublin
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great can't wait to go back, fantastic being in a pub again even though its outdoors.

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MaebhT
Dublin
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is really good. Wanted to change table as the baby wouldn't fit close to us, manager initially said he couldn't but then went completely out of his way to accommodate. We went there last week and same manager was very friendly and offered great service. Thank u guys for a lovely evening.

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Linda
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Menu a little limiting for non red meat eaters but other than that no complaints

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Joeo
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An enjoyable evening nice meal & drinks with friends

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GaryC
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service and great location on the canal. We will be back again soon

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AntoH
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service we received was amazing. We had a table of 6 outside, and the staff were extremely attentive. All staff members are so nice and friendly. Food is gorgeous and great selection of cocktails. Can’t recommend enough.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was fantastic, service friendly and the cocktails are lovely. Great value for money! Already planning a trip back.

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TonyC
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The had the chowber and it was excellent, full of top quality fish. 10out of 10.

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Elizabeth
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food ...beautiful well covered outdoor area and even though next to train station it's not too noisy at all. Lovely friendly and accommodating staff. Will definitely go back.

AH
AntoH
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening on the outdoor terrace. Staff are lovely and great friendly service. Highly recommended

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely gorgeous food ,staff very nice very helpful , seating area beautiful . Highly recommend

JM
JohnM
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really nice staff. Good food and nice atmosphere. Avoid 12th lock and go herr instead

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MichelleC
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely staff and atmosphere. Food was lovely a little pricey for what you get but overall lovely experience

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MariM
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyable evening. Food was delicious and staff were friendly and helpful, couldn't have been better!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Very slow with drinks but everything was beautiful

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Martini26
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Gorgeous setting by the canal. Looking forward to returning when indoor dining resumes.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent!!

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AnnMarieO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best chicken wings I've had in ages 👌🏻
Savage outdoor area. Staff are all sound. We'll be back 😋

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Louise
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and staff were lovely, great for families, wouldn't recommend for a date as it's so loud with the train etc

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NicolaK
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great bar, staff couldn't be more helpful. Highly recommend!

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SueC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service, lovely bar/restaurant, definitely booking this again, great to have such a lovely bar/restaurant on our doorstep

MM
MartinaM
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very pleasant evening a chance to catch up with friends.

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RonanM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and great staff
We had a lovely evening in the Lock Keeper

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AmandaC
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely meal with fantastic service . Highly recommend

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EmerL
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food , great atmosphere. Staff fantastic , very efficient and friendly .
Will definitely be back .

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice food and covid regulations abided by. Excellent, would recommend

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NatashaD
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely as always. Staff are so welcoming!

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Suzanne
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive and friendly to our little boy! Weren’t left waiting long to order food or drinks! Lovely!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, first time eating here. Will be back for sure.

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Mingsy
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food great, service great, staff very friendly and helpful,.atmosphere and environment fabulous!

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The Lock Keeper (Ashtown) is rated 4.7 stars by 198 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.