The Locksbrook Inn

4.1
156 reviews
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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub
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  • Sunday Lunch
  • Casual
  • Waterfront
The Locksbrook Inn is an independently owned neighbourhood pub hidden by the canal on the Bristol to Bath cycle path

We pride ourselves on our fresh, locally sourced ingredients, creating some of the best modern British pub dining in Bath

We are open every day for drinks, brunch, coffee, lunch, evening meals and grazing in between
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, British
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 08:30 - 23:00
Saturday :08:30-00:00 Sunday:08:30-22:30
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Phone number
01225 427119
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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What 156 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.0
service
4.2
ambience
3.9
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 3 days ago

Food is ok but lacks taste, if food improved I would definitely come back. I would only recommend the pub for a drink in the sun.

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5.0Dined on 17 June 2018

We had a lovely Father's Day Sunday Lunch which was really good and we didn't have to wait long for our food. Felt very welcomed and relaxed, would definitely come back

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3.0Dined on 14 June 2018

Literally the worst risotto I have ever had. It sounded so nice... pea, courgette and feta risotto with pesto. There was hardly any rice in it, the feta tasted like goats cheese (which I hate) and the pesto had this really horrible bitter taste - maybe it was off.

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4.0Dined on 3 June 2018

Very busy, hence slight delay, however the food was very nice. I had sirloin steak, cooked to perfection, with the most amazing ‘chunky’ chips. I finished off with cheese and biscuits, there’s enough to share.

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4.0Dined on 31 May 2018

A very nice pub and we have eaten here a fair amount recently but it has quite a limited menu and we are at the point when we will probably go elsewhere next time for more choice.

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5.0Dined on 27 May 2018

Excellent Sunday lunch with friends with good efficient service.

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2.0Dined on 19 May 2018

Staff were very pleasant but poorly trained. They made too many mistakes.
Beef burgers were too dry
Spatchcock chicken and Caesar salad thrown together.

Issues were brought up at the time with a senior member of staff who gave us a discount.

We love the Hare and Hounds and the Marlborough Tavern but this was not to the same high standard.

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1.0Dined on 13 May 2018

Nice pub, and great service, but the food was really overpriced and poor value. 2 thin slices of beef should not be all you get for a £15 Sunday roast lunch.

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4.0Dined on 11 May 2018

We had a nice meal here. The service, although friendly, was as usual a bit patchy - our drinks didn't come for half an hour. I had to remind them and then the drinks came at the same time as our food. The food was good. I do recommend this place and we are quite loyal to it - this is our local and we really appreciate it being there. We love the location, the great garden by the river, and its versatility, e.g. coffee, lunch, drinks, informal dining, great outside space etc. We go regularly but usually feel that it's a bit chaotic and they don't have enough staff there. If they sorted out the staffing issues and perhaps with visible management then it would be even better.

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3.0Dined on 6 May 2018

We managed to book in last minute and all in all had a satisfactory meal and particularly liked the sourdough bread and hummus. However there were a group of young men who probably been drinking outside in the patio area for some while were very loud bordering on aggressive and they were not dealt with quickly enough. It spoilt other people’s evenings and I felt sorry for families having an early evening meal. ( I have two boys myself so know they can get rowdy) but it was unacceptable that no-one dealt with them.

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3.0Dined on 6 May 2018

This is a great pub to visit, wonderfully situated right on the cycle path overlooking the canal. Ambiance and decor is great and it has a really lovely outdoor seating area with bar. The food was superb, really enjoyed the roast and the desserts were superb and good portion sizes too. The only disappointment was the service. Had to wait 40minutes for our food and had to ask about it a couple of times! Although we were there on a hot Sunday lunch time it wasn’t overly busy so we couldn’t understand why the long wait. Had a friendly warm welcome when we arrived but the rest was a bit lacking, all a bit half hearted. However due to the lovely setting and the quality of the food would still recommend it, just don’t be starving when you go!

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5.0Dined on 6 May 2018

Sunday lunch on the bank holiday weekend, beautiful weather with a lovely canal side location. We enjoyed our lunch and will be back.

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2.0Dined on 29 April 2018

Slightly disappointed. The service was slow, they didn't have some of the things on the menu and they forgot items.

The puddings were the best part of the meal.

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5.0Dined on 29 April 2018

Lunch with the family. Very good service and the food was very good. Nice atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on 21 April 2018

Updated Review,

I had a lovely call from the General Manger today and went through the problems the Restaurant had faced over the weekend, when we had visited. After her explanation and very apologetic way, i can completely understand what they why the food took so long to come out.
Obviously this doesn't excuse the poor service however i fully understand to what had gone on internally, i have amended the review to suit as priovly rated the food was fantastic and sounds like a one off for the poor service.

Looking forward to going back again, with assurance the service is a great standard normally.

Unfortunately we had a really bad experience, it took so long for drinks and food to come.

We waited half an hour after placing order for drinks and we had to chase 3 times for them to arrive, we waited 1hr 45 minutes roughly for food to arrive after place of order.

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4.0Dined on 17 April 2018

Went for a casual dinner for my mums birthday. I had the veggie sharing platter as a main and my boyfriend and mum had the mussels (pretty spicey be warned!). Lovely cosy atmosphere by the fire and good service and value. Would go back.

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2.0Dined on 15 April 2018

This is a nice setting and well laid out inside. Pleasantries over, the Locksbrook wins the award for having the most un-attentive staff that I have ever had the misfortune of experiencing. It wasn't as though they were short staffed or busy, in fact had they have been busy it would have been carnage. The staff did not look around, have any spacial awareness to the point we had to leave the table on numerous occasions to get condiments, drinks, cutlery and even clear or own table, where the frustration was only added to when we got up to leave and saw 3 members of staff sat at the bar chatting. There was no welcome and definitely no farewell. It's either a place where they only like their locals or they just don't really like customers.

Down to the food, once served it was OK. Some elements were missing and had to be requested but overall the food was OK. I'm a little upset at this experience as we were really looking forward to visiting The Locksbrook but was let down. No tip on this occasion.

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3.0Dined on 14 April 2018

Our experience would have been much better in a different room. The room was a bit shabby, the lighting wasn't nice, the tables were around the edge of the room with a big space in the middle. People were in and out of the door to the outside with drinks which made it cold and disruptive with little atmosphere/ambience. There was confetti on the carpet which looked messy. The food however was good but the mains took quite a time to come out. We wouldn't go back for an evening meal as it feels more like a lunchtime pub.

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5.0Dined on 13 April 2018

We booked here last minute on a weekend away to Bath, what a little gem. Food outstanding and staff very friendly and took time to chat to us too. Lovely location and great outdoor seating. Would definitely visit again.

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5.0Dined on 7 April 2018

Friendly, helpful staff. You can't really go wrong with a ribeye steak, but these guys seriously took it to another level. Very clever touches, using excellent ingredients. Definitely recommended.

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4.0Dined on 1 April 2018

Lovely pub with a cosy atmosphere, good outside space by the river.

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5.0Dined on 25 March 2018

A great place for a Sunday lunch. Very attractive interior with scrubbed tables and a dining room overlooking the canal. Excellent and attentive waiting staff and a first rate roast dinner with large portions. The drinks are quite expensive though.

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5.0Dined on 18 March 2018

Friendly bar staff, good for families & dog friendly.
A lovely riverside spot with large outdoor terrace, inside it's not so cosy in the dining rooms but there are a couple of corners with woodburners, great for winter days with the papers.
Good food & reasonably priced. Deserts could benefit from some healthier options though.

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5.0Dined on 18 March 2018

Have been going here for a number of years. Took my Mum along for a Birthday lunch. Service and food excellent. Brought my 15th Month old Nephew who was immediately provided with some carrot/celery sticks (nice touch). Food and service superb!

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4.0Dined on 17 March 2018

We had a great lunch here. It has quite a small menu selection but we all found something we liked.

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3.0Dined on 11 March 2018

On the whole it was a nice experience, but as with many previous trips I feel the staff lack basic training in customer service. Failure to know the difference between hollandaise sauce and butter, or between normal toast and sourdough. Forgivable mistakes but not ones that were apologized for when pointed out. I love the look and feel of the Locksbrook Inn but somehow it never feels that welcoming and I always leave feeling a bit under done on the whole experience.

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5.0Dined on 10 March 2018

Great food and lovely environment. Good location to be able to take children.

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5.0Dined on 25 February 2018

Superb Sunday lunch, excellent service and great beers.

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5.0Dined on 15 February 2018

Lovely welcoming atmosphere. Fantastic food. Friendly service.

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5.0Dined on 13 February 2018

An excellent well presented pub and restaurant. Great atmosphere with comfortable seating for a pre dinner drink. Staff were attentive without being pushy and nothing was too much trouble. Good value meals and a good selection of beers.

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5.0Dined on 2 February 2018

We went for dinner and loved everything about the experience - from the fairy lights on the ceiling to the food all the way to the liquor coffee ending. We went back for breakfast a few days later and that was just as lovely. Our new favourite place in Bath.

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4.0Dined on 28 January 2018

I went with a party of 9 people for a family birthday get together, 9 people in total (with 2 children (5 & 9). The staff are really welcoming and friendly. The setting is nice, relaxed and family friendly. Good children's meal options and colouring pack for them. I had the veggie roast which came with loads of veg and I'd highly recommend. My husband is coeliac and unable to eat some of the "extra's" e.g. yorkshire puddings. The staff were really knowledgeable in this area which helped. My only gripe would be the size of the portions, for a decent roast you need more veg / potatoes - especially if there are bits of the meal missing from your plate. We ordered 2 extra portions of cauli cheese and all the plates were clear at the end - my husband came home and made cheese and crackers afterwards as he was still hungry. At £15 per head, some of the party had expected more food (and no-one asked / checked at the time either). I'd go again, but would ask for more veg.

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5.0Dined on 18 January 2018

We went to a Christmas works do in December where they catered for 70 people really well and have been back 4 times since! This was the first evening meal we had. The staff were attentive, knowledgeable and smiled the whole time ( clearly taking pride in their work and enjoy their surroundings) and the food was spot on. Everything was great but the three stand out things were
- the goats cheese starter - as beautiful to look at as to eat
- the steak ( not personally my first choice but 2 people in our party ordered it one cooked rare and the other medium and both done perfectly to order)
- the winter ale - the waitress knew all the beers, recommended this from my preferences and it really hit the spot!

Great pub, great food, and great people
Thank you.

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5.0Dined on 13 January 2018

Delicious food, presented well. Friendly staff. Would definately be visiting again 😊

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3.0Dined on 2 January 2018

Food, ambiance & location reasonably good but service was very poor. Waitress not that interested and just went through the motions. She spent a lot of time checking & typing messages on her mobile phone in the corner and was oblivious to the requirements of us and the other diners for long periods and got 2 of our meal orders wrong. Potentially a great place to eat & drink but the table waiting on this occasion unfortunately was not very good.

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5.0Dined on 31 December 2017

Came here with my fiancé and another couple for New Years Eve & it was great! We had never been before and we were pleasantly surprised how nice it was - the ambiance, service and food were all excellent! I have already recommended the Locksbrook Inn to all of my friends & we will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on 29 December 2017

Great food, welcoming staff, love the decor and atmosphere

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5.0Dined on 29 December 2017

Lovely place along side the River, great food and service. Also very dog friendly throughout, which is fantastic.

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5.0Dined on 17 December 2017

Plenty of space which helps when u have a 16 month old baby with you. Good food & friendly staff.

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4.0Dined on 16 December 2017

The food was lovely, service could of been a little better.
Seeing it was my mum's birthday celebration, which I already mentioned when booking the table, but no-one seemed to say r realise this and we got offered free drink at the end of meal after my mum told them it was for her birthday that we came, which was a bit disappointing.

Also the ladies toilet was dirty from the night before which was more disappointing, I would expect the toilets to be checked and cleaned before opening.

But overall the food was very good and would recommend to a friend.

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