The Locksbrook Inn
multiple recommendation boxes ticked at one seating
As one would expect from a Bath Pub Company venture, The Locksbrook Inn – directly adjacent to the canal, offering easy access from/to the cycle/towpaths and a spacious beer garden to drop anchor in – serves up really good great food. But don’t forget: it’s also a proper, proper pub…
Combining multiple spaces including a cosy snug to cosy-up in, a Georgian bar to prop up, a funky dining room to sprawl out in, various function rooms and that huge alfresco deck, the Inn offers all-comers (including those all-important four-legged canine friends) the perfect kick-back spot to chill out in whatever the occasion… or weather. Menus too are equally easygoing and super-accessible, with the kitchen effortlessly moving along from breakfast/brunch through lunch and onwards – when the sun starts to set, expect to witness heartwarming family friendly fare and long’n’lingering suppers being served up at the same time, and with apparent ease; if there’s a more welcoming neighbourhood pub in Bath, we’ve yet to discover it.
Go safe and comforting (the pizzas here are amazing), party on with a sharing platter, go “Classic” (oh of course the fish and chips are fabulous, so too the burgers)… or go foodie fabulous and hit the ‘Specials’ menu, like we did on our most recent Tales of the Riverbank excursion.
If the twice-baked cheese souffle is on the menu, grab it fast, ‘cos it’s everything you want a twice-baked cheese souffle to be (properly cheesy, properly crusty, properly rich, properly indulgent)… and then some. The smoked mackerel fillet, however, wasn’t technically a ‘Special’, but turned out to be exactly that. You know those oily, vile, vac-packed smoked mackerel fillets that you get in the supermarket? Well real smoked mackerel fillets are nothing like that – and this was a real smoked mackerel fillet, in all its smoky-sweet, salty/sexy glory.
On from that, we continued to push the boat out on a fish-based theme: salmon fillet with a perfectly al dente, creamy-dreamy risotto lavishly adorned with herb oil, the soporific qualities of the rice zinged up with grassy pea shoots; a lavish fillet of sea bass draped across crushed new potatoes kissed with tartare oil (think, proper tartare sauce, elevated to full-on cheffy heights), with crispy leeks cleverly adding both texture and tasteful novelty value.
Puds? But of course! We were delicately pointed in the direction of the zesty lemon tart, and the subtle SatNav didn’t let us down: if I was a chef who could make a pastry case as light’n’crisp as this one filled with a faultless citrus custard, I’d want to show it off to the world too.
Our whole selection was upper-echelon restaurant standard at prices that proved reassuringly down-to-earth, and the staff an absolute joy to meet – that’s multiple recommendation boxes ticked at one seating, then. Dive in to The Locksbrook Inn and make your own splash.
- Wheelchair access ,
- Free wifi available ,
- Dog friendly ,
- Gluten free options ,
- Baby changing facilities
Breakfast baps/brunch daily 8.30-11.30am (11am Sundays)
Lunch 12noon-5pm daily
Dinner 5pm-9.30pm daily
Situated on the bank of the canal in Lower Weston – an easy landmark if arriving on foot or by cycle along the Sustrans Route 4. If travelling from further afield, we would recommend using the link on the pub’s own website.