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The Lock Keeper, Bristol

Keynsham Road
Postal town: Bristol
BS31 2DD
Phone: 01179862383

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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Lock Keeper

A good looking stone building,along side the lock cutting of the Avon Navigation.Despite being owned by Youngs pubco,it retains a seperate public bar area,decorated in sky blue finishes with some bench seating running around the walls,and it's own bar access.Most folk enter from the carpark on the otherside,across a large decking area and into a conservatory where families will be dining.There is another dining room further back in the pub .It's a tricky place to moor,so you wont get too many visiting boaters although there are permanent moorings closeby.There is a very large beer garden,and a seperate Burger Shack & Bar in another building,with more external seating.
It will always be popular with families ,but you can escape into the public bar,yet a corporate feel still persists.On my trip the ale selection was CW Youngs Bitter,Special,GK London Gold and Bath Ales Gem,a very disappointing range so not much here for the real ale connoisseur despite it's GBG listing.

On 15th May 2017 - rating: 7
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Lock Keeper

A decent old pub in a pleasant location with a garden stretching down to the river, which must be a great spot on a summer’s day even if your are immediately next to a main road. Inside, the original part of the pub is essentially two adjoining rooms, although with plenty of wood partitioning it somehow feels like several different areas. The floor is reclaimed boards and there is wood cladding on the lower half of the walls, whilst there are plenty of old pictures dotted around elsewhere. In one area the ceiling seemed to need a bit of attention with plasterboards just tacked up that weren’t even skimmed, never mind painted. Possibly work in progress, although they didn’t look particularly new. Other than that, it’s got a pleasant olde worlde charm to it, although it’s a shame that the “fire” was for visual effect only and gave out no heat. Several punters commented on this and seemed disappointed.

A conservatory extension was added a few years back, which has pretty much doubled the size of the pub. This is in contrast to the rest of the pub, being of a very modern, frameless design. Being pretty much 100% glass, this can get unpleasantly hot in the summer, and conversely, is not exactly cosy on a snowy December evening. It’s a pleasant enough spot though, and looked suitably festive decked out for Christmas. There is also some outside decking overlooking the garden for warmer weather.

There’s a decent looking pub grub menu, with your usual dishes such as lasagne, ham, egg & chips, pies, etc., plus a few slightly more adventurous choices. Most of the mains seemed start around the £8 mark which seemed reasonable value, but having sampled a couple of dishes we felt they were perhaps slightly overpriced for what we got. The battered fish and chips was more batter than fish, and the accompanying mushy peas were served in a tiny little ramekin the same size as the tartar sauce. Similarly, the chilli was a little light on the chilli and a little heavy on the rice. Not bad, but a tad expensive we felt. The Aussie landlady seemed pleasant and helpful.

Being a Young’s pub, their beers dominated the bar with their Bitter, Special and Winter Warmer. There was also Bath’s Gem. Ciders were Thatcher’s Gold, Addlestones and Strongbow.

On 2nd December 2010 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Lock Keeper

A Young's pub, they had on Bitter; Special; Kew Gold; and Bath Gem as a guest ale when I visited last week. I had the Kew Gold, which was OK but probably not such a full-flavoured ale as the Bath Gem. It wasn't too busy on a weekday lunchtime, but with its lovely position next to the river and lock, it gets very busy during the weekend. They've increased the inside seating with the addition of a conservatory area at the back with its own bar, and the outside seating includes a decked area behind the conservatory, with steps leading down to a grassed area next to the river with very many picnic benches. It looks to be a pub with a good mix between drinking and eating – I didn't eat there, but the mains looked to be reasonably priced at between £8 - £12. It's family friendly with the predominance of outside seating, so children are often in evidence. Food is still a very important ingredient in the make-up of this pub, and I think I would choose my time carefully if I wanted to visit for a quiet pint. But it's an OK pub overall.

On 16th August 2009 - rating: 6
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