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The Three Locks, Milton Keynes

Pub added by elizabeth mcgraw
Leighton Road
Stoke Hammond
Postal town: Milton Keynes
MK17 9DD
Phone: 01525270214
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Gill Smith left this review about The Three Locks

Called in while visiting Buckinghamshire's 2019 Good Beer Guide pubs around the Milton Keynes area. Delightful setting on the locks and able to sit outside and watch the narrowboats working their way up or down while enjoying a beer. Six handpumps but only 2 available yesterday, but we enjoyed both the Hornes Triple Goat Pale Ale and the 3 Brewers Ruby ales.

On 18th November 2018 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Three Locks

Converted a few years ago to a gastro pub,the interior design has been sympathetic to this lockside building and the internal timbers have been exposed and painted in best Farrow and Ball.
The restaurant is branded as the Grand Union but the pub seems to have retained it's original name.However there are few salty sea dogs ,or even old boatmen in the pub nowadays.
There is a long wooden clad bar running along most of the rear wall with two sizeable banquettes opposite the bar and a few pieces of genuine antique furniture doubling as tables and chairs to either side of the bar.There is a fireplace and a Chesterfield sofa to boot.I felt perfectly comfortable popping in just to drink and there are great views of the lock operations at this well known flight.
There is a dining area at one end of the building up a stair or two, beyond which is an open kitchen with two chefs hard at work.
Six handpumps but only three serving on my trip ,and the guest St Austell Tribute was fine if a little over chilled,but reasonably priced at £3.10.Although I didn't eat ,a lot of other punters were and a glance at the menu showed mains priced from £9 to around £13,which seemed par for the course in this sort of upmarket establishment.
Sometimes a gastro makeover can destroy a pubs ambiance,I was glad that this is not the case at The Three Locks and I will pop in again ,at the very least to grab a beer, while working through the Soulbury Three.

The Grand Union branding has disappeared and it feels like there has been a change of ownership with the interior walls now painted a classy shade of blue.Still the same formula with a focus on food,but a much better range of ale with a free house type of choice including Locales which translated into Concrete Cow Cock & Bull,White Park White Gold,Doom Bar and Vale GMT (very good nick) plus a real cider on my visit.Friendly welcome and tasters were offered,If I could I would push this pub up to 7.5.

On 25th November 2015 - rating: 7
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Three Locks

A good sized pub in a prime spot next to the canal and the three locks, it does unfortunately lack a little in the way of authentic charm and instead, I suspect, relies largely on it’s location to pull the punters in. It appears as though it has recently been refurbished and has a slightly mass-produced corporate feel to it, as though it’s been designed by someone sat in an office with a suitable qualification in pub design. In particular the old beams and the ceiling have all be painted over in a pale shade of coffee brown, which to my mind is a great shame especially looking at the earlier photograph taken by John McGraw.

The main bar area has old wooden boards on the floor, a slightly curious shade of dark blue paint on the upper part of the walls with cream wood panelling down below. Various gilt framed pictures with country scenes on are dotted around and there was a plasma mounted up in one corner above an old fireplace, although neither were in use. A small area off to the left housed some leather button sofa’s and this led on to a restaurant area (complete with “Please wait here to be seated" sign) with black slate tiles on the floor and an open kitchen beyond this.

The pub naturally makes the most of it’s setting, and there were several tables along the lock edge as well as a patio beer garden at one end which even had music piped out to it from the pub. Slightly unnecessary I felt, but maybe some people appreciate it. Food wise there was a decent enough looking selection of “pub grub” dishes such as burgers and fish & chips as well as a few slightly more adventurous dishes, and a number of boards on the bar counter detailed the Pie of the Day, Risotto of the Day and even Scallops of the Day. Most of the mains were somewhere around the £10 mark and whilst my Spicy Crab Linguine was ok, I felt it was a little heavy on the chilli and a little light on the crab and certainly wasn’t worth the £13.95 I paid for it.

Despite six pumps on the bar, only three were in use dispensing Doom Bar, Tribute and this month’s guest Waggle Dance. The solitary cider was Bulmer’s Original. In summary, this is a great location and I’m sure it gets packed on sunny afternoons, but I can see little reason to make a special detour to visit.

On 16th May 2012 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Bucking Fastard
Leighton Buzzard, 3.15 miles, 1 hr 0 min walk (show)
Fenny Stratford, 4.19 miles, 1 hr 20 min walk (show)
Bletchley, 4.49 miles, 1 hr 26 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Three Locks, Stoke Hammond
18th Nov 2018, 10:03
Review submitted by Gill Smith
25th Nov 2015, 09:53
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard amended by Bucking Fastard

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  • Beer Festivals : Yes - May bank holiday - last updated 18 November 2018 by Gill Smith
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 16 May 2012 by hondo .
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 25 November 2015 by Bucking Fastard
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 25 November 2015 by Bucking Fastard
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 18 November 2018 by Gill Smith
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 18 November 2018 by Gill Smith
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 16 May 2012 by hondo .
  • Live Music : Yes - Fridays - last updated 15 February 2017 by Bucking Fastard
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 25 November 2015 by Bucking Fastard
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 16 May 2012 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 25 November 2015 by Bucking Fastard
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 18 November 2018 by Gill Smith
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