Foxton Locks Inn, Foxton
Visitors to Foxton, with its remarkable feat of Victorian ingenuity - a staircase of ten locks - is likely to have an enjoyable day out. And what better way to relax after a stroll than to pop in for a drink at Foxton Locks Inn? It certainly looks the part, being an old, attractive pub, which benefits from wonderful waterside views and plenty of outside seating. The good choice of ale will also bring a smile to any CAMRA member's face. Sadly, though, the pub experience left us wanting. Any pub which heavily promotes food - and it was virtually a restaurant here on our Sunday visit - should produce quality food befitting such an ambition. Instead we had a distinctly disappointing experience. From the snide cuts of lamb, to the oddly salty Apple Crumble, it wasn't worth the money or effort to get here. Aspirational delusions were exposed - the mint sauce came in tacky industrial catering sachets and arranging them, fanned out, on a dish couldn't disguise this. Vaguely snappy front-of-house staff and clumsy waiters dropping tea towels in the food added to a rather shambolic experience. Stick to a midweek drink, avoid weekends and steer well clear of the food.
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Bottom Locks Gumley Road, Foxton, Foxton, Leicestershire, LE16 7RA
0116 279 1515
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