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Ive been looking forward to visiting this Pub for many years,finally went there last night for a drink and evening meal .What a HUGE disappointment !    A very limited menu and not all available,the steak and ale pie inedible [the only hot meal on ].The pub is lit by candles so sit by a window if you want to see what you are drinking or eating.The pub and staff were very unwelcoming ,we will never go back.

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I'm rather surprised by this post, as I've only heard good reports about the pub (though I've never been inside it). Looking at the menu on-line, it doesn't inspire me though.

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To be honest Pally, Ive said the same about the Locks on several threads. The Locks was one of my favourite stops on the Broads and a must visit when ever we visited Beccles, even at times getting a taxi from the Yacht Station to the pub. However the couple of times we have visited the food has been little better than diabolical, I took my partner's familly there for a treat last year and after "bigging it up" to them all week and travelling by Taxi in thick fog, I was embarresed by the offerings and have to say that not one of the 6 people finished their meal and that includes Jens 19 year old Nephew who can eat anything.
Personally I think it's living on past performance and recommendations of those who either haven't been there for ages or are having a severe case of "The Emperors New Clothes" syndrome.

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My two  penn'orth on Geldeston Locks...

It's never claimed to be high cuisine and the menu is indeed somewhat limited, but I wouldn't want to try to compete with more upmarket hostelries while working from an asthmatic generator...

Personally I'm not overkeen on SOME of their beers, but I know others who view it as The Gods' nectar.

I've always found at least two extremely acceptable ales...

For me, the lack of electricity is part of the charm (having enjoyed it before they HAD a generator, when it was candles or darkness), and while recent staff have tended towards much younger folks than hitherto, I've never found them anything but helpful and fun to chat with.

I think their retention of candles in the main bar is perfect and overall it's one of Broadland's gems, even if I don't get down there often enough...

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Ive no complaint with the beer, but surely the food should be edible ??

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Kevin, you are right and up to a couple of years ago the food was very good, simple pub grub but well cooked abnd tasty, I'm not sure what's gone wrong since then.

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If I'm honest a few things have gone wrong at The Locks Inn.

The previous owner Tim who owns The Green Jack Brewery got divorced and his wife got the freehold of The Locks Inn and some other assets as part of the settlement, as a result Colin the tenant is no longer tied to Green Jack and reading between the lines positively encouraged to not buy from Tim. This means that one of the BIG plus points for me, Orange Wheat Beer is no longer available.

A couple of years back Colin hired a manager to oversee the day to day running and perhaps took his eye of the ball a little and as a result the food seems to have suffered along with service at times.

As for the rest of it, well it still has no mains grid electric relying on a generator and to this day electric lighting is still missing from the main bar, hence the candles. This all adds to the olde world charm and one shouldn't visit expecting a gastro pub, however the olde world charm on its own isn't enough to make up for the recent shortfall in selection of beer and food quality.

Just because The BA make a request, don't automatically assume they have the powers to make such requests!! Keeping a careful eye on an Authority which is making it's own rules.


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