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“Fabulous fish and chips but careful you're not sitting at a table facing a stranger!”
Review of The Lock Inn

The Lock Inn
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Scottish
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Good for: Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 16 August 2014

We ate here twice on our holiday and on the first occasion all went well as we were eating fairly early on in the evening. The pub had been recommended to us, particularly for the fish and chips - we were not disappointed! The portions were (as we had been warned) HUGE so definitely no need for a starter! Service was friendly and we were given a table upstairs. There is a nice busy atmosphere with lots of tourists of varying nationalities, which was lovely. However, on our second visit here we were eating a bit later which meant that it was busy, much busier - so much so that the man in charge (the owner?) was putting people at tables with a military precision. He was even asking people to share table of four which is not everyone's cup of tea - it was not mine. We managed to get a table for two but watched some couples react with panic when the owner tried to sit them with other couples - on many of these occasions couples found themselves sitting side by side with their partner and sitting opposite a stranger while having their dinner - quite awkward and uncomfortable it appeared for many. As we sat and ate our meal ( average pub fare apart from the fish and chips) we watched as many tourists found themselves forced to sit with strangers and indeed some being asked to move if they were only having drinks as the owner "was losing money on food from customers". I understand that business can be tough for some establishments but I felt that the owner seemed to have a "money at any cost" attitude. I will add that he was always polite and efficient but maybe at the risk of losing return custom. It made me think twice about going back to eat there.

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Reviewed 15 August 2014

Considering how touristic Fort Augustus is, just at the foot of Loch Ness, this is a very good choice for fun food, great atmosphere, pleasant service. Whiskey selection at the bar downstairs should satisfy anybody's curiosity. Food includes, amongst others, regulars of burgers, haggis, grilled salmon, and even a daily curry. But there is always a few specials written with chalk on a board, such as grilled chicken or smoked salmon when we were there. We went there twice and found the upstairs very convenient for dining and the downstairs great for drinks.

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Reviewed 12 August 2014

After a long day we decided to stop here for a cheeky pint in the outside area of the pub. I must say that this pint tasted awful. We went back in to the pub to query the taste and we got this comment back in a rude way “IT IS THE PLASTIC GLASSES!!!!”
At this point the glasses was launch back at us.
Question for the Lock inn, why did the pint (in a plastic glass) taste OK 100 metres down the road?

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Reviewed 12 August 2014

We sat outside the pub and watched the lock as we ate our lovely food. The atmosphere in the pub was good, the staff attentive and the food was delicious. I would highly recommend eating here. I'll visit again the next time I'm in the area.

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Thank diam0nd
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

Pub with upstairs area, very friendly service, basic food (for pub), but charing spot. Waitress/bartender was helpful and food was good.

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