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The Lock Keeper's Inn

Milltown Road | Milltown Road, Belfast BT8 7XT, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9064 0088
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good29%
  • Average12%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (6 reviews)
“tray bakes” (14 reviews)
“scones” (8 reviews)
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All hours
Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Milltown Road | Milltown Road, Belfast BT8 7XT, Northern Ireland
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1 - 10 of 124 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

This little place is accessible from Belfast's outer ring road, and sits at an old lock. It's a bit unimpressive to look at, resembling a garage, but there are good tables and seating outside. It gets busy on a sunny Sunday morning - it seems...More

Thank 57Boy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Anytime we've been here we've had great snacks or lunch. Good portions, fresh food good coffee. Always a nice atmosphere and good service. No complaints. Been here around 6 times this last year.

1  Thank flipflopgal2017
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

After a nice walk on the towpath it was nice to sit down and have some very tasty food and coffee service and staff pleasant

1  Thank Jill B
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

Out for a gentle stroll and called in for coffee. Good lunchtime selection of food, but opted for 2 scones and tea. Pretty busy but service and scones were very nice and quickly served. A number if ables outside occupied by other walkers and there...More

Thank tomdoran1
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

Some interesting reviews here...I suppose it's about picking the right place for whatever you are looking for ... I go here for two reasons ... 1. I can sit outside with like minded dog walkers and the dogs can socialise , get water etc. and...More

Thank Breenek
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Lovely little spot beside the River Lagan. Wide range of traybakes and cakes. Friendly staff. Will be returning!

Thank Girltraveller5
SiobhanMcGarry, Public Relations Manager at The Lock Keeper's Inn, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the lovely comments. They mean so much to all of us #LoveTheLockKeepers

Reviewed 26 January 2017

Great location and lovely place to stop for a bite during a long walk. However, the food is average and they always seem to run out of most of the items on the menu. Service was friendly though.

Thank Maggie B
Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

I love this place, i love everything about it. Everyday I try to visit it for a relaxing coffee whilst baby sleeps. It's a beautiful walk from the car park to the inn where I can enjoy the fresh air and scenery and look forward...More

2  Thank kelly f
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

I have been here several times and never get what I ordered within a reasonable time. The staff are clueless students and there is no apparent system for serving customers efficiently. On a busy day like today I waited 30 mins for a cup of...More

1  Thank Tony W
Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Had a wonderful Christmas lunch with my friend and a few laughs at the chef's presentation of our plate !

2  Thank Lisani2003
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
What are the opening times
11 May 2016|
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Response from Angie M | Reviewed this property |
Not sure but know they open for brekkie/ brunch on a Sunday morning as it's always buzzing then
Peter R
What are your rules regarding dogs? - we have a border terrier and we were planning to come along for lunch on Saturday.
25 April 2015|
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Response from Tim G | Reviewed this property |
Dogs are not permitted inside and must be kept on a lead. There are several notices asking that they not be tied and left at the entrances. Other than that, dogs are welcome.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$3 - US$10
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, View
Open Hours
08:00 - 18:00
08:30 - 17:00
08:30 - 17:00
08:30 - 17:00
08:30 - 17:00
08:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Milltown Road | Milltown Road, Belfast BT8 7XT, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  Belfast
  • Phone Number: +44 28 9064 0088
A bike ride along the tow path, a day in the park with the kids (and dogs), a quick lunchtime power walk or a stroll with your Lagan love....we'd love to see you at The Lock Keeper's Inn for breakfast, brunch, lunch. We serve great food & great coffee 7 days a week both inside and outside at our picnic benches. Don't worry if you can't find a seat - we'll give you one of our picnic blankets to spread on the grass. We're one of the few places in Northern Ireland that welcomes well behaved pets (outside dining area ) and their owners. We accept cash & cards. Free WiFi available for our customers.