I have always wondered how a business can be viable at that location. It does have its busy days but is usually quiet. I think the main problem is that everybody who has tried to make a go of it has concentrated too much on turning it into some kind of exclusive upmarket affair which it simply isn't large enough to bmake financial sense. A simple cafe type environment would see more of the passing walkers stop in for a coffee and possible a sandwich. Selling dozens of coffees an sandwich makes more sense than selling a few expensive top notch lunches.
we are closed for good.. due to owner taken seriously ill and not trusting anyone to carry on running it.. to your comments regarding the restaurant we were a cafe during the day serving cakes and coffee and serving ploughmans sandwhiches and fishcake and burger for lunch hardly top notch???? and upmarket in the evening and fully booked most evenings! same old comments from portishead folk pass their judgment on everything with out actually knowing how the business was doing and CLEARLY what it was serving! because thats not top notch lunch! on the food front we had just been awarded rossettes and another award from bristol food mag!
Relax, the poster, like a lot of other people may not have been since the change in ownership and it definitely wasn't much of a lunch place before. Plus when I last checked the menu it did look more upmarket, which isn't a criticism. I was looking forward to visiting soon.
Hope the situation gets resolved soon
No it was just to the lunch comment... not your comments D10.. it will not be opening again at all im affraid under the lock keeper he is to ill to carry on.. i was the head chef there and we have all lost our jobs.. so its ready for the next person to come and have a go! sad news as believe it or not we were doing so well!
So, the demise again of this rather fated restaurant !! Jacks manages to keep going despite the somewhat arrogant Bottelinos adjacent with its poorly trained staff. Yes, I know, two different types of eatery. So, why can't the Lock Keeper get it right.....third time possibly ???
Just recently purchased a groupon deal for a seven course taster menu at the lock keeper invited parents and booked around 3 weeks ago. Turned up last night to a closed restaurant, really disappointing would have been great to receive a phone call letting us know!! Recently moved to portishead and was so excited...such a shame hopefully someone will buy it!! I'm hoping I get a refund! Hope the owner is ok and it is open again soon!! Any other recommendations of where to eat would be great?!!
Can't help but raise an eyebrow when a restaurant states they have closed for technical reasons. It starts to conjure up all sorts of interpretations…..Is the cooker broken? Have the health inspectors been in? Has the owner lost the keys or the chef lost his way? Why not simply be transparent and just say, due to the owner's ill health etc etc….Have to say, I was pretty miffed about the group on fiasco. No communication, but thankfully did get a refund! This place is in a prime location and should work out really well for someone!
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I see the lock keeper sunk into the mud again. Not at all surprised. Dreadful place, **** service, terrible food. Went there recently with work collegues, and got harrassed all night by a boring drunk, think it was the owner. I had rabbit with some sort of lemon mayonnaise on it, lemon mayonnaise......on a rabbit stew?? ***? It was disgusting. Imagine pouring gravy over your yorky puds, then pouring salad cream all over them. Would you? Its all very well being inventive and making weird willy wonka food, but its got to work hasnt it? Nothing wrong with steaks, ribs, burgers, pies, salads. Look forward to the LK 3. ...............
We really liked the Lockeeper and went there regularly. We also met the owner who seemed really pleasant (hope he is OK). We had booked a table for Christmas Day as the menu seemed really interesting - does anyone know how I can get the £120 deposit back that we paid?
I think it is really very difficult for any Independent in todays climate - Simply competing with the major corporates is a daily battle and I think 'hat's off' to any one who is trying.
Jacks manages to stay consistent because it is part of a major chain - the Fosters group. With equally phenomenal budgets and backing.
I do feel sorry for the Lock Keeper as a local marina resident I have had nothing but good experiences and found the food to be incredible - especially on the new Game & Fish tasting nights that they had started. Agreed it didn't cater to the everyday needs of a Marina resident or those with young families, but that doesn't mean that what they were doing should be discounted.
I think it is a case of third time lucky for the place - and anything I can do to support it - I will happily do next time around.
Equally any Chef that is talented & creative should be supported - although I do agree - a better fit to the needs of Marina residents would be great - and I am sure would limit the risk of going under.
Independent shops and businesses should be supported. The world would be a very uninteresting place with a load of faceless, soulless corporations serving us on a daily basis.