YOU’d be hard pressed to find a better carvery, in a better location, than that on offer at the Lock Keeper.
There are carvery lunches on offer at a host of establishments all over Worksop and the surrounding area.
And in a competitive sink or swim market, this pub has its head well above water.
Two for £10 is an attractive proposition for a family in today’s financial climate, especially when the carvery is included in the deal.
A carvery can live or die on the generosity of the chef.
So when the gent behind the hot plates informed me that I could try all three of the day’s meat offerings, the Lock Keeper was off to a great start.
Gammon, beef and turkey were loaded onto the plate, he didn’t skimp on portions.
There was a great selection of vegetables.
The roast potatoes were good.
The Yorkshire puddings, something that varies from pub to pub, were excellent.
The gravy, delicious.
My only gripe, and it’s not a major one, was that I might have enjoyed a little more stuffing than the amount he granted me.
But all in all, I wasn’t left wanting and a dessert was out of the question once I’d cleared my plate.
My dining partner, a two-year-old pasta expert, chose the meatballs and spaghetti from a well-stocked kids menu.
They present a good choice for children, vegetarian youngsters included, and an idea that may not be entirely unique but one I’ve not encountered before – a tortilla factory.
Little ones can ‘make their own dinner’, with handy instructions on the menu for putting together a tortilla cone or envelope, which adds novelty to their eating out experience.
More impressive still was the amount of nutritional information on display on the menu, letting me know that there were no artificial colours or flavourings in my son’s meal – which he clearly enjoyed.
At £3.99 the value was good, too.
To add to the family friendly feel, there are indoor and outdoor play areas for kids to enjoy within close proximity to the pub’s dining area.
The Lock Keeper, at the junction of Sandy Lane and the A57, couldn’t really have a more ideal location – and it has more than ample parking.
To one side you may have one of the area’s busiest roads, but to the other you have the canal.
The staff were friendly and helpful, the decor pleasant enough, and the whole experience worthwhile.
by Graham Smyth