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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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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good29%
  • Average13%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible5%
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“lunch” (32 reviews)
“scones” (14 reviews)
“tray bakes” (6 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Milltown Road | Milltown Road, Belfast BT8 7XT, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I called in to day for breakfast only to find nothing on the overhead boards with any information relating to breakfast I asked if they did a breakfast and was pointed to an A4 sheet on the counter beside the till .this is hardly adequate...More

Thank cjamison134
Reviewed 28 August 2017

Party of ten Efficient friendly staff Excellent food and no long wait despite their being busy Will be back

Thank Robert H
Reviewed 19 July 2017

Great place to stop whilst walking or cycling the towpath. Even better when you get to sit outside when dry or sunny. Good food. Dogs allowed in to outside sitting area and water bowls for them provided.

1  Thank 30Paul27
Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

We visited for lunch during the week. The cafe has great outdoor eating facilities which were lovely in the sun. Very tasty sandwiches in particular the sweet chilli chicken panini and bang bang chicken wrap!

Thank Tom S
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

Called in tonight at 5:22pm and asked for a coffee to go. They were polite but had the place in lock down. If your opening hours are to 5:30pm you should be serving coffee to go to then.

1  Thank Gill C
Reviewed 14 July 2017

Have visited the Lock Keepers Inn many times to have a Welcome Walking Workout, And so far this year the kind Weather meant we could take advantage of the outdoor roomy Picnic tables in a pleasant Area within the Shaws Bridge Pagan Tow path area....More

Thank staffordj2
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

Can't fault the service, were extremely helpful when my daughter felt unwell. Food is always good. It's usually really busy but service seems well able to cope. Highlight for me is the club sandwich

Thank Ilovesoup
Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

I would have scored this lower except that the kids enjoyed their hot chocolates. Having visited this place countless times over the years I was disappointed with the service and standard of coffee recently. It has a beautiful location and it would be a shame...More

Thank DCMC
Reviewed 23 May 2017

I took the tow path on my first cycle outing in years. I had walked this previously and the path is perfect for cycling especially in nice weather. We called at the Lock Keepers Inn for some well earned lunch. We both went for spiced...More

2  Thank travelled-annie
Reviewed 14 May 2017

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
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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
24 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$11
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
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
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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.
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