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The Three Locks, Stoke Hammond - pub details

Address: Stoke Road, Stoke Hammond, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK17 9DD [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 25362) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Leighton Buzzard (3.1 miles), Bletchley (3.4 miles), Fenny Stratford (3.6 miles)

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This place maximizes its location well, situated as it is beside a dramatic sweep of locks on a pretty section of the Grand Union canal. It's fun to chill out while watching bargemen professional and amateur negotiate the waterway and the pub has a sweep of ales to enjoy - a special from Young's was on tap on the occasion of our visit, although it was perhaps served a mite cold. Food was good - a cracking chicken and chorizo sandwich hit the spot. Impossible not to hole up here on any canalside walk.
BoehmBawerk - 22 Jul 2012 16:52
A good sized pub in a prime spot next to the canal and the three locks, it does unfortunately lack a little in the way of authentic charm and instead, I suspect, relies largely on it’s location to pull the punters in. It appears as though it has recently been refurbished and has a slightly mass-produced corporate feel to it, as though it’s been designed by someone sat in an office with a suitable qualification in pub design. In particular the old beams and the ceiling have all be painted over in a pale shade of coffee brown, which to my mind is a great shame especially looking at the earlier photograph taken by John McGraw.

The main bar area has old wooden boards on the floor, a slightly curious shade of dark blue paint on the upper part of the walls with cream wood panelling down below. Various gilt framed pictures with country scenes on are dotted around and there was a plasma mounted up in one corner above an old fireplace, although neither were in use. A small area off to the left housed some leather button sofa’s and this led on to a restaurant area (complete with “Please wait here to be seated sign”) with black slate tiles on the floor and an open kitchen beyond this.

The pub naturally makes the most of it’s setting, and there were several tables along the lock edge as well as a patio beer garden at one end which even had music piped out to it from the pub. Slightly unnecessary I felt, but maybe some people appreciate it. Food wise there was a decent enough looking selection of “pub grub” dishes such as burgers and fish & chips as well as a few slightly more adventurous dishes, and a number of boards on the bar counter detailed the Pie of the Day, Risotto of the Day and even Scallops of the Day. Most of the mains were somewhere around the £10 mark and whilst my Spicy Crab Linguine was ok, I felt it was a little heavy on the chilli and a little light on the crab and certainly wasn’t worth the £13.95 I paid for it.

Despite six pumps on the bar, only three were in use dispensing Doom Bar, Tribute and this month’s guest Waggle Dance. The solitary cider was Bulmer’s Original. In summary, this is a great location and I’m sure it gets packed on sunny afternoons, but I can see little reason to make a special detour to visit.
Blackthorn - 15 May 2012 21:08
The staff here are an absolute credit to the pub. Having not visited for a few months, we visited on a sunny Saturday afternoon- it would appear that half of the local towns had the same idea!

Even though the staff were absolutely run ragged, they gave good service to us throughout. I also witnessed an incident where there had been an error on a food order and something had been missed off by the customer. The staff bent over backwards to get the problem resolved, including re-opening the kitchen to get the food out to the customer in question
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Beer is well kept, and even though they don’t have the biggest selection, they often have interesting and unusual beers on.

As a previous reviewer commented “excitable teenage staff” yes, the staff are young, but are ALL pleasant and give the place a nice energy. If only all pub staff were like this!!!

drunkenstarfish - 14 Apr 2011 13:49
A pub with no beer!

A visit last week found that they had just about run out of real ale across a range of brews. Apparently they were awaiting a delivery! What kind of establishment leaves their stocks to dwindle to the point where thirsty customers' needs are unfulfilled? Fortunately, Guinness was still available.

Food was ok - a good bowl of soup - but not exceptional.
aboukir - 27 Feb 2011 09:16
I have been reading the above comments and all were fair but I ate there the other day and found out they had a new menu, new chef's and a new general manager. I would say 99% of the issues above have been resolved and the food was fab and so was service.
loveagoodmeal12 - 15 Aug 2010 20:42

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