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Lock and Barrel, Frinton-on-Sea

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user reviews of the Lock and Barrel, Frinton-on-Sea

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Still pretty much the same (don't think much changes in Frinton anyway), but no bad thing as this pub was good anyway... Late Red, Spitfire and Master Brew on the hand pumps. Food okay, but Cullin Skink dissapeared from the menu... Aargh...!
Barrow_Beer_Hunter - 30 Dec 2015 15:36
Excellent food and beer as always from this Shepherd Neame pub. Christmas eve 2014 Beers were Master Brew, Spitfire and a Christmas ale, as well as two of the better lagers; Oranjeboom & Asahi Super Dry. Just one minor comment; When we arrived around 13:00, most of the tables were empty but reserved. When we explained we would only be around an hour or so we were immediately seated, but other people were getting quite annoyed because they kept sitting at tables and being told they were reserved. Me personally, I wouldn't let people book tables in pubs (restaurants okay...), but if you are going to, don't book them out for hours on end!
Barrow_Beer_Hunter - 7 Jan 2015 13:30
Visited again Christmas Eve December 2013 after a walk along the beach from Walton. As always, good beers and friendly staff. Beers on offer on this occasion were Spitfire, Master Brew and Christmas Ale, a full-bodied cask beer @ 5.0% ABV. Food excellent. I know this is the only pub in genteel, well healed Frinton, but it is certainly a decent pub...

Barrow_Beer_Hunter - 31 Dec 2013 13:35
I dont agree with these comments. I have visited with my family 3 or 4 times over the past few christmas holidays and always found staff friendly, atmosphere good and food and beer excellant. Mussels in white wine sauce is to die for, and whilst no childrens menu, my 8 year old tried Cullin Skink (starter portion as a main meal) which he loved. Shepherd Neame regulars Whitstable Bay and Spitfire, as well as Late Red.... Oranjeboom lager also very nice.
Barrow_Beer_Hunter - 22 Jun 2012 16:41
I only went in here because I was getting fed up being dragged around the numerous charity shops! This is a Shepherd Neame pub that was serving Whitstable Bay, MasterBrew and Spitfire. Whitstable was 2.95 a pint the cheapest. Beer was ok but rather unfriendly staff. Had to wait nearly 10 mins to get my second beer. Did,nt try the food so can,t comment. The layout was along the lines of any Wetherspooon, books, prints etc. Nothing special and I don,t think I would go back there again. Clean toilets.
proost - 5 Sep 2010 15:01
Attractive looking glass-fronted open plan pub, well known for having opened in the face of opposition from some local residents who didn't want anything as common as a public house in their exclusive little resort. Busy with families when we visited- half term- despite no obvious signs of family-friendliness. Before serving me, the woman at the bar told me to move my family to the 'raised areas' as these were the only areas where children could sit- a rule which didn't seem to apply to some other families who were presumably regulars. Shepherd Neame beers were expensive but in good condition. No children's menu available so all of us, including my 4 year old, ordered an adult portion of fish and chips as listed on the specials board. Each time I went to the bar the unsmiling staff managed to make me feel just a little bit like 'something the cat had dragged in'. We were in the middle of a caravan holiday and had been out walking in wet and windy weather so weren't looking our most elegant, but this is a pub not a restaruant. The food, when it came, consisted of meagre fish fillets encased in a very thick layer of breadcrumbs- probably straight from a Bird's Eye box. The chips were also of McCain oven chip variety. Salad 'garnish' looked nice but was dried up. It was an Ok meal- I'm not fussy and am quite happy as a rule with bog standard pub food- but certainly didn't justify the staff behaving as though this is anything more than a bog standard pub.
edchambers - 29 May 2009 21:11

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