This unusual quayside restaurant was known as Le Chateau for many years and, following a period of closure, it re-opened in 2012 with new owners and a new name - and all the old character intact. It’s in a former Presbyterian Church and, when converted to its present use, the two-storey interior was imaginatively designed around the joint themes of church and river.
The ground floor contains a bar and the first floor restaurant has raised floors at each end, like the deck of a galleon, while the church theme is reflected in the windows, notably an original “Star of David”.
Most tables don’t have a full river view but the whole interior is so full of interest, and staff are so friendly and willing, that this is quickly forgotten - and Head Chef, Seamus Jordan, and a good kitchen team are well able to match the unusual surroundings with impressive food.
An early dinner menu offers good value, but this is a place that’s at its theatrical best for an occasion, so the à la carte menu - which is wide ranging, but has the great red meats that are so popular in the midlands at its heart - is designed for this, in both style and price.
While fine dining is the style, everyone is welcome at The Locke and a meal here should be a memorable experience.