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The Grove Lock

Grove | Leighton Buzzard, Leighton Buzzard LU7 OQU, England
01525380940
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Price range: $14 - $25
Cuisines: British, Pub
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Good for: Outdoor seating, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Beside Lock 28 of the Grand Union Canal, lies a shining example of the great English pub. The Grove Lock serves up hearty food, traditional ales and wonderful views over the water.
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English first
Watford, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We went to The Grove Lock to meet some friends for lunch. In a lovely canal-side setting we enjoyed some delicious hot sandwiches which appeared to have been freshly made. My BLT had a lot of hot, thick, bacon which really did taste of bacon and our friends sandwiches looked just as good. It made for a really pleasant lunch... More

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Sam C, General Manager at The Grove Lock, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the positive feedback, we really care about finding quality ingredients and are glad you ejoyed your lunch with us. Thanks again and hope to see you back again very soon. More

St John-in-Cornwall, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
125 reviews 125 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

A perfect location alongside the canal and next to a lock. This venue was a derelict lock keepers cottage when we last visited it in 2001. It is barely recognisable today, with its extensions and adjacent marina and caravan site. We stopped here on a sunny afternoon and drank coffee in the garden, watching the boats go by. An idyllic... More

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Sam C, General Manager at The Grove Lock, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. We work hard every day to ensure all our customers leave happy, I am pleased you enjoyed your time with us and hope to see you again soon. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

First visit to the Grove delicious lunch look forward to next visit.food presented nicely staff very welcoming and helpful.

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Sam C, Manager at The Grove Lock, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to give us some lovely feedback, we really appriciate the effort and hope to see you back again very soon. More

London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Deceptively large and clearly well liked given how busy it was. Staff extremely friendly and welcoming. Food absolutely excellent. Really nice long relaxing lunch. View over the lock clear and allowed kids to watch thee boats pass by (or at least when rain ceased falling).

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Sam C, Manager at The Grove Lock, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, its lovely to hear you enjoyed your Lunch with us. Please call in again soon. More

north london
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Regularly use this place,beer is excellent and food good quality and quantity.fantastic location by the canal and good ,we'll- motivated staff.Obviously service can get slow when sun comes out especially at weekends so factor that in!

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Sam C, Manager at The Grove Lock, responded to this review

Its very nice to hear we are your favourite pub and we look forward to seeing here for a pint soon, cheers for the review. We appriciate the feedback! More

London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

What a gorgeous setting, slap bang by the canal, and a lovely spot to unwind at the end of a long day. Unfortunately the food didn't match the ambience. The burger was very salty, the fish pie very dry and the crab cakes didn't taste of anything much. It's rare I skip dessert, but I wasn't convinced the amazing sounding... More

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Sam C, Manager at The Grove Lock, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback regarding your visit, I am sorry to hear we did not meet our usual high standards on this occassion. Our burger recepie has already been amended. Customer comments are critical if we are to improve, please be assured that your comments have been acted upon to ensure better service for the future. More

Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We visited on a hot, summers evening. The location is ideal being next to the canal. We chose to dine inside because even though there are a lot of tables outside, we could not see a no smoking area. The service was ok - although we were warned we'd have to wait 45 minutes for food (in reality, it was... More

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Sam C, Manager at The Grove Lock, responded to this review

Sorry to hear you did not enjoy your visit. Our menu is limited in the summer due to the high volume. We change it seasonally, so we can use the best ingredients available. Please don't let this deter you from visiting in the future, as our Autum or winter menu may have dishes you like. Thank you for taking the... More

Dunstable, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

A wonderful location but the canal, staff always pleasant and happy to help. Just drinks and olives on this visit, a well needed rest on a sunny day :-) looking forward to our next visit.

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Sam C, Manager at The Grove Lock, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review. It nice to hear you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to seeing you here again soon. Cheers! More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Lovely location!!! Lovely pub!!! The food wasn't all that... Expesh for the price and no table service ;( Would still go back as it's a beautiful location but do think the foods standard and not worth a long stand at the bar to order... I was expecting more to be honest.

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Sam C, Manager at The Grove Lock, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we offer full restaurant service upstairs - downstairs, its a little bit of both, which I understand can get confusing for customers but we try hard to offer the service if and when customers would like it. Some are just in for drinks, as we are a pub and therefore don't want table service but... More

Stevenage, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Our friends chose this location to meet for a meal and drinks due to location (they hadn't been before either). When we arrived it was busy, it is a lovely location by the canal, particularly on a warm Summer's evening. Due to there being a large group of us, we ordered seperately by each individual family and this caused considerable... More

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Sam C, Manager at The Grove Lock, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to give feedback regarding your visit, we would never want a customer to leave being overcharged and unhappy, for this I am truely sorry. If you would like to call me, I would be happy to discuss this further. Please ask for Samantha. More

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