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Despite its coastal location, Frinton-on-Sea was long known as a ‘dry’ town - remarkable for its distinct lack of a pub. The Lock & Barrel changed all that though, bringing brilliant ales and proper pub food to the town’s much-loved Connaught Avenue.
Set among the independent shops and boutiques of "the Bond Street of the East Coast", the pub is the perfect place to recharge your batteries after a hard day's shopping - and a great spot for refreshment after a day at the beach.
There’s a trio of top ales on the pumps, plus popular lagers, wines, spirits and soft drinks, and there’s a tempting menu of traditional favourites served every lunchtime (and evenings at weekends).
With a wonderful open fire to warm you up on a cold winter's night, and two pleasant courtyard areas for when the seaside sun shines, The Lock & Barrel is a popular pub all year round.
Not just Frinton’s first pub - also its finest!
One of the best places to eat in Frinton-on-Sea, The Lock & Barrel serves a vast and varied menu that leans towards traditional tastes - with popular dishes including steak pie, lasagne and seaside favourites such as fish and chips.
Lighter lunches are available too, with fresh sandwiches, baguettes and american-style sub rolls on the menu, while there’s also an interesting selection of vegetarian options.
The kitchen is open seven days a week, serving lunch only Monday to Thursday (12 - 2.30pm), and all day on Friday and Saturday (12-8.30pm). On Sundays, it’s all about the traditional roast of course - available from 12-5pm.
Lovely place to eat friendly helpful staff.Lots of choice of food great starter to share .smoked haddock with veg and mash.really hot great flavours great taste
Called in on-spec for lunch as did not know the town, staff very enthusiastic and helpful.
Two outdoor areas (one for smokers, one for non-smokers) that are dog friendly. Great Shepard Neame Cask ale and the platter we had was lovely and just right for two people.
Even got a free pint from 'Tall Paul' as we told him our T5 had broken down and we were stuck here. I can think of worse places to break down! Lovely seaside town. Def worth a visit.