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Double Locks

Address: Canal Banks, Exeter, Devon, EX2 6LT
Telephone: 01392 256947

The Double Locks, Exeter from the north

The Double Locks, Exeter from the north

A unique canal-side pub about half an hour’s walk south of Exeter.

I’ve been coming here regularly (albeit infrequently) for nearly 30 years and the pub hasn’t substantially changed in that time.

The Double Locks used to be a free house but was bought in the 90s by the Smiles Brewery of Bristol who subsequently got into financial difficulty and sold it to Young’s. Despite its link with the Bedfordshire brewery they do still sell a selection of beers from other local breweries – typically O’Hanlons and Branscombe Vale. These beers are all usually kept well and the barrels are racked behind the bar – a rare sight these days.

Barrels inside the Double Locks, Exeter

The pub is open all day I believe and food is available most of the time. The menu is not as varied as it used to be but the quality is generally good and in fact was much better on my last visit.

The pub’s distinctive character and its waterside location mean that it can get very busy on summer afternoons, but there is a big garden so it doesn’t feel too cramped. There’s a children’s play area too. The pub sometimes has live music, and you can camp there as well.

Last visited: August 2009

Good Beer, Good Pubs rating: 3 stars out of 5

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One Response to “Double Locks”

  1. Mark says:

    Great location, but really horribly rude staff – in particular the manager. You better hope that you get lucky and have nothing to complain about, because if you do you’re liable to be kicked out. They know nothing about customer service. The food is overpriced and ropey too.

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