"Canalside lounging..."Review Rating: Reviewed by KimT
I went along for an informal work meeting – it was early morning, the sun was shining and there were a few people milling around setting up the fabulous Camden Market Lock market for the day. I have to say that I can’t resist a wander around the market – and when I have my teenage kids in tow it’s obligatory.
I went up the exterior stairs and walked along the lovely outside terrace where there are tables with ample heaters where you have a lovely view over the bustling market square and the nearby canal and the famous footbridge – yes, there was even a lovely red canal boat moored just beneath us. Sadly, access to the outside area is restricted after 10pm – I guess it is a residential neighbourhood.
The interior is a little rough and ready but it is spacious, light, informal and welcoming. The bar staff are welcoming and pleasant to chat to – like nothing is too much effort or trouble.
At the canal side there is a slightly raised area with low level banquette seating in front of a brick wall with large windows overlooking the canal outside. But the rest of the bar area is pretty large – with plenty of wooden tables which reach right back to the rear of the considerable area.
My cappuccino was well prepared and presented – well, it was only late morning.
The place has been open for about eight years and attracts a varied crowd. At times its used mainly as a cocktail bar and nightclub and at others as a restaurant – somewhere to eat quietly to escape from the bustle of the market below. There’s a strong tourist trade during the day (I saw a couple of groups here) but in the evening I am told that it’s more of a young, local crowd. I wasn’t sure if the barman was joking when he said it was a “more discerning crowd” in the evening!
Draught beers (from £3.80 to £4.90 a pint) include Heineken, Amstrel, Fosters, Guinnes, Erdinger and Meantime Pale Ale. The bottled beer selection is more extensive and includes Sol, Moosehead, Budvar, Leffe Blonde, London Pride and Samual Adams Boston Lager. The cider and white options are more restricted.
Whilst I was there, they were making cocktails. Pisco Sours (£4) were the special for the day. This is a cocktail from Chile and Peru using Pisco Abba, sugar syrup, lemon juice, egg white and Angostura Bitters. Apparently, Pisco Sour day is during the first weekend in February so I don’t quite know why it was on special in October. Anyway, it encouraged me to browse the beautifully illustrated cocktail menu which was quite extensive.
The food menu looks good too – with starters such as soup of the day (£3.50), artichoke dip with pitta (£4), hot wings with BBQ sauce (£4 or £8) and a sharing platter of cheeses and meats (£14). There’s a selection of salads at £8 and sandwiches between £6 and £8.50. Mains include burgers (£9.95), Fish and chips (£9.50), sea bass with tagliatelle (£11) and pork chops and mashed potatoes (£10.50). So normal pub fare.
A word of warning if you use Sat Nav – mine took me to the wrong place on the other side of the canal and I had to use the underpass which emerges into the centre of the indoor market. It’s easier to watch out for the bridge and you can see Lockside Lounge from there.
I plan to make a special trip to this lovely part of London to see what it’s like in the evening.
KimT reviewed Lockside Lounge on Fri 14 Oct 2011