It would be fair to say that Double Locks is not your typical pub. Located around 20 minutes from the Exeter Quay – situated along the River Exe – it’s one of those off-the-beaten-track locations that is best reached by foot (or kayak if you’re feeling a little adventurous). A couple of weekends ago we took a leisurely stroll through the Riverside Valley Park and soon spied its bricked facade amongst the greenery. It had been years since our previous visit and we were keen to see if it still lived up to the high standards it had previously set.
On arrival, we headed straight along the wooden floorboards besides the river to the garden behind the pub. Towards the rear there’s an area for swings and ping-pong tables to keep the children and adults entertained, but given that it was such a lovely day, we decided to sit on one of the rustic picnic benches and enjoy the view of the river along with a couple of local ciders. I absolutely adored the scenery and it gave a very comforting family-outing feeling to the Sunday afternoon.
The weather, unsurprisingly, turned for the worse after one pint and we headed indoors for cover from the rain. Earlier we had treated ourselves to a hearty brunch so we decided against a Sunday roast, opting for an afternoon Cheese Platter instead (£15).
The cheese platter came with Somerset brie, goats cheese, classic mature cheddar and feta cheese, with olives, pickles, chutney, and a selection of warm pitta bread. Double locks definitely did not disappoint with the generous portions and there was certainly enough for both my dining partner and myself (in fact there was probably enough for 4 people, so it’s a good thing we love cheese).
Everything on the platter complemented each other very well, however my dining partner thought that the goats cheese was a tad overpowering and I was a little disappointed to find that all of the cheeses were generally mild. I think that the addition of blue cheese would have greatly benefitted this dish. Having said that, overall we greatly enjoyed our afternoon at Double Locks. The back garden was stunning, we had excellent views along the River Exe and we only wish that we were there on a sunnier day! As for the food, the portions were generous and we cannot wait to visit again and try out some of their Pub classics.