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Lock ‘n' Load is entering a new era with the establishment of a new phenomenon in the culinary and entertainment world. Enter the gastro-pub, originally started in London in the early ‘90s, gastro-pubs offer the relaxing and casual atmosphere of a pub, but serve restaurant quality food. Owner and manager Lachlan Bird has created a lovely setting in which to enjoy a good cup of coffee, a few drinks or a stylish three-course meal.
Situated smack bang in the middle of the West End's bustling restaurant district, the bar overlooks the street and is a popular place to sit and enjoy a few lagers (or cocktails) and crowd watch. The central dining room is stylishly furnished with polished wood floors and is the only heritage-listed venue in the area. The beer garden, located at the back of the property, is dotted with white frangipani trees and palms, an ideal setting for a function or to enjoy the late night entertainment. The food on offer is mouth-watering with a wide selection to choose from. Try the crisp-skinned ocean trout with pumpkin, fetta and and chilli on salsa verde. Or perhaps, for a truly dressed up pub meal, the eye fillet with potato fondant, balsamic onions, crisp pancetta and artichoke salad.