Locks Restaurant and Bar

Looking out at our surroundings, it is easy to see why we chose ‘THE LOCKS’ as the name for our Restaurant and Bar.

The Holiday Inn was built in 1995, but it wasn’t the first hotel on this site. The original hotel was finished in 1801 and was named the Canal Tavern Inn. With gardens, bathing huts and shooting buts, it was used by passengers on the steam packets from Liverpool to Chester.

So relax in our contemporary surroundings, choose some delicious items from our menu and watch the boats making their journey along our historic canal.

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Our Menus

All day dining menu

Our head chef has developed a menu for everyone that is available all day, every day.

Featuring a range of home-cooked classics, healthy options and comfort food, the menu gives diners flexibility and the choice that people expect.

Daily specials compliment this menu and we use as many local ingredients for our specials. We have also linked up with Backford Belles to supply our ice cream.

Their parlour is 5 minutes drive away from the hotel and worth a visit during your stay with us.

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Afternoon Tea

Indulge yourself at our Locks Restaurant.

Afternoon Tea in our Locks Restaurant or Lounge & Bar offers a wonderful and memorable occasion with a beautiful Waterside View of the Locks.

Indulge in sweet creations alongside a selection of finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and preserves.

Served with freshly brewed tea or coffee Friday to Sunday booking essential on 0151-348-5507

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Private dining and groups

For that small intimate family celebration, get together with friends, or possibly a baby shower, our private conservatory provides a secluded dining area, while still enjoying the unique surroundings.

Our chef has developed menus that make it earlier for you to organise an event without the stress of wondering what everyone will eat. 

Conservatory Menu


Blended leek & potato soup, with toasted sippet 

Chicken liver pate, real ale chutney & toasted artisan bread 

Roasted red pepper, goats cheese & toasted walnut salad


3 hour braised daube of beef, rosemary roasted crushed new potatoes , glazed carrots with a bacon sauce

Cured ham wrapped chicken butternut squash, dauphinoise potato, mushroom cream sauce

Baked aubergine lasagne with seasoned greens

Salmon & dill fishcake, lemon, tartare & fries


Chocolate brownie topped with vanilla ice cream.

White chocolate & raspberry brulee cheesecake, with creme Chantilly & a fruit sauce 

An array of freshly cut fruits

£25.95 per person 

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Locks Bar

Take a seat at our bar.

We offer a wide selection of wines, spirits and beers to enjoy while indulging in some of the snacks and meals that we serve. 

For that business meeting, pull up a seat and log on to our free premium WIFI, grab a Starbucks coffee and make the most of your valuable time. 

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Gin Tasting Afternoon Tea

Overlooking the tranquil waterways, our Afternoon G 'n' Tea is perfect for any occasion.

Indulge in sweet creations and finger sandwiches, whilst tasting a selection of our finest Gins.

£19.95 per person 

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