Named after Joseph Lockwood, who built the store in 1860, Lockwood General opened in March 2021. Robinson (ex-West Oak Hotel) and co-owners Jack Nelligan, James McIntyre and James Lambert (the latter three are involved in Peter Rabbit and Bloom), worked on the interior design themselves. It’s filled with natural tones and plenty of light, with large windows overlooking another historic building: the area’s original pub and blacksmith.
A large “providore wall” near the entrance reimagines the general store – there are cartons of milk, cans of anchovies, and house-made jams, relishes and pasta sauce. You can even grab a loaf of bread to take away; the cafe receives daily deliveries from Uraidla Bakery.
The contemporary menu is divided into two sections: dishes designed for one, and those for sharing. The first category includes a pearl-sugar waffle with dark chocolate, cherry, coconut sorbet, sesame and pink salt; heirloom tomatoes with black rice, snake bean, avocado, wasabi, yuzu and watercress; and a fig walnut loaf with panela and cinnamon butter. Avocado (sliced, not smashed) sits atop a bed of whipped feta on seeded rye, and is sprinkled with pepitas, fresh green chilli, and black lime that’s dehydrated in-house. To share, there’s burrata with pickled apricot, sunflower seeds and lemon balm. And mushrooms with miso butter, rye and nasturtium.
The drinks list is also fairly extensive for a venue that closes in the early afternoon each day. A wine list is split into “progressive”, “conventional” and “old-school classic” options (think Koerner “Pigato” vermentino, a Samuels Gorge tempranillo and a Shaw & Smith M3 chardonnay). And there’s a selection of spirits, beers and cocktails. Nods to the area include a High St High Ball (gin, pickled apricot syrup, vanilla, lemon, soda and apricot cube candy) and a Lockwood Mimosa (bubbles and cold-pressed, organic orange).