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Canal Pubs & Canalside Inns

Canal Pubs are an essential part of the canal experience, sometimes it seems there’s a pub every few miles! The pubs were originally there to cater just for the passing canal trade.

  • Many pubs had stables attached where the boat horse would be stabled overnight and their thirsty boatmen enjoy the company of other boat people after a hard day’s work.
  • A large number have been completely refurbished over the years and now provide comfortable surroundings and meals for those who don’t want to cook on their holidays.
  • Most have convenient moorings outside, often with outdoor seating, gardens, and play areas.
  • Popular moorings can fill up in the early evening so some boaters plan their holidays to ensure that they get a mooring outside a pub every evening!

Navigation Inn on Peak Forest Canal

There are also many traditional canal pubs little changed over centuries, retaining much genuine character. Many were just ordinary houses serving up home-brewed ale in their front rooms and selling a few staples like bread and milk to the boat people for a little extra income. Some still feel that way, for instance the Anchor on the Shropshire Union Canal.

Other traditional pubs include the isolated Black Lion at Froghall on the Caldon branch of the Trent and Mersey Canal, the Navigation on the Peak Forest Canal, the Swan which overlooks the Coventry Canal junction with the Trent and Mersey Canal and the Boat opposite the canal museum at Stoke Bruerne on the Grand Union Canal. On the River Severn the Camp House Inn just north of Worcester has peacocks roaming the garden and the River Thames has many stunning old pubs and inns.

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Aire and Calder Navigation

The Navigation Inn
47 Chapel Lane, Sowerby Bridge
The Old Coffee Mill
Lock Lane, Castleford

Ashby Canal

The Old Crown Inn
Bosworth Rd, Snarestone

Ashton Canal

Vivid Lounge
Ancoats, Manchester

Bridgewater Canal

Mano A Bocca
2A, Waterside Plaza, Sale M33 7BS.

Caldon Canal

For Caldon Canal see the Trant & Mersey page

Chesterfield Canal

The Waterfront Inn
West Stockwith

Coventry Canal

Fosters Yard – Indigo Lounge
by Bridge 53, Polesworth
Stag and Pheasant
Hartshill, Nuneaton
The Bulls Head Polesworth and El Toro Steakhouse
Tamworth Rd, Polesworth
The Fazeley Inn
4 Coleshill St, Fazeley, Tamworth B78 3RA.
The Greyhound Inn
Hawkesbury Junction, Coventry
The Market Tavern
21 Market St, Atherstone

Droitwich Canal

Gardeners Arms
47 Vines Ln, Droitwich Spa, Droitwich WR9 8LU.

Grand Union Canal

For Grand Union see the Grand Union page

Grand Union Leicester Line

For Grand Union Leicester Line see the Grand Union page

Grand Western Canal

The Ducks Ditty
Canal, The wharf, Canal Hill, Tiverton EX16 4HX.

Huddersfield Narrow Canal

The Flamin Mongolian
Tanyard Rd, Milnsbridge, Huddersfield HD3 4ND.
Wharf Tavern
77-79 Caroline St, Stalybridge SK15 1PD.

Kennet and Avon Canal

Honey Street Mill Cafe
Honey Street, Village SN9 5PS.
The Pelican
Froxfield, Marlborough SN8 3JY.
The Somerset Arms
High St, Semington, Trowbridge BA14 6JR.
The Spring Inn
Bath Rd, Sulhamstead, Reading RG7 5HP.

Lancaster Canal

Penny Street Bridge Hotel
Penny St, Lancaster LA1 1XT.
The New Inn
The Plough Inn
Galgate, Lancaster LA2 0LQ.
The Royal Hotel
The Royal Hotel, Main Rd, Bolton-le-Sands, Carnforth LA5 8DQ.
The Tithe Barn
Church St, Garstang, Preston PR3 1PA.
The Water Witch
Canal Tow Path, Aldcliffe Rd, Lancaster LA1 1SU.
The White Bull
The White Bull at, Garstang Rd, Bilsborrow, Preston PR3 0RE.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Calypso Caribbean Restaurant
The Wharf Inn, Eanam, Blackburn BB1 5BY.
Crooke Hall Inn
92 Crooke Rd, Shevington, Wigan WN6 8LR.
Foulridge Social Club
Towngate, Foulridge, Colne BB8 7PL.
Kings Arm
Bolton Rd, Silsden, Keighley BD20 0JY.
Kirkless Hall Inn
Aspull, Wigan WN2 1JW.
Salts Sports Association
Saltaire, Shipley, Bingley, Shipley BD18 3LA.
The Albion
The Albion, Whalley Rd, Clayton-le-Moors, Accrington BB5 5HD.
The Anchor Inn
Salterforth Ln, Barnoldswick, Salterforth, Barnoldswick BB18 5TT.
The Balti House Rishton
1-3 High St, Rishton, Blackburn BB1 4JZ.
The Orwell
Leeds and Liverpool Canal Tow Path, Wigan WN3 5AA.
The Robin Hood Inn
19 Kirkgate, Silsden, Keighley BD20 0AJ.
The Slipway
48 Crabtree Ln, Burscough, Ormskirk L40 0RN.

Llangollen Canal

For Llangollen Canal see the Llangollen Canal page

Macclesfield Canal

Bailey’s Trading Post
Lord Vernon's Wharf, Lyme Rd, Higher Poynton, Poynton, Stockport SK12 1TH.
Church House Inn
Church St, Bollington, Macclesfield SK10 5PY.
Ring o’ Bells
130 Church Ln, Marple, Cheshire, Stockport SK6 7AY.
The Poachers Inn
95 Ingersley Rd, Bollington, Macclesfield SK10 5RE.
The Puss in Boots
Buxton Road, Macclesfield.
The Queens Head Hotel
Queens Head Hotel, 96B Park Ln, Congleton CW12 3DE.
The Rising Sun Country Pub and Restaurant
Station Rd, Scholar Green, Stoke-on-Trent ST7 3JT.
Vale Inn
29-31 Adlington Rd, Bollington, Macclesfield SK10 5JT.
Windmill Inn
Holehouse Ln, Whiteley Green, Macclesfield SK10 5SJ.
Ye Olde Kings Head
Byrons Ln, Macclesfield SK11 0HD.

Mon & Brec Canal

The Navigation
Ty Croeso Hotel & Restaurant
Dardy, Crickhowell NP8 1PU.

Montgomery Canal

Cross Guns
Rockwell Ln, Pant, Oswestry SY10 9QR.
Brithdir Ln, Berriew, Welshpool SY21 8AW.
The Navigation Inn

Oxford Canal

Ansty Club
Grove Rd, Ansty, Coventry CV7 9JD.
Barley Mow
64 Main St, Newbold on Avon, Rugby CV21 1HW.
Great Western Arms
Station Rd, Aynho, Banbury OX17 3BP.
The Barley Mow
Upper Heyford.
The Boat
Canal Rd, Thrupp, Kidlington OX5 1JY.
The Bridge
Tomlow Rd, Napton on the Hill, Southam CV47 8HX.
The Butchers Arms
Priors Harwick.
The Coach and Horses
4 Butchers Row, Banbury OX16 5JH.
The Greyhound Inn
The Greyhound, Sutton Stop, Coventry CV6 6DF.
The Old Crown
466 Aldermans Green Rd, Alderman's Green, Coventry CV2 1NP.
The Rose Inn
Main St, Willoughby, Rugby CV23 8BH.
The Waterside – Pub & Carvery
Crick Rd, Rugby CV21 4PW
The Wheatsheaf
10 The Grn, Braunston, Daventry NN11 7HW.
The White Hart
126 Godstow Rd, Wolvercote, Oxford OX2 8PQ.

Peak Forest Canal

Navigation Inn
Brookside, Buxworth, High Peak SK23 7NE.
Spread Eagle
The Cheshire Ring
Cheshire Ring, 72 Manchester Rd, Hyde SK14 2BJ.

River Lea

Millers House Cafe
Centre, St Leonard's St, London E3 3BT.
Pisces Fish & Chip Takeaway and Restaurant
21 High St, Thrapston, Kettering NN14 4JJ.
Royal Exchange Tea Parlour
1 Market Pl, March PE15 9JF.

River Nene

Perch & Pike
The St, South Stoke, Reading RG8 0JS.

River Severn

Black Star
The Black Star, 1 Mitton St, Stourport-on-Severn DY13 8YP.

River Thames & Lee Navigation

The Sun Inn
1 Wharf St, Godalming GU7 1NN.

Shropshire Union Canal

For Shropshire Union Canal see the Shropshire Union page

Staffs and Worcs Canal

For Staffs & Worcs Canal see the Staffs & Worcs page

Trent and Mersey Canal

For Trant & Mersey Canal see the Trant & Mersey page

Worcester & Birmingham Canal

Navigation Inn
Hanbury Rd, Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove.

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