The best canal-side pubs to visit in the UK

Come summer or winter, you can’t beat a spot of lunch at the pub or an early evening drink – and even better if you can moor right outside. We’ve put together a list of the best pubs that sit right by the canal side.

The Paper Mill, Hertfordshire

Situated next to Apsley Marina, The Paper Mill pub is full of character. You can have fantastic food and enjoy a drink with a waterfront view of the Grand Union Canal in the beer garden. Inside the interior is very modern with sleek wooden floors, the perfect place for a Sunday roast.

The Trout Inn, Gloucestershire

This lovely pub is sat right next to the River Thames near the St Johns Lock, and there is mooring available nearby. The Trout Inn is a Grade II listed building and has late medieval influences. Pop in and sit on the outside benches in the summer months or get cosy by the fire in the winter. They have a traditional pub menu so there will be something for everyone and senior guests can enjoy two courses for a reduced price on a variety of dishes.

The Canal Turn, Lancashire

Transformed into a pub in 2001, The Canal Turn is a destination for boaters and canal walkers alike. They have a great selection of beers, wines and spirits as well as yummy food that you can enjoy inside or outside. If you’re looking for somewhere to spend your whole evening, there is frequent entertainment like quiz nights or bands play at the weekend.

Bluebell Cider House, Solihull

Step into the Bluebell and you will experience delicious home-cooked food and an array of ciders to try. There is also a brew house in which you can enjoy a pint of real ale. Sitting beside the canal you will have gorgeous waterway views and if you pop in on a Sunday there is a scrumptious carvery to tuck into.

The Cornmill, Llangollen

Sit by the water and marvel at the spectacular views from this pub. The Cornmill features an excellent bar and a traditional dining area and the food is classically British. Steeped in history with a lovely atmosphere, pop in for a quick drink or a bite to eat and you won’t be disappointed.

This is a marketing article by Towergate Insurance.

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