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England’s best canal-side pubs


Whether you are pulling up to the bar from the water or land, England is host to a wide range of glorious canal-side pubs.

And despite no promises of sunshine, we can’t think of a better place to spend a long lunch, or lazy evening.

It was a tough job, but here are some of our favourites (in no particular order):


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1) The Narrowboat, London

Situated directly on Regent’s Canal in Islington this pub attracts people from all over London who love its proximity to the canal.

We think the food on offer is great too and they are famous for their Sunday roasts. Be warned though, this is London, and you won’t see much change from a tenner for two pints.


2) The Blue Lias, Warwickshire

If you aren’t local or pulling up in your narrowboat, The Blue Lias also has two large fields you can caravan in from April to October - and we recommend you do as it’s one of the finest canalside pubs we know.

Whilst it’s wonderful to experience the pub in summer, it also offers a delicious winter menu. Because it’s small (and popular) it does get crowded at times, but we think that only is a good thing.


3) The Saracan’s Head, Lancashire

Boasting an all-day menu this pub is great for both drinks and food. Beautiful and airy on the inside it also has a big garden outside for when the sun shines.

Right next to the Halsall Warehouse Bridge, there are some great walks nearby. It’s on the banks of the Leeds Liverpool canal and (we think!) home to some of the friendliest staff in the business.


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4) The Three Horseshoes, Hemel Hempstead

Even when the sun isn’t out this 16th century pub is worth visiting thanks to its roaring log fire indoors. If the sun does come out, well you’re in for a treat as you can sit right on the edge of the towpath gazing at the local wildlife as the sun sets.

Serving both food and drink, this is a very popular spot.


5) The Two Boats, Warwickshire

It’s another entry for Warwickshire, but the country does possess a very fine stretch of canal – so we might be a little biased!

The Two Boats is a beautiful old pub with tonnes of character and good beer on tap, though it’s its chunky chips that regulars all rave about. A really great place just to sit and watch the world go by or pull up for lunch on your narrowboat.

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