While travelling down the Oxford Canal, it is a good idea to know where you can get some refreshments and stop for a break. And what better place to stop than a traditional country pub? If you want to know the best pubs to visit during your travels along the Oxford Canal, you can find the very best below. These pubs are full of atmosphere, friendly locals and some fantastic local beers.
The Old Bookbinders Alehouse, Oxford
The Old Bookbinders Alehouse is a fantastic pub. It is full of history and oozes a traditional, countryside pub feel. It is located just 10 minutes away from the Oxford Canal towpath and has some of the best beers in Oxford. The landlords have taken a quality over quantity approach with their drink menu. They have 6 pumps for ales, three of which are always guest ales that are regularly changed. If you love the best beer in town, then this pub is for you! They only serve the best local and national ales, along with a few exceptional wines too.
The Jolly Boatman, Thrupp
The Jolly Boatman is about as close to the Oxford Canal that it can get without its customers getting their feet wet. As you travel down the canal, you will see a sign for The Jolly Boatman and the pub itself just off the towpath before a bridge. If you arrive in summer, you can take one of their lovely cask ales out to the seating area and watch the canal drift by slowly. If you arrive in the winter, The Jolly Boatman has plenty of cosy nooks to warm yourself in. This pub has recently changed hands, the new owners have brought the pub back to life with regularly changing guest ales and a newly decorated ground floor that feels fresh and vibrant.
The Boat Inn, Thrupp
The Boat Inn is set in the breathtaking beauty of the Oxford Canal. It is a traditional country pub that is family-run, so you always receive a warm welcome as you walk through the door. The Boat Inn welcomes all. Whether you are a hiker, boater or a local, you’ll find a warm seat next to the fire and a cold pint of one of their excellent cask ales waiting for you. You can bring your dog along as the owners love dogs. The Boat Inn is a Greene King pub, so they have some of Greene King’s best ales on tap waiting for you.
The Oxford Arms, Kirtlington
Many people stop in their tracks to see the rustic beauty of The Oxford Arms. It is a beautiful pub. Yet, don’t stop outside, pop in and meet the lovely landlord and enjoy some amazing food and drink. Now, strictly speaking, The Oxford Arms isn’t actually canal-side. In fact, it is a 20-minute walk from the nearest mooring. However, when you have tasted the exceptional food, the local ales and enjoyed the great wine list, I think you’ll forgive us. If you’re up for an easy walk to stretch your legs after travelling the canal all day, The Oxford Arms is the best place to wander off to. Sure, you don’t get a view of the canal, but you’ll have some of the best food near the Oxford Canal.
The Folly, Oxford
The Folly is the most expensive place on our list. However, it also has one of the best locations. Its outside seating area is literally floating on the River Thames. Plus, the prices are well worth it when you try their food. They have some of the best food in Oxford and a view that no other restaurant in Oxford can compete with. Of course, The Folly has an excellent selection of drinks too, although they are mainly known for their fantastic food.
Well, there are the best pubs along the Oxford Canal and some that are too close and too good to miss out on. To find out about other brilliant pubs along the canals in the UK, please explore our website further. We also have other articles for boaters too about the best boating equipment and accessories that no boater should be without.