The Trent and Mersey Canal snakes its way through Cheshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire for 93 miles and there are plenty of brilliant pubs along this beautiful canal. However, below, we’ve found the best pubs on the canal in Cheshire. So, whether you’re travelling along the canal by boat. Or you just fancy stopping at a local, dog-friendly pub for some lunch and a few drinks while on your dog walk, you can find the best pubs on the canal in Cheshire below.
Saracen’s Head, Weston
The Saracen’s Head in Weston is right on the canal, so it’s perfect if you’re on a family boat trip down the canal. This pub is family friendly, and you can bring your furry friend along too. If you love a local ale, The Saracen’s Head has plenty of real ales on tap. They also have a pub garden that is wonderful in the summer. Plus they have some excellent pub classics on their food menu that will give you plenty of energy to finish your dog walk, and warm you up in the winter.
The Big Lock, Middlewich
The Big Lock in Middlewich overlooks lock 75 on the Trent and Mersey Canal. Their balcony is the perfect place to relax and watch the canal. Boaters need to be very careful going through lock 75 as there is typically a crowd on the balcony watching their every move. The Big Lock is a fantastic pub. It has huge plates of food, plenty of drink options including a mighty fine cocktail list and they have a cosy pub, a dining room and lounge.
The New Inn, Shardlow
The New Inn is right on the Trent and Mersey Canal so you can enjoy the beauty of the canal as you sit with a beautiful, local cask ale. You can sit in their beer garden that faces the canal, or choose to relax in the lovely, traditional country pub. The New Inn is pet friendly too, and they have brilliant bar snacks, lite bites and a full pub food menu too, so it’s the perfect pub to enjoy the canal and a hearty pub meal as well.
The Stanley Arms, Anderton
If you plan on visiting the incredible Anderton Boat Lift on your travels, why not visit The Stanley Arms while you’re there? This pub is very welcoming, they have some fantastic, local beers on tap and they have plenty of wine choice and a great deal more. They also have a large beer garden and some of the tastiest food in the whole of Cheshire. Just make sure you get the chunky chips, they are divine! In the winter months, The Stanley Arms will have their log fire going in the lounge perfect for weary walkers and boaters alike!
The Glebe, Stoke on Trent
The Glebe is a wonderful Victorian pub that is in the heart of old Stoke Town. If you’re mooring in Stoke, you simply have to check out the stained glass windows and the deli counter in this pub! I know, it’s odd that a pub would have a deli counter, but after a few of their fantastic, local beers, you’ll be running to the deli for cheeses and meats, I promise! The Glebe has plenty of space and plenty of traditional features that make it feel very cosy and friendly.
The Plume of Feathers, Barlaston
The Plume of Feathers is right next to the Trent and Mersey Canal, and it is owned by a TV star. In 2015, Neil Morrissey of Men Behaving Badly fame opened the doors to this pub once more. He has made a fantastic pub for dog walkers and boaters to enjoy a lovely pub lunch or dinner, and they have plenty of local ales on tap. Of course, the most popular beers in The Plume of Feathers are Plume Bitter and Neil Morrissey’s Blonde. The Plume of Feathers is a wonderful village pub right next to the canal.
Star Inn, Stone
The Star Inn in Stone is perfect for a winter evening drink. You can enjoy a pint next to the roaring fire in a very comfy armchair. During the summer months, you can enjoy The Star Inn’s beer garden too, though. Their pub garden faces the Trent and Mersey Canal with spectacular views. Their beers and wines are fantastic, and they also make some incredible food with their lasagne being a firm favourite of the locals.
The Dragon, Willington
The Dragon is a 150 year old pub with some of the best food in Cheshire. It backs on to the Trent and Mersey Canal, and they have a beer garden and courtyard where you can watch the canal go by. The Dragon has recently had an extension, and they now have a dedicated restaurant and bar area. The restaurant serves some fantastic food while the pub serves some of the best local beers around. Whether you fancy breakfast, afternoon tea or a stunning evening meal with an excellent local beer, you can find it all at The Dragon.
The Wolseley Arms, Stafford
Originally, The Wolseley Arms, then called The Roebuck, was basically a service station for horse-drawn coaches. However, it is now a traditional country pub with a crackling fire in the lounge and a wonderful beer garden. You can now enjoy fine wines and cask ales as well as their seasonal menu and some special British gins too. This pub is extremely dog friendly, and they have treats and water available to ensure that they are as comfortable as you!
Stag’s Leap, Rugeley
Stag’s Leap gets its name from the fact it is just a hop and a leap from the Trent and Mersey Canal, it is also just down the towpath from the Wolseley Arms too. This is the perfect pub in Cheshire for kids as they have a special kid’s menu and a fantastic play area that includes a massive chair! Of course, there is plenty of brilliant beers, wines and meals for the adults at Stag’s Leap too!
Kings Lock Inn, Middlewich
This is rated as one of the top pubs in Cheshire, and it isn’t difficult to see why. Kings Lock serves some of the tastiest food in the area (their black pudding scotch egg is a must-try) as is their Sunday roast. The Kings Lock is a free house right on the bank of the canal at lock 71. They have loads of fantastic beers, but the Folk and Boats house beer is one of the local favourites. If you’re having a walk along the canal, stop by the Kings Lock for a friendly atmosphere, a fantastic pint and some delicious food.
Leigh Arms, Northwich
The Leigh Arms is a wonderful country pub with a cosy atmosphere in a picturesque setting. They offer some amazing, freshly made food and their Sunday lunch is a particular favourite amongst the locals. They have a great lunch menu as well as some local beers on tap making the Leigh Arms one of the best places in the area for a quick bite while walking down the canal. You can eat in the restaurant, lounge or even outside and take in the most beautiful views of the canal.
There are some fantastic pubs along the Trent and Mersey Canal in Cheshire. Some of these pubs are right next door to each other too so it would be a shame not to try a few of them while you’re travelling down the canal on foot or by boat. To find out more about other fantastic pubs along all of the canals in the UK, please explore our website further. We have all of the best pubs on the canals of the UK right here.