When you’re travelling down the Shropshire Union Canal, you may want to stop off for a bit of refreshment. Perhaps sit by the canal watching the world go by with a beautiful local ale and some amazing pub grub. Well, if that’s the case, you’ll want to know where the best pubs on the canal are. So, here they are! Here are the best pubs on the Shropshire Union Canal.
The Bridge Inn, Audlem
The Bridge Inn has an excellent choice of drinks. They have one of the largest selections of cask ales in the area, a superb wine list and some brilliant beers and ciders too. This pub also has some hearty meals that are wonderful in the winter or summer. Plus, whether you are a local to Audlem, or making your way down the Shropshire Union Canal, you can always expect a smile and a warm welcome at The Bridge Inn. They are also dog friendly and have an excellent beer garden too.
The Barbridge Inn, Nantwich
Another warm welcome awaits you at The Barbridge Inn, which is nicely situated on the canal. It is a short walk from the Barbridge marina, so it’s the perfect place to rest and relax after a day on the canal. It is also only five miles from the wonderfully historic town of Nantwich. They have one of the best pub restaurants in Cheshire (voted on by the people of Cheshire). They source their produce locally and always love showcasing a local ale too. They also have a great wine list and a lovely atmosphere, all you need to enjoy a drink after travelling the canal!
The Cheshire Cat, Christleton
If you’re in the mood for sitting in a country pub near the Shropshire Union. Watching it drift by the window or in a pub garden with a lovely glass of wine or a local ale, The Cheshire Cat will bring a smile to your face. They have a well-stocked bar full of excellent wines and cask ale, they also have some British gins and a great deal more. In the winter, you can get cosy by one of their log fires and tell stories of your adventure down the canal over a fantastic plate of hearty food.
The Navigation Inn, Gnosall
The Navigation Inn is a local pub full of friendly locals and a welcoming landlord and staff. They are on the crossover of the Shropshire Union Canal and the A518, so you’ll meet loads of wonderful people travelling around the area. This pub is family-run, and it has a great atmosphere and even better beer. There is a large beer garden and sun deck that overlooks the canals for the summer. And then in the winter, you can sit in the cosy pub and chat with local as you enjoy some freshly cooked food and a pint of local ale, perfect!
The Bridge Inn, Brewood
Whether you fancy relaxing in a lounge, watching the canal drift pass the bar or you fancy trying a fantastic new food menu, all is possible at The Bridge Inn in Brewood. They pride themselves on being a local pub full of locals. Still, They are very welcoming to people travelling through on the canal. While you are at The Bridge Inn, please enjoy their amazing, freshly cooked food and some of their brilliant ales. This is a classic British countryside pub that anyone travelling the Shropshire Union Canal will love!
The Hartley Arms, Wheaton Aston
The Hartley Arms is all about quality. So, when you visit this pub, you can enjoy locally sourced ingredients in freshly cooked pub classics. They provide light lunches for walkers, locals and anyone travelling down the Shropshire Union as well as hearty pub meals in the evening too. Their quality extends to their cask ale collection too with local and national cask ales for the perfect pint. They also have an excellent wine list, ciders, lagers and a smile for you!
The Boat Inn, Gnosall
You cannot miss The Boat Inn if you are travelling by boat as they are right on the canal and have a sign for canal traffic. The garden at this pub also overlooks the canal, so you are never too far away from the canal as you enjoy a home-cooked meal that is handmade and hearty. The Boat Inn is a traditional family-run country pub. The inside is lovely and cosy, while the outside is a wonderful place to enjoy the sun and the canal in the summer. As usual, you have a great choice of local beers and a great deal more at this lovely pub.
Well, there are the best pubs along the Shropshire Union Canal. To find other brilliant pubs along other canals in the UK, please explore our website further. We also have loads of other boating articles that are perfect for boating beginners and pros alike!