The Best Pubs on the Kennet and Avon Canal

If you’re travelling down the Kennet and Avon Canal, it is a great idea to know where the pubs are. The pubs along the canal are the perfect place to stop for refreshment and to enjoy some beautiful ales too. So, here are the best pubs on the Kennet and Avon Canal for anyone venturing down the canal.


The Butt Inn, Aldermaston


The Butt Inn is in the perfect location for cyclists, walkers and anyone travelling the Kennet and Avon Canal on a canal boat. Whether you’re out for a stroll and fancy relaxing with a pint. Or you’ve been travelling down the canal all day and could use a hearty meal, you’ll find everything you could want, along with a friendly atmosphere at The Butt Inn. Oh, and if you happen to be Aldermaston on Tuesday, you can get a very tasty curry along with a local ale.


The Rowbarge, Woolhampton


Do you fancy a classic pub meal in a traditional country pub? Well, The Rowbarge has your name all over it. Since 1720, this pub has been serving some fantastic ales, and you can still enjoy six cask ales as well as plenty of malts here too. In the summer, you can stop by The Rowbarge and grab a bite to eat off of their fantastic BBQ menu. Of course, though, as The Rowbarge is a traditional country pub, it is also nice and cosy in the winter too.


The Lock Stock and Barrel, Newbury


The Lock Stock and Barrel in Newbury is a wonderful pub. They have plenty of space outside on their quirky terraces that overlook the canal. Inside, the pub is very modern, and the excellent food menu reflects this too. This is the perfect pub to enjoy a few locals beer as you watch the narrowboats drift down the canal. Make sure you try the beer-battered cod with one of the local ales, you will be in heaven!


The Dundas Arms, Kintbury


The Dundas Arms is a Georgian Inn, and it looks like it has been pluck from a painting from the time. It is a beautiful place to sit, relax and enjoy a fine ale. The Dundas Arms has a great reputation for their food too (their homemade scotch eggs are incredible). The pub garden is such a fantastic place to enjoy a summer afternoon that the landlords even provide free blankets for you to watch the canal go by!


The Barge Inn, Honeystreet


Well, you really can’t miss The Barge Inn if you’re arriving at this pub by boat. It is the big, pub-shaped building slap-bang on the bank of the canal. Throughout history, Honeystreet was filled with boat builders who probably visited this pub a lot. Now, though The Barge Inn is a quiet and relaxing place to enjoy the canal with a pint of Honeystreet Ale. The Barge Inn is popular with boaters on the Kennet and Avon Canal because you can just step off the boat and be welcomed into the pub!


The Somerset Arms, Semington


If you’d like a friendly atmosphere in a traditional country pub and you happen to be passing through Semington, The Somerset Arms is the place to go. They have a fantastic menu with all of their produce sourced locally. They use this local produce to make some classic British pub dishes too. We cannot recommend the steak and ale pie enough, it is mouthwateringly good! They also have four cask ales and a wonderful wine list that seems never-ending.


The Cornubia, Bristol


The Cornubia is the perfect pub in Bristol if you want to watch the canal go by as you enjoy a real ale. They have 8 ales on offer every day from across the UK but feature plenty of local ales too. They also have their own ale called the Cornubia that is brewed by local brewers seasonally. The Cornubia also serves some fantastic food, their fiery pickled eggs are a crowd-pleaser, and they are dog friendly too.


The Canal Tavern, Bradford-on-Avon


The Canal Tavern has recently undergone some refurbishments. So you can enjoy some wonderful food and excellent ale in a modern yet cosy atmosphere at this pub. They have a canal-side garden where you can enjoy a guest ale or cider on a summer’s day. If you visit in the winter, they have plenty of cosy areas inside, though. They also offer hearty meals which you can finish off with a piece of locally baked cake if you wish too.


The Boathouse, Bradford-on-Avon


The Boathouse is the perfect canal-side pub for families. No, literally, this pub won an award for being the ‘Best for Families’ this year. They are located overlooking the Bradford on Avon marina, and they have wonderful views of the Kennet and Avon Canal. Plus, their menu is crafted using local ingredients to create some extremely tasty dishes. They also have a very fun play area for the kids and, of course, some local ales that you must try during your visit.


The Cross Guns, Avoncliff


The Cross Guns is a wonderful place to visit if you are travelling past Avoncliff. The pub was built in the 16th century, and this pub hasn’t changed much. It still has a beautiful interior with exposed wood beams and floors, as well as cosy open fires for the winter months. In the summer months, you can enjoy their beer garden that sits right next to the canal towpath. The Cross Guns is kid and dog friendly, and they welcome hikers from the Two Valleys walk and boaters too, of course.


And there you go. There are the best pubs on the Kennet and Avon Canal. To find out more about pubs on other canals, please explore our website further. We have all of the best pubs on all of the best canals in the UK. We also have other awesome articles about narrowboating and a great deal more.



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