The Best Pubs on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Whether you’re holidaying near or on the Leeds and Liverpool canal. Or you are a keen walker of the canal system, it’s great to know where you can have a sit-down, a refreshing pint of local ale and some refreshments. So, if you’re travelling down the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, here are the best pubs to visit and enjoy.


The Rodley Barge, Rodley


The Rodley Barge is right next to the canal in the heart of Rodley. It overlooks the canal and welcomes narrowboat owners into their traditional and cosy pub. While you’re there, you can enjoy some fantastic locals ales, and if you venture to the Rodley Barge on a Monday, they also have a fun quiz night too. It is a family pub where dogs and their walkers are just as welcome as any canal traffic for a warm meal and a cold pint.


The Boathouse Inn, Saltaire


The Boathouse Inn was first built in 1871 and was soon turned into a pub. However, it was abandoned for many years until the present owner began restoration in 2009. The owners of the pub kept the traditional and original exterior features while creating and wonderfully modern inn inside. You can now enjoy guest ales and imported lagers as well as some fantastic wines in a beautiful atmosphere with some excellent food while watching the River Aire flow by.


Yorkshire Rose, Skipton


The Yorkshire Rose is another recently refurbished pub that has traditional features in and out while retaining a lovely modern feel too. It is a highly rated pub in Skipton that serves some lovely, local ales and some wonderful home-cooked pub grub also. Whether you’re looking for a pub to relax in after an afternoon walk. Or a place for a hearty meal after travelling down the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, you can find everything you’re looking for at the Yorkshire Rose.


The Cross Keys, East Marton


The Cross Keys in East Marton is a beautiful 17th century pub that still holds some lovely features from that era. They have bare floorboards and exposed beams that really add to the cosy atmosphere. The big stone fireplace also helps with comfort in the winter months. During the summer months, you can head down to the small green behind The Cross Keys and enjoy the canal with a lovely ale and some fresh, home-cooked food too. Walkers, boaters, children and dogs are all welcome at The Cross Keys.


The Anchor Inn, Salterforth


This historic pub is sat on the bank of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and has been since 1655. The landlords sometimes offer tours of this pub. If you’re lucky enough, the landlords may show you the stalactites hanging from the pub cellar in between the barrels of some of the finest ales of the region. The Anchor Inn offers homemade pub grub for weary walkers and boaters in their beautiful historic pub!


Malthouse Farm, Chorley


If you’re looking for a beautifully rustic and wonderfully traditional country pub on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, you can’t get much better than Malthouse Farm. This pub has a beautiful fireplace, flagstone flooring and exposed wooden beams that create an amazingly cosy atmosphere. You can also enjoy some excellent fish and chips, and their range of burgers is always a winner too. Malthouse Farm is a charming British pub right on the canal.


The Ship, Lathom


At The Ship, you can enjoy one of the six tasty beers they have on offer as you relax in front of their wood-burning stove. It is the perfect pub to warm up in if you get caught in the rain on your boat or while walking along the canal. You can also enjoy some hearty food too, with fresh ingredients coming from all across Lancashire. Finally, enjoy a perfectly made coffee by one of The Ship’s trained baristas before you get back to your canal adventure.


The Running Horses, Lydiate


Whether you live near the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and want to catch up with friends and enjoy a drink. Or you are travelling the canal and need some refreshments in a delightful setting, The Running Horses is the perfect pub. The Running Horses has an excellent food menu full of tasty treats and some wonderful beers on tap. This pub is dog friendly and will welcome any canal adventurers in for a hearty meal, a cold pint and chat.


The Slipway, Burscough


The Slipway is a modern pub built into a beautiful traditional country pub building. It still has exposed beams and wooden floorboards and all of the other features that we all love about a country pub. However, it is also has a modern food menu with some stand out dishes on it as well as the best local ales on tap and a superb wine list too. What’s more, you can enjoy your meal and your drink by the canal as the beer garden is right next to it.


Old Packet House, Burscough


Old Packet House is just on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, you can lean on the brick wall in the beer garden and enjoy the canal as you sip one of their cask ales. The building itself is beautiful. It is as cosy as a traditional English pub could be, but they have a modern food menu with some brilliant choices. The sticky pork belly bites are a local favourite. Old Packet House has a wonderful atmosphere, especially at the weekends when local bands play. It is a wonderful place to spend a few hours relaxing before getting back to the canal.


We hope you’ve found the perfect pub on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal for you. To find out more about other pubs on the English canal network, please explore our website further. We also have everything else a narrowboat owner may need to ensure a safe and unforgettable trip around our canals.


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