Canal Boat - - Contents - NICK WALL Editor

Ilike a good pint, and if it’s by the wa­ter’s edge, that makes it taste even bet­ter. But we at CB also know that many pubs have had a bit of a time of it over the last few years with some fac­ing an up­hill strug­gle to keep their beer on tap and doors open.

Which is why we launched the Canal Boat Pub Of The Year Awards last year. With your help we wanted to show that there are some great water­side pubs out there and re­ward those who do that bit ex­tra for boaters. You can see who won and why on Page 54.

I’ve just had the plea­sure of trav­el­ling to them to present them with their CanalBoat Pub Of The Year plaques, which you might think was a good ex­cuse to nip out for a crafty pint (yes, it was a beau­ti­ful spring day and the sun was shin­ing) but it also gave me a chance to find out what made the win­ner and two run­ners-up that bit spe­cial in your eyes.

The re­sponse to our Awards was so good we’re go­ing to do it again for 2016 so, later in the year, we’ll be call­ing for your nom­i­na­tions for your favourite pubs.

In the mean­time, we hope you’ll sup­port all of the water­side pubs on your cruises this year; re­mem­ber the old say­ing, if we don’t use them we could lose them – and we hope you’ll have many a happy pint (okay and a pie) on your trav­els.

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