10WATERSIDE PUBS

Canal Boat’s pick of wa­ter­ing holes on the Strat­ford-upon-Avon Canal

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1 Draw­bridge Shirley. 0121 474 5904. By Bridge 8. Fam­ily-friendly ‘Flam­ing Grill’ chain pub with real ale, rea­son­ably priced food (em­pha­sis on steaks and burg­ers), water­side pa­tio

2 Bull’s Head Limekiln Road, Earlswood. 01564 702335. 5 mins south of Bridge 17. Listed 18th cen­tury pub with real ale, food, open fire, gar­den and (re­put­edly) ghost

3 Blue Bell Cider House War­ing’s Green. 01564 702328. By Bridge 19. Tra­di­tional pub with open fires serv­ing se­lec­tion of tra­di­tional ciders and real ales. Food (in­clud­ing Sun­day carvery), gar­den and quiz (Wed­nes­day)

4 Wharf Hock­ley Heath. 01564 782075. Canal­side by Bridge 25. Re­cently re­stored 18th cen­tury com­mu­nity pub with se­lec­tion of real ales, food and water­side seat­ing

5 Boot Lap­worth. 01564 782464. Ac­ces­si­ble from tow­path at Lock 14. Smart gas­tropub with restau­rant qual­ity food (set menu avail­able ex­cept week­ends), real ale and gar­den

6 Fleur de Lys Lap­worth St, Low­son­ford. 01564 782431. Just north­west of Bridge 41. Old-fash­ioned pub with open fires and low beams. Real ale, food (pies a spe­cial­ity), gar­den

7 Nav­i­ga­tion Woot­ton Wawen. 01564 792676. By aqueduct – ac­cess from Bridge 53. Food, real ale, gar­den with chil­dren’s play area

8 Mary Arden The Green, Wilm­cote. 01789 267030. 5 mins west of Bridge 59. Ho­tel and pub with tra­di­tional bar, real ale, food, gar­den.

9 Ma­sons Arms As­ton Cant­low Road, Wilm­cote. 01789 297416. 5 mins west of Bridge 59, turn right in the vil­lage. Stone-floored vil­lage pub with real ale, food, bar games, gar­den

10 Old Thatch Tav­ern Green­hill St Strat­ford. 01789 295216. 10 mins south west from Bridge 66, left into Green­hill St. Cosy 15th cen­tury town pub, real ale and rea­son­ably priced food

Pub de­tails are likely to change at short no­tice: you are ad­vised to phone ahead to be sure

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