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8 of the best pubs along the Leeds & Liverpool canal

PUBLISHED: 12:05 27 April 2015 | UPDATED: 12:05 27 April 2015

Pubs along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Pubs along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal


The Leeds & Liverpool canal is the lengthiest canal in Northern England at 127 miles - so you may need to stop at a couple of watering holes along the way… We’ve accumulated a list of the top pubs from Leeds to Liverpool, with great mooring points nearby to keep you going on your cruise.

The Rodley Barge The Rodley Barge

The Rodley Barge, Rodley

This family run canalside pub is the heart of Rodley’s community. Situated overlooking the canal, this traditional freehold welcomes narrowboats and their owners to join them for classic pub lunches and CAMRA accredited ales. If you’re feeling knowledgeable then there is a general quiz every Monday evening.

The Rodley Barge The Rodley Barge

The Boathouse Inn, ©, Justin Zhang (www.justinzhangphotography.com) The Boathouse Inn, ©, Justin Zhang (www.justinzhangphotography.com)

The Boathouse Inn, Saltaire

For those searching for traditional hospitality in contemporary surroundings, the Boathouse is an ideal destination. There is a large selection of classic guest ales and fine wines to enjoy in their beer garden overlooking the canal. On Wednesdays you can enjoy a pie and pint for just £10.

The Boathouse Inn, ©, Justin Zhang (www.justinzhangphotography.com) The Boathouse Inn, ©, Justin Zhang (www.justinzhangphotography.com)

Yorkshire Rose, Skipton Yorkshire Rose, Skipton

Yorkshire Rose, Skipton

Recently refurbished and highly rated on Trip Advisor, the Yorkshire Rose serves as an ideal pub to visit for a relaxing drink, a place to eat or even as a live music venue. On Thursdays you can take part in the quiz and have supper for free.

Yorkshire Rose, Skipton Yorkshire Rose, Skipton

The Cross Keys The Cross Keys

The Cross Keys, East Marton

Set in picturesque rural surroundings, adjacent to the Leeds-Liverpool canal, the Cross Keys pub serves an extensive menu of home cooked traditional pub food. Try one of their locally brewed Copper Dragon ales or a homemade pie.

The Cross Keys The Cross Keys

'Anchor Inn, Salterforth', © Tim Green, under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 'Anchor Inn, Salterforth', © Tim Green, under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

The Anchor Inn, Salterforth

Situated on the canal bank, you can enjoy a selection of homemade pub grub at the Anchor. The historic pub dates back to 1655 and is partially set underground. If you are lucky enough to receive a tour, you will find stalactites in the pub cellar.

'Moored for the night', © David Nutter, Flickr under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 'Moored for the night', © David Nutter, Flickr under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

The Boatyard Inn The Boatyard Inn

The Boatyard Inn, Preston

The Boatyard can be found overlooking the canal, in the heart of rural Lancashire. If you enjoy locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, real ales and fine wines then this pub is an idyllic location to enjoy a tipple overlooking the water.

The Boatyard Inn The Boatyard Inn

The Malthouse The Malthouse

Malthouse Farm, Chorley

Malthouse Farm has wooden beams, open fires and flagstone floors and is a charming English pub on the canal. It serves traditional pub favourites such as juicy gourmet burgers and fresh fish and chips. You can also burn off supper, or work up an appetite by exploring the Whittle-le-Woods nearby.

The Malthouse The Malthouse

'The Ship at Lathom', © Antony Howard, Flickr under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 'The Ship at Lathom', © Antony Howard, Flickr under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

The Ship, Lathom

At the Ship you are invited to enjoy one of the six ales they have on offer while relaxing in front of a log burning stove if the weather isn’t all you would wish. There is a selection of ‘barge boards’ to enjoy if you are hungry, from the ‘Fisherman’s Catch’ to the ‘Lancashire Platter’. Finish up with a latte, made by one of the Ship’s fully trained baristas.

The Ship, Lathom The Ship, Lathom


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