The Boat Inn

“Family-run free house on the Grand Union Canal”



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  •   Social distancing and safety measures in place
  •   Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
  •   Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
Opening status: Open
Our COVID-19 measures:
Staff have disposable gloves, face masks and visors available to use. All guests are greeted on arrival, temperature checked, name and contact details taken.

Our View

Trim thatch topping a long, low building of golden limestone makes this canal-side pub stand out at the heart of the canal system. The busy locks here, together with the National Canal Museum directly opposite, are reflected in the decor; lots of old photos, paintings and ephemera. A wide choice of beers will satisfy a thirst, whilst food can be enjoyed in bars, bistro or elegant restaurant. Traditional pub grub is the foundation of robust bar meals; from steak and ale pie to sausage and mash or ham, egg and chips, while the carte menu in Woodwards Restaurant includes fillet of sea bass with balsamic stir-fried vegetables; slow-cooked rump of lamb; and mushroom and tarragon strudel with Madeira sauce. The goats’ cheese nut roast can be served with vegan cheese if required.

The Boat Inn


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • Free Wifi
  • Parking available
  • Coach parties accepted
Prices and payment
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Opening times
  • Open all year
Food and Drink
  • Wide selection of wines by the glass

About the area

Discover Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire is a mainly rural county of gentle beauty, with farmland, forest and great country estates. Rivers, canals and meadows are all part of the tranquil scene, providing a haven for wildlife. 

This is a great area for walking, touring and exploring villages of stone and thatch. There are also some impressive Saxon churches at Brixworth and Earls Barton. Northampton is the county town, and along with Kettering, has long been associated with the production of footwear. Kettering was the second largest town until it was overtaken by the rapid development of Corby as a major centre of the steel industry.

Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park is set in Northamptonshire, although it seems that Austen never actually visited the county. Other famous connections include the poet John Dryden (1631-1700) who was born in the tiny village of Aldwincle; King Richard III (1452-1485) born at Fotheringhay Castle; and American revolutionaries George Washington (1732-1799), whose family came from Sulgrave Manor, and Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) whose father was born in another tiny Northamptonshire village called Ecton.

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