The Tunnel House Inn

“Hidden down a long, tree-lined track”



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This inn was built in the 1770s to cater for navvies constructing the Thames & Severn Canal, and leggers who propelled the barges through the Sapperton Tunnel. The eclectic design of the interior has changed little over the last 30 years despite the pub being in new hands – witness the stuffed otters and weasels, redundant dentists’ chairs, copper pans and old advertising signs. Nothing too out of the ordinary on the menu though, as demonstrated by fish, chips and marrowfat mushy peas; Old Spots sausage and mash; honey-roast ham, eggs and chips; grilled fillet of sea bass; and steaks and salads. Relax in the garden while the children safely play.

Awards, accolades & Welcome Schemes

AA Pick of the Pubs
The Tunnel House Inn
Tarlton Road, COATES, GL7 6PW


About the area

Discover Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire is home to a variety of landscapes. The Cotswolds, a region of gentle hills, valleys and gem-like villages, roll through the county. To their west is the Severn Plain, watered by Britain’s longest river, and characterised by orchards and farms marked out by hedgerows that blaze with mayflower in the spring, and beyond the Severn are the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley.

Throughout the county you are never far away from the past. Neolithic burial chambers are widespread, and so too are the remains of Roman villas, many of which retain the fine mosaic work produced by Cirencester workshops. There are several examples of Saxon building, while in the Stroud valleys abandoned mills and canals are the mark left by the Industrial Revolution. Gloucestershire has always been known for its abbeys, but most of them have disappeared or lie in ruins. However, few counties can equal the churches that remain here. These are many and diverse, from the ‘wool’ churches in Chipping Campden and Northleach, to the cathedral at Gloucester, the abbey church at Tewkesbury or remote St Mary’s, standing alone near Dymock.


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