Waterside Pubs in West Shropshire

Although Shropshire is an inland county, it is perfectly possible to experience “waterside pubs” here. We have two canals – the Llangollen and the Montgomery, the river Severn, the smaller Teme, Corve and Tanant, plus some streams.

Note: Walkers may also be interested in this page:

 CAMRA recommended Pub Walks


Click on the pub’s name to see further details in the WhatPub website
Llangollen Canal
The Llangollen enters Shropshire in the east near Grindley Brook, and leaves us at Chirk Bank in the west to enter Wales. Here are the pubs you encounter on the journey
Narrowboat, Welsh Frankton
Situated about 30 miles from the Hurleston Junction with the Shropshire Union mainline, this is the first canalside pub encountered. Boaters are well catered for with the pub’s dining facilities, pleasant waterside lawns,  moorings and the Maestermyn Marina
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Jack Mytton, Hindford
This is the second pub on the Llangollen. Having been bought by a new owner, Jack’s place has had a lengthy and major refurbishment but finally re-opened on 27 November 2015. There are 6 moorings

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Waterside Bar at Lion Quays
This is a large holiday and leisure complex fronting onto the canal. Spacious terrace looking out over the water and berths
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Poachers, Gledrid
A “value” dining pub, with spacious terraces on the bank of the canal. There’s also some moorings. Located next to Bridge 19, which is the beginning of the Pontcysyllte UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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 Montgomery Canal
The Montgomery (or Monty as it’s affectionately known) is a branch of the Llangollen running from Frankton Junction in Shropshire and leaves Shropshire (and England) at Llanymynech.
Queens Head, Queens Head
A busy dining pub, with some moorings on the canal. There’s no canalside garden but there is a patio to the front of the pub. The conservatory looks out over the water
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Navigation Inn, Maesbury Marsh
A really good dining pub which also succeeds in being a decent local. There’s a pleasant beer garden overlooking the canal. Situated next to Bridge 79, and with moorings available.
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Not quite Canalside, but it is next to a World Heritage Site!
Bridge Inn, Chirk Bank
The pub is just a short walk from the canal, but it it is very close to the UNESCO World Heritage Site encompassing some of Thomas Telford’s engineering masterpieces. A walk along the canal bank from Bridge 21 (Chirk Bank) leads one over  his Chirk Aqueduct and through his 460 yards long “Darkie” Tunnel. The aqueduct runs alongside another piece of quality engineering, the railway viaduct built by Henry Robertson
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River Severn
The Severn is the longest river in the UK and comes into our area from Wales around the Crew Green area, to the west of Shrewsbury, and leaves to the west of Cound There are few pubs on the riverside!
Royal Hill, Edgerley
On the bank of the river, and a little out of the way, the Royal Hill is,nevertheless, popular for dining. It is much extended from the original rather quaint pub, and has a small garden out to the front, looking out over river and hills in the distance
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Boathouse, Shrewsbury
The large terrace overlooking the river probably makes this  the prettiest location of all Shrewsbury’s pubs, or maybe even in West Shropshire
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Crown, Coleham, Shrewsbury
Corbet Arms, Uffington
A large and imposing pub providing dining and accommodation. It also has a separate public bar. The large outside patio gives a pleasant view of the River Severn, where the pub has fishing rights
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Mytton & Mermaid, Atcham

An attractive and comfortable hotel overlooking the two road bridges over the Severn. A pleasant situation in which to linger – but unfortunately only in clement weather!

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Charlton Arms, Ludlow
A classy pub overlooking the  river and the iconic Ludford Bridge. Its situation can best be appreciated from the upstairs balcony from where the views of river, bridge, town and the distant Clee Hills are a delight.
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Unicorn, Ludlow

The Corve is a slow-flowing (in Summer) tributary which enters the Teme just below Ludlow Castle. The vegetation blocks out most of the river view, but it is a pleasant paved garden to relax in when the sun is out.

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Horseshoe, Llanyblodwel
A charming location out towards the Welsh border, this must be one of our Branch’s most attractive pubs, both externally and internally. Indeed there must be few places like it inside anywhere. Although undoubtedly a waterside location, it’s a pity though that little advantage is taken of where it is, apart from a few token tables by the river in the car park! Still, it’s well worth visiting
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 East Onny and Darnford Brook
They’re   modest local streams, but they provide a charming  setting for the pub.
Bridges, Ratlinghope
The Bridges is an ambitious, and successful, redevelopment  project by the John Roberts Brewery of Bishops Castle creating its first brewery tap, and a classic rural pub.  It’s a delightful spot, with it’s tables fronting the East Onny river, and the superb raised boarded patio in the garden with the Darnford Brook running alongside it
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