New InnWatling Street West
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic this pub is currently offering additional services:
Re-opened with revised opening hours: Mon-Fri, 12-10; Sat, 12-10.30; Sun, 12-9
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A roadside pub standing alongside the A5 and Grand Union Canal with the locks forming part of the small gravelled garden to the rear. Inside is a central L-shaped bar with some parts of the pub dating from the 1600s providing some unusual shaped areas with lots of nooks and crannies to explore. There are some fascinating old photos of the pub over the years and it is interesting to see the works being carried out in 1959 to replace the narrow old hump-backed bridge on Watling Street with the pub in full view. It originally belonged to Walker & Soames of the Anchor Brewery a few hundred yards away at Long Buckby Wharf until they were taken over by Hopcraft & Norris in 1910. In 1946 following a merger, it came under the tie of Chesham and Brackley Breweries until their demise in the same year as the old bridge. It has been a free house now for very many years and remains privately owned, although today, all the cask beers are sourced from the Marston's group of breweries. Being alongside the canal, and at the top lock of the Buckby flight, the pub really comes into its own during the summer months when it gets very busy indeed and food hours are extended to reflect this. An additional one or two Marston's "guests" may be available at this time. A great place to sit and watch the world go by - slowly! Sunday food is roasts until they run out.