Shropshire Union Canal

(all locations are listed as though travelling from Autherley Junction to Ellesmere Port)

Pubs & Restaurants

Location What's there Comments Date
Brewood, Bridge 14

Bridge Inn Average quality food is very expensive - beers are OK though. March 2005 (CA)
Enjoyed a meal at the Bridge Inn. April 2005 (PA)
Well cooked pub grub with a choice of real ales and cider. June 2007 (CH)
Wheaton Aston Hartley Arms Not much to write home about. April 2006 (MB)
High Offley, Bridge 42 Anchor Inn Is this the best pub on the canals ?. Depends on what you're looking for I suppose. There's no food to speak of although Elaine will knock up a sandwich or toastie if you want one. The choice of beers is a tad limited - just Wadworths 6X brought up from the cellar by jug. Opening hours are limited (only open at weekends in the winter). There's no juke box ... there's no fruit machines ... there's no piped music. Yes - this is surely the best canalside pub. It's been in the same family for over a hundred years and the character of the pub has not changed one iota in the intervening years. In the absence of any money spinning trade you've got to be concerned for the future of the pub - in the meantime we'll continue to call in for a few pints everytime that we're in the area. March 2005 (CA)
Goldstone Wharf, bridge 55

Wharf Tavern Excellent Sunday lunch and St Austell ale, eating in the beer garden with Rodbaston moored opposite. There is also a more upmarket restaurant that looked good. May 2005 (CH)
Standard pub food but well cooked, a variety of ales. June 2007 (CH)
Nantwich Basin Cafe Full English breakfasts etc. April 2006 (MB)
Bridge 106 Dysart Arms, Bunbury Took the walk into Bunbury. A lovely walk , pretty village and good meal - we recommend it all. September 2005 (PK)
Bridge 109 (next to Beeston Castle)

The Shady Oak The place is under new management and providing the current management continues we would highly recommend it for both food and beer. Mike had a smashing sirloin steak and Jenny had a very tasty seafood dish. Well worth a visit but be aware that they stop taking dinner orders at 19:00 on Mondays. Must be the Chef's early night. April 2006 (MB)
Tried to have lunch at the Shady Oak at Bates Mill but found it all shut up - then read the log to find the Kirvans & Wiltshires had a similar problem 2 weeks ago. June 2007 (CH)
Christleton, nr Chester, bridge 120

Cheshire Cat Big food orientated pub with some good beers. Very attractive canalside patio. Expect to pay Chester prices which are expensive by north west standards. July 2005 (CA)
Nice lunch at the Cheshire Cat at Rowton Bridge - good selection of beers and a variety of well cooked items on the menu. June 2007 (CH)
Chester, bridge 123D Old Harkers Arms Sister pub to the Corn Mill at Llangollen with similar high standards of food and beer; smaller and slightly more intimate than the Corn Mill. July 2005 (CA)
Chester, bridge 123D Union Vaults, Egerton Street Smashing street corner local with a friendly welcome; good beer at a good price. July 2005 (CA)
Chester, bridge 123D Mill Hotel Canalside terrace. Biggest selection of cask beers in Chester plus good food. July 2005 (CA)
Tower Wharf, Chester, bridge 123L Telfords Warehouse Conversion of old warehouse selling imaginative food and beers. Popular with younger people particularly in evening when there's often live music on for which there may be an entry fee. July 2005 (CA)
Shopping & Facilities
Audlem, lock 12 Shop  Good general stores beside lock 12 - good cakes, bread and local produce next door to good newsagents. May 2005 (CH)

Shops Traditional shops like butchers / bakers / greengrocers and 2 supermarkets, as well as fairly up market clothes and specialist shops. Good meat and cheese from H Clewlow in Pepper Street May 2005 (CH)
Very good pies from the butcher in Pepper St) June 2007 (CH)
Chester, either side of bridge 123E Tesco, city centre shops Very handy for a big shop at Tesco's plus there's a wide range of shops within easy walking distance. July 2005 (CA)
Good & Bad Moorings
General   Most of the Shroppie is wide but with concrete sloping banking that makes mooring anywhere apart in the designated mooring sites almost impossible.  May 2005 (CH)
Chester, under walls, west of bridge 123E   Quiet, very handy spot, close to Chester's shops. There are many more moorings to the east of Bridge 123E but they appear potentially noisier. July 2005 (CA)
Tower Wharf, Chester, bridge 123L   Interesting basin with pub and lots of canal interest. It's a bit far away from the shops but a good starting point for a walk around Chester's walls. July 2005 (CA)
Ellesmere Port Boat Museum   It's possible to moor for an hour or so outside the shop. Overnight moorers have to descend the locks within the museum and moor in the lower basin. July 2005 (CA)
Navigation Notes
Locks between Bunbury and Chester   These wide locks are harder to work than normal - heavy gates and heavy paddles  July 2005 (CA)
Beeston Iron lock by bridge 107   Warnings are posted advising that boats should not double up down this wide lock as the lock walls are narrower than normal. However provided that fenders are kept up and a watchful eye is kept on the lock as it fills / empties then most local boaters are happy to travel in pairs. July 2005 (CA)
Wirral Line, Chester to Ellesmere Port   This section, near Ellesmere Port was "infested" with weed in July although this caused no problems but there is a fair amount of rubbish which the prop. will pick up. July 2005 (CA)