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Boat Inn, Stafford - pub details

Address: Cannock Road, Penkridge, Stafford, Staffordshire, ST19 5DT [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 37621) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Penkridge (0.3 miles), Cannock (4.9 miles), Hednesford (5 miles)

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Star Inn, Penkridge (0.1 miles), Horse and Jockey, Penkridge (0.2 miles), Railway Inn, Penkridge (0.2 miles), George and Fox, Penkridge (0.3 miles), White Hart Inn, Penkridge (0.3 miles) - see more nearby pubs

user reviews of Boat Inn, Stafford

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Still showing under Stafford, but definitely located in Penkridge! :o)
Visited at the end of Dec 2013 during a Saturday afternoon.
Unexceptional exterior but interior is wooden paneling and floors + brickwork, broadly split into two main areas. Clean. Varied seating options from stools to comfy sofas and chairs.
Friendly atmosphere.
Sport on TV without sound.
Ale was good (three pumps on) but had to request top-up of my two halves.
Was informed by the wife that the non-specific dry white wine was very good.
Cannot speak for the food menu, but am told it is quite varied, good value, and locally sourced.
One room seems to have set-up for live music.
We enjoyed our visit - worth the walk out from Penkridge centre.
esp2006 - 30 Jan 2014 16:10
Not sure why this is inthe Stafford listing rather than under Penkridge with the restof the Penkridge pubs. Beer fine but most of the emphasis is on pub grub type food. Does attract the younger element at times
arkman43 - 27 Jun 2012 20:22
Unsurprisingly The Boat Inn is closing. The current landlord clearly has no idea what sort of pub he wants this to be as regardless of whether families are eating or if people are enjoying a chat in the bar, the bar staff will turn up the music or TV to deafining levels which has resulted in me leaving on more than one occasion. Come on do you want to attract sensible customers or louts??? I think this has put off a lot of locals which has resulted in the pubs demise.

On the plus side it has a good menu which is extremely good value for money for most meals. Personally I've had bad experiences with the gammon but I now know to avoid it.

Despire pushing the fact that it is an old traditional pub, drinks largely consist of modern pop spirits and some fairly boring lagers, ciders and real ales.

The Boat can also boast that it serves the worst pint of Stella in the village which in fact tastes watered down and it is very expensive at well over 3 a pint.

Confusingly, despite the pub being situated right next to the Staffs & Worcs Canal, the sign outside depicts some kind of wide beam barge which appears to be on ship canal somewhere.

Hopefully, if someone takes up the challenge and buys this pub they will do some work to rebrand it and turn it into the traditional pub it should be and expel the unsavoury clientele it has been attracting in recent years (Penkridge already has the George & Fox for the youths). Get rid of the big TVs and use the projector for big football matches and remove the big speakers from the dining area. Also, please replace the sign with something a bit more fitting. Look at The Star and the Cross Keys for guidance on what a country pub should be like.

Oh and one last thing, turn it into a B&B because there is plenty of space upstairs.
Gladius - 24 Aug 2009 10:23
Old pub, allegedly dating back to the 1770s and the building of the canal on which it stands. There is a seating area outside, by the canal, which is nice in summer.

The interior is split between a smaller dining area, a little cluttered with tables and chairs and a more spacious open plan area, more for drinking, where there is a TV and pool table. The floors are wooden and overall the decor fine, even if the music was a little louder.

The service was friendly, the clientele mixed, though it felt like it was aimed at the younger element, more seemed to be of the maturer class like me!

The beer was a tad disappointing for me, as it was Banks's MILD on smooth, with the usual stuff. There were three handpulls; again. like the Railway, suffering from the common, as they were Wells Bombardier, Abbots (again) and Spitfire, which I personally dislike.

Again, i will drop in on another day
Archivist - 22 Jun 2009 22:32

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