Waterfront pub sets sail on new beginning

The Old Boathouse
The Old Boathouse

A popular pub will create 10 new jobs when it re-opens its door following a £275,000 refurbishment programme.

The Old Boathouse, in Astley, has been turned into a destination pub and dining room, with national pub operator Punch hoping to particularly boost the food offering in the new-look venue.

“It is a pretty pub and we plan to make the most of its setting on the banks of the canal.”

Debbie Guest

The transformation is a partnership between the chain and local businesswoman and publican Debbie Guest, who has been at the helm of the Old Boathouse for 11 years.

Debbie said: “The Old Boathouse has huge potential and we’re really excited about plans for its future.

“It set sail on July 15 and we’re confident the improvements will go swimmingly with locals, canal enthusiasts and visitors from further afield.

“It is a pretty pub and we plan to make the most of its setting on the banks of the canal. It’s about enhancing what we already have by improving the facilities to create a high-quality pub with a strong British food offer together with a wide range of real ales, wines and spirits.

“The pub is in a great location and it will be good to see it restored to its former glory.”

The Old Boathouse re-opened after five weeks of work to retain some of the period features from its 200-year history while updating the look of the place with new furniture, fixtures and fittings.

The bar area has been made bigger and a more spacious dining area created to reflect Punch’s increasing emphasis on its menu of traditional pub grub.