I managed to tick off one of my bucket list ambitions recently. It wouldn’t be everybody’s cup of tea, but it was just something I always wanted to do.
No. I’m not talking about about drinking in a real pub. I’ve done that a thousand times in my lifetime.
I’ve always longed to do a canal cruise in a longboat on the Oxford Canal. A canal in which I fished for tiddlers in my youth, a half a century ago.
This review isn’t about the canal cruise however, but a superb traditional British pub on the canal side in the tiny village of Napton on the Hill in Warwickshire.
My son and his lovely wife had joined us on this cruise and our first mooring was alongside the Folly Inn. My son is a bit of a connoisseur when it comes to English pubs. I guess it must be in his genes. On his mother’s side of the family of course!
No sooner had he crossed the threshold that he announced his expert verdict.
“This is a proper pub Dad, a real pub” I had to agree.
It was four o’clock on a Monday afternoon, and the bar was busy with a mixture of locals and visitors exchanging good humorous banter with the heavily moustachioed landlord.
We were considering returning later for an evening meal, so took the opportunity to look at the Dinner Menu. We needn’t have bothered really, because we spied the various dishes that were coming out of the kitchen for late lunches, and unanimously decided that this place would do very nicely later on.
We were not disappointed.