Traditional Bars

The thatched canalside bars occupy the oldest part of the building and retain their original stone floors and open fires.

Lounge Bar

The lounge offers a wide selection of fine ales, lagers, ciders, wines and spirits in a spacious and comfortable area enhanced by its natural oak & timber decor.


The bistro; where our kitchens cater for the growing demand for breakfasts, meals, snacks, coach tours & school outings.

Woodward's Restaurant

Woodward's Restaurant has a reputation for friendly service and high quality food, produced by our experienced team of chefs.

Conference Room

The Boat Inn is pleased to take bookings for all types of public and private functions, being especially popular business meetings.

Boat Trips

Take a trip along the historic and picturesque Grand Union Canal and through Blisworth Tunnel in our hospitable narrowboat 'Indian Chief'.


The picturesque setting of The Boat Inn makes it a firm favourite for wedding receptions and anniversary celebrations.

Special Events

The Boat Inn hosts a range of events throughout the year. Whether it's a special sit down meal, music or trips along the canal, there are experiences not to be missed.


The Boat Inn has been owned and operated by the Woodward family since 1877 when it formed part of the Duke of Grafton's 'Wakefield' estate. In those early days, the inn was run in conjunction with the family's other businesses - the local butchery, bakery, smallholding and working narrowboats.

The Boat Inn is believed to be the longest running family pub, that has maintained the same family name throughout (140+ years), and is therefore claimed to be the longest lineage of licensee in the country.

From Northampton:
Follow signs to M1 South then at M1 Junction 15, follow the directions below.

From the M1:
Exit at Junction 15.
Take the A508 to Milton Keynes.
Turn right after 3 miles into Stoke Bruerne.

From Milton Keynes:
Take M1 Northbound to Junction 15 and follow directions above.
Take the A5 North and turn right onto the A508.
Follow signs to Stoke Bruerne.


The Boat Inn
Bridge Road, Stoke Bruerne,
NR Towcester, Northants,
NN12 7SB