Unser Wasserreiseführer beschreibt diesen Pub so: „A fine canalside pub, which was previously 16th-C cottages. It was converted in stages to a pub and once had a brewhouse. There are stories of one landlord, Harry Davies, who held the license for 55 years, taking his payment for ale in cargoes from passing boats. This resulted in drunken boatmen with their wallets still full but their boats half-empty. But the pub pre-dates the canal, and originally drew its trade from the drove road which passed between the Black Country and Wales. […] there is outside seating in the canalside garden, with patio service […]. Look out for the ghost of a 1900s school mistress who plays tricks.“ Waterways Guide, Vol. 2: Severn, Avon & Birmingham (Cheltenham, 2009), S. 114
Äußerlich sieht dieser Pub zwar unscheinbar aus, aber innen war er sehr gemütlich, und das Essen war wirklich gut. Dazu (einmal mehr) aus Mary’s Reisetagebuch: „My starter was tomato-basil soup with bread; Pit had mushrooms stuffed with Stilton cheese and herbs. Entree I had was sirloin steak, chips, peas, mushy tomatoes & mushrooms (to Pit). Pit had gulash, white rice & salad. We sat in bar area of ‚The Lock‘ and quite a few patrons had brought their dogs – that are allowed inside – one dog per person.“
Hier geht’s zu einem Foto aus dem Internet, dass den Pub aus einer etwas anderen Perspektive und bei strahlendem Sonnenschein zeigt, und da sieht er wirklich attraktiv aus – viel besser als auf dem Foto hier.