Our Jaguars tend to be busy girls over the summer but every so often we manage to steal away for a little drive ourselves and this weekend we took a drive out to a pub we hadn’t tried before. The Boat Inn at Ashleworth is a wonderful traditional inn by the side of the River Severn north of Gloucester which has been in the same family for over 350 years.
The drive out there takes you on pleasant winding roads through surprisingly undulating landscape for the Severn Vale. It was a fine evening, so the hood was down to enjoy the wind in the hair and the burble of the engine. After an all too short drive, we pass the beautiful Ashleworth Court and the imposing Tithe Barn, which is altogether too picturesque not to pull over for a photo.
A short drive later we arrive at our destination. The land on which the Boat Inn stands is surrounded by a flood bank, closed at the road way by an extremely sturdy flood gate. The bank also doubles as an extremely pleasant spot to sit and watch the river go by.
The bar itself is extremely cosy, with a friendly and welcoming local crowd. Indeed the bar is of a size that everyone can share the same conversation. More seating is available outside under a covered but we opt for a table on the river bank. The setting is idyllic. Too bad they don’t serve food, but we shall be back nevertheless.