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Published February 21st 2018
You don't have to be a mariner to enjoy this canal-side pub
For a pub with a perfect canal-side setting then look no further than the Gate Inn at Amington in Tamworth. The cosy and welcoming pub lies alongside the busy Coventry Canal and, as such, is very popular with boat users particularly during the summer. But the Gate Inn is also pretty popular with 'land-lubbers' as I discovered when I paid a visit with a couple of my mates. The pub interior is divided between the dog-friendly bar area and a pretty spacious multi-level lounge which is mainly used for dining purposes. This is just as well as the Gate Inn, which is very much a traditional British village pub (although the village of Amington is now pretty much a part of Tamworth town), boasts a pretty extensive menu comprising both the usual pub lunch favourites and a tempting range of sandwiches.
Friends Ray and Rob get ready to enjoy the hospitality of the Gate Inn
The Gate Inn, which is one of the chain of Marston's pub, clearly takes advantage of its canal-side setting by boasting a sizeable sun trap beer garden and a separate children's play area - although February was not the time of year to give either of them a try. The pub lays claim to offering 'honest quality food' in the form of traditional pub grub with a few extra options added in. There are regular special meal offers to entice diners, both on land or water, including Pub Classic Tuesday's, curry night on Wednesday, a Thursday Night Meal Deal consisting of two Main Meals and a Bottle of Wine, and a Fish Friday with a free drink with your Fish & Chips. (There is also a regular Quiz Night on a Tuesday). The pub classics range from Hunter's Chicken, burgers and grills to the hand-battered Fish and Chips, but my friends and I opted for the sandwich menu. I opted for the delicious Hickory BBQ Pulled Pork sandwich, which came with a bowl of freshly cooked tasty chips, for just £5.45, while my mates both had the equally enticing Double Cheese and Red Onion sandwich at £5.75.
Of course, the Gate Inn is also popular with its customers for the range of hand-crafted ales it offers, as well as the friendly staff who pull the pints. The pub has a selection of cask ales, craft beers and guest beers. It serves one regular beer, Marston's Pedigree, as well as a number of changing guest beers. On the day we visited, I chose the Jennings Cocker Hoop, an award-winning golden bitter, at £2.90 a pint, while my mates went for the Bombardier Gold, an equally delicious pale ale, at just £2.70 a pint. On top of this, the Gate Inn also specialises in a range of ciders, wines from around the world, and a variety of gins alongside its other spirits.