Boaters on the Grand Union Canal can enjoy a pint at this popular watering hole when it reopens tomorrow.

Boaters on the Grand Union Canal can enjoy a pint at this popular watering hole when it reopens tomorrow.

The pub at Foxton Locks in rural Leicestershire is the first of many to be given a facelift or built from new along the canal network in a venture by British Waterways and Scottish & Newcastle Pub Enterprises.

Around 100 waterside pubs are being developed in the scheme, which aims to increase waterside tourism and plough profits back into the care and upkeep of the canals and river network.

BW chief executive Robin Evans said: “Pubs have always been synonymous with the waterways. In the 19th century they were places for working boaters to rest and where horses were fed or changed.

“Today, our partnership with Scottish & Newcastle Pub Enterprises means pubs will continue to underpin the waterways for many more years to come – providing an attractive place for visitors to relax and enjoy themselves and a vital income for reinvestment in the waterways.”