The Blue Lias is a beautiful canalside Inn located next to the Grand Union Canal in Warwickshire, between the villages of Stockton and Long Itchington. Our extensive menu is available lunchtime and evenings year round, and in the summer you may wish to eat al fresco in our beautiful canalside garden.
View our menu here.
From April to October we cater for caravans, see here.
In the grounds of the Inn we have a large fishing lake and two small ponds, which are available for fishing on day ticket purchased on the bank. See here for further information.
How to find us
We are located next to the Grand Union Canal in Warwickshire, between the villages of Stockton and Long Itchington. From the A423 between Coventry and Southam take the minor road towards Stockton from the village of Long Itchington. From the A426 Rugby to Southam road take the minor road towards Long Itchington at the crossroads about 2 miles from Southam. See a map of the area.
The inn was originally an 18th century farmhouse. It is haunted by the ghost of a red-haired farm labourer who was killed by the enraged farmer who returned from market one day to find his wife in bed with the red haired farmhand. It first became an inn when the early canal travellers stopped for evening refreshment and overnight stabling for their horses.
The pub sign features the dinosaur you can see at the top of this page. The Blue Lias Inn is named after the limestone/clay which is quarried locally and used in the production of cement. These rocks date from the early Jurassic period (just over 200 million years ago) and stretch in a band from Dorset on the South coast of England (where the blue lias cliffs are famous among fossil hunters), to the Cleveland hills in the north east. The Brontosaurus on the Inn's signpost is a reminder of the time when the blue lias rocks were laid down in the early Jurassic seas, and dinosaurs roamed the countryside. Fossils of marine dinosaurs have been found in local quarries.
A piece of blue lias, complete with fossil, can be seen in the pub's fireplace.
There are many delightful walks in the area and the Blue Lias is the ideal place to enjoy a meal and a drink at the end of your walk. We are right next to Bridge 23 on the Grand Union, which is at the bottom of the Stockton Flight of locks. If you enjoy watching other people work you can take a walk up the towpath and see the canal folk and holiday-makers taking their boats through the locks.
For downloadable guides to local walks please see the Warwickshire Direct website