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Thursday, 29 September 2011

#020 Garrick Inn, Stratford-upon-Avon : 1996 to 2011

I'm not exactly sure when I first visited the Garrick Inn in Stratford, but I know it was long before this photo was taken in 1996!
 This was the first of our annual canal trips to Stratford from our moorings at Lapworth. We take this journey each Easter and have only missed one trip since 1996. That was in 1998 when there was serious rain and flooding (and we had a flat battery!!).

The Garrick is a pub that has hardly changed over the years we've been visiting. There is a small bar at the front and a small bar at the back which opens up into a fairly large restaurant area. So, despite it's history dating back to the 1400's it isn't really a 'proper' pub, but if you can get a seat in either bar it is a pleasant place to visit for a few drinks!

This picture was taken in 2001 when we managed to get our boat to Stratford despite the Foot & Mouth outbreak!
One of the things I do remember about the Garrick is that it was one of the very first pubs I went in that banned smoking completely long before it was the law. This may explain why we didn't go there in 2005, 2006 or 2007!

Finally we get to 2011 and our most recent visit. Little or nothing had changed...except the car outside!!
The Garrick Inn is part of the Old English Inns group which is a brand of Greene King. Interestingly, if you go on the Greene King 'Find a Proper Pub' website it will identify the Garrick even though it isn't a 'proper' pub in my view...but what do I know?

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