Boat Inn, Jackfield reopens after refurbishment to ‘future proof’ pub against flooding

The Boat Inn, Jackfield has undergone a complete refurbishment in order to ‘future proof’ the venue against the common danger of flooding in the area, which historically has had a huge impact on small businesses such as the Boat InnThe new work will help the pub to prepare for floods, with all the important elements, such as the wood panelled bar and wooden doors being removable. In the event of the flood the licensees can remove all damageable items to a safer place, leaving only the much more resilient and faster drying concrete and brick open to the elements.


As well as being ‘future proofed’ against flooding, the pub has also had an internal and external transformation, now offering a contemporary welcoming feel. Licensees Jenny and Alan Cambridge have kept the local community updated with the refurbishment’s progress throughout the recent months through their social channels and many of the locals have been excitedly walking past the pub to check out the progress.


Licensee at the Boat Inn, Jenny Cambridge commented: “I am so amazed at the transformation of the pub, thinking back to what it used to look like and comparing it to now. We were determined to maintain the Boat Inn’s history which we and the local community are really proud of and the new design shows this off even more with every wall telling an important story. We have kept the traditional features, whilst ensuring we are more resilient to flooding, which is so important to our trade and the local residents. I would like to thank all my community who have been so supportive throughout the recent months, as well as Admiral Taverns for making this opportunity possible. Please ensure you book with us ahead of a visit to avoid any disappointment, as we are expected to be very busy!”


The entire pub has been adapted to follow the strict health and safety guidelines, including table service, social distancing, hand sanitiser and one-way systems.