When the canal was built in the early nineteenth century this inn was on a drovers' road and was one storey shorter than it is now. The canal embankment obliterated the road and the ground floor of the inn: the first floor became the new ground floor and another storey was built on the top.
As you travel south in England the price of pub meals increases whilst the chance of home-cooked food decreases. After a superb meal we were treated to a tour of the old ground floor. (now the cellar)
The original front step can still be seen but now it leads down to a cellar under the new (200 yr old) road.
Over the past 200 years water has seeped through the lime mortar of the cellar roof and created the most amazing hollow fillament stalagtites.
Some of them have now reached the floor and merged with their stalagmite counterpart.