Just a thirty minute stroll outside the center of Tewkesbury is a 15th century ale house called the Lower Lode Inn. We were told to make a trip to the ale house by the Tewkesbury Visitor Centre, and we were not disappointed. Veering off the Battle Trail, we found the ale house fairly easily. The problem was the giant river separating us from our destination. The Visitor Centre had told us there was a ferry service, and after some confusion we finally figured out how to signal the gentleman driving the tiny boat. In fact, that particular ferry service can trace its roots all the way back to the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1471 when Lancastrians tried to flee to the other side of the river!
The weather was absolutely perfect. I spent a solid 3 hours here, just sitting and reading. The staff was extremely friendly and it was obviously the perfect stop for bikers and families alike. My only complaint was the wait for the food. With the amount of people visiting, we knew we were going to have to wait a bit for our order. However, we ended up waiting an hour and a half for two starters! Obviously we were enjoying just sitting and reading, but considering it was a Saturday, I was expecting slightly faster service. Despite the wait, our starter dishes were absolutely amazing.
If you have the time and don't mind a little adventure, I would highly suggest making the trek out to this historic ale house!