Strictly speaking the Boat at Penalt should not be included in this Gloucestershire Pubs website as it is in Wales. The car park for customers is in Redbrook on the English side of the River Wye.
The Severn & Wye Railway Company built a line from Monmouth to Chepstow. It was one of the most picturesque railway journeys imaginable threading its way through the Wye Valley. At Redbrook the railway line crossed from one side of the river to the other on a skew bridge. The railway line was regrettably dismantled in the 1960’s but the old bridge was left in situ. A footpath is conveniently attached to the side of the old bridge. So, the Boat Inn is unique in that it attracts most of its customers from England, despite being in Monmouthshire (Wales).
The actual pub is a classic. Perched on the steep valley it has a wonderful terraced garden with natural waterfalls and the cosy interior is just the place to enjoy the excellent range of real ales that are on offer with good food.