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The Navigation Inn

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Updated 12/04/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 12/04/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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USD 8 - USD 40
Bar, Mediterranean, British
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I regularly visit the navigation because it’s such a beautiful location. However the service is just unbelievably slow! Last time I visited we waited 15mins to order drinks. We only ordered a bottle of Prosecco and it took 20minutes to arrive! When it arrived it...was warm, for the overpriced £30 chargers I do expect it to be cold. Then we ordered a single bread basket which took 30mins to arrive! It’s a shame as it’s such a lovely location and the food is good. The food is overpriced for what you get but that happens when the location is that good. However for the prices you do expect decent service. The last two times I’ve been we’ve ended up going in to pay the bill as no one has come back. I think the staff are doing their best but seem to be extremely short staffed.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Used to love this place as our local but service was bad, we got forgotten and food was all cold, wish I’d said something before paying the £80 bill. A real shame as we used to love it here

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Navigation always offers quality food at a reasonable price and in very pleasant surroundings. Our visit today was made even better by the wonderful friendly and efficient service we received from Gemma.

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here after a day of sailing. Nice large pub with plenty of garden seating in pods. Lovely views of the river nice and warm inside. We booked a table and had to wait a bit as really busy. We ordered drinks bit slow...but really slow on taking food order. Had a long wait for food and they brought the wrong order. So they took all meals back and left the three belly pork's on the side under a heater for 20minutes. So we complained and they took them back. I'm sure they were just microwaved. The fish when it came was nice but our pork was not so nice. We did not get any apology either. Such a shame as the same chain as the Three Locks and not a patch on their service.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely food in a really nice restaurant and outlook. A nice modern and warm feeling restaurant with soft warm lighting. The food was freshly prepared and tasted great. The staff were friendly and attentive.

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Oakpods are a superb idea and should be kept. Food was mediocre. Wine selection poor - most of the 'common' wines out of stock. First visit since lockdown; Not as good as it used to be. Waiter was excellent.

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First time out for lunch since lockdowns! Not disappointed! Beautiful starters and the best pizza ever! Lovely waitress too! Sorry, i didn't get your name! Will come again soonz,

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the navigation on Sunday lunchtime for food after a nice walk along the canal, upon arrival our drinks and food order were swiftly taken and then that’s when the service stopped. With the restaurant pretty quiet it still took 45 minutes for our...starters arrive. These were cleared upon request and without an offer for more drinks. We then waited another 45 minutes for our mains, again we had to approach staff to ask for the whereabouts of our food, especially as we had a hungry and tired two year old with us. It didn’t get much better as one of the dishes arrived cold and had to be sent back, surprisingly this then arrived pipping hot within 5 minutes! Overall for the amount of staff for the service we received was abysmal, I’ve never seen so many people just standing around aimlessly/chatting! I would also like to know why it’s deemed professional to put the formula one coverage on your phone and watch it at the bar whilst your working in full view of customers! Special mention to the lady that we complained to about the whereabouts of our mains, we throughly enjoyed you glaring at us across the room whilst we ate, again very professional…..More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After COVID restrictions eased we couldn’t wait to come back here. This was our local and it was a firm favourite where service and food were usually brilliant. On the evening of our visit we had to wait an hour and 15 mins for our...dinner. After this time I was served raw duck. I asked the server if it could be cooked more. When she took this to the chef he told her “it’s a special kind of duck that can be eaten this way “. I found this to be patronising and a chef who neglects food in that way should not be in a kitchen. I ended up eating half of my partners dinner instead and the broccoli that came with my duck. It was supposed to come with a fondant potato too but what I got was a powdery roast potato. For an expensive dish off the specials menu I had expected something delicious but this was not edible. I contacted the restaurant about my disappointment after however never heard back. I wish I’d said more at the time but it wasn’t our servers fault and I did not want her to feel uncomfortable when she had not done anything wrong. I have not been back since and I would urge anyone who wants to eat here to bare in mind standards have fallen and this is no longer the place to go.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 19 September 2021 via mobile

I have been to The Navigation twice this week. The first timefor a weekday lunch with a colleague. This was the first time I had ever been here and I found service to be slow, food to be completely average (yet high-end prices) and drinks...menu very limited. However, I recognised that it was just the kind of place that my husband and I would visit for a nice weekend meal, so I booked us a Saturday evening table for 2 to give it a second chance. A common issue on both visits were staff not bringing what we had ordered, we had to chase them after waiting ages. The first time on desserts (which they forgot to put through to the kitchen) and the second time on coffees. The cocktail I had (Gin Fix) was the most bitter drink I’ve ever tried. The balance of ingredients was totally wrong. It was a wasted £8.40. Then two members of staff brought my husband the one pint he’d ordered which ….. both of which were on the bill! The food was just okay. The calamari was in my husbands words, ‘Meesley’. It was. 5 tiny, barely battered, overcooked rings with a bit of rocket. The £18.50 duck breast main was tiny! Half a duck breast each on the tiniest sweet potato fondant set on three sprigs of broccoli! Sadly the skin of the duck breast wasn’t nice and crispy either. We agreed it was more like the starter we didn’t feel we had had! Pud also a letdown. Chocolate torte which was more like a cheesecake (biscuit base with a mousse-like top) and a sad tinned or defrosted strawberry on the top. That’s a cheesecake right?! Didn’t taste very good at all. Funnily enough the brownie we had Monday lunchtime was also moussey - took us a minute decide if we had got the right dish! I wonder if chef defaults to mousse for puddings! Both a 3/10. On the plus it is a lovely location and the little pods you can privately dine in are really cute! We won’t go back. See attached bill for Sat night for 2 people. It was honestly not worth half that. We were disappointed.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Response from NigelC211 | Reviewed this property |
should be allright to pop in but not on a Sunday lunchtime when the weathers good.
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Hi Peter C, Yes just pop in and see us and we can arrange this for you. Kind Regards, The Navigation
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Yes, The Navigation Inn is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

The Navigation Inn is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4