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Trent Navigation, Nottingham

Meadow Lane
Phone: 01159865658

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Steve C left this review about Trent Navigation

Trent Navigation is the tap for Navigation Brewery that sits at the rear. The interior is L-shaped and I counted eight hand pumps on the central L-shaped bar. Navigation’s own New Dawn, American IPA, Splendor and Rebel were available alongside Bass and Pride, two pumps were unused. The service was polite, I went for the New Dawn which was a decent drop. Wimbledon tennis was muted on the television whilst some background music played, but not a lot else was going on during a recent early Wednesday evening visit. It was much busier out the back where there’s a large decked seating area, as well as lots of picnic tables covered by an open barn. I’ll pop back in when next passing to try another Navigation beer.

On 8th August 2023 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about Trent Navigation

The exterior has beautiful brown glazed tiles,it's close to the canal but not canalside.However it is very close to Meadow Lane home to Notts County and should do well on match days.It's also home to the Navigation Brewery with kit visible in the rear yard and substantial beer garden.Inside it quite smart with high tables opposite the bar ,and cream leather banquettes at the far end and near the front entrance.Behind the bar,with no servery is a rear lounge with more smart furniture and a paisley carpet .Three Sky Sports screens were all on mute on my lunchtime visit.
There was a friendly,chatty welcome and although there were 12 handpumps ,the range on my visit was just the house New Dawn Pale,Rebel and American IPA (Musty maybe first pint,NBSS 2.5).
It's in the GBG but you will need to be a fan of Navigation beers to get the best out of this pub.Notts Co. were playing two days after my visit,I hope they put more beers on for those punters.

On 3rd June 2021 - rating: 7
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Alex Conway left this review about Trent Navigation

Very underwhelmed by this pub. Located next to the navigation brewery this is their brewery tap showcasing their ales. The pub itself I have no quibbles with, a nice traditional style with a centrally located rectangular bar with the drinking area bent around it. The beer however was woefully disappointing. 13 hand pumps but only 7 were in use and three of these were duplicates leaving only four. Not deterred I ordered a pint of their Britannia bitter at a very good price of £2.70 and found it woefully conditioned with no head retention and flat as a pancake and was a pretty poor drink in my opinion. Not deterred I then sampled their New dawn pale ale which was even worse!! Kept in such a bad state and again no head at all and all the pumps had sparklers, I was really unimpressed with their offerings and speaking to a lot of people this seems to be a trend with navigation beers. I think this places needs to have a good re think about their offerings because I probably would not return which is a same as the pricing is good and so is its potential and layout.

On 4th January 2017 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about Trent Navigation

The Trent Navigation is a Victorian canal side pub, close to Meadow Lane lock where the Nottingham canal joins the River Trent. The pub has a most impressive glazed tile façade which makes it very enticing to the passer by. Inside, the pub has been modernized quite a bit, with what would have been a multiple room layout now opened out into a single room which runs around the central servery. This is most apparent when you see the archway to the right of the bar which is now redundant as you can walk around it. The floor in the bar area is tiled and there is a good amount of high table and stool seating, Down either side of the room there are button backed leather banquettes which are quite smart and lead to the carpeted rear section which has standard seating in front of a nice fireplace and folding doors that open onto to the beer patio. Several TV screens were on showing a couple of Sky Sports channels, which was perhaps predictable as the pub was full of football fans who had just been watching a match at nearby Meadow Lane. I noticed a small stage on the left hand wall and live music seems to be a fairly regular source of entertainment judging by the various posters on display. The pub’s smart appearance has a bit of a gastro feel to it, but I didn’t spot any menus – just a warming cabinet on the bar counter stocked with pies, rolls and scotch eggs.
There is an old stable block behind the pub and this now houses the Navigation Brewery, and their beers take up most of the hand pumps at the bar. On my visit the offerings were Navigation Golden, Traditional, Stout, Classic IPA (£3.00) and Columbus 1492, with the Pale Ale having gone off earlier in the evening. A guest ale in the shape of Shardlow Reverend Eatons was available alongside four real ciders. My pint of the IPA was in top condition and turned out to be a very pleasant example of this style.
Whilst this pub doesn’t quite deliver the historic interior that the attractive façade hints at, it is still a smart and comfortable place to enjoy some nice ale from the on-site brewery. Well worth a look, especially for anyone heading down towards either football stadium or the cricket ground.

On 3rd November 2012 - rating: 8
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Alan Winfield left this review about Trent Navigation

The Trent Navigation was originally a John Smiths tied house that had a few different rooms and only keg beers on the bar.
I first went in this pub on 16/7/1982 and have been in it a few times since then.
The pub has now reopened and the brewery is also now up and running and it is supplying the Great Northern Inns estate of pubs.
Once inside the pub has been opened out,there is one longish room that runs across the front of the pub this is fairly narrow near the bar but opens out at each end,the right side of the pub is quite smart with comfortable leather bench seating and some normal tables and chairs,the pub has a mainly tiled floor.
There were 13 pumps on the bar and all were in use 7 had Navigation beers on with the rest being for guest micro beers,i had a drink of Navigation Clasic IPA and this was a very nice well kept drink,the other Navigation beers i noted were Traditional,Pale Ale,Golden and Stout.
The pub was heaving when i got in here about 30 mins before Notts County played Portsmouth but the service was very quick and when the pub quietened down after kick off the tables were cleared and cleaned which is a sign of a well run pub.
There is a large outside decked area which was being well used on this sunny day.
It is great to see this pub open again and also brewing its own beer.
Well worth a visit.

Pub visited 22/9/2012

Photo of Navigation when a John Smiths house taken 1984

On 24th September 2012 - rating: 9
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Trent Navigation

A good pub this one, the sort of place where you want to spend a bit of time. Staff friendly and on the ball, all the beers were top notch and the food looked excellent also. The Navigation Traditional was fab and was a good session beer. Also went for the Magpie Dark Secret. Will return.

On 17th May 2012 - rating: 9
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Mark Davey left this review about Trent Navigation

This pub is now fully open, a free house and under excellent new management. The pub consists of a large wrap round room that probably used to be 3 or 4 bars and a seperate back room that can be isolated for functions. Excellent new and improved seating with stools, sofas and dining chairs at a variety of tables of all heights. the toilets are immaculate and tastefully tiled from top to bottom. I regularly drink here befor Rugby Matches next door at Meadow Lane. Always 8 or so decent rotating real ales on the bar as well as some unusual lagers and ciders. Somthing from Magpie is usually on and a smattering of other local brews. i have not seen anything from castle Rock, but they are very fussy who they supply. The food is of a truly excellent standard. recently I have had Beef stew in a crusty loaf, Lasagne, Burger and chips and a pasta dish. Everything cooked to order with fresh ingredients. Regular live music is advertised but I have never seen any. Two large LCDs show Sky Sports and Sports News. in the summer, there is a huge deck out back with standard pub style benches. There is also a good sized carpark with outbuildings that were going to be the brewery, but that dream never materialised. Excellent pub, will keep patronising it on Rugby trips, the beer is better than the cold fizzy stuff in Meadow lane.

On 22nd December 2011 - rating: 8
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Graham Coombs left this review about Trent Navigation

Impressive looking pub tucked away off main road but handy for football and cricket grounds. Excellent range of local beers and food looked good. The interior has been modernised and still looks a bit bare - the furniture doesn't really work - but other than that a splendid pub.

On 12th June 2009 - rating: 8
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