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The Navigation, Towcester

Bridge Road
Stoke Bruerne
Postal town: Towcester
NN12 7SD
Phone: 01604864988
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Traditional Food (Marstons)

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Quinno _ left this review about The Navigation

Corporate Marstons outlet in an attractive stone-built building with a wonderful position overlooking the canalside. Whilst most of the original character has been lost, overall it isn’t too bad inside - a large multi-area interior with the aforementioned canal views if you're lucky and some outside seating affording an alfresco waterside experience. Note the old flagstone floor by the bar. Mute TV news, mass-catering food and muzak, you know the score. Four ales on from the Marstons stable; Pedigree, New World, Ringwood and Banks Bitter, the latter of which was in good shape. In terms of pub quality it can’t (and doesn’t really try to) compete with the Boat over the road. But it does the job it’s designed to do relatively well. And is probably well-worth a summer’s pint if you can bag a canalside seat.

On 2nd August 2016 - rating: 6
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Thuck Phat left this review about The Navigation Inn

The Navigation is down from the top lock in the attractive canal village of Stoke Bruerne.
Despite its situation and a large car park, it's short of outdoor space with a childrens play area to the right as you enter, a small terrace at the back and tables and chairs spread along the towpath.
I think it was an old Northamptonshire stone farmhouse as prior to its current incarnation it certainly wasn't a boozer. Inside,Marstons have done their very worst and it's been decked out in modern drinking barn style with any trace of original character and features lost.
Three beers on from the Marstons stable, EPA, Pedigree, which was in good nick and Hobgoblin.
For character, I'd head to The Boat by the top lock.

On 27th November 2012 - rating: 5
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Navigation Inn

An attractive, stone built pub in an idyllic setting alongside the canal. The pub takes full advantage of this, and there are plenty of outside tables and chairs in the terraced beer garden, and even on the towpath itself. Signs advertise jazz nights on alternate Friday’s, and “Quiz and Spice” nights on Wednesday.

Inside, it’s something of a surprise to find it has the kind of mass produced corporate feel where they try and make a new pub appear old. Understandably perhaps in a modern, characterless pub, but why on earth give a pseudo “olde worlde” makeover to a pub that is genuinely old in the first place? The only original bits appear to be a few flagstones that haven’t been carpeted over and a few wooden support posts and rafters. Besides that, it’s a cavernous affair, seeming to go on for ever, in all different directions. There is even a mezzanine floor at one end.

Decor wise it’s a bit of a mixture, with quite a bit of exposed brickwork and wooden partitions. Besides that there’s a whitewashed stone wall as well as some wallpaper. Most of the seating is geared up for diners, although there is a small area opposite the bar that has a few high tables and chairs clustered around a plasma screen showing a news channel, and a couple of leather sofa’s in the corner. There were a couple of impressive, brick built fireplaces which are presumably an original feature, although these days all they contain is a wood burning stove. A wooden roof was probably the most interesting feature.

The menu looks to be a mass-produced PubCo affair, with most of the main courses being around the £8-£10 mark. There was also a few extra choices on a specials board above the bar. Unfortunately the quality didn’t seem to be up to much; my beef and ale pie was a pile of fatty beef encased in a pastry “crust” that was so soggy it was indistinguishable from the accompanying mash. Bizarrely I was asked if I had finished when I was still half way through and had my fork poised for another mouthful. Perhaps he could tell I was none too impressed.

Beers on tap were Hobgoblin, Marston’s Pedigree and EPA. The solitary cider was Strongbow, unfortunately. In summary, this would be a great spot for a beer on a sunny afternoon, but other than that I can see little reason to visit.

On 19th October 2011 - rating: 5
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Bucking Fastard
Wolverton, 8.47 miles, 2 hr 43 min walk (show)
Northampton, 8.83 miles, 2 hr 50 min walk (show)
Milton Keynes Central, 11.03 miles, 3 hr 32 min walk (show)
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Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 02 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 02 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 02 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 02 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 02 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 02 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 02 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 02 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 02 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 02 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 02 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 02 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 02 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 02 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 02 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 02 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 02 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 02 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Wednesday - last updated 19 October 2011 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 02 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 02 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 02 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 02 August 2016 by Quinno _
Opening Hours
Sunday10am - 10:30pm
Monday10am - 11pm
Tuesday10am - 11pm
Wednesday10am - 11pm
Thursday10am - 11pm
Friday10am - 11pm
Saturday10am - 11pm
Hours according to Facebook page, please check before making a special visit
Food Hygiene Rating


Last inspected: January 17th 2018
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