The Navigation

Address : Castle Lock, Wilford Road, Nottingham, NG2 1AA


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Not to be confused with the Trent Navigation, the “Nav” sits tidily away from the main drag of Castle Wharf, with its chavvy mix of ten-for-one offers on fizzy trash. Although it retains its character as a good old fashion boozer, there’s also a focus on music. Usually rock, so it can get a tad noisy.

However, your tastebuds will be rewarded with up to twelve real ale handpulls featuring most of the brews from the Marstons family along with guest beers. It’s a shame – with all this choice – that they can’t see their way to offering a Camra discount.

There’s an outside terrace for when the sun shines. And the canal reeks. Ok, it’s basically a smoking area.


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Music? Yep, and some of it quite loud. Rock and blues rule the roost.

Food? Burgers, dogs and light bites.

People? A real mixed crowd of ale lovers, office workers and rockers.

Opinion? The Nav has had its ups and downs over the years. Despite keeping up the high standard and large choice of beers, the service can be a bit lacking at times. On our visit, the lone bartender was engrossed in hi s mobile phone. Could do better.

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