Address : 17 Meadow Lane, Nottingham, NG2 3HS.
On your first visit, the Trent Navigation may well test your own navigation skills. Nestled between Notts County’s Meadow Lane ground and a sea of industrial units, it’d be all too easy to think you’re taken a very bad wrong turn. If you’re coming from London Road, use the canal footbridge rather than the main road.
On the bar you’ll be welcomed with up to a dozen or so real ales, many from the Navigation Brewery which is based on the site. It doesn’t get much fresher than that – and in recent times the firm has branched out into a rather tasty batch of craft beers too. Like all Navigation bars, there’s no Camra discount – but the prices here are reasonable enough.
Live sport features heavily here, though the large bar and neat beer garden give you a plenty of space to be able to hear yourself speak.
Music : Yep – several live nights per week ranging from folk to blues.
Food : A large pub grub menu is mixed with regular offers and weekly theme nights. Cold cobs are also available if you fancy something lighter.
People : Depending on who’s playing at home, both Nottingham Forest and Notts County fans gather here before and after games. Otherwise it’s a mix of real ale lovers, families and sports fans.
Opinion : Unless you’re here to watch Notts County, the Navigation can be a bit of a trek. But it’s well worth it, with a consistently good pint and friendly staff. See it out as part of a wider trail around Trent Bridge.
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