Address : 17 Meadow Lane, Nottingham, NG2 3HS.
If you’ve never been here before, the Trent Navigation may well test your own navigation skills. Nestled between Notts County’s Meadow Lane ground and a sea of industrial units, this place is well worth seeking out. 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 he 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 a loyalty card offering a free pint for every six you buy.
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.