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The Navigation Inn

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub
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Maesbury Marsh, Oswestry SY10 8JB, England
+44 1691 672958
06:00 - 23:00
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Sun 12:00 - 18:00
Mon 00:00 - 23:59
Tue 06:00 - 23:00
Wed - Sat 12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 23:00
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Oswestry, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

We eat here as a treat a few times a year, just love this place! yet to have even a below par meal here. I can only think this is not higher on the top ten list in the local area because its not in the centre of Oswestry. Well I am local and i have eaten at a few... More 

Thank Nigel M
England, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

We've been here several times over the past few years but the food has always disappointed us - but we love the warm cosy bar with open fire. We tried it again recently hoping we could eat in the warm bar area but were taken to the cold, empty restaurant - despite suggesting we eat in the bar as there... More 

2 Thank twinkle88
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

After a hard days work my husband and I decided we would have a treat and go out for dinner. Having tried ringing a few of our regular haunts with no avail we decided on the navigation as it was quiet high on trip advisor even though the last time we went it wasn't great. We arrived and the danger... More 

1 Thank radarEngland
Brent E, Owner at The Navigation Inn, responded to this review

I am sorry that you were disappointed by your visit to The Navigation Inn. It was indeed a quiet night, and this unfortunately seems to have influenced your experience and your review, but I would like to respond to a few of your points as these are important to us as a business. All of our food is freshly cooked,... More 

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57 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

This is a lovely, quirky pub by the side of the canal. Some good real ales on offer, friendly service and a warm fire. The old carpets and armchairs in the bar are rather appealing. The food is good (not great) and it's a decent place for a pint and meal. We will go again.

1 Thank Saurat
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Meeting up with friends we were over charged for a very mediocre overpriced meal, we drove to the restaurant and were not boaters.

1 Thank cedartis
Coventry, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

we keep going back here everytime we pass on our boat. the food is amazing, different and tasty and local. the owners and staff are very friendly, and the Inn itself is a pleasure of comfort. I like to sit and enjoy a drink in a comfy chair while I decide on my meal and then go to my table... More 

2 Thank Linda J
Llanymynech, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

This is the second time we have eaten here and I have to say I was super impressed with the great staff, you notice great service when your work involves dealing with customers. Mark informed us what the meals of the day were, was super welcoming and friendly and great with our husky! Its great that we have found somewhere... More 

3 Thank Sam M
Cheswardine, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Called in for a drink after a boat trip on the countess and were welcomed by a smile the service was good and so was the beer we were full after chip supper on boat so couldn't try any food other than that (the fish and chips were from here) but will be returning to try more of the menu,... More 

Thank Kieth L
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

We had an excellent lunch at The Nav......just what 2 adults and an 8 year old wanted before a lovely canal trip .Thank you.

Thank Derek G
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

The 'Navvy' has achieved at what many fail miserably in trying to by maintaining a wonderful homely village pub feel while also incorporating a great restaurant that exceeds expectation without needing to take out a second mortgage!. I'd have given it six stars if I could. The meal we ate here during our week on the canal was easily the... More 

Thank Iain M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$23
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 18:00
00:00 - 23:59
06:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Maesbury Marsh, Oswestry SY10 8JB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Shropshire  >  Oswestry
  • Phone Number: +44 1691 672958
The Navigation Inn is an 18th Century canalside inn serving home made food using seasonal and ethically sourced ingredients. We offer superb real ales, and a great selection of wines and other drinks. Whether you want to enjoy a meal or just want to stop for a drink or three our dining room and bars offer relaxed and characterful spaces. We also have a canalside patio where you can enjoy al fresco dining and drinking. Dogs and children are also welcome! Our food is home made and the quality of the ingredients we use is particularly important to us. All raw meat products supplied by our catering butcher are fully traceable in origin and we insist that he sources meat that conforms to our welfare standards. Many products such as lamb, pork (including sausages and bacon) and eggs are purchased from local farms where we deal directly with the producer. All of our meat is ethically produced and wherever possible free range. (Eggs, chicken and pork are 100% free range) We will always try to buy locally and support the farming community who we value so much. We use Fish Fight guidelines to ensure that seafood is sourced from sustainable fisheries. Our menus are created using these criteria and with a firm eye on the seasonality of the ingredients. Brent and Mark have owned The Navigation for nearly 11 years and continue to strive to offer you a relaxed visit with excellent service, food and drink. They are very ably supported by Head Chef Jack who has been running the kitchen for 5 years and by Sous Chef Craig. In addition our waiters, waitresses, cleaner and kitchen assistants are all here to enhance your visit. Your security is overseen by the tireless (and occasionally vocal) presence of Belle and Sebastienne, our German Shepherds.

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