Hospitable canalside pub with warm welcome, cosy bar and local seasonal produce in a choice of dining areas
The good pub guide review
The friendly, long-running owners of the 'Navvy' and their cheerful, enthusiastic staff are keen to make everyone feel at home in this traditional pub next to the Montgomery Canal. The old-fashioned, quarry-tiled bar on the left has squishy brown leather sofas by an old-style black range, upholstered cask seats around some small tables, and dozens of wrist- and pocket-watches hanging from the beams. A couple of steps lead up beyond a balustrade to a carpeted area, with sofas and armchairs around low tables, and a piano (which does get used); off to the left is a dining area with paintings by local artists. The main dining room, with a low beamed ceiling and stripped stone walls, is beyond another small bar with a coal-effect gas fire and a striking row of carved choir stalls complete with misericord seats. Joules Slumbering Monk and Stonehouse Cambrian Gold and Station Bitter on handpump, 11 wines by the glass, nine malt whiskies (including one from Wales) and a farm cider (in summer); quiet background music and board games. There are picnic-sets beside the water. The hands-on licensees also run a book exchange and offer a two-pint takeaway service.
The good pub guide food review
Using seasonal, local and free-range produce, the much liked food includes peppered smoked mackerel and horseradish salad, baked camembert with roasted garlic and cranberry sauce, pea and mushroom risotto, free-range ham with sautéed potatoes and creamy parsley sauce, sausages (pork, glamorgan or vegan) with mash, braised red cabbage and gravy, pan-fried sea bass fillets with sautéed potatoes, tomato sauce and broccoli, pork and chorizo meatballs with tomato sauce and spaghetti, beer-battered haddock or battered halloumi with peas and chips, Welsh beef steak with herb-crusted tomatoes, garlic mushrooms and chips, and puddings.
Navigation, Maesbury Marsh, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 8JB
Weekdays: 12-2, 6-11; closed Mon, lunchtime Tue
Winter: closed first two weeks Jan