HAVE you ever wondered what happened to the good old-fashioned country pub?
It seems everywhere you go these days it’s all gastro bars and leather settees with exorbitant prices to pay for their ‘fine dining’.
So if you still have a hankering for the pub days of old you might like to give the Navigation Inn at Lapworth a try.
The pub itself remains mainly unchanged since my childhood memories (and that’s a long time) and has a reputation that stretches back as far.
I remember peeping in to glimpse the stuffed fish cases that still adorn the walls of the flag-stoned floor in the bar in the days when a visit to the pub for kids consisted of a glass of Vimto and a packet of crisps - outside of course.
However, on our visit last week we were looking for something a little more substantial and were pleased to see that they offered a good range of ‘pub food’ meals with a few specials on the blackboard.
After a late night at the office on ‘deadline day’ I was more than ready to eat and plumped for the scampi and chips at £8.95 which was served with peas and a nice assortment of dressed salad.
My partner chose the warm chicken and bacon salad (£8.95) from the blackboard which was complimented with a tangy honey and mustard dressing and a side portion of chips.
Both meals were excellent value for money and a bottle of the house white wine did not break the bank either.
The canalside gardens are popular with diners and drinkers alike during the summer months but the heated patio area and log fires are as equally agreeable when the weather isn’t so kind.
So times may have changed - but the atmosphere and welcome still remain at the ‘Navi’.
Situated on the Old Warwick Road the pub is easy to find just a short drive from Knowle or Hockley Heath.
They also offer a take out service for walkers or picnickers - call 01564 783337 for details.