The Navigation Inn – Stoke Bruerne
The Navigation Inn is a beautiful canal side pub in Stoke Bruerne. With exposed wooden beams and stone wall with original fire place, it’s a cozy traditional setting that has recently been refurbished. One of my favourites were the brass detailing at the bar which created a bold statement with it’s modern juxtaposition.
They have sitting outside by the canal and a play area which is perfect for those Sunday brunches with the fam or summer evenings with friends.
We were kindly invited to try their new food and drink menu on a weekday. Because I was driving, I didn’t explore the drinks menu much but saw a lot of cocktails go past us and they looked lovely! – Definitely have to go back for those. I stuck to the basic Gin & Tonic which was served in a tall glass which for me is a no go. Part of the experience is the fancy glass and the garnish.
- Duck, Truffle & Red Onion Marmalade Terrine: which was pretty nice, until we added the mint sauce and then it was amazing!! A very lightly textured, flavourful starter that we quite enjoyed.
- Prawn & Crayfish Cocktail: While this was a good light starter, it didn’t hit the spot for me, specially having it against the duck which was full of flavour, this one seemed a little boring… Perhaps on its own it would’ve been nice.
- DUO OF BEEF AND CHICKEN: This was a delight and an absolute joy to start the winter months with. The slow cooked Beef was perfection and topped with the merlot gravy that was to die for. Winter veggies and chicken on the side.. Oh what a lovely cozy meal that was – Highly recommend for meat lovers.
- CRAYFISH LINGUINE: A Lovely, creamy and flavourful dish, and just the right portion size. I missed chilli oil on top of it which usually gives it a little zing, but it was still very good. Paired with a white wine (which I couldn’t have because I was driving) would have really enhanced the flavours.
So here’s the thing – the whole evening I saw desserts fly out of the kitchen and I kept eyeing to see which ones I like. I love desserts and was really looking forward for ours at the end of the meal… However as luck would have it – almost everything was finished by the time we were ready to order. We were only left with sundaes – which was a big disappointment because they had some fabulous options such as tiramisu, panna cotta, praline torte to name a few.
We ended up ordering the chocolate brownie sundae and the zesty sundae and while I’m not a big fan of vanilla ice cream in general, the zesty sundae was a pleasant surprise. The zest of the lemon sauce and raspberries against the sweetness of vanilla ice cream was really addictive.
If I had my way – I would’ve definitely have tried the Pudding Tasting Board which featured a choice of three or six mini puddings served on a board for sharing. But unfortunately, 4 out of the six were already finished!!
FINAL VERDICTI think all in all, the refurbishment has refreshed the space and the new menu definitely offers more than your typical pub food. The food quality is great and service was impeccable. The cozy atmosphere is really welcoming and staff is super friendly and relaxed.
A Quaint Canal Side Pub. Family and Dog Friendly – Stoke Bruerne
PRICE POINT: Moderate.
FAVOURITES: Beef and Chicken Combo
FAMILY FRIENDLY: 100%
DOG FRIENDLY: YES!
Dislcaimer – This was a sponsored meal as part of their PR launch event. All the thoughts and opinions in this blog are my own and I’m not obliged in anyway. My views come from my experience at the restaurant but by no means defines their food or service.