The Building


The Navigation Inn sits on the Montgomery Canal (see under 'Local Information' for more details).  It is comprised of a number of parts, originally all separate but now combined to create one stunning building with different areas to suit all tastes and requirements.

Dining Room

Overlooking the Montgomery Canal, our dining room was originally a warehouse, built in about 1789 to serve the needs of the canal traffic.  With the canal running at that time right down to Newtown in the heart of Wales, Maesbury Marsh was an important village for traffic into Oswestry.  One of the main cargos at that time was lime and as this was highly corrosive to boats it had to be offloaded regularly in order that the boats could be cleaned to prevent them from corroding.

The old warehouse is now our stunning main dining room.  Thick wooden timbers and stone and brick walls create a lovely atmosphere and many tables offer views over the canal.  You can dine on an intimate table for two, cosy four or for bigger parties we have large oval tables – in a King Arthur sort of a way. The restaurant is also available for hire to larger groups.

Navigation Bar

Turn left at the front door and we’ll welcome you to our main bar. Vibrant, buzzing with local gossip and charm this Victorian bit (c1825) of the building with its original red quarry tiles, open log burning range fireplace and comfy sofas is where you’ll feel instantly at home. We offer a wide range of spirits including sloe gin, four gutsy red, four tingling fresh white, two refreshing rose house wines from just £2.95 a glass.

We have resident and guest ales always kept in tip-top condition and changing on a regular basis. As a free house we intentionally source our beers from independent brewers offering an eclectic mix of bitters, lights and stouts - your suggestions are always welcome.  We are proud to appear in both the Good Pub Guide and the AA Pub Guide.


At the top of the bar you will find 'Granny's Parlour, a cosy and rleaxed area with soft firnishings for relaxing before or after a meal or for a casual lunch.  Here also is our wonderful upright piano which we invite people to play and entertain us.


The Gallery

Carry on through the Navigation Bar and down a few steps, and you will be in The Gallery, another cosy room with a real fire.  The Gallery is not only our 'weekday lunch room' but also hosts work from local artists, all of which are usually for sale.  We are always looking for new exhibitors and are very open minded about art forms, so plese let us know if you or someone you know would like to exhibit.  The Gallery also works well as a private dining room (for a max of 6 - 18 people) or can be used for committee meetings, out of office away days etc.  Please let us know if you would like to discuss your requirements.

Warehouse Bar

Turn right on entering The Navvy and you’ll find yourself in our Warehouse Bar. Featuring original pictures of the canal it’s a great little bar to enjoy a gin and tonic whilst ordering or waiting for your meal.

Admire (and sit yourself down on) our 17th century French misericord benches – you really can ‘Take a pew’! After your meal enjoy a drink from our selection of Scottish and Welsh single malt whiskys or our wide range of spirits and liqueurs.