This lovely 18th-century pub is situated on the Bugsworth Basin, on the Peak Forest canal. Lovingly restored by owners Roger and Jan, this warm and friendly venue is understandably popular with locals and holiday-makers. In balmy weather there are a number of pleasant dog-friendly seating areas, including a large sheltered gazebo. On cooler days, wander inside and enjoy a drink by the open fire – the extensive selection includes guest beers and a great variety of gin. The welcoming bar brings together traditional features like original flagstone floors and wooden beams, with a few quirky touches dating back to its time as a riddle factory. For those wishing to prolong their stay there are also six attractive en-suite bedrooms.
We visited one weekend to sample the Sunday carvery, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. We happily tucked into heaped plates of juicy, flavoursome beef and succulent pork, served with fresh vegetables and rich gravy. But the crowning triumph was the homemade Yorkshire puddings – crispy yet deliciously fluffy, these were served alongside mouth-watering homemade stuffing. After such an excellent lunch we’ll certainly be back to sample the other delights in store. The team is passionate about serving the best food and drink, and committed to using locally sourced ingredients. The homemade beef meatballs are a firm favourite with regulars, and the Navigation Inn has made a speciality of homemade pie.