The Navigation Inn – Pub / Burgers – Nottingham
The former home of Annie’s Burger Shack has changed little since she made the move across town, the Navigation went on before and it will go on after. The pub’s worn wood floors and seating has a certain charm, live music too keeps the punters coming in. The menu has noticeably changed but I am sure you’ll still find similar ingredient combinations under different names than when Annie was plying her trade.
I was obviously not paying much attention to the menu as I accidentally ordered a chicken burger having expected beef, I ended up with few regrets though. Served simply but attractively on a wooden (somewhat of a theme) board, a small stack of onion rings came alongside the ubiquitous chips. Sadly the rings failed to deliver in much flavour and were a little greasy. The disappointing start faded away when I got stuck into the burger. My “Great Bob Marley” was spicy jerk chicken with peppers and onions. I had feared no spice but the warmth that came through was definitely present, the sweet peppers cooling the palate. I have to admit it was a knife and fork job because of the jerk sauce which was a little on the thin side but things held together well. The chips I’d selected were pretty bog standard curly fries, crisp enough, though unlikely home-made.
£9 I felt was there or thereabouts, comparatively priced against Nottingham’s other burger joints. If you were to offer me a burger venue tomorrow I’d be hard pushed to choose. I liked the quieter atmosphere of The Navigation, Annie’s is often too busy for its own good and let itself down on waiting times and service when it first opened. With a burger just as good and it flying under the radar a little I might just return here first…
Restaurant website: http://www.thenavinn.com/