The Navigator

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£25 and under
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The Navigator sits in prime position opposite Swanwick Marina on the scenic River Hamble just outside Southampton. The nautical-inspired interior extends into 23 individually designed modern bedrooms, all equipped with free Wi-Fi, en-suite bathroom, flat-screen TV and tea/coffee facilities.
The Navigator’s traditional cooked breakfasts will more than whet the appetite as will the pub’s hugely popular seasonal lunch & dinner menus carefully created using locally sourced produce. A superb selection of real ales from nearby Upham Brewery are on offer alongside a fine choice of wines & champagnes.
The Navigator couldn’t be more accessible and is perfect for families, tourists and business travellers. The pub’s ‘Chart Room’ can accommodate 48 seated guests and proves hugely popular for weddings and business meetings.
A 20-minute drive from Southampton, 15 minutes from Southampton Airport and 2 miles from the M27 motorway, the pub also offers extensive free on-site parking.
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1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Easy booking system and good food once we received it but service was pretty slow and long 7.15 booked table for and didn’t get food till 8.45 ! Although food was good this disappointed us as we had young and older family members who actually were over hungry and it was a special birthday treat too. Nice menu though and nice staff.

J
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was very good but slightly limited as I am a coeliac. The service was excellent and the staff very helpful with my gluten free choices.

a
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Stayed at the navigator and had a meal in the restaurant food and service was very good we all enjoyed our meals , only thing was my husband as for no onions and it came with onions in his gravy . But they offered him a desert on the house .

AS
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great lunch, very tasty food in a lovely atmosphere.

OT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food, very quiet in restaurant

H
Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Managed to get a table on a busy Bamk Holiday Saturday night. The restaurant area was comfortable and had a good atmosphere.

M
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting, very relaxed atmosphere. The staff are the perfect balance of friendly and professional. Amazing food, at a good value for what you receive. All in all we had a fabulous night.

TE
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Came from Dorset to meet someone ,found the Navigator quite easily and plenty of parking a available,
Food was excellent also service.

SL
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Pleasant atmosphere, very friendly staff. Food average, more restrictive menu at lunch time but reasonably priced.

GN
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I enjoyed my meal. The food was delicious as was the wine. I was served by several different people, some of whom were rather impersonal, didn't look me in the eye, told me to "enjoy" while they were already walking away from my table etc. But some were delightful. The descriptions of the wines were really difficult to read as they were printed in pale grey on cream paper.

AP
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Some great fresh ideas on food like the chilli with rice pudding and sorbet,Loved our dishes

TC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A lovely meal with friendly & attentive service. The restaurant was quite empty while we were there.

SP
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Never had a bad experience at the Navigator hence we always go back for special evenings. I'm not a fish lover so I do struggle sometimes to find something on the menu that I like, but I generally don't go hungry there.

MW
London
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A great birthday lunch. With great food (would have been 5* but on of the sauces was over salted)

Staff never rush you, a totally relaxing lunch

KM
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Service was very slow and of poor quality, we had menus, used glasses and plates sat on our table for the duration of our stay. The waiting staff did not know the answers to questions, like the Gins they had, and forgot to bring things to the table, like a jug of water. The food was watery and tasteless, despite being expensive. We then waited 20 minutes for them to bring the card machine over, gave up and went to the bar to pay. Definitely would not recommend eating there.

NS
London
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very warm welcome on arrival.
Delicious food & brilliant friendly service.
Great lunch, Thank you!

The Navigator
Responded on 10 June 2019

Hi Natalie, I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your lunch with us, I will pass your feedback back to the staff. Hope to see you again soon! Many Thanks Rachel Grant Supervisor

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J
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was lovely, service was great, menu was amended to show meals with dairy in so I could avoid for my allergy.

The Navigator
Responded on 10 June 2019

Thank you for your review, Chef prides himself on being accommodating for all allergens. Hope to see you again in the future. Many Thanks Rachel Grant Supervisor

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SA
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal at The Navigator. Delicious food with a good choice of menu. Our mains were on the pricey side at £18 (but they were delicious) but our son had fish and chips at £13.50 and it was also beautifully cooked and a very generous portion. Service was both efficient and very friendly. An enjoyable evening and will definitely return.

SP
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Can't fault the food or service. Only let down was the noise level. Tables very close together and with a wooden floor and some noisy tables it's very loud. Was glad to get out but the food was fabulous. Such a shame.

P
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Extremely poor service. The pub was extremely quiet with only a small handful of diners and yet the waiting time for the food was completely unacceptable and had to be chased twice. There were no staff attending our table making sure all was in order. In terms of the food, the starters were lovely but unfortunately the mains were very much not.

All in all not a great experience and not one we will be repeating.

GJ
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Had to wait over 30 mins for our dinner (having booked a table for 2 for 19:15 in advance). Not a major issue but it would have been nicer if we hand't had to. Food good, reasonable ambient and waitress very pleasant (and apologetic). Been to the Navigator before and will go back again but I thought you may want to know about the event.

CN
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service, lovely quality food and they catered very well for a gluten free diet. They took a menu to the chef who was able to adjust most of the menu options to be gluten free.

OT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For my birthday was lovely, food, staff everything a+

r
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food average and service took an age and had to wait an age for the wine list which we had to nag for.
We did feel the guy in charge was very accommodating.

ME
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic breakfast. Good amount of food, really well cooked. Great service. Well worth a visit!

F
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super food
Super service
Super location

Super Duper :-)

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We liked it. Limited menu choice, but we had been before so knew what to expect. Pleasant staff.

LB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was really slow. We were seated for an hour - and had to ask where our order was. Other tables had to cancel orders as they need to leave as this was over a lunchtime period.

The food was ok although my dining partner had fish and chips which arrived with about six chips on the plate.

Unlikely to return due to the slow service issue.

TM
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and really friendly staff , absolutely flawless

f
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Lovely meal out with friends at this comfortable gastro pub which is in a great location opposite a marina. The pub has a good ambience and is spacious and tastefully decoarted. Noise level is just right. Food is excellent, although quite pricey. Good choice of ales and friendly staff (apart from one young waiter).

BL
London
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the food and ambiance of the place, the waitress was really helpful, even offering to de-tail the prawns for one of our guests! Hot plates and hot food, one of my pet hates is cold plates and food. On this occasion this was a works event, but will certainly be going back again whether for work or private.

OT
Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff are always friendly and accommodating. Food delicious and very well presented.

W
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I was a little disappointed with the food in relation to how much it cost. It seems like standard pub fare at rather inflated restaurant prices. One of our party ordered the baked camembert which was served with strips of overgriddled bread (very blackened/burnt on one or both sides) which were also barely warm. The waitress was lovely & brought a fresh batch of nicely toasted hot strips. My fishcake was rather dry & uninspiring. Where we were sat in the restaurant was under a bunch of spotlights, so it was really bright, rather spoiling the ambience for an evening meal. Everything seemed overpriced, so won't be in a rush to come back.

KA
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Love this place but a little disappointed on this occasion. Our food took over 50 mins to arrive ..just the starters and with 3 kids under 5 this was proving challenging.

After complaining about this, we were apologised to and asked if they could get us any drinks (I mistakenly assumed these would be on the house to help compensate)

We were told there had been a function on and our food would be out soon...after 40 minutes. It would have been much better to know this from the start and then we could have ordered snacks for the kids to help.

Food was delicious but again little disappointed in lack of veg with kids meal, had expected some peas or something but my fault too for not checking.

I've always loved it here and would like to think this was just a blip due to the function.

2
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

a very good meal for all 6 of us. but the service was not as good as usual, our server could not even remember a basic drink order. 2 drinks, one a larger shandy and a apple and mango j20. larger arrived, but I received a apple and raspberry drink and she got the wine wrong aswell. If you have memory issues write it down. still we did have a lovely meal.

J
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Sadly, the experience spoilt by some very nosy kids, and the parents took no notice. They had been running riot all afternoon. Staff responded by moving us to a quieter area. Food was good and staff very attentive.

CE
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Meal spoilt by extremely slow service, with large groups seeming to take precedence over couples. We had to ask where our main courses were, and deserts were served with an apology for the delay, which meant that the chocolate fondant was merely Luke warm and not hot!

That said, the meals were well presented and tasty.

w
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have always like the Navigators and nothing HAS MADE ME CHANGE MY MIND

JW
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Took husband for Sunday lunch for birthday, food good as always, but they have just stopped the fixed price Sunday lunch menu, which is a shame, but still plenty on offer and lots of it.. Wine list a little pricey, but still within price range. Would recommend.

NH
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The Navigator always has a great ambience and the staff are very polite , friendly and efficient . Good beer & gin selection . Food isn’t great but it’s ok for a last minute bite .

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