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The Navigator

3.9
3.9
511 Reviews
£25 and under
British
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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 07:00–11:00 Mon–Fri 12:00–22:00 Sat, Sun 08:00–22:00 Sat, Sun 12:00–21:00

  • Phone number

    01489 572123

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    We have the Chart Room available for Private Hire. Suitable for private Dining and functions we can accomodate up to 50 guests

  • Private party contact

    Rachael Boraston: 01489 572123

  • Area

    Lower Swanwick

  • Parking Details

    We have parking for approximately 60 cars on site and complimentary.

  • Public Transit

    We are located across the road from a Bus Stop on the A27 and 3 minutes walk from Bursledon Train Station.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 511 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.9
3.9 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.6Value

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  1. MM

    MaureenM

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 December 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was cooked to perfection, the staff were very polite and efficient. I felt when I booked the table that it was a bit pricy but thought "what the hell it's only once a year" however it exceeded my expectations and thought it was very good value for money, It was that good I wanted to book for next year there and then!
  2. DS

    DebbieS

    Hampshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2020

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Waitress was very helpful and dealt with all our requirements straight away. Food took 40 minutes to arrive and the restaurant wasnt busy. Out of the six meals, we have to request items which were missed for 5 of the meals
  3. HM

    HelenM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 November 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A bit noisy in there I am deaf so it was very noisy and my friend was saying we couldn’t hear ourselves talking as there was 4 of us and couldn’t fault the food it was amazing we will come be again hopefully for Xmas lunch
  4. B

    Bday

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 November 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Birthday meal with parents before 2nd lockdown. Felt welcome, safe, enjoyed our meals.
  5. AG

    AnneG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 November 2020

    overall3food2service1ambience3
    I ordered a ham mustard and sun-dried tomato bloomer. It arrived with no tomato. As the waitress had told us prior to ordering of a number of items that were not available due to no deliveries for the lock down I didn’t say anything as assumed this was the reason. When our plates were collected we were asked by another waitress if the food was ok. I made comment about the lack of tomato and how it would have been nice to have known before hand as I would have ordered something else. She went off and came back to advise she’d spoken to the chef who assured her 100% he’d put tomatoes in it. My response was I can assure you he didn’t and my friend also confirmed there was none. Again the waitress said the chef says he did, so he did. All but accusing me of lying. She was rude, unapologetic and her attitude was appalling. It was a shame as all the other staff were friendly and professional. There’s plenty of other pubs within that area . She and her attitude will certainly make me go elsewhere next time we are able to.
  6. SC

    SophieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 November 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Roast dinner was amazing, Staff very friendly Would highly recommend
  7. JS

    JSMusic

    Dorset

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 November 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service from start to finish. Very friendly and helpful. Ale was served at the perfect temperature and was clearly fresh. Food came efficiently, all cooked perfectly - absolutely delicious. Will be back again regularly.
  8. KJ

    KarenJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 November 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Lovely meal although once served didn’t see anyone to order any extras we would have liked a bit more gravy and were told that potato veg gravy and Yorkshire’s were bottomless when ordering. We cannot understand why we have to use card payments when tried to pay cash but a tip in cash is fine?? None the less we will definitely return
  9. f

    foodlover174

    Hampshire

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 31 October 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Pleasant gastro pub in a nice location opposite Swanwick marina. Food was reasonable quality, nothing amazing but tasty and well cooked. Prices are a little on the high side. Service was pleasant if a little slow. Personally I found it a bit noisy. Even with social distancing it was difficult to talk over some very loud customers sitting on the tables behind us. Not much that can be done about that I suppose though! Would definitely return.
  10. RM

    RachaelM

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, good location good service! Will be going again.
  11. D

    Danielle

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 October 2020

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    The food was nice but I felt the menu was slightly over priced as were the drinks. An enjoyable evening however
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow excellent service from the moment we walked in staff were most helpful all night food was superb and very reasonably priced too we will back most definitely
  13. FP

    FairPlay

    Hampshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 October 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We waited for a while to be seated. It was not busy but it took ages for our food to arrive and when it did the skinny chips were so hard that they were inedible. We all ordered sticky toffee pudding for dessert which had hard bits that had obviously been defrosted in the microwave.
  14. ML

    MattL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 October 2020

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    Food was terrible, the price did not reflect the food at all. Pizza was awful, burger meat was not nice and the corn on the special chicken and ribs platter was cold. The chicken was dry and over cooked, ribs tasted like they were bought from Tesco’s. I wouldn’t return for food here ever again.
  15. JD

    JulieD

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 October 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Excellent lunch deal. Main and glass of wine/beer/soft drink for £12. Three of us had fish & chips which was cooked perfectly. The batter was very light and not too crispy. The other meal was a ploughman’s which was enormous. Be aware though we got charged for three bottles of wine instead of three glasses. Just my opinion but I thought that some of the tables were too close to each other . It wouldn’t put me off going again though,
  16. IW

    IanW

    West Sussex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 October 2020

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    We eat here quite often and the food is good. Once seated, it took quite a while for the waitress to come back to us to take the drinks order. The food was very good as usual. Come 9.35, we started to be pestered with glass collections with more than one member of staff keen to move us on. Where were they all at the beginning?
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always
  18. CH

    CHiMi

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good pizza! But have a look on the menu, too. All served food was very good quality and well presented.
  19. GC

    GeraldineC

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 October 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Sunday at 6.30pm and the bar dining area was not busy. My husband chose the pie of the day and I chose the cod and chips. The service was prompt and the food was piping hot, which is how I like it. One dessert of selected ice creams between us, followed by coffees and we were happy. Also, we felt safe at all times during our visit.
  20. S

    Shelley

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 October 2020

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    We had a lovely meal there was a group of 6 and 4 of us had the roast beef which was very nice the service was a bit slow at times for drinks we could see our drinks waiting to be collected at the bar I feel that let it down overall enjoyable t Time there much better value then last time which was about 2 months ago
  21. AD

    AlexD

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 October 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had a group of 6, children and adults and we were very well looked after. Food was nice, plenty on your plate and I would definitely recommend.
  22. GB

    GrahamB

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well done. Fanatic place to eat. Service is outstanding. Brilliant covid monitoring. Bathrooms are clean and well kept
  23. LA

    LeeA

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 October 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Staff where outstanding 5 star service thank you for a good evening
  24. P

    Paul

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 October 2020

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Overall, we were happy with the service and food, however, we ordered from the lunchtime 'offer' of meal and drink for £12, but the bill only showed a reduction for one drink (glass of wine) we were not informed that the Soda and Lime drinks were not included in the offer and therefore not given the opportunity to order drinks that were included! Our bill was therefore marginally higher than expected! Also, our order for the Brie and Cranberry in baguettes was supposed to have Dijon mustard and rocket in them, neither was and nor was any explanation given. As we were pressed for time we did not question this and apart from that, the food was good.
  25. SJ

    SJY2494

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 October 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    It was very busy at lunchtime and the food was slow in coming but was made to order. We waiting over an hour. Lovely place at staff very friendly.
  26. N

    Natalieg

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 October 2020

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Went For early dinner tables set apart abs staff wearing masks ( although did notice one whose nose not covered so Missing the point !) food was lovely had the chicken Burger and beef burger Limited wine selection
  27. LG

    LucyG

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 October 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Really lovely food served by very attentive staff. Unfortunately, it took far too long to come. This isn’t the first time this has happened either.
  28. J

    Juju

    Brighton

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food and friendly helpful staff
  29. DP

    DebbieP

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The breakfast is amazing. Excellent value for money. Lovely atmosphere. Would thoroughly recommend. Next to try the roast 😊
  30. C

    Charlie

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 October 2020

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    This was our second trip to the Navigator, the previous having been about 10 months previous (our previous meal was disappointing but we wanted to give it another go). The service was good although it was a shame that we had not been put in the restaurant even though we had booked to eat. I thought the time it took for our drinks and food to arrive was a bit slow but I appreciate (at least for the drinks) that with COVID things are a bit more complicated. We all had starters and pizza mains. The starters were OK, nothing amazing but nothing to complain about. I thought the pizzas however were disappointing. The base was good and they were cooked well but it was completely let down by the fact that the tomato on the pizza was more like tomato paste rather than a nice pizza base sauce. Unfortunately this ruined the pizza but this should be a really easy fix. Unfortunately with the slow arrival of food etc and the governments 10pm restriction we did not have time to finish our food comfortably and we ended up having to put it in a box to take away. Unfortunately I will not be rushing back as although it is a closest pub to where we live I think I will walk the extra 5 mins to other pubs for better food.
  31. KB

    KathyB

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 October 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Unfortunately the service was not very good the waitress did not have enough training. There were no ice buckets left asked for a jug with ice to put the bottle of wine in but the jug was too small! The manager showed us to our table & went through the specials if which was sea bass filets but when we went to order there was not any fish on the menu only fish & chips. I had steak with bernaise sauce which tasted very much of mayo & added tarragon so nit too happy!
  32. SF

    SamanthaF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 October 2020

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    I have visited the navigator on 2 occasions and for both visits we have been advised they are a chef down so their fish of the day has never been available really disappointing.
  33. DC

    DouglasC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 October 2020

    overall1food4service1ambience3
    During Covid, many establishments now order via app, and in the main thus works well. The Navigators app was poor. But even worse is that once ordered the drinks took 40 minutes in the first instance, and we go a refund after 35 minutes and left in the second instance of ordering a simple drinks round - and it wasn’t even that busy. They were critically understaffed which meant we were so cheesed off that we gave up. Such a shame. Both the boathouse and the jolly sailor nearby were far better experiences.
  34. K

    Katyte

    Hampshire

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 October 2020

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    Unfortunately there were staffing issues and we waited one and half hours for our meal. The meal when it came was very good. I've been to the Navigator many times and this is the first time that the service was poor. After complaining we were only charged a nominal amount for the meal. I hope they resolve their staffing (which has never been great ) as the place is lovely
  35. S

    Sarah

    Hampshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 October 2020

    overall2food4service1ambience1
    The service was horrendous, on a busy Saturday they had 2 members of staff on and the wait for drinks and food was very slow. When the food arrived it was very good though .
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 October 2020

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Staff rude and inattentive. Took nearly an hour for our meals. Then half an hour to be asked about desert. The main host wasn’t wearing his mask properly, so it was absolutely pointless him wearing it. I won’t be returning.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 October 2020

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Poor service due to internet being down and short staffed. Assistant manager was noticeably working hard abs providing a sufficient service. General manager and other staff left us waiting 40 minutes without a drink or menu.
  38. GM

    GerryM

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 October 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Huge portion sizes. Good COVID measures. Friendly service.
  39. AR

    AnneR

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for a midweek dinner. The service was great, as was the food... best steak pie ever! Everything was in place to keep everyone safe during COVID-19. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and will definitely be going back .
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, portions and value for money. Attentive service, friendly, great timing and tables well spaced and clean. Will definitely visit again.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Navigator offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01489 572123.

The Navigator is rated 3.9 stars by 511 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Area

    Lower Swanwick

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 07:00–11:00 Mon–Fri 12:00–22:00 Sat, Sun 08:00–22:00 Sat, Sun 12:00–21:00

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    We have parking for approximately 60 cars on site and complimentary.

  • Public Transit

    We are located across the road from a Bus Stop on the A27 and 3 minutes walk from Bursledon Train Station.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    01489 572123

  • Private party facilities

    We have the Chart Room available for Private Hire. Suitable for private Dining and functions we can accomodate up to 50 guests

  • Private party contact

    Rachael Boraston: 01489 572123

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