The Navigation Inn
It's been open a while and things seem to have settled down nicely. Mark and Alison have done a great job of refurbishing this pub to a high standard. A selection of real ales including Lapworth Ale, a straw coloured hoppy ale with a citrus finish, just over 4% a.b.v. - delightful. Also, uniquely, hand pulled Guinness which is smoother than Guinness usually is. The secret is in the cellar apparently.
The social "centre of gravity" of the village seems to have tipped towards the Navigation again which is how things used to be.
A proper pub, not a resturaunt, although a good range of food is available including pub grub. The steak pie is a proper pie with pastry top and bottom.
The Rowington Club
Formerly the Rowington Men's Club, (ladies are very welcome). It has been transformed to a high standard by the present steward and attracts many customers from the surounding area.
It is a member's club, annual fee £20 in 2012 (£10 o.a.p. rate), so guests must be signed in by a member and obtain a day pass, but the drinks are usually less expensive than the surrounding pubs.
Occasional traditional events take place and they are good fun. Marrow Day was one such.
Situated next to the cricket ground, the garden is a great place to relax and watch a game.
The Boot , close to the Stratford Canal, one of a small chain of gastropubs, is popular with diners. Tel: 01564 782464
The Punch Bowl
is a modern building built on the site of the original pub that was demolished in the early nineties following a
fire. The old pub was a music venue of note in the 60s & 70s. Pink Floyd played there in May 1968, and it was on the circuit for many of the Birmingham bands of the 70s.
Again more restaurant than pub and it is sometimes closed for private parties. So if you are visiting from a great distance, it is probably a good idea to phone them first. Unfortunately they close at 10:30 some weekday evenings depending on trade, and they don't publish their opening hours, so expect to be disappointed if you turn up after then. Tel: 01564 784564
The Tom O The Wood, a nice pub in a quiet location. Several draught beers and good food. The menu is modest in size but it is all home cooked. The home made pork pies and warm scotch eggs were very nice when the pub was visited by your editor and "domestic management".
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