Navigation Ale Pubs
Established in 1988, GNI has gained a hard-earned reputation for being one of the best “independents” in the UK and is noted for the diversity of its style venues and broad popularity across the city. If you want to talk to us please fill in the form on this site, meanwhile here’s a quick summary of what we do with links to all of our bars.

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The historic Trent Navigation forms part of GNI’s dedication to cask ales and especially local brewers and serves 8 cask ales as part of the Locale scheme run by CAMRA. Situated on Meadow Lane, this Victorian canal workers inn is popular with real ale buffs, local pub-goers and live music fans. It’s a firm favourite pre-match pint for Notts County, Nottingham Rugby and Nottingham Forest. There are several screens to watch the match on and a full and filling British based menu. The Navigation Brewery is currently under construction in the old stable block and is due to start producing quality ale in early 2012

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Welcome to Copper – two of Nottingham’s favourite venues. You’ll find us in the heart of West Bridgford and Mapperley as relaxed daytime cafes that transform into comfortable bars in the evening. Our doors open at 8am for a comprehensive breakfast menu as well as coffees, teas and juices. A full café menu is served from noon until 9pm, complemented with an extensive wine list, craft beers, real ales and cocktails.

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Just a stone’s throw from The Contemporary in the heart of historic Nottingham sits The Cross Keys. This iconic pub has stood here for centuries and is currently enjoying a new lease of life as one of the city’s most distinguished watering holes. The recipient of not just rave reviews for its food and cask ale The Cross Keys has even won an award for its sympathetic restoration and has been featured for it’s stylish interior. Breakfast is served from 8am and visitors, shoppers, suits and ne’er-do-wells alike will all find something to their liking the pages of a Great British menu served until around 9pm. Serve a range of beers including six hand-pulled British ales The Cross Keys takes pride in being a great British pub with a warm welcome for all.

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Sitting on the banks of the Trent and ideally placed between Nottingham’s major sporting venues The Southbank is famous for its big hospitality the world over. There’s plenty of room inside and almost as much on the riverside terrace but the real draw is the free live music four nights a week and the unsurpassable standard of live sport presentation. 13 Screens (with 3D and HD) and a full surround-sound system make The Southbank “probably one of the best venues to watch live sport in the country” (GQ Magazine) and it is without doubt the most popular bar for music and sport in the area. The Southbank serves a full and filling menu from mid-morning, a number of cask ales and quite a bit of lager.

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Placed conveniently between Market Square and Nottingham Castle The Approach is now established as the number one bar in Nottingham for live music and sport. Opened in 1997 it took very little time for this large, comfortable bar to win the hearts of locals and tourists alike with its straight forward “approach”, top quality food and a dedication to all things entertaining. Popular throughout the day diners and drinkers can enjoy a full and filling menu, a well stocked bar including a wide range of ales and very charitable special offers throughout the week. By night the Approach really comes into its own with free live music Wednesday to Saturday and numerous HD, 3D and big screens to watch the game on.

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The Ned Ludd is the latest great pub from Great Northern Inns showcasing fine craft beers, real ales and real ciders paired with a stunning, locally sourced, artisan food. The Luddites knew a thing or two about mass-produced stuff of inferior quality, they didn’t like it and neither do we. 

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