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The Navigation, Ponders End - pub details

Address: Wharf Road, Ponders End, Enfield, Middlesex, EN3 4XX [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 34029) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Ponders End (0.3 miles), Brimsdown (0.9 miles), Southbury (1.1 miles)

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As others have said, it is a bit of a trek getting here as it is at the end of an industrial estate. Why a pub would be built here is a mystery. It is a Harvester, like any other Harvester. For some curious reason, the only bitter they sell is in bottles, although that is the excellent Adnams Ghostship. As regards the food, you cannot expect cordon bleu cooking for about £13 a mains. I had the bird, surf and turf: three breaded prawns, some steak and chicken with chips and sweetcorn which probably costs them a few quid to produce. The mixed grill looked nice as did the rack of ribs. Service was okay, considering that there were 20 of us. There were no small plates at the salad bar for your bread rolls. Place was popular, as all Harvesters seem to be.
HornchurchJohn - 21 Jan 2018 20:07
We were told it would be a 2 minute wait for a table which was fine, but then it was more than 15 minutes later that they actually seated us. About 30 seconds after we'd been given menu's our waitress wanted our orders, so we had to send her away. We said we were ordering starters now but waiting for our final member to arrive before ordering mains, at which point she sat down in the booth next to a member of our party who happened to be pregnant. After taking our orders she then proceeded to lean over my friend asking her loads of questions about her pregnancy, and generally invading her personal space. After she left we went to the salad bar to find that it was half empty and there were no bread rolls left. After our starter had arrived, and the final member of our party, we chose our mains and ordered the waitress failed to clear the table, so that when the mains arrived they had to put them on another table whilst ours was cleared. My friend needed some mayo and as it's customary for your waitress to return within a couple of minutes and ask if everything is ok we waited to catch her attention. For 15 minutes she stood at another table with her back to us just chatting with a friend. When she eventually remembered to check on us, she said the mayo was on the salad table and we should have gone to get it ourselves. She then sighed and said 'fine, nevermind, I'll get it' and then returned with a salad bowl practically over-flowing with mayo. Basically the food was lovely, but the service was awful. It would be nice for people to actually pay attention to what they're meant to be doing rather than stand around chatting.

araidia100 - 24 Jan 2011 15:24
Looks good from the front, but the potentially nice location beside the navigation is somewhat spoilt by the metal fencing that stops you from reaching the waterside. Getting to it through the industrial estate and the pylons on the opposite bank don't do it many favours either. Not sure what the original purpose of the building was, but the corporate refurbishment seems to have stripped the interior of any character. No real ale, so had to have what purported to be the 'smooth' version of Greene King IPA.
rpadam - 20 Mar 2009 20:23
Very large Harvester restaurant/pub with a nice riverside location. If you're walking the River Lea from the north, it's the first sign of life after a fairly long, desolate industrial stretch. But it's rather hard to reach on foot (need to cross the river and wander through the industrial estate). It's far more of a family restaurant than a pub, although it very much resembles a nice riverside inn of times past, at least from the river side. Service is abysmal but the punters didn't seem to mind (maybe they've been lobotomized?)... Drinks are totally ordinary and uninspired, but it's an OK place to sit outside with a cold one, especially considering the alternatives in the vicinity.
dpv - 3 Jun 2008 15:58

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