The Navigation

Café & Restaurant

Situated in the heart of Cosgrove, The Navigation Inn has recently undergone an impressive refurbishment following its new management by Oakman Inns & Restaurants. Embracing the Inn’s history and rustic surroundings, the Navigation Inn evokes a barn-like feel with exposed brickwork and dark wooden beams. The canal side seating and extensive countryside views offered by the Inn are its main attraction, whilst alfresco dining and carefully curated food menus provide the signature hallmark of the Oakman Inn’s & Restaurants experience.

Working with British design firm, People In Space, Inside Out Contracts supplied a diverse collection of indoor and outdoor furniture for the newly re-opened Navigation Inn. Following the design brief to hone in on rustic novelties and wholesome appeal, the Jeeves armchair, Columbia side chair, Stix chair and Darwin side chair were supplied to provide a unique contrast for the Inn’s dining and bar areas. These chairs were stained in matching dark brown and upholstered in handsome red and racing green leathers to complement our handmade bespoke banquette seating.

The Inn’s lounge areas honour traditional styles with the worldly Chester One sofas situated amongst solid wood coffee tables and Nancy low stools. The Nancy low stools and barstools were upholstered in dark brown to match dark stained legs with classic studding detail which cleverly showcases an old world charm. Following suit, the exterior of the Inn features several contrastive styles parallel to the interior such as outdoor cube stools, Vent armchairs, Star armchairs and Golf side chairs; all finished in brown or white powder coating for superior weather durability. The cohesive colour palette references the dark browns of the interior whilst the additional white exterior Vent armchairs and tables introduce a modern panache, complementary of the Inn’s white façade.

This project is one of many by Inside Out Contracts for the Oakman Inns, with each project uniquely characterised by its distinct furniture, crafting a different story for each location.

All photography by Phillip Vile,

The Navigation Inn

Thrupp Wharf, Cosgrove

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Web Jeeves Armchair
Jeeves armchair
Web Stix Side Chair
Stix side chair
Web Darwin Side Chair
Darwin side chair
Web Chester 1
Chester 1 sofa
Web Quartier Round Folding Table
Quartier Round Table
Web Vent Side Chair
Vent side chair
Web Columbia Side Chair
Columbia side chair
Web Columbia Bar Stool
Columbia bar stool
Web Nancy Bar Stool
Nancy bar stool
Web Nancy Low Stool
Nancy stool
Web Starr Stacking Chair
Starr side chair