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The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
Active Beers: 10
Beer Ratings: 120
Beer Avg: 3.59
Taps: 11 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
19 Kent St
, NSW 2000
phone: +61 2 9251 4044
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 22
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Visted on a rainy, humid Friday afternoon that extended into early evening. Busy enough to ensure that no seats were available but still pretty quick to get a drink.
I started with a pint of the Quayle Ale which was pretty refreshing. The stand out was easily the Nelsons Blood followed by Victory Bitter.
Didn't need to ask the bartenders about the various beers as they have chalkboards with decent descriptions above the bar.
Had 6 of their own beers on tap as well as both Coopers Sparkling & Pale. Also had Guiness & Chimay White as a guest tap. Most people seemed to be drinking LN beers but there were a few suits drinking Corona & Peroni...
The only complaint I have is that there was a table "reserved" in the corner. Since when can you reserve tables in a pub??? Added to this was the fact that it was staff who had just knocked off or having a break that were sitting there. I'd stop that sort of thing if I was the manager, particularly on a fairly busy Friday night.
01-19-2008 02:04:09 |
More by brendan13
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
My favourite place when visiting Sydney is the Lord Nelson Hotel.
A cosy bar downstairs with the brewing equipment visible in the back room. Uptairs holds a few rooms for accomodation, which are quite comfortable, even if they don't all have ensuite facilities.
Last time I was there, they had six of their own beers on sale, unfortunately, not on hand pump, but all very tasty, if a bit gassy for me. My favourite was the Three Sheets, an "Australian Pale Ale", very remininiscent of American Pale ales, being superbly hoppy. Second favourite for me was their variation of an English Porter.
Food is not a big thing here, though you can get pie, mushy peas and mash, which is quite tasty, if you like that sort of thing.
(Visited December 2007)
01-03-2008 11:30:25 |
More by johndawsonaustin
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Nice little pub with a microbrewery in one corner. Most of the beers are very well crafted and good tasting. Best one i had was the porter called "Nelsons Blood". Regarding food i can recommend the beerbread-platter with bread baked on the remains of the grain used to produce the beer. It comes with cheese and sausages and pickles. Excellent value! The place is also conveniently located in the Rocks so it's easy to find.
A place i will most likely visit again. Recommended.
12-20-2007 20:08:27 |
More by baggio
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I learned of this place from a person who said it was one of her favorite places. Since she managed the beer section of Merchant's Fine Wine in Dearborn, Michigan I figured it was a credible recommendation. There is a pub downstairs and a restaurant upstairs that closes for private parties. It was my misfortune to not know this happens when I tried to have dinner there upon my arrival in Sydney from the US. I asked if they would be serving dinner the next evening and was told I would have to call the next day. (All of this interaction was with the people working in the pub.)
I called the next day and was able to make a dinner reservation but the person who I first talked to seemed almost clueless about whether the restaurant would be open. (Maybe another pub employee).
My dinner of Baramundi with a curry sauce was outstanding however my wife did not care for her beef dish and after tasting it I would say the flavor was very different than the US beef I am used to.
While they don't normally sell samplers our waiter was most accommodating and set us up with a sampler of all their house beers. The beers were brewed in a UK style and were very good.
I can't comment on the pub but it seemed very popular but a bit on the noisy side. I would definitely return to this place again.
07-24-2007 12:21:32 |
More by BillStrehl
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$$
This place was nice but I was a little disappointed by some surly old guy who worked there, who, although he may have been the help, was of little help. Anyway, they don't do samplers although the bartender let me try three. They were out of the porter. The atmosphere was nice but touristy. The quality seemed ok but there was little pride evident in their attitudes toward their beer. The selection was ok--6--with the porter. Didn't have any food. The beer was not cheap. All in all, worth the stop if you have the time.
12-04-2006 02:44:50 |
More by porter17
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
The Lord Nelson is a gem of a historical pub in Sydney. It's hard to beat it in terms of atmoshere - at least in poor weather, that is. If you've been to Sydney then you probably know that nearly every pub has plenty of outdoor seating a few dozen space heaters. Sydneysiders don't acknowledge the existence of winter or rain. When it rains or winters, head to the Lord Nelson for an old-style pub with a roaring fireplace.
Some of the staff don't know anything about the beer and will just as soon recommend a Hahn over a beer brewed in house. If you're at the bar and a non BA is standing beside you looking at the taps and not knowing one from the other, help him out and suggest a Lord Nelson brew. They're not the best beers but they are locally made and decent.
One of the great things about the Lord Nelson is the bottle selection: enough other craft beers and Belgians to choose from! It's easy to forget that, but if you're tired of Three Sheets or Old Admiral, enjoy a Critters or a Chimay.
The food comes from the upscale, over-priced and disappointing bistro one level up. Skip it. If you need food, go for the ploughman's platter.
11-19-2006 09:56:06 |
More by dwarbi
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
This place hasn't changed much since my last visit in 1993. Very old stone building that says "quaint". You can easily imagine sailors drinking here who have hiked up from the quay. Decorated much like a British pub with navy signal flags, old photos and nautical knick-knacks.
Nice selection of beers; five taps working during our visit. My wife (who is not a beer drinker) had the Trafalgar pale ale and decreed it to be quite good. I chose the Old Admiral which was a strong brown ale at 6.7%abv. Really excellent brew!
We stopped by at five pm but the kitchen didn't open until six so we ordered a "ploughman's plate." This consisted of pickled onions, hot mustard, chutney, about five slices of brown bread and a generous serving of cheese; must have been about a pound!
The brewery is quite small. On display were what appeared to be three serving tanks and one fermenter. No brewmaster on duty so I couldn't quiz him about the beers.
I thought we received good value at the Lord Nelson. The food was AU$10 and the beers were AU$6 per pint. Total of about $16.50 US.
Highly recommended! We plan at least one more visit during our Australia vacation.
08-17-2006 22:05:37 |
More by joedon
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I had two weeks in Sydney, mostly trying beers and different bars.
This was my favourite drinking establishment. Open plan, plenty of serving area around the large bar and a good choice (mainly British style beers) on tap.
It is located a short walk from the louder, youngster style bars of 'The Rocks' and well worth finding.
I liked the list of names on the wall. Every person who arrived on the very first flotilla bringing convicts to Oz are on the lists. The lists are by ship, it just sends you back to the birth of a nation, it made me think a bit.
08-11-2006 09:04:27 |
More by BlackHaddock
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
This is where it all started for me.... where I learnt there was more to life than Tooheys New. It was also here where my passion began, courteousy of Blair Hayden, Willie Simpson, and the One Eyed Beer Tasters Club.
This monthly bacchanalia is now defunct unfortunately, but I have vivid (and blurred) memories of Willie rambling on about Crystal Malt and "bl**dy Wine Wankers".
The hotel itself has remained untouched in my memory, and is one of several that make the claim of being Sydney's oldest.
It's a lovely place: sandstone and well-worn floorboards. The brewery is visible to those who circumnavigate the bar; if you're early or lucky enough, you can grab a much sought-after stool at the bar, or a table near the winter fire.
The beer is fresh, and good. I usually start with a cleansing Three-Sheets, before settling into the Victory Bitter.
Usually a pie, mash & peas is good fare, particularly on a cold day with a pint of Old Admiral. Also highly regarded is a mid-afternoon Ploughman's lunch.
One of Sydney's finest; a mandatory stop on any Rocks pub-crawl.
07-17-2006 05:47:40 |
More by vancurly
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Nice old cosy stone building, Historic structure in the heart of the rocks. Great old wooded bar. Very friendly staff and nice beer selection. The beers range from a pale ale to a nice dark porter.
The food selection is modest, simple yet very nice and you will be able to find a beer to complement the food selection.
I visited this place on a Tuesday night and it had a comfortable amount of people there.
Really great place, good beer, good atmosphere. For sure a pub which I would visit regualy if i lived close
05-03-2006 03:10:49 |
More by Finite
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