The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
Active Beers: 10
Beer Ratings: 122
Beer Avg: 3.59
Taps: 11 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Ratings: 22 | Reviews: 22
3.29/5 rDev -14.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$$
This place was nice but I was a little disappointed by some surly old guy who worked there, who, although he may have been the help, was of little help. Anyway, they don't do samplers although the bartender let me try three. They were out of the porter. The atmosphere was nice but touristy. The quality seemed ok but there was little pride evident in their attitudes toward their beer. The selection was ok--6--with the porter. Didn't have any food. The beer was not cheap. All in all, worth the stop if you have the time.
12-04-2006 02:44:50 | More by porter17
3.3/5 rDev -14.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
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
3.35/5 rDev -13%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | $$
A lot of history at The Lord Nelson. Storied as the oldest pub in Sydney. True English fare and brew. Great atmosphere and true English style ales. Great location at the top of The Rocks. Offerings include their own plus a lot of the Australian favorites.
11-17-2013 04:13:16 | More by TrentonWLangkamp
3.36/5 rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
Uh. Guys. It looks a lot like it's an extract pub. Not all that exciting in terms of what can happen with beer. Heck, Australia... Wow. Talk about a country in need of beer. Still, I spoke with a shopkeeper and a barkeeper and they were both very strong beer advocates. The problem, for me, is that there's nothing for me to drink in the whole country, it would appear.
[Edit: In all fairness, I've been told that it's not an extract brewery. Makes sense, given the beers they serve. Unfortunately, that knocks the score for the service down since they don't know their own stuff. Too bad, they were all very nice.]
Which brings us back to this pub. Pretty publike feel. Small and crazy.
They had 6 of their own on tap. Quayle (wheat), Trafalgar Pale, 3 Sheets (German inspired - whatever that means), Old Admiral (old ale), Victory Bitter and whatever the porter was called. In addition to some other beers.
I had a pint of the Old Admiral then enjoyed a half pint each of the Trafalgar and Victory. The Trafalgar was the best beer of the three and by far. They could make a beer, based on that recipe, that would be simply amazing. Alas, as I said, it's an extract brewery. So they might be able to make a really good beer if they get really good extract.
Service was prompt, friendly, helpful.
They have a little bar food. Prices are variable (more expensive sat, sun and when we feel like it). Prolly par for the course.
1/2's were 4.2 and pints were 7.8 (aus$ resp.). Food was outrageous - 16 aus$? Get out of here!
Overall I'm not really impressed. I think this market is ripe for the right entrepreneur - someone to make the beer and sell it.
03-15-2009 08:45:27 | More by charlesw
3.5/5 rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Nice little pub with a microbrewery in one corner. Most of the beers are very well crafted and good tasting. Best one i had was the porter called "Nelsons Blood". Regarding food i can recommend the beerbread-platter with bread baked on the remains of the grain used to produce the beer. It comes with cheese and sausages and pickles. Excellent value! The place is also conveniently located in the Rocks so it's easy to find.
A place i will most likely visit again. Recommended.
12-20-2007 20:08:27 | More by baggio
3.61/5 rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I visited this pub after a day of tooling around Sydney. The pub is easy to find on the corner of two pretty major roads. Walking in the door there is a fairly large bar area with some tables placed around the walls of the bar. Some tables are placed on old wooden barrels.
There are various flags hanging from the ceiling and the floor is hardwood and the walls and ceiling are as well. There is a rectangular bar in the center/left of the area and several bartenders are serving up drinks.
Most of the bartenders are younger women and are fairly attractive, if that helps to get you to attend. WE stop by on a Friday evening right after work and the place is pretty packed with folks slingin suds!
The beers available are on a chalkboard behind the bar They have six standard house beers ranging from pale ale to porter to strong ale. They also have a special one off beer today that is a trafalgar day ale I think. It is pretty jam packed so we only have one drink, plus we really came for dinner and food doesnt start being served till 6:30 and it was 5:30 when we arrived very hungry.
The restaurant area is on the second floor and looks very formal and nice. The menu is rather short and slightly upscale so maybe it is better that we didnt eat here. They have a series of clocks on the wall set to different time zones. Instead of country they identify each time zone by a major beer from the country. Time to test your beer origin knowledge. Pretty cool.
I would like to stop again earlier in the day and sample each beer.
Overall it is worth a stop as a historical location and for decent beers. Go when less crowded for a more relaxing visit.
12-08-2005 04:41:48 | More by sulldaddy
3.63/5 rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Tucked away a bit in The Rocks is the oldest brewpub in the country and one of the seemingly many Sydney pubs with claims to be the oldest in the country.
An old sandstone building with timber everywhere inside, including well worn timber floors. Nice lantern style lights go with the obvious nautical theme. Huge timber beams in the ceiling from which a barrel and many nautical flags fly. The walls are adorned by old brewery photos as well as honour boards for sailing races that the pub used to run. The place gets a good buzz about it with all the hard surfaces as the pub fills up, but is nice and relaxing at lunchtime midweek to just chill and have a beer when it is less crowded. Expect for it to be busy all weekend and on Thursday and Friday nights.
Service was ok, nice and polite and efficient. The person after me was after the beer closest to an IPA and she suggested Trafalgar would be the closest but acknowledged it wasn't on at the moment. So solid beer knowledge.
The beers have a British slant to them, which should come as no surprise given the name of the place. Currently 11 taps devoted to beer, 7 for the house brews (Quayle Ale, Trafalgar Pale, Nelson's Blood, Victory Bitter, Old Admiral and Three Sheets, plus the current seasonal One Eyed Rye), though Trafalgar, Nelson's and One Eyed Rye were not pouring today. Coopers Light is the low ABV offering, while Coopers Pale, Coopers Vintage and Paulaner are the others. 2 taps for cider. The Coopers taps aren't surprising as the pub has always been a good supporter of Coopers. As the story goes, they once sold a cellared version of Coopers Extra Stout which was so well received it prompted Coopers to cellar the beer themselves and release it as Special Old Stout.
Prices aren't the cheapest at $4.70 for a 10oz pour of the Victory Bitter. However, this is The Rocks, so its a bit of a case of expectations being met. Beer is now available "to-go" with the 3 bottled ales (Quayle Ale, Three Sheets and Old Admiral) selling for $5 a single, $19-$19.50 a 6 pack and $66-$71 for a case of 24. Bear in mind the bottled beers are brewed under licence off-site.
The beers have their ups and downs and the brewery seems to have a pretty high turnover of brewers. Also if you are into Rum, it has one of the better pub selections in Sydney and likewise for single malt Scotch. The pub itself is one of the best in Sydney for character. If you like crowds, pick your moment and if you like space, also best to choose the best time to visit. Worthwhile visting if you are in The Rocks.
11-13-2012 02:03:45 | More by MrKennedy
3.76/5 rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I tried my hardest to get my co-workers traveling with me to stay at this place but they wouldn't go for it. I will stay next time in Sydney. We stopped in for a few beers and i loved the old world atmosphere of this place. The local feel was great and good beers made it a place i would love to hold a seat at the bar at anytime. I tried the Amber and the Robust Porter both were nice for the syles. It was mid afternoon so not ready for food but i will eat there next time and give another review. All in all a great place with alot of charater. Perfect location for an old beer soul to settle down in Sydney.
08-29-2008 14:56:43 | More by hurleymanvw
3.78/5 rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
Sitting in the old section of Sydney called "The Rocks" is a neat stone brewery called Lord Nelson's Brewery (LNB)!!! It certainly did not take a full nelson to get me into this place. It is very invited from the entry way, which is in on a diagnol to invite parched patron on either crossing street. The neighborhood, "the rocks", offers a charm of its own cuz it provides a little bit of local flavor...meaning even the locals enjoy it. Unfortunately for the world visiting LNB or Australia for that matter...you have to get used to the slow un-urgent service. Once you get past that and enjoy the beer it has to offer you soon can forget about the poor service. What is interesting about LNB is that it has a wonderful old world pub feel at the main level, but the upper level where the Brasserie is...is quite different. The brasserie has white table clothes a select wine list and wonderful....and I mean wonderful....food, but it is pricy...even for Sydney. At a minimum I highly recommend a visit to at least taste the beer....if hungary and have extra cash in the pocket head up stairs for a bite....no doubt you will enjoy!
02-15-2011 11:38:02 | More by WoodBrew
3.84/5 rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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
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The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel in The Rocks, Australia
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