The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel

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The Lord Nelson Brewery HotelThe Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
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The Lord Nelson Brewery HotelThe Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

19 Kent St
The Rocks, NSW 2000

+61 2 9251 4044 | map

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Reviews by admiral:
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4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Good old fashioned quality English ales are what the Lord Nelson does best.

The food is also very good, with mostly English type fare to match the beers. Beers are brewed on site and nearly all are full of flavour and ones you could happily drink over and over again during a lazy afternoon/night.

Highly recommended if you are in Sydney.

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4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

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4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of KalbHOMEBREWS
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

This place, which is Sydney's oldest hotel, is a must try if you are in downtown Sydney, as is nearby (sort of) Redoak. If you're a beer nerd, don't skip out on these two places!

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3.63/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

Photo of hopphead31415
4.36/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

This place is awesome. The folks that run the place are kind and friendly. They brew all their beer on site. They have a nice variety of beers on tap, but if you want a strong beer then go somewhere else. You really should give these beers a try if you are ever in Sydney. I had a red ale and the 3 sheets. The food was excellent also. I had the shepards pie equivalent which is typical local cuisine and was amazing. This venue is on a bike route and is nearby the harbor so it has a great location. I loved this place!

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4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of BillRoth
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Beer Safari in Sydney. Seemed important to check out Lord Nelson. Claims to be oldest Hotel in Australia (1841). Nice walk from the Rocks core to bit on the edge through cool residential neighborhood. Pubs/bars in Australia are often named "hotels" and "inns" as part of old legislation that required rooms for people who may need them after a night of tipping cups.
Found the LN to be a very nice pub with great atmosphere. People were very pleasant and helpful. 14 taps and creative food menu including interesting versions on salads, steaks, curries, appetizers, etc. House beers were British in style and essentially revolved around MOR Pale Ale. Unfortunately their Porter was off that night. Beers were serviceable to match the quaint British feel, but nothing to speak of. Overall very nice experience. But many better places for beer in Sydney.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Good for Australian Beer!

Nice place though, with a good selection.

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3.76/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of TrentonWLangkamp
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.63/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

The Nelson is basically a Sydney Institution. Set nicely back for the main area of the Rocks, it benefits by getting busy but not too busy. In on a recent Saturday night at seven, the place was full, but not overflowing, and a great vibe, once you opened the door. The fire was blazing (well, by Aus standards) giving a wintery feel to the place. Lovely sandstone walls abound, and the brewery tanks sit round the corner - I am not sure if this is their whole brewing operation tho.

The beer menu is easy to see and read - chalkboards above the bar do the job nicely. It's also not too extensive, tho other taps feature Coopers and also Chimay Blanc. English style ales of varying strengths are the theme.

Just the right mount of items hang from the ceiling to make it look like A Pub, with a real nod to British Heritage.

Let's put it into perspective in Sydney. If fills a niche - it may not have as many beers as Redoak, nor be as plush. It has a better vibe than the Taphouse, and is older. It doesn't have family-friendliness like say 4 Pines. When you do these comparison it becomes clear that the current crop of Sydney's beer bars are apples and oranges. none are alike. This is A Good Thing.

Last and sadly least, the beer is served too cold.

Beers reviewed elsewhere. Food not sampled recently.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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 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 quite different. The brasserie has white table clothes a select wine list and wonderful....and I mean, 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 doubt you will enjoy!

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Photo of chadlebald
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Simply put, a wonderful brewpub.

I came across this place on my one and only day in Sydney. And I spent more time there than I probably should have as it was my first visit to Australia (and did I mention that visit was all of 24 hours?). But the beers were that enticing. So I stayed.

And if the great brews weren't enough to keep me there, I met and chatted with the brewmaster, Damon. He was very open and welcoming--more than happy to chat about brewing methods, tricks, etc. Passionate about his brewing and an all-around nice guy.

I only wish they'd have had some eats beyond chips (which they actually did at the time - some cheese/bread plate thing - but that wasn't actually offered me!)

Great great place.

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Photo of drtth
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Reviewed from notes taken on a recent visit to Sydney.

Made the visit on a busy Saturday evening. The downstairs bar was quite crowded and somewhat noisy but we found a barrel to stand around and set the beers on while chatting and waiting for a table to open up at the restaurant upstairs.

Generally the amosphere in the bar was congenial and everyone was clearly there to enjoy themselves and relax. Lots of wood in evidence and its clear this place has been in business for a quite long time. Struck me a nice place on a quieter evening to stop by, have a couple of beers and a good chat with friends. (No TVs!) The bar was busy but service was just fine. The range of beers on offer was limited to about 5 of the Lord Nelson's range but those we tried were fine, if not outstanding.

Going upstairs for dinner was like entering a different establishment. The room was well appointed and quiet, tables were widely spaced and it was clear that this was a place for fine dining. The service was very attentive and the server very knowledgeable. I had a preparation of Barramundi I'd not tried before and found it to be excellent.

However, with the US and Aussie dollar almost at parity while I was there I did experience some sticker shock at the price of the food.

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The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel in The Rocks, Australia
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