White Horse Inn (Nellies)

Bar, Eatery

22 Hengate
Beverley, England
United Kingdom

01482 861973 | map

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BlackHaddock from England

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

I met the landlady of this fine establishment at the Hull (CAMRA) beer festival, she invited my party of drinkers to visit 'Nellies' and we did.

What a wonderful throw back in time this pub is. Uneven floors, walls, ceillings and uneven locals, all with tales to tell (thats the floors, walls, ceillings and the locals).

The only cask beer is Sam Smiths Old Brewery Bitter or you must have Sam Smiths other non-cask beers (like in all their pubs). The brewery policy is to sell only their own products, including lagers and spirits. Luckily, I like Sam Smiths Old Brewery Bitter and the breweries pubs, all of which have character, this has it in abundance and is well worth travelling to Yorkshire for.

Jan 07, 2007
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A Legendary 17th Century Inn. The White Horse is located in the North part of the Town of Beverley. Known affectionately, by locals, simply as “Nellie’s”, a nickname that comes from a long-serving licensee, Nellie Collinson.
A rather simple looking brick two-storied frontage with white-painted timber windows hides an absolute gem. A very simple black and gold worded sign, with a small white horse sculpture above the front entrance advertise this marvel. A true Heritage Inn, in every sense of the word. Winner of countless awards for conservation, and its beer quality – they are far too numerous to mention. History quite literally oozes out of every crack in the uneven walls and floors. Shit loads of Authenticity, so much so you may be scared to touch things.
Basically, the interior has remained unaltered, after a succession of owners (for whatever reason) had the “It Ain’t Broke – So Don’t Fix It” Motto. Thank Goodness. A multi-roomed interior means it is easy to get lost in – honest! Points of interest are flagstone and tiled floors (no carpets), wooden panelling, genuine working gas lights, real fires in each of the rooms, bare brick and painted plaster walls (no wallpaper). It feels like you are in a working Museum. In fact – You ARE. The flat capped locals sat in the Tap Room are real, and not actors. Don't miss the cobbled courtyard at the back with the Well.
Presently it is a Samuel Smith’s house, which is good news, because they are very sympathetic to traditional Pubs. So the beer range is, you guessed it, Samuel Smiths. Sam’s only do one Cask-Conditioned beer, Old Brewery Bitter (known as OBB), served from Wooden Casks via the Manual Handpump (or Beer Engine). This is THE place to drink OBB. In addition they also serve the excellent Sams’s Extra Stout on draft (although this is brewery conditioned). A range of bottled Sam’s beers complement the rather good range, I had the Nut Brown Ale – bloody marvellous. Excellent home-cooked Lunches.
No complaints with this Pub at all, well perhaps except the fact that I just wish Sam’s would bring back the Museum Ale in Cask format. It was a fantastic premium addition to the cask beer “range”, but I, and others, dearly miss it.
Visit the excellent Nellie’s Website and see what you are missing.
Better still, visit the place itself, drink Sam’s OBB on draft, and go back in time.

Dec 18, 2002
White Horse Inn (Nellies) in Beverley, GB2, United Kingdom
Place rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 2 ratings