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Lord Nelson Inn (Harvey's Brewery)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterExcellent2
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)Excellent2
Harvey's - PorterExcellent1
Harvey's - Sussex Wild HopGood1
Harvey's - OlympiaGood2
Harvey's - Armada AleAcceptable1
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)Acceptable1
Harvey's - Tom PaineNot Tried0
Harvey's - IPANot Tried0
Harvey's - Knots of May Light MildNot Tried0
Harvey's - Bonfire BoyNot Tried0
Harvey's - Wild HopNot Tried0
Harvey's - Forward's Choice Not Tried0
Harvey's - Star of EastbourneNot Tried0
Picture 1. Lord Nelson Inn, Brighton, East Sussex
Picture 2. Lord Nelson Inn, Brighton, East Sussex
Picture 3. Lord Nelson Inn, Brighton, East Sussex
Michael Croxford

Visits Details

14 May 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening Wetherspoonesque experience with pumpclips showing for Knots of May and Olympia but neither available until tomorrow, Also sad to see Harvey's keg beers on sale through a customised keg font.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50AcceptableTaste was there but almost flat, rather cloying beer
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - IPA3.50Not Tried
22 Apr 2017 (Alex )
Mid afternoon session, nice atmosphere
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentGood bitter
Harvey's - Olympia4.30ExcellentVery good golden ale
14 Mar 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit. Was a great pub now ruined by changes.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Porter4.80Excellent
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Not Tried
Harvey's - IPA3.50Not Tried
08 Oct 2016 (Andrew)
The pub has changed A LOT since I was last here. There's a back room and a whole new side room that felt styled like a cowboy saloon. Still, the beer was good.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30ExcellentFruity goodness
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Star of Eastbourne5.50Not Tried
27 May 2016 (ChrisE)
This pub has changed drastically since my last visit. I did not like it and just walked in one door and out of the other.
BeerABVScoreNotes
11 Mar 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. The immediate smell of fresh paint, following recent re-opening, led me to order only a half. A must visit to witness the completion of a two stage destruction of what was probably the best boozer style pub in the city. Now a noise shop to be avoided. I was quickly out into the street.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Acceptable
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Not Tried
Harvey's - IPA3.50Not TriedA 3.5% IPA eh
Harvey's - Forward's Choice 3.50Not TriedAlso calls itself an IPA. Really?
14 Nov 2015 (Andrew)
Got a table and drank Harveys!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30ExcellentSweet malty ale. Low hop.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Bonfire Boy5.80Not Tried
Harvey's - IPA3.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Wild Hop3.70Not Tried
20 May 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. It had had some short Pub Plays performed here earlier in the evening. Good to see 2 milds on sale.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentSpot on balance of fruity and bitterness flavours
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Knots of May Light Mild3.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Olympia4.30Not Tried
04 Sep 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. New Guvs seem very friendly. The internal changes have taken away some of the atmosphere.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Wild Hop3.70Good
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Olympia4.30Not Tried
Harvey's - IPA3.50Not Tried
17 Jul 2014 (HSB)
12:45 Four others in. My first visit since the internal changes. Not impressed. Made a quirky interior less interesting. Shame. Visit was enhanced though by the arrival of the Harvey's horse drawn dray outside.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Olympia4.30AcceptableUnimpressive.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Tom Paine5.50Not Tried
Harvey's - IPA3.50Not Tried

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About the Lord Nelson Inn

The pub sign. Lord Nelson Inn, Brighton, East Sussex

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional1
Excellent15
Good14
Acceptable6
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 4ED.

Once one of, if not THE, top Harvey's pub in Brighton. Central bar serves two rooms at the front with additional space off the lounge bar and then a lower bar at the rear. Used to be lots of character in this once great British boozer but several refurbishments have ruined the fittings and ambience. Usually 5 Harveys beers on handpump through a total of 8 handpumps (5 in front bar and 3 at the rear). Only 5 minutes walk from the railway station down the slope that goes under the front of the station thus on the opposite side of the railway to the Evening Star. Refurbished and updated in 2013 with some wooden partition replacements with glass panels and once again in early 2016 (with several months of closure) to update the lower bar area and complete the destruction.

We have visited this pub 26 times, seen 19 different beers and tried 13 of them.

Map location

Postcode: BN1 4ED