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Lord Nelson Inn (Harveys Brewery)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Harveys - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)Excellent3
Harveys - PorterExcellent1
Harveys - Sussex Best BitterExcellent1
Harveys - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)Excellent1
Harveys - Sussex Wild HopGood1
Harveys - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)Acceptable1
Harveys - OlympiaAcceptable1
Harveys - Armada AleNot Tried0
Harveys - IPANot Tried0
Harveys - Tom PaineNot Tried0
Harveys - Knots of May Light MildNot Tried0
Harveys - Bonfire BoyNot Tried0
Harveys - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)Not Tried0
Harveys - Wild HopNot Tried0
Harveys - Forward's Choice Not Tried0
Harveys - 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 Mar 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit. Was a great pub now ruined by changes.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harveys - Porter4.80Excellent
Harveys - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harveys - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harveys - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Not Tried
Harveys - 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
Harveys - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30ExcellentFruity goodness
Harveys - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harveys - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Not Tried
Harveys - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harveys - 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
Harveys - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Acceptable
Harveys - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harveys - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harveys - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Not Tried
Harveys - IPA3.50Not TriedA 3.5% IPA eh
Harveys - Forward's Choice 3.50Not TriedAlso calls itself an IPA. Really?
14 Nov 2015 (Andrew)
Got a table and drank Harveys!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harveys - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30ExcellentSweet malty ale. Low hop.
Harveys - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harveys - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harveys - Bonfire Boy5.80Not Tried
Harveys - IPA3.50Not Tried
Harveys - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Not Tried
Harveys - 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
Harveys - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentSpot on balance of fruity and bitterness flavours
Harveys - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Not Tried
Harveys - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harveys - Knots of May Light Mild3.00Not Tried
Harveys - 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
Harveys - Sussex Wild Hop3.70Good
Harveys - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harveys - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Not Tried
Harveys - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harveys - Olympia4.30Not Tried
Harveys - 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
Harveys - Olympia4.30AcceptableUnimpressive.
Harveys - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harveys - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Not Tried
Harveys - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harveys - Tom Paine5.50Not Tried
Harveys - IPA3.50Not Tried
26 Mar 2014 (Andrew)
If in Brighton, come here. That's what my mental note says. My favorite pub in the town. Some folk-rock on the stereo. Friendly.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harveys - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30ExceptionalOld.
Harveys - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harveys - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Not Tried
Harveys - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harveys - Sussex Wild Hop3.70Not Tried
03 Dec 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Undergoing external redecoration, internals already done. The really evocative large fairground framed poster has been replaced with a blackboard "Anyone for wine?" - progress or what!? NOT.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harveys - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30AcceptableNot remarkable
Harveys - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harveys - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Not Tried
Harveys - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harveys - IPA3.50Not Tried
Harveys - Sussex Wild Hop3.70Not 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
Excellent13
Good14
Acceptable5
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 24 times, seen 19 different beers and tried 13 of them.

Map location

Postcode: BN1 4ED