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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 XXXX Old AleExceptional1
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)Excellent2
Harvey's - PorterExcellent1
Harvey's - Lewes Castle Brown AleExcellent1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterExcellent2
Harvey's - OlympiaExcellent1
Harvey's - Sussex XX Mild (or Sussex Dark Mild)Good1
Harvey's - Armada AleAcceptable1
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)Not Tried0
Harvey's - Star of EastbourneNot Tried0
Harvey's - IPANot Tried0
Harvey's - Bonfire BoyNot 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
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Visits Details

25 Nov 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit. Monday quiet.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Good
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 - IPA3.50Not Tried
12 Oct 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Well patronised indeed.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentCertainly the best beer of the evening, it had to be the first!!
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Not Tried
Harvey's - Olympia4.30Not Tried
Harvey's - IPA3.50Not Tried
19 Aug 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until an early 10.30pm close as I was last customer in and last out (and only one).
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Lewes Castle Brown Ale4.80ExcellentIn gorgeous nick
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Olympia4.30Not Tried
Harvey's - IPA3.50Not Tried
10 Nov 2018 (Andrew)
Ian, Martin and I started here. I hope these aren't the best beers of the day but that Old will be hard to beat.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex XXXX Old Ale4.30ExceptionalBlackcurrant and Sussex Best. Superb
Harvey's - Sussex XX Mild (or Sussex Dark Mild)3.00GoodNice low density very dark mild
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Bonfire Boy5.80Not Tried
19 May 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening. Go in and give it a try or not give it try. Soon turned on my heels, this place has been so ruined from its days as an unspoilt local boozer.
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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 (Joe Gargery)
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.
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About the Lord Nelson Inn

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

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional2
Excellent17
Good16
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 31 times, seen 21 different beers and tried 16 of them.

Map location

Postcode: BN1 4ED