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Lord Nelson, Southwark

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Enjoyable pub that reminds me of an American dive bar. Irony is laid on with a trowel- right down the Noel Edmonds mural that festoons the exterior. Decent superior lagers are on tap, including Brooklyn plus craft-style IPA offerings. The one bum note was surly service. Bemasked as I was, I put that down to an objection to what one might call 'virtue signalling' on my part.
BoehmBawerk - 15 Dec 2021 17:04
Based at the bottom of a tower block this is a very odd pub, which trades on irony with a heavy dose of kitsch in the furnishings. We visited the day that Cliff Richards' gaff was raided by the police, and they were playing the signature tune to Jim'll Fix It. Clientele is very hip, very new Southwark. It's also very difficult to work out which is the Ladies and which is the Gents. Only one real ale (Adnams Lighthouse) on offer, and I'm afraid it was metallic; clearly it had been a while since the pipes were cleaned. Interesting pub - I suspect you'll love or or hate it.
Number11 - 17 Aug 2014 17:47
Interesting pub/cafe type establisment. No real ale on my visit, but plenty of lager choices. Food on offer included horse meat burgers. Mmmmm
tortoise68 - 5 Feb 2014 12:51
Yes.A quirky pub with a mainly,but not exclusively, young crowed.The clientelle is pretty intelligent,friendly and sophisticated.Good conversation is easy to find here.Good service from the long haired barman.Beer choice somewhat lacklustre with the usual boring lagers.A well kept guest ale and a real cider from London however when i was there made amends.Bottled beer choice is unimaginative when there are so many exciting bottled beers about,from all over the world.Heh,i'm picking faults with what is a great little pub.
funky - 27 May 2012 21:58
I popped into this pub on the recent recommendations. There was no Real Ale on. The bar man explained that the one beer that they had on hand pump, had run out earlier in the day.
I didn't stop.


bob.the.wop - 7 Mar 2012 21:49
A funny one this. I worked for 9 months immediately opposite this boozer and never once went in, for the purely aesthetic reason that it was on the ground floor of a council estate and from the outside it always looked a bit grim. Just shows you to never judge a book by its cover, because this is really a very decent pub serving standard lagers alongside a couple of ales (Sambrooks Wandle and one off). Its got a welcoming, convival atmosphere and an interesting, alternative interior of bare-boarded wood and assorted nik-naks. I didn't mind it at all and would return.
ChrisP87 - 27 Sep 2010 10:28
Superb well cooked food and great friendly service. Forget the looks of the place it's great..nice to have table service for drinks as well.
Clivers - 4 Sep 2010 18:39
Update for cider drinkers: the Nelson has dropped that awful Strongbow chemical reaction and now serves Thatchers Gold, which is worth the admission price alone.
getinthebackofthevan - 22 Jul 2010 15:42
This pub has a great atmosphere and a really adventerous menu "Zebra anyone". Friendliest owners your ever likely to meet, seeing people who really care about their establishment as apposed to chain managed bars is always refreshing but these guys go that extra step.

A great bar.
mabrown1979 - 28 Mar 2010 03:18
Iím with jazz_hands on external looks, but well worth a visit just to see the inside, I had a Hooky which was good.
beerandpaperman - 26 Jan 2009 18:11
The governor here is probably one of the friendliest I have ever met and although this place is not my preferred traditional pub his hospitality more than makes up for it.

There were two real ale pumps with Hooky Bitter on one (I liked) and Black Sheep on the other, but it was off. Three standard lagers are also available along with San Miguel, John Smiths, Guinness and Strongbow.

It does feel too much like a restaurant for my liking, but I would go back as I enjoyed the company of the staff and the locals.
Strongers - 16 Jan 2009 10:07
Visited last night and was very disappointed. Despite two hand pumps there was no real ale and not even any bottled ale. Settled for a pint of Guinness in the end - very poorly dispensed, by a staff member who clearly wanted to be somewhere else. I would avoid this place in the future.
steveclapham - 13 Mar 2008 09:02
My new favourite pub in London. The world's friendliest staff, a refurb that retains character and fairy lights on the outside. I'd rather drink some puddles than real ale, so the lack of that worries me not. Cider, innit.
getinthebackofthevan - 9 Nov 2007 16:36
Agree with the recent comments here. Very friendly, we were greeted on entry & later on, seeing that we were waiting, the barman actually came out from behind the bar to serve us.

I canít remember which beers were available, we were drinking draft Grolsch which was fine.

We also had dinner which was very good Ė some of the items that had been popular at lunchtime were unavailable which was a shame, but this was explained as we sat down so we didnít set our hearts on something they didnít have! Presumably this is because the food is prepared fresh daily so when itís gone itís gone, also it was a Friday which I suspect will be their busiest weekday lunchtime. I ordered a chicken pie that was delicious, much, much better than standard pub grub.

A really pleasant, relaxed place to spend an evening - drinking, eating or both!

bennybobbles - 11 Oct 2007 13:24
This is a place I've walked past hundreds of times and never fancied. It's not going to win any awards for good looks and its location, as part of a corporation flats block, is not great but what lured me in the was the pop art collage panels that have appeared on the exterior. This look continues inside with a the walls covered in some rather tasty posters. Beer is fine and the food looked great...just Brit standards like fish and chips and steak but big portions done well. Diners on next table to me were raving about it. What struck me most was the friendliness of the staff. We were greeted by the landlord who made a real fuss of us despite it being quite busy. Great boozer. I'll be back.
jazz_hands - 8 Aug 2007 11:59
Visited 18 May 07. It's not often that you get a greeting on walking into a pub for the first time, but that's exactly what I got. The friendliness of the staff at this bar could not be surpassed. The only real ale was Fuller's London Pride, which was in good condition.

The decor is smart, and the ambiance very laid back. If it had not been for a work function, I probably would never have walked into this place. It look like I'll be visiting again and often.

Just one plea, more real ale chaps.
cackgsy - 22 May 2007 15:12
without doubt the most improved bar in the area, fatastic food, well explained wine list, (for a change), a large selection of beers and bottles, great music, atmosphere, and staff, i'll definatley frequent this place ore often. and bring my friends.
tinabetsey - 29 Jan 2007 22:12
The refurb has improved the pub although it has lost a bit of character. Beers were on good form last night and the staff were friendly as ever.
Badgers - 13 Jan 2007 15:28
Nice and relaxed. Comfortable seats, music that doesn't deafen you. Friendly service. The Pride is on - and a very nice pint too. 5.50 for a 3-course Thai lunch. Decent wine list. I'll be back.
tinabetsey - 5 Jan 2007 23:13
Now I'm even more confused. This pub has been completely refurbished over the past couple of months and re-opened yesterday.
The pump beer is not on yet - but Pride was being readied and one can only hope that it is to be kept in a condition more fitting a fine beer than was the case. There are innumerable keg beer dispensers on the bar (the fashionable-for-some-strange-reason tall things) which still, thankfully, include a Guinness tap, but nothing else of interest. The food is still excellent but the price, I guess inevitably, has risen. The rice is now not included in the price so my old staple of chicken green curry has gone from an acceptable £4.50, up to £6 or even £6.50 depending on type of rice - a considerable hike - and breaking the important psychological £5 lunch barrier.
I have to say, the decor, and therefore ambiance, of the place is much improved, but the pub has lost a lot in character and is now pretty much indistinguishable from umpteen others. If people wanted tasteless keg lager pumped out in a charmless shed there was always the Union Jack (why do so many people on this site rate that dump?) so it seems both a shame and needless to duplicate it 50 yards up the road.
I'll still be going for the food though, even at the increased prices, and the staff, and Amy who runs the kitchen, are a delight.

mchumph - 13 Dec 2006 15:42
Unpretentious old fashioned locals pub just off Blackfriars Road, about 5 minutes walk from Southwark tube on the Jubilee Line. Customer base seems to be residents of the local council flats. Very nostalgic 70's style interior - lots of wood pannelling - which always scores a plus point with me. No real ale on - so I stuck to the Guinness. Having read the previous reviews, I think I'd have had the Guinness anyway.
Worth popping in if in the area at weekends, when some other pubs will not be open such as the Prince William Henry, Rose and Crown.
Small outside drinking area which gets the sun on summer evenings and which also affords a good view of trains rumbling overhead nearby.
JohnBonser - 9 Aug 2006 13:42
Yep, the Pride was off - cloudy and smelly, but it had to be pointed out to the staff.

Red chicken Thai curry was tasty though. Plenty of seats available at lunchtime.
Wade1957 - 5 Jul 2006 17:54
This pub is a bit grotty and the regulars are a little bit 'of the people' at times but it is always friendly and has a good patio area for drinking in the sun.

The food is really good and I quite like it. Never gonna be a trendy or gastro pub but good in my book.


Badgers - 13 Jun 2006 13:28
Difficult to know what to say about this place. Fairly typically awful pub attached to flat block. Grim interior and *terrible* beer - very occasionally the Pride is drinkable (1 in 20) - stick to guiness/lager. However, that said, at lunchtimes (I have studiously avoided evenings), very friendly staff serve the *best* Thai food in the area at very good prices.
mchumph - 26 Apr 2006 11:25
it was not my cup of tea loud & brash guys when all i wanted was a quiet drink there was no food available as it was a weekend.
jordan - 12 Jul 2005 11:35

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