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The Lord Nelson, Barnet

14 West End Lane

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Moby Duck left this review about The Lord Nelson

Hidden away down a side street, The Lord Nelson is every inch a very nice traditional pub,It is of course as Rex describes it as it would seem he visited a couple of weeks before me. A very comfortable pub inside,It was quiet on my visit but it was not long after opening time, I would guess It has a strong core of locals using the place. As mentioned before there was just the duo of Youngs beers on offer, Bitter and Special,once cutting edge beers to my mind they now struggle to be also ran's, It would be great if this pub could offer something a bit more interesting but this I guess is unlikely.

On 31st October 2018 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Lord Nelson

This is a Young's pub so we weren't surprised to find Bitter and Special on, but on our midweek afternoon visit they also had Hobgoblin on. I went for the Special, which was on good form. I didn't see a menu, but on a blackboard by the door I saw advertised steak pie or steak and kidney pudding, plus mash and peas. Haute cuisine at its best in my opinion. Prices weren't stated, but I would be very surprised if they weren't reasonable.

This is a most delightful pub. Beautifully looked after, with maritime memorabila wherever you look. I don't need to repeat what reviewers before me have described in some detail - suffice to say that little if anything is changed. When we visited on a midweek mid-afternoon there were only a handful of obvious locals in, which meant we could occupy the the seats at the front by the windows.

It's definitely worth a visit to a well kept and clearly much loved pub. OK, Young's and Hobgoblin wouldn't be everyone's choice of an ale selection, but beautiful pubs like this should be cherished and protected as they are a dying breed.

On 1st October 2018 - rating: 8
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Quinno _ left this review about The Lord Nelson

An enticing backstreet Youngs pub. The L shaped interior retains a lot of old character and is fairly plush - pub carpet, lovely tables with a red inlay, nautical ephemera, model boats, really unusual mint and maroon wallpaper, purple padded banquettes. Star of the show is the fabulous Art Deco-style front window with a stained ‘sunrise’ glass panel. Plenty of bric-a-brac around the place, including a large and unusual collection of novelty salt and pepper pots (donated by regulars who pick them up on holiday). Mention elsewhere of the locals, they are a bunch of characters but we got along fine with them. Three ales on; Youngs Special, Ordinary and Long Man Long Blonde, the latter of which was in very good shape. Overall, it felt like a lovely locals pub and one I'd be happy to call my own if I lived in the area. I sincerely hope there’s an ACV on this one. 8.5

On 24th October 2016 - rating: 9
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Malden man left this review about The Lord Nelson

This is a comfortable carpeted one room Young's house, externally you see the pub name on a tiled background high up together with a pair of cannons, whether this is a reference to Nelson's seafaring past or is an indication of a former life as a Taylor Walker pub I do not know. The front window has a rather pleasing sun feature in stained glass. Inside there is much going on, lots of model sailing ships around and above the bar, cases of miniature spirit bottles, an enormous collection of novelty salt and pepper pots, an ornate mirror with a dark carved wood surround with a mini ship's wheel mounted upon it and bookended by a pair of porcelain owls, red and green ship's lanterns, wall mounted plates and shelves of toby jugs, pictures of the eponymous Lord and also Winston Churchill. I like busily decorated pubs like this, there seems to always be something new to look at, entertainment in its own style.
Being a Young's pub, the beer range is never going to thrill, there was Bitter, Special, London Gold, Bombardier plus a guest, Adnam's Ghost Ship. It is a pleasant pub, situated in a bit of a backwater so with a local and regular following however a few of the locals need to mind their manners. I was obviously seen taking a photo outside, on entering this was sarcastically discussed among a few without addressing me directly but clearly for my "benefit", whereas another thought it was ok to broadcast the evening kick off match at full volume via his tinny sounding mobile phone when the pub TV was off. Just rude.
Despite these two minor annoyances the pub is very nice and felt like the sort of place that would come into its own during the winter months, especially with a fire lit. Worth looking for especially if visiting the nearby Black Horse.

On 21st September 2014 - rating: 6
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Steve C left this review about The Lord Nelson

Although there is not much wrong with this pub I was expecting something extra due to the high rating. I felt like I had walked into a private ‘rock around the clock' party for fifty year olds and the barmaid seemed to serve me begrudgingly with a smile. I also spotted the landlady giving me a funny look a couple of times so I've come to the conclusion that outsiders under the age of forty are not so welcome. I ended up sitting on one of the benches outside and finishing my pint with a cigarette before moving on to friendlier pastures.

There was a selection of Young's ale available along with some standard lagers. The pub has some strange décor that can be best described as ‘interesting' and there is a TV up in the corner, but I saw no sport advertised.

The ale was good, but I think I'll drink elsewhere in future.

On 4th March 2009 - rating: 5
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