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The Admiral Nelson, Daventry

Dark Lane
Postal town: Daventry
NN11 7HJ
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Thuck Phat left this review about The Admiral Nelson

The Nelson is perfectly located for a relaxing pint on a sunny day. It sits next to a lock on the canal in Braunston with fields on either side and there is plenty of outside seating both beside the lock itself and along the canal. The building is traditional canalside but the interior, which has recently had some attention, is curiously lacking in charm despite some original features such as beams and fireplaces. It almost feels grubby, much of which is due to a light, soiled, tiled floor circa 1980's I'd guess. Three real ales are on: Hook Norton Old Hooky, Spitfire and an excellent pint of Summer Lightening which makes a visit worthwhile alone. Food is offered but is standard pub fare which didn't look enticing and reports aren't favourable although we didn't eat. Definitely worth a visit on a fine day when you can enjoy a quality pint, pleasant scenery and a spot of gongoozling all at once.

UPDATE - September 2011

A flying visit found the Nelson under new management but with the only change being two new benches by the lockside and a new range of beer: Black Sheep, Tiger and Brains were offered. It is always possible to moor in the pound in between the 2nd and 3rd Braunston locks with the 3rd lock being where the pub sits so access is very easy if boating.

UPDATE July 2012

Well The Nelson has really got its act together. Outside is much tidier with many new tables overlooking the lock and the canal while inside has a new wooden floor, new carpets and new furniture in the sofa and easy chair style around the bar area and pine tables and chairs in the restaurant area to the left as you enter.
Service is now friendly and helpful and there's a new, shortened, menu which we indulged in and was excellent and well served. It's decent pub grub so don't come looking for gourmet but it is well done.
Ale has improved as well since my last visit with three handpumps offering the excellent Summer Lightening, Hooky and one other which escapes me.
No problems with mooring either above or below lock 3 which is next to the pub and that's exactly what I'd advise as it allows more Summer Lightening quaffing time.

UPDATE September 2019

After some time for sale the Nelson is now well and truly an Everards house with Sunchaser, Old Original and Tiger across the pumps joined by Lincoln Green Archer as a guest.
The Tiger was acceptable without being anywhere near as good as it can be and Lincoln Green seem to be a regular guest beer provider.
Little else has changed and the place seems well looked after with a spot to park your horse added.
The menu, never hugely adventurous, is standard pub grub with the deep fat fryer to the fore.
Still an excellent spot for a glass in the sunshine watching the boating world drift by.

On 9th September 2019 - rating: 7
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Admiral Nelson

A pub that has struggled in recent years under Enterprise Inns who listed it on their website under Leicestershire (no wonder it couldn’t make a profit with that level of accuracy and focus from the PubCo.). It shut down a couple of times but opened in Easter 2012 under private ownership as a food focussed pub, and seems to be functioning rather well in this guise if our visit is anything to go by.
Now mainly focussed on food with most of the pub as a restaurant section, but still retains a bar section with flagged stone floor and open fire and a superb outside space by the canal for an alfresco pint when the sun is out.
Three Ale pumps available with TT Landlord, Otter Ale and Wolf Brewery Poppy Ale and the Otter Ale was on fine form. We didn’t eat here as the menu was too gastro for my taste and wallet but it does have a local reputation for good food according to the shop owner in Braunston Marina and you should consult Trip Advisor to see how it continues to function in this respect.
A recommended stop for a pint when walking, cycling or boating the Grand Union.

On 15th May 2014 - rating: 7
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Ga Andrews left this review about The Admiral Nelson

The Admiral Nelson
Visited on Friday 16th September 2011, (between 18.50-20.30) For a Friday night it seemed very quiet, a few locals but mainly small groups of boaters getting a meal before they went back to their narrow boats.
Served by a nice young man who even served the beer in the appropriate glasses, and he later asked if our pints of London Pride had been ok as a new barrel. Round of 2 pints of LP and Newcastle was £9.50. They also had Spitfire on hand pumps.
It does have an old country feel with nothing matching, old styled bar stools, chairs and tables. Looked freshly painted, but not much on the decor front, no pictures of interest etc. However they did have an old pub skittles table in place that looked well used.
We were a little confused with their Restaurant set up as there didn’t appear to be any difference in the Themed menus. It did seem a little expensive for what it was with Fish & chips at £9.25, but we thoroughly enjoyed our Nelson Aberdeen Burger and Thomas Hardy Tandoori burgers, freshly cooked and a reasonable meal.
For people on canal boats it takes 2 ¾ hours from Napton and although their are areas to moor in-between the lochs it may be better to finish the flight and moor before the tunnel and walk down to the pub.

On 27th September 2011 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Bucking Fastard
Long Buckby, 6.03 miles, 1 hr 56 min walk (show)
Rugby, 7.9 miles, 2 hr 32 min walk (show)
Northampton, 15.61 miles, 5 hr 1 min walk (show)
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2nd Aug 2020, 11:51
Web Link submitted by Nick Davies approved
2nd Aug 2020, 11:51
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  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 27 September 2011 by Moby Duck
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 27 September 2011 by Moby Duck
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