Lord Nelson


Lord Nelson

19 Kent St
The Rocks
NSW 2000

(02) 9251 4044
Open Hours

Mon to Sat: 11am to 11pm
Sunday: midday to 10pm

Regular events

Seasonal beer dinners

There are few, if any, places in Australia that can rival The Rocks when it comes to recreating the feel of the old country. And within The Rocks there is nowhere that captures the essence of the classic British pub better than the Lord Nelson. The grand old building dating from 1841 - the oldest licensed hotel in Sydney - would grace any street corner from Brighton to Edinburgh and, thanks to the construction of a brewery in the 1986, has a fine selection of English style ales on tap to complete the picture.

From day one, the brewery has produced all natural ales - unfiltered and unpasteurised - inspired by the comeback of real ales in the UK at the time of its opening. It's one of the most unique breweries you'll come across too. Constructed inside a heritage listed building where none of the existing structure can be altered, its various tanks are found across two floors and several rooms of the hotel's rabbit warren-like underbelly. The four original beers – Nelson's Blood porter, Trafalgar pale ale, Victory Bitter and Old Admiral old ale – are still brewed year round, along with the always popular Quayle Ale and Three Sheets Australian pale ale which has become the brewery's flagship beer. You'll usually find a seasonal on tap too, anything from a rye ale to dry stout to American IPA.

Aside from the beer, the hotel also offers nine rooms of boutique accommodation upstairs and has a well-regarded first floor restaurant – called Upstairs – serving modern Australian cuisine complemented by an award-winning wine list. They run regular wine dinners and several seasonal beer dinners every year, usually featuring a mix of their own beers, an aged keg or cask, and beers from other breweries. Downstairs, in the main bar, the menu is full of traditional pub classics.

Given its location, The Lord Nelson attracts as many tourists as locals but you don't need to linger long at the bar to realise there's a big band of loyal regulars of all ages who call this place home, some of whom have been coming every week for nearly three decades.

As craft beer spreads its wings across Sydney, The Lord Nelson has morphed into the elder statesman of the local scene: it is both Sydney's oldest continually licensed hotel and Australia's longest running independent microbrewery. In 2016, just to prove they could keep up with the young players, The Lord Nelson began packaging its beer in cans and sending them out across the country. But with so much history and tradition oozing from the old walls, there is still nowhere better to enjoy The Lord's beers than at the source.

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Core Range

Lord Nelson Nelson's Blood
Lord Nelson Old Admiral
Old Ale
Lord Nelson Victory Bitter
English Bitter
Lord Nelson Three Sheets
Australian Pale Ale
Lord Nelson Trafalgar Pale Ale
Pale Ale
Lord Nelson Quayle Ale
Summer Ale
Lord Nelson Brewery Smooth Sailing
Session Ale

Limited Releases

Lord Nelson Mac Nelson Scotch Ale
Scotch Ale
Lord Nelson Peking Poppi
Spiced Session Ale
Lord Nelson 111
English IPA
Lord Nelson Backburner IPA
Belgian IPA
Lord Nelson Brewery Dead Ahead
English Golden Ale
Lord Nelson Victory Bitter
Lord Nelson 2IC (500ml bottle)
American Brown Ale
Lord Nelson Double Nelson IPA
Lord Nelson Anileation 2013
Dry Stout
Lord Nelson Royal Red
English Mild
Lord Nelson One Eyed Rye Ale 2012
Rye Ale
Lord Nelson Double Nelson
American Pale Ale
Lord Nelson 111
Lord Nelson One Eyed Rye
Rye Beer
Lord Nelson Anniversary Ale
Belgian Golden Ale
Lord Nelson Anileation 2010 and 2011 & Broadside

Lord Nelson 2IC
English Brown Ale