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The Lord Nelson
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The Lord Nelson,38 Riverside, Reedham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR13 3TE
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Entry Last Updated By : gigguide 16 Oct 2009

Reviewed By : Helmsman1946
Review Date : October 30 2017
Well refurbished venue under new ownership so don't bother reading the reviews before Aug 2016

The Lord Nelson is now providing food every day except Mondays prompt service Menus on table and board order at bar quick service. Recommend booking at busy times to be sure.

Mooring Description :
Reedham Quay opposite including space for 3-4 boats on pubs own moorings which can be reserved but plenty of room on BA moorings Quay Attendant on duty Easter till 31st Oct 9am till 6pm to help. They don't wear hi-vis most of the time but are about hover by the hut near the pub if you need help!!
Food Description :
Good hot pub grub served by friendly staff, the chef even pops out from time to time!
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : daz3210
Review Date : October 29 2017
Fantastic Grub

We were stuck for where to moor that was close enough to Yarmouth for the tide times/passage, but where grub was available. Normally we would have looked further away, having considered Loddon. Advice from the guys at Yarmouth Y/S was not to. So we settled on Reedham, but were worried about the Ship having read other reviews. So we called in at the Nelson, and had a pint early afternoon and perused the menu. The place was welcoming, the staff friendly, with nothing seeming too much bother.

Mooring Description :
Moorings are often described as dangerous due to the tides. With care though there should be no problem, just approach against the flow, slowly and respect the danger of the fast flowing water. Moorings are manned by a BA Ranger who will offer advice if asked.
Food Description :
First class pub grub at a good price. To be highly recommended.
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : heididobie
Review Date : September 14 2012
Amazing hospitality - amazing people of Reedham

We decided to moor up a couple of days before having to take our hire boat back to Loddon, found a mooring outside the Lord Nelson and popped in for a pint. It was a Thursday and there were chalkboards advertising a jam night, I love live music so we decided to stay there for the evening. I'd somehow managed to get one of the boat yards covers covered in something or other and was distraught about taking it back like it. My partner decided he'd ask Ros (Landlady) if she would be kind enough to wash the cover for us (he hates seeing me stressed lol), I was so suprised a) he'd had the nerve to ask and b) she very very kindly said no problem! What a top lady. The evening was fun, even joined in with a washboard and sticks lol. The locals seem to love the variety of people to talk to and made us feel most welcolme. So welcome in fact we stayed another night!! Can't comment on whether children were welcome as we don't have any and to be honest don't tend to go to the type of pub where there's a designated kiddie area (no offence intended). Overall, we're back on the broads end of September and will definately be back to say hi and hopefully have as much fun again.

Mooring Description :
a good amount of moorings were available but it was quiet this year because of the Great British weather I guess.
Food Description :
Food was good, a decent menu choice nothing overly fussy. Good old pub grub.
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : PaulaWebber
Review Date : August 21 2011
Awesome pub! Way too much fun!

We went here after trying the Ferry and Ship and not feeling to comfortable at those tho they were also nice pubs just weren't as boater (or maybe because I'm Cdn) friendly? But loved The Lord Nelson, best time on S Broads! Sitting riverside was great 2! The people, customers and staff immediately made us feel welcome! Didn't have cash so ran a tab until end when we paid on card. Ended up being a hefty tab even tho good prices as drinks were great and stayed all night until close having so much fun with them watching Cole Stacey play! Amazing acoustic singer/songwriter who we're now getting out in Andover at our local! Very honest also as after paying the owner came over and asked if our tab had been right and not over-charged as quite large, we're like Ya, it's right, bought alot of drinks 4 people! But thanx 4 asking! lol Bought quite a few drinks for us, locals and music act, good times! lol Dog friendly also, make sure you check out Nelson the dog, luv him 2! I didn't notice the dog smell prev comments refer to, just smelled food from the kitchen, smelled really good! Def stop here prob a couple times next trip, absolutely loved it, what a great find and absolutely lovely pub! Very clean, TONS of ales and good drink selection! Most fun pub we found on our week out with great locals there who were a treat to get to know abit, hope their still there next time! Thanx for an awesome last night on our boat trip, I'll def never forget it despite the amount of booze consumed! lol Next time I'll plan my trip to coincide w the Reedham Riverside Beer festival they host as would be so much fun I'm sure! x

Mooring Description :
Great moorings right in front, free for customers
Food Description :
Didn't eat this time as had just eaten at the "other" pub but def will next time, menu looked great and heard it was wonderful from others there who'd eaten!
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : gigguide
Review Date : October 16 2009

We popped into The Lord Nelson a couple of times during our 4 day visit - initially intending to try out the food which had been recommended in another post, but were driven out by the off hand attitude of the bar girl and extreme smell of wet dog that seemed to be constantly apparent in the pub. (We love dogs but don't want to eat somewhere that smells like a wet one all the time!) Our next visit was on the following evening which had advertised a live Irish Folk band with singers/musicians welcome. We received a better reception this time from the barman who was friendly and efficient which is more than can be said of a regular local man who made rude comments as we walked through the door and continued to be obnoxious to the boaters and disruptive towards the entertainer throughout the evening. We learned from others that this individual had put several people off frequenting the pub during their stay, particularly some of the other women who felt intimidated when no attempt was made by the bar staff to curb his unpleasant behaviour. There were several varieties of pump beers sampled by some of our party who said they were very tasty and reasonably priced. The full band failed to appear although a couple of musicians did turn up late to accompany Jon who did a great job of keeping us all entertained on guitar and vocals with his unique style of Irish/Folk music and remained unfazed by the obnoxious local. Verdict: Good music and beverages but not particularly clean or welcoming.

Mooring Description :
As newbies we moored further up by Sandersons Boatyard but seemed to be ok for mooring.
Food Description :
Too off hand and smelly so we went to The Ship.
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : theboatqueen
Review Date : June 01 2009
nice to have a choice of pub again

first met bill and roz before they opened last may then came down in july went into the pub and was made very welcome was down on holiday in september and when in too many times and was glad to see that bill had got some live music back in the way of jon collerick the former landlord was back down again last month and stayed in the village instead of hiring a boat and when we were in the pub was again made very welcome the beer is always very good and bill is always open to suggestions like selling house doubles whenever i am in reedham i will go into the nelson

Mooring Description :
usually a few moorings as long as your not too late in the day the tide can be a bit tricky but there is usually a ranger to help
Food Description :
had a meal when we was in there last month i had chicken in white wine sauce and it was beautiful my dad had a steak and again it was beautiful and as in some pubs it was not over priced
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : reedhamlad
Review Date : May 28 2009
"Sylvanne" at the Lord Nelson

We went down to the Lord Nelson at Reedham last night to see Jon Colorick and was treated to the Irish style Folk music of Sylvanne. This 4 piece band "Dawn, Amanda, Ted and Paul" played guitar drums and violin to some great songs. That and some very nice Humpty Dumpty beer from the village brewery made it a very cool evening. Bill has booked Sylvanne to return on the 26th of June wich we will be coming back for.

Mooring Description :
Morings free if you use the pub.
Food Description :
Did not eat at the pub but food looked very nice.
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : reedhamlad
Review Date : May 26 2009
The Lord Nelson is back to the good old days.

Bank Holiday Monday I was down the Lord Nelson at Reedham for a beer. The pub had Jon Collorick playing folk music for the afternoon and the weather was good, I had good friends with me and stopped to think that we are very quick to put down a pub but we don`t often praise. So I thought I would. The beer was perfect I was drinking the Green Jack Orange Wheat Beer. Bill and Roz have been in the pub for a year and have made it a home. They have become part of the village. All the best. We had a great afternoon and look forward to many more this summer.

Mooring Description :
they are free to customers of the Lord Nelson and Reedham has a key assistant during the season.
Food Description :
I have not had food at the pub yet but I keep seeing the mixed grill and hearing very good things about the steaks.
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : Brian152
Review Date : April 13 2009
Great night out.

Visited this pub last September when they were celebrating The Battle of Britain anniversay.The beer was good and the atmosphere was great. Had live musicians who played all the old wartime favourites. Everybody joined in and it was one of the best nights we had on our holiday.

Mooring Description :
Right outside the pub if you're lucky enough to get in. Very busy, and watch out for the tides.
Food Description : Not Reviewed
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : Geof&Linda
Review Date : March 28 2008
Check ahead before you visit !

Moored here in expectation - one of the boards in the above photo was still outside but the pub doors stayed locked - No notice why. The moorings attendant said that it was being refurbished and was likely to be open later in the season.

Mooring Description :
No problem mooring against the tide. Attendant was helpful. Free mooring and water.
Food Description : Not Reviewed
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : AdnamsGirl
Review Date : June 04 2007
May 2007

Stopped off here for a quick lunchtime pint - the beer we sampled was very good. Although we didn't eat, the menu looked good and was very well priced with some good meal deals on offer such as 2 for £8.95.

Mooring Description :
Plenty of free moorings available along the quay - take care when coming in as it is concrete sided which can be a little unkind to wood or grp!
Food Description : Not Reviewed
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : catuvellauni
Review Date : April 24 2007
worth a stop

after seeing this pub more closed than open lately ,it was great to see it up and running.staff friendly and attentive,the manager took time out to chat at the bar and has great plans for the future useing all the tried and tested formulas that once made this a good pub and will hopefully again.

Mooring Description :
difficult when the tide is running.remember always moor against the tide.harbour master is nearly always there to help out.once moored loverly.
Food Description :
sunday carvery tasty and plentiful. nothing to much trouble ask and if possible will be done.good value
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : nicanlee
Review Date : January 03 2007
Honest Pub

Coming from Manchester, pub crawls usually last 20 or more pubs. In the serenity of Norfolk, two's the limit. Called in for one, after the ship, before leaving for Norwich (Jun 06), didn't eat but the last time we were in Reedham (Jun 05) this place was boarded up, so pleased to see the new owners(?) were very enthusiastic and very friendly. Will be back for more June 07.

Mooring Description :
Had a fly in my good eye (from the New Cut flyover) and struggled with the tide (not usual) The kind ranger helped us in. Lovely place to moor overnight.
Food Description :
Didn't eat here.
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : DanHorner
Review Date : August 14 2006

Nice pub - best bit is sitting outside right by the river. We visited in June 2006, had recently changed landlords and they seemed very friendly and to be working hard at creating a good impression. They also were very honest and tracked us down outside on them realising they had charged us too much, when we hadn't realised! Will definately revisit.

Mooring Description :
Moorings are available free right outside the pub. As it can be quite tidal here we were glad of the help of a Broads Authority Ranger who seems to be there for most of the main holiday season. We didn't struggle to get a spot in June.
Food Description :
We had lunch here and sat outside. The meal was REALLY nice and we both enjoyed it, sadly we timed it badly otherwise we would have stopped here on the way back too!
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : _debi
Review Date : August 14 2006
Do not eat here,I would not recommend the restaurant to anyone!!!

On our first visit we sat outside with a drink which was really pleasant. The staff were pleasant enough, the weather was lovely and it was really nice being able to sit by the Broads watching the boats.

Mooring Description : Not Reviewed
Food Description :
We visited the pub a second time for a meal, which was a complete and utter disaster. The restaurant decor appeared quite dated and there was no atmosphere, it felt like sitting in a tea room. We placed our order, which after 5 minutes we were told there was no rice, so all meals with rice you couldn't have (which about 50%) plus no chicken. We managed to reselect, and waited over an hour for the food to arrive, there was nobody else eating at the time, so it did seem rather odd. The tagliatelli and bolognaise sauce had to be sent back as the pasta was so overcooked it was just watery and bland, the bolognaise sauce, had no flavour just large lumps of mince, frankly I have never tasted anything so awful. The pasta and homemade tomato sauce also had to be sent back as it was the same awul tagliatelli with bolognaise sauce - my daughter is vegetarian!! We waited another twenty minutes and no alternative was offered, so after 11/2 hours we left without actually having eaten. The manager was advised of our problems who did no say a word and just marched back to his office and slammed the door. We will never be returning.
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : tempest
Review Date : August 09 2006
An excellent and honest pub!!!

Everyone to their own regards the previous review, but when I go into a pub I would like it to be clean and friendly and serve a good pint. This place does exactly what it says on the tin. It is clean, the staff are friendly and very honest. I say that from experience because I left an Adidas bag hanging on a chair in the beer garden at night and then walked back to my boat and forgot it. I only remembered in the morning and walked forlornly back to the pub to ask if it had been handed in. Certainly Sir, was the response, I put it behind the bar for safe keeping and my bag with all the contents was returned. This place deserves full marks for that in this day and age. In addition though the beer is clean and crisp, they open in the mornings for a full English and less if you wish. They offer a cashback facility if you spend more than £20 on debit cards and they try to entertain. 1st rate!!!!

Mooring Description :
Plenty free moorings yards away on Reedham Quay
Food Description :
Not reviewed
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : sums
Review Date : August 06 2006
Dismal Din!

Had a few pints & a chat with Jaguar here. Be warned..........Saturday night is karaoke night. I suspect it's going to put off more boaters than attract. So bad we sat outside to escape the worst. A deeply dreadful experience.

Mooring Description :
Good free moorings outside with water, electricity & a helpful friendly ranger during the day. Arrive early to ensure a mooring.
Food Description :
Didn't eat here so can't comment though I guess Jaguar was none too impressed
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : boatingman
Review Date : May 24 2006

Re opened again clean and tidy inside pleasant staff trying hard to build up trade seperate non smoking restaurant area

Mooring Description :
Reedhan Quay adjacent attendant on duty during certain hours of the day
Food Description :
Good Quality basic pub food at a reasonable price
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : Doenitz
Review Date : September 10 2005
It's not shut!!!!

Thought i read somewhere that this pub had closed down....well it hasn't im pleased to say. Very friendly landlord and good, pleasant staff, despite some unpleasant yobs from a brace of Richardson boats.

Mooring Description :
Good if you can get in, which was only possible for us because i was tired and fancied a pint rather than press on to the Ferry. Managed to fit a 38ft Blue Horizon into a 38ft 1in space. Well, sort of!
Food Description :
No idea....didn't eat and didn't see any orders.
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

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