Known as the oldest pub/brewery in Australia and famous worldwide for their award-winning natural ales, The Lord Nelson Hotel Brewery, oldest or not, is a great place to visit. Established in 1841 and situated on the corner of Argyle and Kent Street in The Rocks, The Lord Nelson has the kind of façade that beckons you in. Offering a bar, brewery, restaurant and accommodation, this pub has more to offer than simply history.
Situated on the first floor is the aptly names "upstairs" restaurant, resplendent in its exposed convict-quarried sandstone and contemporary décor. The menu is modern Australian and the wine list is award-winning. We were wanting to lunch here however, it was closed the day we visited. You can view their menu here
So back downstairs we went to investigate the bar menu. It was quite extensive and offered loads of tasty sounding options big and small including snacks and share plates, gluten free options and salads and mains and desserts. You can see the entire menu here, it's worth checking out.
I chose the chilli crab spaghettini with shaved reggiano which was so so good ($21.50) and there was also a roast vege spaghettini option ($16) as well. My partner had the grass fed steak sandwich on turkish with rocket, garlic, aioli, tomato relish and skinny fries ($20) and my son enjoyed the tempura ale battered fish and chips with wasabi mayo ($23.50), which wasn't 80% batter like some places. Everyone was happy with their meal.
Fish and chips, steak sandwich, spaghettini and Monday is $9 Pie Night