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Published July 7th 2014
When you travel through country Australia, you will often see pubs of a certain architectural style located on or near the main street. These pubs are boxy-looking, usually on a corner, and often painted a dull brown, green or beige colour. While the city of Geelong is far from what you'd call country Victoria, it still has its fair share of old-style pubs, many of which have been refurbished and renovated to keep up with the times.
The casual dining area- there is a large skylight above which fills the room with natural light
The Lord Nelson (formerly known as the Lord Nelson Tavern), is one such establishment. Located on the corner of Malop and Bellerine Streets in Geelong, the pub underwent an extensive restoration over 12 months ago, after being closed for several years. Listed on the Victorian Heritage Register (the outer fašade is nearly 100 years old), the outside of the building was repainted (from an avocado green to a tan brown with maroon accents) and the entire interior was redone to return the pub to its original splendour.
Clockwise from left: Part of the beer garden, a 'steampunk' tribute to Lord Nelson in the beer garden, part of the public bar area, the colourful furniture of the Parlour room.
The inside of the pub boasts several different sections, all with their own 'theme'- there is the traditional public bar area, featuring a long dark wood bar, stools and high bar tables where patrons can gather and enjoy the lively atmosphere. There is also the casual dining area, the more colourful parlour area (which has bright jewel-coloured furniture), the 'Lord Nelson Room' which is decorated in a more baroque style, a comfortable lounge area and the newly created beer garden (which has a distinct steampunk look). Throughout the pub you will see maritime pictures adorning the walls, as well as seafaring memorabilia, all paying homage to the life of Lord Nelson- a famous Royal Naval Admiral from the 1800s (and the obvious namesake of the place).
From the lunch menu: Veal schnitzel (with mushroom sauce), salad and chips. Veal schnitzel (no sauce) with salad and chips
From the lunch menu: Chicken parmigiana with chips and salad, Slow cooked open lamb kebab with beer battered chips
From the lunch menu: Porterhouse steak (with mushroom sauce), salad and chips. Chicken club sandwich with beer battered chips
While the bright, sunlit interior of the pub is certainly eye-catching, even more enticing are the aromas that waft from the kitchens, just opposite the bar area. The Lord Nelson is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week, with an extensive menu that surpasses your usual pub fare. While they do feature your usual chicken parmigiana, fish and chips and steak selections, they also offer plenty of other gourmet menu items, including specialty salads, a variety of pasta dishes and other tasty meals. There are also gluten-free and vegetarian menu options available, as well as children's meals and a selection of desserts. All the meal portion sizes are generous, so you are unlikely to still be hungry after you have finished eating, and all are within a relatively comfortable price range for the quality of the food you are getting.
If you are looking for a delicious pub meal that is a little bit classier than what you'd normally expect, you need look no further than The Lord Nelson. With friendly staff, a cheerful and family-friendly atmosphere, and a great selection of appetising meals and drinks on offer, it is the perfect place to go for lunch or dinner while in central Geelong.