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This recently extended and iconic, historic public house, built in 1637 and set in the idyllic village of Burnham Thorpe, close to the award-winning beaches on the North Norfolk coast. Famed as the birthplace of Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson and the pub which now bears his name is the authentic and original haunt of Lord Nelson.

We offer the best of local produce that changes with the seasons. Passion is the best ingredient in our cooking. Serving the best quality Woodforde’s ales and Woodforde’s 52˚ north draft range beers. Whether you are visiting to sample our beautiful beer or looking for some good quality food with the family and four legged friends, rest assured that at The Lord Nelson you will receive a warm and hearty welcome.

As per all listings on Dog Friendly Norfolk, we accept well behaved dogs.

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  • Pete Delve
    Pete Delve
    5 months ago

    It is with a heavy heart that I have to write a bad review, but The lord Nelson at Burnham Thorpe deserves it more than anywhere I have ever eaten in my life. The starter of the beef short rib, was pretty good, but as far as my food went, that was where it ended. I ordered the steak, and for £28 I expected it to be something to look forward to. I asked for rare, the chef, who is clearly inexperienced at cooking meat, must have used an almost cold pan. The fat hadn't seen any heat so it was raw, and the meat itself was pale grey. I asked for another one, and when attempt number two came back, the chef had put the same piece of steak back in a Luke warm pan, and cooked until it was completely over done (but still hadn't shown any heat to the fat). The third attempt, was worse then the first, and clearly cooked in a pan with no heat once more. My partners pie was burnt, and the mash was lumpy, but at least her food was passably edible. For the price the food costs here, you would expect decent food. The only saving grace of our evening, was the front of house staff, who were very apologetic, gave me a free espresso Martini (which was incredibly good) and gave us free desserts. My advice to anyone reading this is to avoid it at all costs. There are many amazing places to eat in the area, the Chequers at Thornham does truly amazing steak, and is far more deserving of your money than The lord Nelson.

  • Robin Dunkley
    Robin Dunkley
    10 months ago

    Folks, this fine pub needs support!!! Lord Nelson lived in the village and frequented the pub. Closed for a number of years, re-opened recently after a very expensive refurbishment and now leased to Woodfordes Brewery of Norfolk. It has been bit hard by the impacts of covid and also omicron over the Christmas holiday period. The food is superb AND I MEAN SUPERB! The staff are excellent, friendly, diligent and attentive; cellared ale is wonderful. Decor is great- a combination of 18thC and contemporary which works really well. It is clean too. Get yourselves down there for lunch, an evening meal or Sunday roast. The roasties are the best pub roasties I have sampled for many years and I don't say that lightly either! So to remind you make a point of visiting soo er rather than later. We need more pubs like this...

  • Glenn Bowie
    Glenn Bowie
    3 weeks ago

    Stopped by the pub on a walk from Burnham Market. Had a well kept pint of real ale in the old part of the pub. Interesting museum on site with an audible history of Nelson and a giant map of old Norfolk on the floor.

  • Kezza Plays
    Kezza Plays
    3 months ago

    Have stopped here a few times for a drink and the selection of draft ales and cider is great and the staff are really friendly. We recently decided to come back for a meal and were not disappointed. The beef and Stilton pie was delicious. Served piping hot with really fresh and tasty new potatoes and veg (my partner had mash which was also great). The cheese board that followed was just as good. Delicious local cheeses and great selection of accompaniments. Will definitely be going back for more.

  • John Hollar
    John Hollar
    2 months ago

    Can only review as a pub rather than for the food, but the pub aspect is first-rate. Surprisingly roomy, with plenty of seating inside and out. Nice large car park with newly installed EV chargers as well. Very friendly service. The Nelson Bitter was excellent. Not crowded at all when we stopped in. Be sure to cross the lane and see the statue of the Admiral himself perched on a high plinth.

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Opening Hours

  • Monday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
  • Thursday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
  • Friday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
  • Saturday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
  • Sunday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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