The Lord Nelson, Burnham Thorpe

3.6
56 reviews
£26 to £40
Pub
Welcome to The Lord Nelson.
An iconic, traditional pub steeped in history and situated in the beautiful countryside of Burnham Thorpe.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Contactless payment available
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 56 People Are Saying
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3.7
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3.8
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3.5
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JulieF
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely food and great service. Beautifully done and interesting building.

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Psmith
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The new Lord Nelson still has echoes of its ancient predecessor in the odd corner: that ghastly mural of Trafalgar for example and a truly bad picture of the local parson's son being seduced by another man's wife while Vesuvius or Etna prepares to blow its top in the background. The new building is splendid magnificent kitchen, big room smaller snugs great bar with splendid beers.
The food was well cooked and professionally presented but the menu was a disappointment. Does the new Nelson want to be a pub offering standard and severely limited pub grub or something better that reflects its new face? Really heavily battered haddock and chips is simply not good enough. And in this day and age surely vegetarians deserve a choice and vegans a slot on the menu. As it is this pub does not cater for people with food issues. And the wine menu simply doesn't exist; with great vineyards just over the hill at the back of the pub they should start buying in some Burn Valley wines.

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Neal
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We would recommend the Lord Nelson. Polite & friendly staff, delicious food and a lovely atmosphere with music we love. Can't wait to go back.

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CarlF
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Poor food poor service. Barman was very pleasant though. Waiting staff terrible.

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Beanface
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Recently refurbished. Nice atmosphere, friendly staff & good food. Nice open dining room & bar.

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minos
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A beautifully renovated & extended old village pub. Excellent food with friendly and enthusiastic staff. Looking forward to our next visit.

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Ness
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, very quick service and would definitely return. Just felt overhead lights a little too bright. Table lamps ( mariners ) would finish off the ambience at each table. Really good value for money.

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LorraineF
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

I’m sorry I’ve had to write such a poor review. This is based purely on the experience we had this day. I had already booked previously as a surprise for my nautical husband. There was ample opportunity to advise us that there was nothing really to eat on the menu. It wasn’t the fact that there wasn’t a choice, it was that we were allowed to sit in the restaurant and browse the menu without any of the staff alerting beforehand that most of the menu was unavailable.They seated us knowing this and the staff should have advised us before we sat down. We spent too much time looking at a menu that had so many meals crossed out and then to be told the salads we chose weren’t available either. This is unmistakably poor service and I do hope they glean something from this review because the pub itself is a lovely pub in a nice pleasant area.

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susanb
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit to the Lord Nelson and we’ll definitely make return journeys. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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SarahO
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Lovely pub with friendly staff, unfortunately 2 out of 3 meals were luke warm at best and were returned. The waitress apologised and assured us they would adjust our bill accordingly, which would have been fine. When the bill came this had not been done which was disappointing. I’m sure we just had bad luck and this place is better than our experience.

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David
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Staff great, very helpful and polite. Food very good, tastey and well presented. Venue lovely renovation of old buildings, nice garden, plenty of parking and nicely furnished dining area. Well worth a visit.

JP
JulieP
London
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Just really disappointing.

The refurbished pub and new dining room with gardens looked amazing, so we had high hopes for a good Sunday lunch.

After an initial good start the service tailed off. No water was offered to start off with although that at least left an empty glass where we could put the dead fly that killed itself by flying into the gravy. We had to get our own drinks at the bar mid way through our meal. The roast pork and Yorkshire pudding were tasty however the broccoli was totally hard. No-one asked how our meal was while we were eating, otherwise we would have said. When we finished our meal no-one collected our plates until we paid the bill.
There were very few customers so service was certainly not stretched.

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PeterM
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Quality Sunday lunch with perfect Roast Potatoes & Vegetables quality Beef & Pork served with homemade Yorkshire & delicious gravy.

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PatrickB
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very efficient and friendly staff, lovely renovated pub but retaining theoretical atmosphere

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SueAcoustic
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A real gem in the countryside, we thoroughly enjoyed our meal here and the staff and atmosphere was wonderful, we'll definitely be back!

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mazzabarnet
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot recall when my friends or I have been so very pleased when ordering a steak, to have it tender, juicy and flavoursome. These days we've chosen not to even attempt to order steak in most places but that doesn't apply here as it's excellent. The blue cheese dressing tasty addition. Our haddock chips and crushed peas so fresh and tasty. Very fresh white fish. Tartar sauce fresh and delicious. Good selection of ales for the real ale lover in our party. The young waitress who served us was welcoming, polite and friendly. Made us feel comfortable and at home. She was quite new to the job too. She's a credit to the restaurant. The manager was seen around ensuring everything running smoothly. First time here but it certainly will not be the last. Well done everyone. From the chef to the staff to the manager.

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KarenJ
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good quality food in excellent setting
Great beer too!

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LIZB
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! So impressed with the renovation and extension of this lovely old pub! The food was delicious and service efficient.
We also enjoyed a drink in the spacious garden.
We will be back!

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RichardT
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Calm atmosphere, friendly staff and excellent food

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DavidM
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and wine was very good and the staff friendly and helpful. The dining area was very pleasant and the outside areas were good too. It can be a bit difficult to find, even using satnav.

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RosemaryC
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food much better than we experienced previously. Fish cakes and meat burger were delicious. Beer and wine excellent and very good value. Best prices for a few miles.

Will definitely eat here again

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Angus
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Like everywhere, suffering from a shortage of staff. A lovely pub and some of the best beef and steak we have eaten out. We will continue to support

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Susan
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great place, friendly staff, just a few teething problems which were rectified.

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KeithW
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Despite our initial disappointment that no mains courses were available (as they had been let down by their suppliers) we enjoyed nicely cooked starters and salads. The service was good.
The ambiance was somewhat clinical as it had been only recently reopened after a major rebuild and there were only a few customers.
We wish them well and will visit again in a few months time to see how they are getting on.

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scats
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Extremely disappointing in every respect.The maitre de (female) was offhand and most unwelcoming.the staff tried hard but were not properly trained.I will not go on!

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JohnD
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat in the original side of The Lord Nelson. We enjoyed tasty beer and a superb meal in a great historic location. Can highly recommend.this pub with it,s connection to Lord Nelson.

JD
JohnD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Used this pub as teenagers so were pleased to see it has made a comeback. The place is almost unrecognisable but this is all in a good way and the Nelson has been tastefully renovated to a high standard. The food turned out by the kitchen was excellent and came in good time. Service was friendly and attentive and we only marked it down 1 point because, if we hadn’t advised the Bar, we would have been charged for LESS drinks than we had. Just one comment and we would make this to all such premises at this time, we didn’t like that the staff weren’t wearing masks, nor that the pub doesn’t ask all to do this when moving around from their tables indoors. We realise that this is a personal choice but a review is meant to gather info and so hopefully everyone will provide their views on this and collectively we can be helpful to all businesses. We will be back to The Lord Nelson and wish them well in their new venture!

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GarethG
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Really nice place lovely location and the decor is superb.
Sadly some of the food doesn’t match
Two of the party had salads which were really nice. I had a burger which was nice but with cheap dry fries and my wife had the vegetarian dish which was poor. It was overall ok but would have expected more for the price.
Beer very good so every cloud !

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Ziggy
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Poor quality food and production and far too expensive for what you get.

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AngelaL
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Sorry to say not good food choices very bad & overpriced waited a long time to get service. Lady very friendly but bad won’t be back

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StephenT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pub/restaurant has refurbished to very good standard and the food was excellent.
Staff were and bunch of friendly welcoming young people.
The best fish & chips I’ve had in a long time and my wife’s fish cakes were also lovely.
Great beer on tap too.

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NorthNorfolksupporters
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Wonderful pub, just starting with new management and staff with a long way to go to its best. We will continue to support them in this journey because Pubs like this need our support!!

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PaulM
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A fantastic renovation of the old pub with large extension on the back and beautiful beer garden. Was impressed considering some of the negative comments , food was 7/10 needed a bit more choice but overall excellent

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KristyT
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food, couldn't fault it, service maybe slightly slow but apart from that excellent and we will be going again

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BrianM
Leicestershire
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

It used to be a beautiful place to visit before the closure but although some of the building has been well done, the restaurant is not in keeping with the rest of the pub. The menu is small and the food not good and expensive. We’ll go again for a lunchtime drink but that’s all.
Such a shame.

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Fordy
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We have a holiday cottage in Burnham Market, we hadn't eaten at The Lord Nelson since it had reopened and had a complete refit. The Pub make over has been done exceptionally well the pub that has retained many of it original features. Given the historical linkages to Lord Nelson and the fact this was his local Pub they also had artefacts from his time in the village which makes it very special. Unfortunatly that's where the positive element ends as review the food & service. Given the menu and the great pictures of food on the website we had high expectations. We started with a few nibble dishes. Houmas and warm bread, Black Pudding fritters and some Cockles. The Houmas was nothing like any Houmas that I have ever tasted, I think it was chick peas and water and lacked any flavour. They had run out of bread the day before so had gone to shops and had sliced white & brown loafs which was very dry- extremely disappointing as surely warm fresh pitta bread is what you would normally expect. The Cockles were fresh and the black pudding fritter enjoyable. The restaurant was quiet but despite this service was slow, the waiting staff seemed to lack the ability to notice when you were trying to get attention which was frustrating after a while. For our main course the we ordered 2 lots of fish & chips and a seafood platter for 2. Given we are 2 miles from the coast our expectations on the seafood platter was high. Unfortunatly the langoustines were frozen so not fresh, only a few prawns, the brown shrimps were bland and given the cost at £25.00 I would have expected a bit more than we got. My mother inlaw had dirty cultelry dropped on her clothes during table service on 2 seperate occassions -resulting in balsamic going on her suede jacket. So all in all a disappointing time. We like to recommend good restaurants/bars to our guests for their holidays- The Lord Nelson fell far from being recommended. Food & Service needs a make over to compete with No29, Socius & The Hoste

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Not a very good choice of food really disappointed need to up their gain to survive as high competition from other pubs in the area.
No character to the new extension on the back like sitting In a village hall lacked atmosphere.
Car park needs to be larger

RC
RosemaryC
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience2

The menu was basic and I had the vegetarian burger which I will never have again. It was one of the worst burgers I have ever tasted, very dry no salsa or beef tomato which should have accompanied the meal. Friends had fish and chips which were good as were the fish cakes. Beer excellent and wine good. Dining hall was a bit like eating in a refectory but family friendly and good value.
But I had the worst meal ever.

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TracyF
London
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Very poor slow service. Had to collect our own drinks from the bar. Had to ask if we would place our food order having waited for a long time. Food arrived burnt and not pleasant. At no point did we get asked how the food was or if everything was ok - perhaps the waitress knew it wasn’t good! Clearly other tables were also having problems as the table next to us meals arrived all at different times and many meals were sent back.
The actual venue is very nice and dogs welcome but we won’t return as the food and service wasn’t good.

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johns
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This bright new venue with friendly hard working staff deserves every success. I’m making this my new local. Good value too.

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The Lord Nelson, Burnham Thorpe is rated 3.6 stars by 56 OpenTable diners.

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