As part of the rich fabric of Australia’s history and located in the historical heartland of Sydney, the Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel is both an institution and a treasure, rich in the stories of our past and our present. The Lord Nelson Brewery is Sydney’s oldest continually licensed hotel and Australia’s oldest pub brewery.
The Lord Nelson is housed in a stunning Heritage building, which was originally a private residence owned by pardoned convict liquor baron, William Wells. In 1841 Wells obtained a liquor licence for his residence and renovated it into a public house, where he extended the frontage and added two levels, naming the new establishment after the great British naval captain Lord Horatio Nelson.
The current custodians, including managing director Blair Hayden, acquired the freehold in 1986. They restored the beautiful old pub to its former colonial glory with the aid of an 1852 photograph. They paid homage to the stunning sandstone façade, reflecting it in exposed internal walls, and kept the convict-made chisel marks in the locally quarried stone.
In keeping with the ambience of the architecture, the custodians were inspired to create beers in the style of traditional British ale – full-flavoured and natural, with no added sugar. A microbrewery was built in the back area of the bar and cellar, adding to the ambience – and the rest is history.
Today the hotel is world renowned for its architecture, atmosphere and ales. Beloved by many, the Lord Nelson has an energy, warmth and heritage that pervades the space and entices you to happily stay for another round. Now in its 176th year, the Lord Nelson is recognised around the world for its award-winning beers, stellar wine list, food and accommodation.
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