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The Lord Nelson
The Lord Nelson
The Lord Nelson
The Lord Nelson
The Lord Nelson

The Lord Nelson
also affectionately known as The Nelson

This historic pub has undergone many changes during its long life. Now, with us, Tom and Josie, as the new landlords at the helm, our vision is to return to its traditional roots as a good old fashioned traditional pub!

That said, we do plan to make some changes – a fresh new menu, a more expansive selection of wines and beers, including guest beers from smaller independent breweries. Plus, we want to bring back a pub quiz and other events such as an acoustic open mic night. We also plan to slowly and sympathetically restore the building’s fabric, furniture, and fixtures and are already making some initial changes that we hope you will like. Hopefully, when all is finished, we will be the country pub in the heart of the town and community.

In keeping with traditional pubs, we have our open fires on through the colder months, perfect to finish that walk with the dog and relax with a pint of quality ale. The pub has a small snug bar suitable for groups of 12-20, and it does get booked quickly, so please don’t delay. Our courtyard garden is a real sun trap offering a sheltered space to relax late into the evening during the summer.

We thank you for your support through this period. We look forward to getting to know customers old and new and sharing a pint or two along the way!

The Inn standing on the historic northeast side of Fore Street, opposite the east end of Salthouse Street, was not always known as Lord Nelson. Instead, sometime between 1790 and around 1805, it was called Noah’s Ark, often abbreviated to Ark.

The earliest reference to Noah’s Ark is 1672, during the reign of Charles 11 when the local Headboroughs (head of the administrative district) ordered William Stephens to repair his pavement. Noah’s Ark was an Inn rather than just a tavern or alehouse, which is confirmed by an entry in the borough records of 1696, where a payment to the Landlord is recorded for billeting a soldier or soldiers.

In 1715 the Landlord was again in trouble with the Headboroughs when he was accused of having ‘muck’ in the vicinity of his Inn.
An advertisement of 1790 was the last reference traced of the name Noah’s Ark. In 1801; Lord Nelson was appointed High Sheriff of Ipswich. The name was likely changed to Lord Nelson around this time in his honour.

The building, originally two timber-framed cottages, has been awarded Grade II Listed status by the Department of the Environment. In 1996 the building underwent a complete refurbishment in style appropriate to its age and location.

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We are looking forward to welcoming you into our pub

  • To make your visit to the pub as seamless as possible, we advise you to book before arriving. Although you can turn up, there may not be sufficient space.
  • We ask that if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, please do not enter the site for our and everyone else’s safety. 
  • We advise that you use the sanitising stations located at the entrance and exit of the pub.
  • We have been informed to collect personal details of customers visiting us to aid track and trace. This will be handled on-site via our new ordering system.
  • We ask that you order your drinks and food via our new web-based app. Where this isn’t possible, we will offer a table service where cash is available for use, but card payments are preferred.
  • While face coverings are no longer mandatory, we still recommend wearing them in crowded spaces or when you see fit.
  • You agree to these guidelines by booking below.
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Light Bites

Ciabattas  (12pm-2pm Mondays – Saturdays),
all served with Nelson chips & mixed leaf
Nelson signature, roast beef, crispy onions, Nelson gravy £7.95
Bacon, brie & cranberry £7.50
Fish bites, gem lettuce, tartar sauce £7.95
Grilled halloumi, sweet chilli jam, gem lettuce, tomato (v) £7.50

Sunday Roasts

Simply the best home cooked roast in town, with locally sourced meats and veg.

We hope you enjoy your lunch and would love any feedback from you. If you love it, please tell others; if you don’t, please tell us to learn.

We cannot guarantee the absence of traces of nuts or other allergens; cheese may be unpasteurised.

– please advise a member of staff if you have any dietary requirements –

Christmas Menu

2 courses – £23 / 3 courses £28

To book please call us on 01473 407510 or email emily@thenelsonipswich.co.uk

Roasted spicy parsnip soup
with truffle oil drizzle (v)(gfa)

Ham hock & pistachio terrine
with onion chutney (gfa)

Treacle cured salmon
pickled cucumber & celeriac remoulade (gfa)

Honey & thyme camembert
with mixed breads & chutney (v)(gfa)

Roast turkey
with roast potatoes, sage & onion stuffing, roasted roots, sautéed sprouts, cranberry sauce & chipolata in bacon

Slow braised shoulder of Suffolk lamb
parsnip purée, thyme & rosemary dauphinoise potatoes & mint jus (gf)

Fillet of cod
warm potatoes salad, crispy kale, greens & beans (gf)

Goats cheese, shallot & thyme taste tatin
with roasted roots, sautéed sprouts & roast potatoes (v)

Christmas pudding
with brandy custard

Chocolate profiteroles
chocolate orange sauce

Cinnamon parfait
caramel figs, shortbread biscuit

Cheese board selection
crackers, olives, sundried tomatoes, grapes, chutney (£3.50 supplement)