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“Great food and atmosphere” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Nelson Arms

Nelson Arms
50-52 Castle Street | Farnham, Farnham GU9 7JQ, England
01252 712554
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Ranked #19 of 100 Restaurants in Farnham
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Surrey, UK
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110 reviews 110 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 55 cities Reviews in 55 cities
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
“Great food and atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

The pub is an old 16th Century inn with lots of character. Low ceilings, lots of beams, creaky furniture and a roaring fire.

We'd been here once before and enjoyed it, so had been meaning to come back.

5 of us ate and all enjoyed our meals. The menu is typically traditional british food. Between us we had game pie, slow cooked lamb and home made burgers. All very tasty.

The Hogs Back T.E.A. on tap was in good condition.

It was a Saturday night and the pub got very busy, so we were glad to have booked ahead or we would have been out of luck.

Only a 4 star rating because there was a very strong smell of cleaning fluids lingering. Perhaps to mask something more untoward. Even the camembert we had for starters was over powered. Fortunately it had subsided by the time our main courses arrived and certainly didn't ruin what was otherwise an enjoyable visit.

Visited February 2014
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Farnham, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“Birthday meal october 5th 2013”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

I went here for a meal last year, on a saturday evening with my partner and friends. Lovely pub, good food, just a bit uncomfortable as it gets extremely busy, and its difficult to get to the bar. If you are looking to go here for an evening, remember to book a table in advance.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Farnham, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Great location, good atmosphere . . .”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Great location, good atmosphere and the food is pretty good too. You need to book if you want to eat as it's popular which is usually a good recommendaiton.

Visited November 2013
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Meal and drinks”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

We went for a drink and some dinner. The pub itself is a great little English pub with a good atmosphere with a warm fire.

We had a few drinks and the food was alright. I have eaten there once before and it has certainly gone down in standard since last summer. The Nelson burger was not as good as before.

The staff were pretty poor. Hence the low score. They spent more time on there phones than worrying about the customers. Not even discretely which I wouldn't mind. A waitress was walking around chatting away on her mobile while cleaning tables. We wanted more drinks and couldn't get her attention!

Another problem was there take on last orders. We were sat centrally enjoying drinks. I heard the bell which usually means last orders. So we went up to get some more but was told that the bell meant they were shut and they called last orders 5 minutes before hand. Sitting centrally we would of heard.

All in all. A good pub with a good atmosphere but let down by less than average staff!

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Durban, South Africa
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Great pub ambience, good food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013 via mobile

After a walk up the hill to see Farnham Castle, we stopped in at the Nelson Arms on the way back. The back of the menu mentioned that the pub dates back over 300 years as is evidenced by the lovely architecture and very low ceilings. The beers were up to scratch and we sampled quite a few of their local ales which were very good. My wife at the Baked Figs stuffed with Gorgonzola cheese and wrapped in Parma ham - absolutely delicious. I had the roasted pork belly served with black pudding, mustard mash and apple wine sauce - it was great, delicious crackling, although I thought the black pudding was a little dry and overcooked. I loved the attentive service. There were quite a few cozy fires on the go and the placed filled up over lunch which was a good sign. The Steak, Stilton and Ale pie caught my eye, but the pork belly won on the day. Prizes for mains range from £9 to £14 which is reasonable. A great pub in a great village. Definitely worth a visit.

Visited December 2013
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