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“Very dissapointed..”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of The Nelson Tavern

The Nelson Tavern
Ranked #39 of 149 Restaurants in Christchurch
Price range: $8 - $25
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The newly refurbished Nelson Tavern is now serving a locally sourced menu, cooked fresh by our experienced gastro chef. Family and dog friendly, Cask Ales, Sunday Roasts, and a Friendly atmosphere.
Southampton, England, United Kingdom
1 review
“Very dissapointed..”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2013

We visited the Nelson last night as a large group for my birthday - there was 11 of us in total and one of the guests was a wheelchair user. We pre-booked the table (a week in advance) and specifically asked re wheelchair access and were assurred that the restuarant was accessible.
Although the restuarant is accessible the "disabled" toilet was used as a store room and we had to ask for fire extinguishers, hoovers, wine etc to be removed so it could actually be used. Although the manager was apologetic he stated that this is "inevitable". The food was nice but some of it was cold and unfortunately the upset caused by this incident tarnished the evening. I have previously eaten at this restuarant and enjoyed it, but will not be returning.
For anyone planning a visit who has disabilities, the access to the disabled toilet is only by going outside and does have a step to it. I was extremely disappointed and have advised the manager as such... my concern is that if a customer specifically asks re disability access and is advised this is not a problem then the provision should be there. I also question as to whether customers are aware that wine is being stored in the toilet.....

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Allison C
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English first
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Friendly pub with good food....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013

What a lovely pub. I have been there a few times this summer/autumn/winter and the entertainment is good and the food is excellent. Lovely sunday lunch with the family. Good atmosphere and kid friendly.

Visited August 2012
Thank sausagedog
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Isle of Mull, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A strange but good mix”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013 via mobile

This place is an odd combo. A nice cosy, rough around the edges, pub at the front. You walk through the pub to get to the rather more sophisticated looking dining area. The management were welcoming.
The menu is big, you can have Thai, Chinese and lots of English options.
The service was good and the food was really good.
Whilst in the restaurant you won't forget that the pub is there. Don't eat here if you want romantic and intimate. The pub does have events and had a loud rock band on when we ate there. At the weekend the drinkers may cause enough noise on their own.
I have also come here for drinks a few times and have always found the staff to be nice.
So if you fancy good food in the ante room of a lively pub then this is the place for you.
I think you can also sit in the pub and order food too.

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Thank TwitRobin
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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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90 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2012

This is a pub that besides offering a great selection of beers (plus regular beer festivals) has an amazing selection of variety foods on offer and this includes a Thai restaurant. You can get everything from afternoon cream tea through to basic bar snacks, typical bar food as well as a full restaurant menu. If you dont fancy the really excellent Thai then order the crispy roast pork belly and be prepared for your eyes to pop out when its placed in front of you, delicious! Fast service with regular music nights and a great atmosphere.

Visited December 2012
Thank Michael K
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20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Lovely surprise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2012

We had booked into the Christchurch harbour hotel and needed feeding! A short walk to the Nelson Tavern - nice, friendly welcome by staff and customers alike. Went through to restaurant . although it was early and we were the first diners there was a nice warm ambiance. Service was good .. Food even better. We stuck with the English dishes this time, although the Thai menu looked good. A beef and ale pie and the slow cooked pork accompanied by well cooked fresh veg together with a Lovely bottle of chilled Nobillo. Little touches like the crackers and sweet chilli sauce on the table as we sat down made this a real pleasure. we shared an excellent sticky toffee and date pud for dessert. Worked out about £15 a head, plus wine. Would definitely recommend on the strength of this visit.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank bridlemere
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