The Lord Nelson

An iconic Geelong pub steeped in history and a local favourite.

First judges’ comments in 2019

The Lord Nelson Hotel is a beautifully restored pub in Geelong, and the meals, drinks, and customer service have noticeably improved in 2019. The result is a terrific pub that delivers good value for money.  On a Tuesday evening in the middle of winter it was busy in both the Bar and dining room.  Customer service was friendly, helpful and efficient. The Nelson promotes itself as a Steak House and the Korean Lamb Ribs were beautifully cooked and the Parma was excellent with free-range chicken with the right amount of Napoli, Ham and cheese. The Rare 400gm Porterhouse Steak was delicious and grilled to perfection, and the Housemade Duck Spring Rolls were packed with meat and a touch of Ginger. The desserts were equally delicious including White Chocolate Pana-Cotta – rich as expected but with berries or berry coulis large enough to be shared.  Congratulations to the Nelson for its drinks list – the best I have seen in a hotel in 2019, with a large range of local wines, beers and ciders by the bottle or glass, a fine local Gamay by Nick Farr, and Nebbiolo from Lethbridge, plus many good local ales. Not to forget the well made Espresso with a great crema, balance and aftertaste. The Lord Nelson offers seriously good food in generous portions and an excellent drinks menu – all at good prices. Recommended.  

Special Strengths

Beautifully renovated traditional pub. Delicious steaks, Korean Lamb Ribs and Parmas. Delicious desserts. Generous portions. Excellent drinks list. Friendly service. Great value for money. 

Final judges’ reports in 2019 coming soon

Judge’s comments in 2018

The Lord Nelson Hotel has great street appeal and on this cold weekday night it was lovely to walk inside into the warmth through to the large bar and open dining area. The Hotel is obviously popular and well patronized, there was a friendly vibe to the room and the customer service was friendly too. The food at the Nelson was fresh and tasty and the serving sizes substantial. The vegetable croquettes were fried beautifully with the crumbs just the right colour. The local produce platter was impressive and very good value. The wine list was reasonably priced and quite large with a range of price points. The hotel has its own beer which seems like a good idea and good coffee was available.

Special strengths

Popular, comfortable and convivial pub. Fresh and tasty foods. Good value for money.   


Special strengths

Refurbished interior, friendly and helpful service, good drinks list and selection of meals, generous servings, family friendly and good value for money.

2018 State Awards

Nominated Best Hotel Dining sponsored by Comcater Pty. Ltd. 

2017 Regional Awards

  • FINALIST Best Hotel Dining Sponsored by Comcater P/L


Bellerine Street
3220 VIC AU
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Hotel Dining Contemporary Australian Cuisine Gluten free available Head Chef: Chris King Seven Days Mondays to Sundays 11.30 am to Late Cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard and Entertainment $-$$ Bookings recommended Street parking and public parking close by