Tucked away in a peaceful corner of Oxfordshire, The Lord Nelson pub is a mix of rustic charm and classical grandeur.
Like its namesake, the pub harks back to the 18th century, and served as the village pub for Brightwell Baldwin until 1905.
Nowadays, the Lord Nelson is a thriving local hub, with food and drink available throughout the day in the cosy interior or large beer garden.
It is run by Roger and Carole Shippey, who bought the pub 13 years ago after 16 years in charge of the Highwayman in Checkendon. Having been urged to try the pub’s famous roast dinner, I visited the Lord Nelson on a Sunday afternoon and was promptly seated on a spacious table near the bar, despite turning up 15 minutes early for my booking.
Our drink orders were taken very quickly as I ordered a pint of Rebellion IPA and my partner an orange juice.