The Admiral Nelson has a bit of a chequered history, the building itself dates back to 1730 and pre dates the canal. It was originally a farm building and cows were milked where the restaurant is today and a green grocer’s shop which opened onto the lock side was where we have our skittles room now.
Leslie Morton of Fellows, Morton and Clayton used the pub as offices in the twilight days of canal carrying and it is said to be haunted by a figure in black that walks through the walls to the adjoining cottage (we are yet to see him).
In the not so distant past the canal side pub has opened and closed its doors many times and was known to the village as unreliable. We being a family of 5 first set our sights on The Admiral Nelson in late 2011 and when we took on the pub we were 100% passionate about turning the historical canal side Public House into a success. This is still very much how we feel today.
Described then as activity which appeared to be more than just a spring clean, we spent just under 2 months providing the building with some much needed TLC and finally after being empty for then over 6 months, we re-opened the doors of The Admiral Nelson on Friday 13th April 2012.
We had a busy first year working alongside Enterprise Inns and the future for The Admiral Nelson was looking bright, we had plans and ambitions of what we wanted for The Nelson but sadly for a short while it was taken from us. In February 2013 the brewery advised they would be selling and after so much hard work and dedication, we were left devastated at the thought of the pub changing hands once again. With just days to go before closing the doors and saying our goodbyes, we were lucky enough to be put in a position which enabled us to invest into the establishment; this gladly resulted in The Admiral Nelson becoming a free house for the first time in years. We are so proud to be a part of that and it is something we will look back on for years and years to come