The Lord Nelson
Brightwell Baldwin, Watlington, OX49 5NP
The Nelson has several strings to its bow, making its 300-year heritage not altogether surprising. It’s a quintessential countryside pub at heart, with several local countryside walks found within striking distance, making it the ideal bolthole for beginning or ending a leisurely weekend ramble. Guests will feel instantly welcomed and at home thanks to the light and airy interior, combining traditional charm with modern comfort. The Nelson’s menus embody the best of British cooking. Dishes are created by a team of chefs whose skill and craftsmanship is eminently apparent. You might order tempura king prawns or pan-fried local pigeon to start. This could be followed by roast duck with orange sauce, Dauphinoise potatoes, carrots and spring greens, or creamy risotto with leeks, kale and Parmesan, served with rocket salad. For something truly seasonal in the winter, sample rabbit casserole accompanied by creamy mashed potato, shallots, and carrots and leeks dressed in wholegrain mustard sauce. Round off proceedings with the banana crêpe or boozy bread and butter pudding, and you’re sure to leave with feeling content. Looking to stay in the region? The stunningly appointed Hamilton Suite is a self-contained residence par excellence, and can be privately hired, sleeping one or two guests.