Upstairs, Lord Nelson
19 Kent St, The Rocks
(02) 9251 4044
WINE LIST Blair Hayden/Kristian Savio
WINEs ON LIST 280 (20 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($9.50-$15 by the glass)
Rest assured, Upstairs, Lord Nelson is not your average pub, which probably explains why it has beaten all comers once again to grab the Best Pub Restaurant List award, the second year running.
Foremost, it’s a brewery turning out some pretty smart ales, lagers and bitters, including the excellent, best-selling Three Sheets Pale Ale. Wine is not a logical extension for many pubs, but here it rises to a serious art form, starting with a rollicking selection of wines by the glass from across the country and beyond.
Many demand your attention like a Neudorf Sauvignon Blanc or Dalrymple Pinot Noir, others such as a carignan blend from Sardinia will feed the curious. And just as some of our top restaurants offer tastings by Coravin so, too, does Upstairs, Lord Nelson.
Australian wines have the biggest share of the 280-strong list, where individualists rule.
Dotted throughout are the aromatic, the savoury, icons, excellent vintages, great regions and those up-and-coming. The Italians, however, hold the emotional edge, the perfect pairing with many dishes on the mod Oz menu.