Historic pub reopens after extensive refurbishment

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 13 Mar 2018

An historic town centre pub has reopened after extensive internal refurbishment by the brewery.

Customers old and new visited in large numbers to see the new look Lord Nelson, in BriggMarket Place, which reopened its doors at 7pm on Friday.

It proved to be a busy weekend behind the bar for father and son, Richard and Jordan Smith, who succeeded long-serving landlord Jim Swanson when he retired late last year.

Plush carpets and furnishings have been installed at the popular venue, owned by the Snaith-based Old Mill Brewery.

Cask ales being served at the weekend included Old Mill Traditional (3.9 per cent), Blonde Bombshell (4 per cent), Old Mill Curiosity (4.5 per cent) and March Mist (4 per cent).

The next phase of the refurbishment will centre on the kitchen, while an application to add new signage at the front and rear of the premises is now being considered by North Lincolnshire Council planners.

The Lord Nelson Hotel, which has a number of guest rooms, is grade two listed and occupies a prominent location in the Brigg Conservation Area, close to the landmark Buttercross with its distinctive clock tower.

It is the Old Mill Brewery's only outlet in a market town renowned for its pubs.

The Lord Nelson is named after the legendary admiral who led the Navy to victory over the French and Spanish fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

The proposed new exterior of The Lord Nelson in Brigg and (right) the pub as it appears now(Image: Main picture: SR Signs Ltd)

Brigg's first Lord Nelson pub was nearby in The Butchery, now known as Elwes Street, in the early 19th century.

The current hostelry has been owned by a number of breweries in its time, including Brigg's own Sutton & Bean in the early 20th century, and Wards (Sheffield).

It also had a spell as a free house.

In 1948 the Lord Nelson was owned by Grimsby fish merchant John Proctor, whose racehorse, Sheila's Cottage - a rank outsider - won the world famous Grand National at very long odds of 50/1.

Trained by the renowned Neville Crump, she was the first mare to win the Aintree classic for 46 years.

The delighted owner celebrated by buying all Saturday night Brigg pub-goers a drink on him, making John Proctor the toast of the town! 

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