Bank Holiday lunch at The Admiral Nelson, Braunston [EOTHO]

View of the canal, Lock 3 at Braunston
Anyone else love a three-day weekend, but then massively struggle with a four-day week? Bank Holiday Monday seems so long ago now too, but it was the first one in I don’t know how long that both Ash and I didn’t have work. We decided we’d go for lunch somewhere along the canal route and maybe go for a walk or do something afterwards. In the end, we had lunch and then visited Ash’s grandparents, as we hadn’t seen them since February.

The Admiral Nelson is at Lock 3 in Braunston, on the way to Daventry. It’s not somewhere I’ve ever been before, but it was really lovely – and the canal-side walk was so peaceful… not that we got very far. Alfie loved watching the barges going by, and the locks opening up to let them through. I loved being in the fresh air and sitting outside in the sun.

The pub has indoor and outdoor seating and being a Bank Holiday as well as the ‘last’ day of the Eat Out To Help Out scheme, and not even mentioning the glorious sunshine, it was rammed. All the tables and seating indoors had been reserved and the outside benches were a bit of a free-for-all. The ones canal-side were obviously a bit more desirable than the ones directly outside the pub – but I would have been happy sitting anywhere!

After a getting a round of drinks at the bar and a couple of menus, we went outside to find there wasn’t any seating. Luckily, a lovely couple finished up quickly and let us have their table – I had to jump in to stop a new arrival nabbing it first. But we were sorted – and luckily in a prime position too.

Toddler boy with fish and chips, overlooking the canal

There was no children’s menu, so I didn’t really know what the deal would be with Alfie. Then I remembered we were getting a hefty discount – adult main meal for you, munchkin. He asked for a burger, he got fish & chips. As Ash went to order, it was mushy peas rather than garden (probably for his benefit). And in fairness, Alfie did really well. I cut the fish up and he gave it a good go – the batter was so crisp, without being too greasy, and the fish just flaked off the fork. Delicious. I got a little food envy, but that was because I didn’t know what to order – my shortlist was five dishes, so not very short!

The black & blue (steak and blue cheese) salad, fish & chips or one of the three (meat) burgers on offer… In the end, I went for a burger – the venison burger. Cooked rare and topped with blue stilton, red onion chutney, onion nest, beef tomato and lettuce. It was huge – and so so rich. I’d not had venison for a while, and I have to say it was a little rare for me. This coming from the girl that used to eat steak blue, but now has to have medium rare! But it was seasoned beautifully. I left most of the brioche bun to save on tummy space, and risk having pains from eating white bread and chips in one sitting. Ash chose the same burger.

Venison burger and chips, with coleslaw

Our first round of drinks (a large coke, a large glass of wine and a squash) came to £10.50, which seems like quite a lot. But to put into perspective, we ordered a smaller round of drinks with the food and that came to just over £25 – so the discount on the food was decent!

The service was good. And it was good to see all the relevant corona-enforced measures in place. There was a hand sanitiser station at the entrance, and it was one person/group in at a time to order at the bar. You had to queue regardless of whether you were ordering food or drinks. And while it was busy, we felt very safe. I would absolutely return, but maybe walk a little further next time. Or at least, head to the country park! I felt like I needed to go for a walk after all that food!

Love, Lucy xx

The Admiral Nelson - Dark Lane, Braunston, Daventry NN11 7HJ
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