For the past two decades, this establishment has been synonymous with local fine dining, and the current owner has enthusiastically breathed new life into this classic institution. Looming imposingly on a corner block in the heart of residential Mosta, The Lord Nelson stands as a testament to a new era of talented local chefs. Set in a typical Maltese townhouse, the original structural features have now been given a subtle make-over to enhance their timeless quality. Damask wallpaper covering statement walls, whose pattern is echoed in the drawn drapes, glow under subdued mood lighting. Tables are well spaced, offering intimacy amidst the hum of its regular clientele, and its eager to please front-of-house are so well-mannered that it’s impossible to find fault with the service.
The constantly evolving menu promises modern twists on classic favourites based around fresh, seasonal produce which complement the extensive global wine list. Here, the smoked pork belly with parsnips, celeriac remoulade and puffed skin is tender and tasty. The stand alone flavours of the wild boar with ravigote, sultana ragù and cauliflower textures speak for themselves. All mains come with potatoes and seasonal vegetables with an additional selection of sides to order. Shunning the local trend of offering desserts only as an afterthought, The Lord Nelson’s stunning deconstructed puddings are unmissable, but you must try the buttermilk sandwich with plums, honeycomb and basil or the doughnut with toffee, hazelnut and whiskey ice cream. The extensive wine list serves to complement every dish.