In July 2020, we joined forces with the mighty Darren and Rachel who have run the Lord Nelson for a few years. They had already set a great standard for stunning fresh food, epic drinks, and incredible service. So it was a perfect location for myself and Carlie to show Topsham what we're made of! As two couples who love food and drink we are a formidable team and cant wait to share the love!
Welcome to the Lord Nelson, steeped in history and brought into the 21st century by Rachel and Darren. Craft beer, a bounty of spirits, stunning food from the award winning Goose and Gander kitchen and live music define us.
Come and enjoy our beer garden, scrumptious food and comfy sofa’s, whether for a quality latte from local bean roasters Exe Coffee Roasters, craft beer from Camden Town & Beavertown or a local gin.
Some history on Charlie and Carlie...
Myself and my fiancée have been working alongside each other in various kitchens across the UK and France for almost a decade, we felt it was time to start our own brand! Carlie called me a silly goose one day and the nickname stuck wherever we waddled! We love giving back to the community which means we only ever source our ingredients locally, we freshly prepare dishes using modern and classic techniques to show everyone our passion of food and hospitality. We hope you enjoy dining with us as much as we enjoy cooking for you.
We are award winning chefs wanting to push ourselves further in our culinary adventure. I learned my skills very early on in my career when I became Head Chef at The Inn at West End in my early 20s. I then entered The Game Chef of the Year 2014 where I battled from over 100 entries down to the final 4! I loved the challenge which inspired me to investigate new ideas, techniques and styles. Carlie joined my foodie adventure nearly 10 years ago and never looked back, she took a shine to nose to tail dining, where she had a serious skill for butchery. The love of the pressure made her confident enough to be my number 2 within a few years. In 2017 we moved to France where we ran a busy pizza kitchen in The Alps, where we won Best Bar 2018 in the Morzine Source Awards. We then returned to the UK where we started our new life in Devon and won Best Gastro Pub in the Exeter Living Awards 2019, we were so grateful to be welcomed into the West Country and proud that we could get local produce to help us get on the map!