Nelsons of Bridgetown

The weekend saw us heading south to Bridgetown. We arrived around five and checked straight in to Nelsons of Bridgetown. Nelsons offers accommodation, a function centre and fully licensed restaurant and is situated on the towns main road. It provides very clean, neat and reasonably priced rooms. The staff at reception were very friendly and helpful. We were asked if we would like to book for dinner so decided to relax in the room for awhile and come back for an early meal. 
When we returned for dinner we were immediately shown to our table. The decor was charming and suited to a hotel built in the early 1800’s. We were handed the menus and informed that unfortunately the Jack Daniels Pork Ribs were unavailable. I appreciated being told this straight away as I don’t like making a choice only to find out it’s not available. The menu, although not large, still had enough variety. 

We decided to start with Garlic and Cheese Bread ($6.50), not surprising as we nearly always start with garlic bread. The serving was decent for the price, two large slices of soft centred, crusty bread with tasty cheese melting in the middle. The garlic was strong without being overpowering. 

Garlic Bread
I chose Chicken Pesto ($26.50) for my main. This was described on the menu as “chicken pieces pan fried with roasted sweet potato and pesto, finished with a house made fettuccine and a white wine cream reduction.” I really enjoyed this meal, my only complaints being the pasta, which although beautifully silky was overcooked, which was a shame, also it could have done with a bit more Parmesan. Overall, it was very tasty, the chicken tender and moist, the pumpkin well cooked and the fresh pesto blending with cream sauce, divine.
My husband went for the Cantonese Lamb Shanks ($28.50), “Australian Lamb Shank braised in an assortment of spices, fresh broccolini with a spring onion smash”. The presentation of this dish was excellent. Claude really loved the flavours and said the shank was very tender, however he thought it could have done with a more generous serving of the spring onion smash. 
For desert we decided to share the Sticky Date Pudding ($10). This was a reasonable sized dish and certainly looked inviting. The pudding was light and fluffy and the sauce had a lovely caramel taste but was just a little thin.
The staff were very friendly and attentive, but not intrusive. Plates were removed quickly and as soon as we finished our drinks we were asked if we wanted more. I think for the size of the dishes the price was quite reasonable and the quality of food excellent. I wouldn’t hesitate to stay here again and would look forward to dining in the Restaurant. Mmm, maybe the Death by Chocolate or the Apple Crumble next time.
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