Wine bar offering daily specials with a home-cooked taste. The bar is below street level, and the walls show exhibitions of art or photography. The bar is run by women and definitely a place where women feel comfortable. If you arrive at 7pm, the day's food offering will be just being chalked onto the board. Portions are hearty. Reopened and turned fully vegan, Jun 2021. Open Tue-Thu 17:00-00:00, Fri 17:00-01:00, Sat 14:00-01:00. Occasionally opens Sun. Check Socials.

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27 Reviews

First Review by Alex82


Points +72

25 Sep 2023

Varied and well priced!

Nelson's is a must for any vegans visiting the area. A very varied and unique vegan menu, with a great atmosphere. For the type of cuisine and dining experience, it's very well priced and the food is delicious.

Pros: Great menu options , Very well priced , Lovely atmosphere



Points +24

18 Aug 2023


What a gem. Situated in a basement, Nelson's Wine Bar feels 'cool' in every sense of the word. Lovely staff and great to be able to choose from an all vegan menu, with interesting, original dishes. The desserts were bliss, with nothing left of our Vegan Mess and Black Forest Choc Pot. I asked the staff where the name of the bar came from? They said it was lost in the mists of time, dating from when the bar opened 20+ years ago. I offered my theory that it might be paying homage to Nelson's Wine Bar that featured in the Archers many moons ago, run by the louche Nelson Gabriel and Kenton Archer.

Pros: Lovely vibe, Friendly staff, Great food


Points +67

09 Aug 2023

Absolutely incredible

Nelsons was brilliant, everything was vegan with great labelling for allergies and lots of gluten free options. The food was so delicious! Try the Aspen fries. Super dog friendly, even had dog beds to borrow!


Points +140

15 Apr 2023

Amazing vegan find!

Fabulous little place with a great atmosphere and tasty food. We ordered the potato rosti, tofu burger, cashew Camembert, KFC (Kentucky fried cauliflower) and the chilli-choc pot for dessert. All of the food was amazing, albeit not much a fan of chilli in chocolate! Would definitely go again - the menu is limited, but shows that they put great effort into the food they serve.

And dog friendly!

Updated from previous review on 2023-04-15

Pros: All vegan , Tasty food, Excellent service

Cons: Limited menu , A little pricey


Points +77

12 Feb 2023

Interesting menu & creative setting

Friendly staff, impressive & varied menu really tasty food!
Recommend booking.


Points +37

12 Nov 2022

Lovely atmosphere & delicious menu

The menu was amazing, it took me so long to decide what I wanted. It was very busy when I was there (a Saturday night!), but the staff were really lovely and apologetic for the delay. They even gave me a free glass of wine for my wait which I was not expecting.

Pros: Interesting & varied menu, Fantastic wine selection (obviously!), Dog friendly


Points +106

28 Oct 2022

Incredible vegan food

We tried Nelsons last night and were not disappointed. We had a whole bunch of things from the menu and would recommend the gnocchi, the cashew camembert and the tofu burger; although everything we had was delicious. The atmosphere down there is cool and the staff were friendly. Lovely place for a special vegan meal.


Points +296

09 Oct 2022

OMG this place is amazing

From the outside it just looks ordinary
Go down the stairs to a magical cellar with the most beautiful atmosphere, lovely friendly staff and the best tastes VEGAN food we have ever tasted!

Pros: All Vegan, Tasty food , Lovely atmosphete

Cons: Not expensive , The music is a little loud


Points +71

07 Sep 2022

Delicious food and friendly service

We had a great meal, and it was good to have a lot of choice in vegan dishes across small plates (or starters), mains, and desserts. The flavours were intense but finely balanced, and a lot of thought had gone into the combinations of ingredients in each dish, down to the salad dressings.
The tofu burger and the schnitzel were highlights for us. Desserts were slightly less successful, but tasty nonetheless.
The service is relaxed and friendly but also very efficient - orders were taken and courses brought with just the right amount of 'pause' between each. The wine lists are not extensive but there's still a good choice, and, again, it's great to have vegan options.
We'll absolutely be returning and recommending.

Pros: Excellent food and options for small plates, Good atmosphere and set-up, tables well spaced, Good choice of wines

Cons: Not cheap - but still value for money


Points +51

19 Aug 2022

6 Stars!

Lovely evening - lots of very tasty and interesting cooked from scratch vegan options (instead of fake meat), staff were great, quality beer, nice ambience - perfect!

Pros: Lovely vegan options, Great atmosphere, Good service


Points +113

18 Apr 2022

Incredible food and cosy ambience

Fully vegan place.
The food here is just incredible. Original, inventive, tasty and healthy. I've had several dishes from the menu (which changes occasionally) and have loved every single one of them. Have brought non-vegan friends here and they were blown away. Very reasonable prices considering how good the food is. The service is excellent, prompt and friendly. Lovely non-pretentious ambience, with interesting and quirky customers.
My favourite place ever.
Just go!

Updated from previous review on 2022-04-18

Pros: Food, Service, Value


Points +143

16 Apr 2022


We shared several of the small plate dishes for our meal & they were all amazing. Really interesting & innovative flavours & ingredient combinations. Service and atmosphere was great too. My only slight criticism is that everything was quite intensely flavoured and sometimes it’s just nice to have the vegetables shine in their own right.

Updated from previous review on 2022-04-15

Pros: All vegan, Innovative recipes & use of ingredients , Lovely staff & atmosphere

Cons: Busy - book ahead if you can!


Points +1584

07 Apr 2022

Very Hebden!

Very atmospheric (in the basement). Great selection of wine. Gluten-free options aren’t labelled on the menu, but are available if you ask the servers. Food is on the expensive side and some of the food flavour combinations are a bit on the experimental side, but overall a lovely experience.

Pros: GF options available

Cons: Expensive


Points +279

02 Apr 2022

Lush food and vibes

We had a really good dinner here tonight. The baked ‘Camembert’ is delicious, topped with rosemary and garlic and served with great sourdough. I had the moussaka, which was served inside a baked aubergine. My partner had the tofu burger which he said was full of different flavours, creamy mayo, crispy tofu and a punch of jalapeño cutting through. Lovely atmosphere and staff too. It’s a bit pricey but we thought it delivered value for money.

Pros: The food, The vibes, The staff


Points +191

27 Feb 2022

Amazing food, great atmosphere

Congratulations to the owners and amazing chef, the food was exceptional and the vibe of the place is just great. Wished we lived closer!

Pros: Exceptional food - Sunday lunch a must, Lovely people , Great vibe

Cons: None


Points +31

01 Oct 2021

Fabulous vegan and gluten free food

Great place, fab vegan and gluten free food. Lovely atmosphere. Service is friendly too 😁

Pros: The food is delicious, Service is great, Great gluten free options

Cons: Nothing


Points +218

09 Sep 2021


Fantastic food, well presented and a really nice menu. We tried a few things on the menu from Nibbles through to dessert. Couldn't fault it, you could tell a lot of effort had been put into the dishes. Nice friendly staff too, I'll be going here again definitely.

Pros: All Vegan, made from scratch, reasonably priced.

Cons: None


25 Jan 2022


Points +655

07 Sep 2021

Delicious vegan food though some dishes are a bit on the pricey side

We went in a group and ordered a lot of different things, so got a good idea of the menu at Nelson's. The presentation and flavour of all the dishes was absolutely amazing, so we really have to be super positive about that. The glazed tofu on noodle salad and the crème brûlée were the winners of the evening and the cheesecake that was on the menu is definitely also recommended.
I'd recommend the arancini too, which were very soft and tasty, but there were only 3 small arancini on the plate for £7, which in all honesty felt a little meagre. The same goes for the mushroom kiev with greens which at £14 felt a bit on the small side (2 portobello mushrooms on a handful of greens).

Pros: Delicious food, Lots of choice, Fresh ingredients, lovingly presented

Cons: Value for money very variable


25 Jan 2022

Hello there thank you for your thoughtful and well balanced review. We have considered your comments and have since tweaked the dishes
Many Thanks


08 Apr 2022

Thanks Annie!! 🙏
Been back many times and still loving it at Nelson’s


Points +60

17 Aug 2021

Really Tasty Vegan Food

Great bar excellent service with a large vegan only menu. Well recommended


Points +16

22 Jun 2021

Great vegan food

They have just reopened as fully plant based restaurant after being shut for over a year. We went down there for food on a hot thursday evening and it was nice and cool to sit down there. The food was out of this world off the scale and the natural orange wine was just delightful. Staff are friendly and efficient. Will defo be going to this basement restaurant again very soon.

Updated from previous review on 2021-06-19

Pros: Nice to get away from the heat., Natural wines, Vegan local ales

Cons: Only opens at 5pm, No cocktails


Points +699

29 Mar 2019


Cosy place which has a range of choices and many veg dishes can be made vegan on request. Had chilli which was tasty and vegan mezze which had good hummus and vine leaves.

Pros: Atmosphere , Vegan choice

Cons: Friendly staff


Points +868

20 Sep 2018

Lots of choice but meh

Lots of choice, including clearly-labelled vegan items, but my moussaka was decidedly sub-par - mostly cheese sauce, or so it seemed. Surprisingly uninspired for a veg-dedicated place.

Updated from previous review on 2017-07-16


Points +1395

26 Jun 2018

Friday night, couples meal out

Came here on a Friday teatime! It was hot and sunny outside, but cool and dark inside - it’s based downstairs. The other 3 are omnivores and seemed happy with the vegetarian options but found the vegan options to be less tasty. To drink I had mango juice (bottled). I ordered garlic bread which was lovely. I had the coconut, chick pea and sweet potato curry with saffron rice. It was quite bland. I kept adding salt and pepper for extra flavour. For dessert I had the vegan chocolate fudge cake with cream and ice cream, it was pretty good and a big portion which I love! The service was great, the clientele were nice too. As it’s dog friendly, they brought theirs with them! I would come back again, but probably not during daylight hours.


Points +7423

15 Dec 2017

Comfortable place

Wish they were open before 5 pm. Went one weekday evening with a local friend, had a Little Valley (local, vegan) beer and the Thai Red Curry, which was very good and just the right amount of everything. Nice atmosphere, friendly people.

Pros: welcoming atmosphere, vegan options, including vegan beers, pleasant staff

Cons: opens only at 5:00 pm


Points +130

13 Nov 2017


Went to Nelsons for the first time last Saturday, great atmosphere and great food. It's clearly well loved in the area and a few people had recommended this place to me already. Great vegan options, along with vegan chocolate cake for pudding with a choice of custard, ice cream or cream!

Pros: lots of vegan options!, great atmosphere

Cons: none


Points +61

10 Jun 2013

Old Favourite

I love this place and return again and again, there's always something different to try. My carnivore housemate has driven 50 minutes to this place for the last three Saturdays, just for their halloumi Panini!(weirdo)

Pros: Specials board, Vegan alcohol, Intimate, great for a date

Cons: No outside area, limited seating, no reservations


Points +75

20 Nov 2011


Don't be put off by the basement location, the food here is brilliant. There are several options for vegans and the sausage and mash is lovely.

Pros: Great food, Good Value, Choice for Vegans

Cons: None

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