ENGLAND footballer and attacking midfielder for newly-crowned premier league champions Liverpool, Adam Lallana shared a taste of victory at The Nelson Tavern in Stanpit near Christchurch.

Lallana, who has agreed a three-year contract with Brighton and Hove Albion, called into this popular pub for a bite to eat last month - just a couple of weeks after Liverpool were confirmed premier league champions when Manchester City lost to Chelsea.

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But it isn't just Lallana who has a taste of victory! Since launching Pub of the Week in the Bournemouth Echo, scores of nominations for The Nelson Tavern have flooded in!

And this week, this popular pub has scooped Trader of the Week and it's not the first time The Nelson Tavern have a taste of victory.

With award-winning chefs Joe Carlo and Hayley Toomer as landlords, it is little surprise this pretty boozer has also been voted as serving the "best roast dinner" in Dorset!

And with beach huts, booths and games also on the menu, voters said the Nelson is the perfect pub to sit and unwind, eat and drink!

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Joe and Hayley, took over the pub in this fishing village in 2017 and are delighted with their win.

Hayley said: "The Nelson is well known for a great Sunday Lunch, we have won an award for the best roast in Dorset. Joe and I are award-winning chefs and produce great fresh food. We are a family run business, dog and children friendly. Our dog Remy is a red Fox Labrador and well known in the area.

"We had a garden refurbishment last year, which the locals and visitors to Mudeford love."

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Before lockdown the couple were hosting and catering for many large events and functions, including wedding receptions and big birthday parties. 
However, once lockdown was implemented, the pub was forced to close with Joe, Hayley and their staff having little option but to take furlough as The Nelson Tavern did not qualify for a grant.
During those lockdown weeks, the couple spent "quality time" with their seven-year-old daughter Poppy. 
Finally, the Nelson Tavern opened its doors on July 4, with all their staff re-instated and no longer on furlough.
Hayley said: "We have put safe practices in place for the staff and our visitors. Fortunately we have a large garden and restaurant, so people who come to The Nelson Tavern feel comfortable. 

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"We have been busy since we reopened and have fantastic local support. We would like to thank all our locals and visitors, who have popped in on their holidays to Mudeford."

The Nelson Tavern has joined up to the Government's Eat Out scheme, which Hayley described as "very welcoming."

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