Lincoln has a great number of options for food and drinks to suit all tastes. In the old town area then cute coffee shops and brunch options are numerous, as are traditional pubs with a few unique wine bars in between.
The list below is a few top recommendations to suit whatever mood you’re in, all within walking distance of Lincoln Castle and the Bailgate area.
Where to go for cocktails and a stylish lunch – The Cosy Club
Towards the main shopping area of Lincoln is the old agricultural market and corn exchange area. It’s going through a regeneration of sorts and The Cosy Club is leading the way for style and also great use of the buildings. A relatively unassuming entrance leads up the stairs to a grand hall, with old timber beams on the ceiling, giant crown like light features designed by set designers from Game Of Thrones, and original adverts adorning the walls from when the building was an old corn exchange.
It’s bright and cheerful, with colourful decorations and a long bar reminiscent of a speakeasy. There’s plenty of choice for drinks, including an imaginative cocktail menu which changes regularly, as well as an extensive spirit list.
As well as impressively sized sandwiches and burgers, there are tapas style options to share including top end haloumi fries and a scotch egg with black pudding. Main courses are also generously portioned with options including a superfood bowl and a delicious roast chicken wrapped in bacon which is made from scratch every order meaning it’s juicy and fresh.
Top tip for dessert | Order the chocolate bomb with popping candy. It comes with a hot caramel sauce which melts the chocolate when poured, making a great boomerang, for those so inclined.
Where to go for a coffee & a light lunch – Stokes Coffee
Stokes Coffee is a long standing family run business that smelt so delicious the scents wafted over as we approached from the castle. They have three locations but we visited Stokes on the Lawn which is housed in an old asylum. The cafe is decorated with funky wallpaper and a giant whale sculpture hangs from the ceiling. The team source, blend, roast and pack the products here and it’s possible to go ‘backstage’ so to speak, and view the teas and coffees and the coffee making process. They also sell the products to take home as well as drink in.
I tried the guest blend, with it’s hint of chocolate flavours as well as a fresh juice. The homemade food menu is clearly popular as the cafe was busy when we visited, giving a nice friendly atmosphere. I opted for the Lincolnshire Platter, complete with cheeses, pickles, pork pie, tasty Piper’s crisps (which of course are also from Lincolnshire), and haslet. For those who don’t know, (myself included until yesterday), haslet is somewhere between a meat loaf and a pie, and is sliced very thinly, going exceptionally well with mustard.
Where to go for a cosy pub dinner – The Wig & Mitre
Upstairs from the Wig & Mitre Pub is the restaurant area. From my table I had great views of the castle on my right and then through the skylight on my left I could see the top of the cathedral, so I couldn’t really ask for better views.
It’s a cosy, relaxed atmosphere with a delightful owner who came to say hello during the meal. They do a range of ales as well as other options like the popular Adnam’s Stout, and there is a fairly extensive wine list.
The menu is seasonal and there were a number of specials to compliment the other options. Starters included a beef brisket served in a yorkshire pudding which was filling and comforting, like the best kind of home cooking. Main courses included a duck breast with rich red cabbage cooked in red wine & cranberry sauce, and a pork belly with black pudding. The highlight for me was dessert. I opted for a double chocolate sponge, with caramel ice cream, genuinely so delicious I considered licking the plate.
The Wig & Mitre is a great option for those wanting tasty food in a homely environment, with the added benefit of being right in the old town area.
Where to go for Michelin Listed food | Special Occasion Dining – The Bronze Pig
So popular that you will have to plan your visit a few weeks in advance, The Bronze Pig has been open in Lincoln for around three years and gained a fantastic reputation during that time, as well as honourable mentions in the Michelin Guide 2018.
It’s top quality, British food with unusual twists, featuring seasonal menus with ingredients sourced as locally as possible, (usually within 10 miles of the restaurant.)
There is an extensive wine list as well as suggested wines for each dish, and the staff are knowledgeable and passionate about the food as well as the concept.
Despite the fine dining level of food, it’s non pretentious, and makes for fantastic special occasion food or indeed a more frequent visit to try out the monthly changing menu for proper foodies. – Full review here; https://alifewelltravelled.co.uk/2018/10/20/the-bronze-pig-fine-dining-in-lincoln/