Where to eat in Lincoln |Top food & drink in Lincoln

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 for food and drink in Lincoln to suit whatever mood you’re in, all within walking distance of Lincoln Castle and the Bailgate area.

Where to go for cocktails in Lincoln 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.

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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.

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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.

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Where to go for a coffee in Lincoln & 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.

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Where to go for a cosy pub dinner in Lincoln – 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.

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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.

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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;

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The Bronze Pig | Fine Dining in Lincoln

When you mention The Bronze Pig in Lincoln to others then their eyes light up. Either people are excited about their visit, or indeed have visited already for a birthday or an anniversary.

810_9244810_9251The restaurant is intimate, with only 12 tables, and only one sitting, meaning that you have the table to yourself for the whole evening. This is quite unusual in a restaurant of this standard, but allows guests to dine leisurely, enjoying their food and the environment, without having to rush for the next guests. There’s even a chef’s table for 6-8 people with views into the kitchen to marvel at the masterpieces being cooked. It’s decorated in a unique modern style, with wall murals and multi coloured chairs, bringing a bright vibrant aura to the rooms. 810_9266810_9270The chatty and personable owner explained a little about the ethos of the restaurant. Despite his Italian background the restaurant is decidedly British with almost everything on the menu coming from within 10 miles. A few exceptions such as the fish (from Grimsby) are allowed, but even bottled waters are locally sourced and Pompeo has even dabbled in British wines. The menus nod towards traditional cuisines, which with Lincoln being a heritage city with a huge amount of history is a lovely link.

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The food is seasonal and the menus change every month, with an evening of gastronomy held every 3 months with a special tasting menu. The food finds a wonderful balance between traditional menus and ingredients with a modern often deconstructed twist. Meats like rabbit, guinea fowl and pheasant make an appearance, with touches of sweet and savoury alongside each other, as well as a range of textures in every dish. The pan roasted quail was accompanied by a poached quail’s egg, but served alongside slightly blackened corn, giving a fine dining meal a homely nod. In a similar manner, the impeccable cod served with a tarragon pesto, sat on a cassoulet bed, once again mixing very familiar ingredients that one might find at home, alongside flavours and cooking techniques only found in top end restaurants.

The deconstructed lemon meringue pie was both sweet and torte, with a white chocolate ‘base’ that tasted like a rich tablet. A basil jus added an unusual but welcome flavour, and also that signature sweet & savoury mix.

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The chef is passionate about his food, and his taste comes across in the food. I was lucky enough to chat with him briefly after the meal and he talked enthusiastically about coming up with menus for the month.

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The evening was delightful from start to finish, and certainly in the top few meals I’ve eaten in recent times. With the frequently changing menus and expansions to the restaurant in the next year it’s certainly a place to return to.

http://thebronzepig.co.uk

48 hours in Lincoln | What to do on a weekend break?

In the past few years, Lincoln has grown from a sleepy midlands town to a thriving place with a popular university that also manages to maintain it’s historical charm…and boy does it have a lot of history!

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To familiarise yourself with the historic centre, try a walking tour with @hiddenlincoln My guide Ivan met me outside my hotel at The White Hart and took me on a two hour tour starting with Lincoln as a Roman settlement, through the medieval times right up to modern day. We wandered down streets without a single other person on them, only to come across preserved Roman walls and gates into the city, including the only Roman Gate in the whole country to still have traffic travel through it. Lincoln was a major player in the Roman times, and the city was full of bathhouses, an amphitheatre, markets and garrisons, and it’s possible to see evidence of these all over the city, if only you know where to look.

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Ivan was incredibly knowledgable, but tailored his tour to my particular interests, and as we approached the cathedral area, he pointed out numerous ‘secret’ carvings on the building, some done as medieval mischief, and even modern sculptures depicting a caretaker who has been working there for 40 years.

The cathedral is obviously a highlight, and even those not particularly interested in visiting churches will be wowed by the size and grandeur of it. It’s the third largest cathedral in the UK and despite the constant renovations it’s splendid to look at. An earthquake a few hundred years ago means that it’s designed in a few different styles including the more traditional gothic style, but inside it also features more modern artworks inside including paintings from some of the Bloomsbury set.

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The chapter house is lovely and during my visit I happened upon an impromptu performance from a fantastic group calling themselves Boston’s oldest boyband, singing ‘Unchained Melody!’

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When you’re all cathedralled out, then head to the Bailgate area to take a wander. At the top of the aptly named ‘Steep Hill’, Bailgate and the hill itself are full of boutiques, coffee shops and wine sellers, as well as the odd antique shop thrown in. You could spend quite a while wandering around, highlights include the traditional chocolatiers, as well as the more modern fudge shop, and an amusingly named café called ‘Basecamp’, (which it does feel like when you’re walking back up the hill.) It’s a pretty area with lovely buildings and looks like it’s straight from an old movie set.

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Facing the cathedral is Lincoln Castle, a well preserved walled castle with a Victorian Prison housed inside. The prison held both male and female prisoners, as well as very young children and quickly became very over crowded during the Victorian period. An exhibition inside allows you to see how the cells would have looked and learn a little about some of the inmates.

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Back outside and you can walk around the castle walls, getting fantastic views of the city and the cathedral towers. It’s a little bit windy up there, but a lovely walk, and it’s accessible to people with disabilities now too after recent refurbishments.

Outside of the town but within easy reach is the International Bomber Command Centre. The memorial itself is a 31 metre high sculpture surrounded by a Wall of Names, featuring the identities of those from Bomber Command and ground crew who lost their lives preserving the freedoms we have today. It’s a peaceful area with views through the memorial towards the cathedral. Inside the main building as well as a café is the indoor exhibition area, an interactive space including stories from the home guard and even a moving map showing bombing in Europe between 1939-1945. It’s a moving place and a very popular site to visit since it’s opening in March 2018. Even for younger members of the family, it’s an interesting place to visit and a great place for them to learn through interactive activities, and for those a bit older, its a wonderful place to pay your respects.

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Only a couple of hours by train from London, Lincoln is a lovely weekend away and full of varied options. It’s a great spot for history lovers, a top place for foodies, and with it’s range of trendy bars and cute boutique hotels it’s a great choice for a romantic trip.

https://www.visitlincoln.com