The Wig and Mitre is what we call in England as a "Gastro-pub" in other words it is a pub/ public house which serves good quality food throughout the day. The pub serves food from around 8:30 in the morning until late in the evening, it is conveniently located near the Cathedral on the famous Steep Hill so I wouldn't get too drunk!!
The pub has a menu of local meals and snacks ranging from posh sandwiches to more filling meals. The pub inside has quite an old, traditional feel and it has a nice atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: I had a lamb sandwich on toasted bread with salad from the lunchtime menu, it was very delicious and cost around £5.00 for the sandwich alone.
Not the cheapest restaurant I ever had, but surely not the worst. The Wig and Mitre mixes menu and old-style ambience of an old style pub with the quietness and food quality of a better restaurants. Dishes available range from typical pub dishes to own creations, though the choice is small but fine.
Had a good dinner to finish my day in Lincoln and was completely satisfied. It's not the place you would go to with your football fan buddies, but the place you would go to to avoid such crowds while having a beer adn a good meal. They advertise this place as a ‘reassuringly- civilised’ Pub-restaurant.
Blyton Ice cream is an Ice cream parlour located in.... you guessed it Blyton which is a village in Lincoln between the towns of Gainsborough and Scunthorpe. Blyton Ice cream also serves a number of other deserts and also has a hot food menu for those of you who don't want an ice cream.
Ice creams can be ordered from the parlour outdoors where you can pick from a selection of about 50 different flavours. There is a large seating area both indoors and outdoors and a free car park at the rear of the restaurant.
Favorite Dish: My favourite ice cream is one scoop of double chocolate chip and a scoop of mint chocolate chip in a wafer cone - Choco-heaven!
This old style pub is a lovely cosy place where you can go for a few drinks with friends or have a nice meal. There are a few open fires around that you can sit near in the winter with a nice cup of coffee or a hot toddy if you prefer!
Split by the bar in the middle, the seating is fairly private for such a large place and the chairs are comfortable enough to sit in for hours. It has smoking and non-smoking areas.
I really like this place.
There is also the possibility of holding a large function in the Cathedral Suite, up to 100 people. It also has rooms available from about 70 pounds per night.
This cafe/restaurant is great for a light lunch or afternoon tea. It is situated on the bridge over the river Witham in the heart of the shopping district. Enter through the baker's shop on the ground floor and as you go up the creaky stairs you can read all about the history of the building.
This place even gets reviews in national newspapers. It's small, quaint and also sells food other than pies! We went here for lunch a couple of times and the food was generally a very good standard.
They have a 'beat the clock' menu in the evening.
Favorite Dish: The desserts are great.
Nando's is a Portuguese chain restaurant that is all over England and of course it would be in Lincoln. When you sit a server welcomes you asking if you've ever been there and if you know how it works. You chose the items you want from the menu, and walk to the open-view kitchen where they cook your chicken to-order. You pay at the till and the waiter will bring you the food.
Food is simple and good.
Great for family and they even have baby changing facilities.
Favorite Dish: Nando's is very nice and their main dish is Chicken with Peri-peri sauce. Don't have a favorite dish, but you can order your chicken with side dishes and different sauces, peri-peri being the main one that you can choose from mild to spicy.
There are vegetarian choices and instead of whole or 1/2 chicken you can have sandwiches in flat breads.
The pizzas here are real, quality, made on the premesis stone oven baked and very tasty indeed. The place is usually quite full because it's so popular, but you can go in and they'll tell you what time to go back if it's full.
Favorite Dish: I like the traditional lemonade. Any of the pizzas are worth it, you can even see them being made.
This pub has some of the nicest cheap pub food I have ever tasted. You can get special meal deals (buy one get one free and the like) on certain meals and the quality is high.
The atmosphere is very relaxed and friendly but it's usually quite smoky, unfortunately.
Favorite Dish: The beef and ale pie is DELICIOUS!
You go up to the counter to order your meal and they'll bring it to you.
Right next to the Cathedral and Castle, it's a great place to end your day after sightseeing.
It might be the slightly dungeon-like feel to the lower room, it might be the extremely comfortable couches, or the aroma of fresh coffee and sweet cakes and passtries flowing through the air, but as soon as I sat down in The Bowl Full, I knew I liked the place. It really is a great place to just relax and have a coffe or a meal and a chat with friends.
Favorite Dish: I had a delicious latte with a caramel shot, super sweet. I also tried the Bailey's cheesecake which was delicious too...
Price indicated below is for coffee alone.
Really nice, local ingredients in the pies. VERY interesting fillings like local rabbit and braised elderberry, duck and raspberry. Delicious, all. You get a plate of vegetables to go with your pie.
Favorite Dish: I've only been there once. I had the rabbit pie, which was absolutely delicious.
For more information, the website has the full menu and prices.
I've only just discovered this excellent little cafe, just off the main tourist run in Lincoln. Nestled at the foot the hill, it has throughly contemporary feel to it, without overdoing it.
The teas and coffees were all very fine, with none of the flowery chintz that you tend to get elsewhere in the town. Looking over the snack and lunctime menu (open 10am-4.30 Mon-Sat) it was easy to see the theme of 'cheese' running throughout.
The USP of this establishment is, without doubt, a generous helping of the fromage in every available form. You can even order cheese - straight. The first rate cheese counter stands at the entrance to the shop, with some good local cheeses on show. Most of these are organic and totally mouth-watering. As i write this tip, my keyboard is becoming drenched in dribble.
They also do mail order.
an eating house for centuries.
The cellar is all candlelit and romantic and the main floor is all wooden tables, wooden floors and blackboards. The Kitchen is upstairs, and the serving staff certainly get a workout up and downstairs in their wonderfully old-fashioned attire.
We often try to get a table in the early evening when they have a "beat the Clock" promotion - so a set two couse meal at say 6.30 pm only costs 6 pounds 30 plus another quid.. Reckon on 20-25 pounds a head at other times.
Update FEB 07 : I'm not sure if they still run the 'beat the clock' promotion, but lunchtime was mighty fine recently. An excellent two course meal for 7 quid. It included the best pork pie I've ever tasted. 'Pie of pork' would actually be more true. Beautiful pastry contained lumps of well seasoned pork dripping in a succulent gravey.
Favorite Dish: The game pie is fantastic. Proper crust and deep filled with gravy smothering at least three types of game.
Many of the other pies are great too, especially the ones that use beer.
The rest of the food is italian / french / spanish stuff - all cooked well.
The only drawback is the sweet trolley which is a bit on the pricey side.
So is a nice restaurant overlooking Brayford Pool. the interior is rather dimly lit but has rather comfortable armcharis to sit in as you eat your food and an interesting water feature in the middle of the room.
Favorite Dish: I had a lovely warm chicken baguette and a pint of Coke (Note to self, never buy a pint of coke unless you want to have a sleepless night). There's not a huge variety of food but it all looks quite nice and my baguettte came with salad.
Oslinc is an ostrich meat farm that also offers ostrich burgers to the public from time to time at farmers markets and other such street stall events. For £2.20 you can get a delicious ostrich burger or for 20pence extra, one with cheese. Ostrich meat tastes very much like beef but has less fat than chicken or turkey (roughly 1.2% fat rather than up to 9.7% for pork) and cooks in much less time.
You can buy fresh ostrich meat at the markets as well; mince, roasts, burgers, sausages, even fresh ostrich eggs (weighing from 1-2 kilograms)!
Favorite Dish: I have only tried the ostrich burger, which is delicious!