Lincoln’s food scene is thriving, thanks to a steady tourist trade and the growing numbers of students flocking to the city.
Whether you like traditional pub grub, sweet treats or healthy brunch options, there’s something for every taste and budget, and we’ve picked some of our best eats in Lincoln to get you started.
33 Steep Hill, LN2 1LU.
A local institution, Brown’s is a firm favourite with visitors and locals alike. Set at the top of Steep Hill with modern meets traditional British interiors, it’s a great place to take visiting parents. Pie’s what they do best, with a whole range of meat and veggie options to choose from, but there’s also plenty of other dishes like Lincolnshire bangers and mash and sharing platters, if pastry’s not your thing. You can even grab pie and mash to go and eat it taking in the view of nearby Castle Square.
3 Ingleman Place, The Lawn, LN1 3BU.
Set slightly outside the main tourist drag in Uphill Lincoln, Ole Ole Tapas is a light, bright, lively space filled with Mediterranean pottery and sherry barrels for a real holiday feel. With all the typical Spanish dishes you know and love, plus an extensive vegan menu that includes churros and melted chocolate, it’s the perfect place for a meet up with a big group of mates. Can’t decide what to choose? They do a set menu including a selection of their most popular dishes to get you started.
6 West Parade, LN1 1JT.
Looking for a lazy Sunday brunch after a big weekend? Kine in the city’s West Parade is the place to be. Serving up Bloody Marys and Mimosas all day, alongside huevos rancheros, smashed avocado bagels and breakfast hash with halloumi soldiers, plus burgers and a couple of vegan options, it’s a bit off the beaten track, but only a few minutes’ walk from the Brayford – perfect for when you want great food and atmosphere with minimum effort.
18 Steep Hill, LN2 1LT.
If you’re out and about exploring and have managed to drag yourself up Steep Hill, you’re going to be in need of refreshment. Bunty’s Tea Room, a vintage-inspired café with china tea sets and 1940s tunes, claims to offer ‘thirst aid’ for weary passers-by, in the form of their own blend of teas, cream scones and substantial slabs of cake. If you’re passing in the morning, they do breakfasts including buttered crumpets and tea, or pop in later for afternoon teas served on cute china cake stands.
1 St. Martins Lane, LN2 1HY.
Small but perfectly formed, The Cheese Society is a specialist cheese shop with a 12-seater café that’s a homage to fromage. From double-baked Gruyere souffles to rich raclette and tartiflette, it’s the perfect lunch spot for those who think cheese makes everything taste better. You could try the cheese and meat platter, loaded with local and continental treats, or a slab of Lincolnshire plum bread (with cheese on top, obviously). You can’t book so there might be a bit of a wait, but it’s well worth it.
Newland, LN1 1XD.
If you like your meals with a side of social responsibility, Rising Café is a great choice. Run by Christian charity Betel UK, a share of the price of your food goes towards funding residential centres that help people get back on their feet after homelessness or addiction. Set in the Alive Church, this ‘40s-themed café serves up everything from coffees to American-inspired burgers and afternoon teas, and they’re happy for you to bring your uni work with you, as long as you buy something to eat or drink.
Sincil Street, LN5 7HE.
It might be a chain, but it’s the location of Lincoln’s Cosy Club that has got this place on our recommended list. It looks like a standard city centre bar on first glance, but head upstairs and it opens up into a cavernous space packed with vast chandeliers and authentic memorabilia from this former corn exchange’s past. The menu’s good too – go for small plates and sharing platters if you’re on a bit of a budget. And if you’re feeling flush, there’s an extensive cocktail menu to work your way through.
Doddington Road, LN6 3SE
If you speak to any locals, they’ll tell you Damon’s is the place to be for big celebrations (probably because if you’re the birthday boy or girl, you get your meal for free). Set slightly out of town, this oddly shaped cavernous American-inspired diner serves up ribs, wings, burgers and shakes, plus a fried onion ring ‘loaf’ that’s legendary. The cocktail menu’s substantial and a bit retro, but it all adds to the place’s down-to-earth charm.
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