Lincolnshire produces some of the finest food in the country. A number of restaurants offer Lincoln Red beef on their menus including Sunday lunch at Eaves Inn in Little Steeping, near Spilsby, Magpies in Horncastle and the Wheatsheaf Inn at Hubbert’s Bridge, near Boston. There is one pub in Lincolnshire which truly celebrates home-grown produce – The Mermaid Inn at Surfleet, near Spalding, uses locally-sourced fruit and vegetables but also serves up beef and lamb produced at the owner’s farm. The motto field-to-fork is truly illustrated at two Stamford pubs, the Crown Hotel and the Tobie Norris, a former bell foundry which dates back to Edward I.
The Michelin-recommended Winteringham Fields restaurant near Scunthorpe is owned and run by TV chef Colin McGurran. He has garnered rave reviews for his unusual take on fine dining, with a commitment to using local suppliers. Fine dining is also offered in the atmospheric surroundings of the 17th-century inn, The Hare and Hounds in Fulbeck, near Grantham. High quality pub classics feature on the menu, which uses ingredients from smaller suppliers.
In Lincoln, take the lift up to the fifth floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel and you’ll find Marco Pierre White’s restaurant with some of his greatest dishes – plus a great view! Or even talk a walk up Steep Hill to the Reform Restaurant at the Castle Hotel or to The Old Bakery in Burton Road, where you can soak up the atmosphere of historic Lincoln while enjoying excellent food.
Another location that is worth a visit in Lincoln is the wonderful Cheese Society Café. Situated in the Society’s shop in St Martin’s Lane, the cafe only serves walk-in diners and has room for just 12 people.
The Comfy Duck
Hall Hotel, The Oaklands, Barton St, Laceby, Grimsby DN37 7LF
There’s more to The Comfy Duck than the awards it has won, the local, season produce that’s sourced daily and the distinctive dishes it is famous for. There’s a real sense of excitement every time the restaurant opens its doors. The team love what they do – and you can tell. They’re trying to create something truly unique and every member of this close-knit team are proud to be a part of it. Visit website
The Ball House
Wainfleet Rd, Fishtoft, Boston PE21 9RL
The Ball House, with its attractive Tudor frontage, sits less than two miles outside of Boston on the A52 to Skegness. The pub has a great reputation for traditional pub food and à la carte as well as excellent cask ales. An ideal place to dine in attractive surroundings. Serving a range of high end food such as a la carte menu, afternoon tea, Sunday carvery and a lunchtime menu there really is something for everyone here. Visit website
The Bustard Inn
44 Main St, South Rauceby, Sleaford NG34 8QG
Set in the peaceful Lincolnshire village of South Rauceby, just a couple of miles from Sleaford, The Bustard Inn is a beautiful Grade 2-listed Victorian building. It was sympathetically restored and renovated in 2007, emphasising the building’s original features, and offers a warm, friendly environment in which to enjoy fine dining in the restaurant or simply relaxing with a beer and sandwich in the bar or garden. A family-run business, The Bustard Inn boasts three full-time chefs who creatively offer up standout dishes across lunch, evening and Sunday services, and even a snacking menu, to cater for all appetites. It sources its food from local suppliers and flavours from its very own herb garden. Visit website
Dower House Hotel
Manor Rd, Woodhall Spa LN10 6PY
There is a varied range of dining options at The Dower House Hotel, all offering wonderful cuisine and fine wines from the extensive cellar. Serving traditional evening a la carte and Sunday lunch, all dishes are individually cooked to order. Fresh ingredients and locally-sourced seasonal produce are the key to its cooking style. Visit website
The Green Man
Main St, Norton Disney, Lincoln LN6 9JU
The Green Man is one of Lincolnshire’s most beautifully-presented quality pub restaurants. This relatively recent addition to the county’s dining scene sits within a half-hour radius of Lincoln located in the leafy village of Norton Disney. Once a tired village pub it has been transformed into a relaxed restaurant with all the features of a traditional country pub. The menus boast quality dishes bursting with flavour and utilise local ingredients from local suppliers for true Lincolnshire fare. Everything is well-presented, well-executed and creative. Visit website
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