Where to Eat
Places to eat in Woodhall Spa
The Petwood is my favourite! Lovely lunches, wonderful afternoon teas and a great historic atmosphere! Made famous as an Officer’s Mess in the Second World War for the 617 Dambuster Squadron, many people don’t realise that it also served as a hospital in the First World War too. Visit the Squadron Bar –not to be missed! You might even meet a ghost or two! It’s a charming timbered hotel which you see as you drive up the drive set in lovely well-kept gardens where you can eat in the summer.
Second on my list is the Indian Restaurant (India Village) which is down the Broadway – best Indian around for miles!
I like the Abbey Lodge which is just out of Woodhall towards Tattershall. It’s a pub, a bit old-fashioned with patterned carpets etc, but I think there’s something nice about that. Food’s good too!
The Teahouse in the Woods is really nice now too– it’s near the Kinema in the Woods and the old Spa.
The Village Limits has won many awards based particularly for their use of fresh local Lincolnshire food. It’s down past the Petwood about ½ mile.
Other places to eat in Woodhall include the Dower House Hotel – really gorgeous atmospheric hotel down past the timbered toilets and across from the golf course – a lovely place. Other restaurants include the Thai Silk Orchid, The Inn at Woodhall, the Golden Dragon and Zucci’s which is part Mediterranean and part Turkish/Greek.
There are also a number of tearooms – Janet’s tearooms near the roundabout is an experience in itself – rather old-fashioned but totally unique. Other places include Archies, Just Desserts and Little Dorritts – all quite traditional but now there are three new tearooms in Woodhall – Kitchenetta, Vintique and the Book Fayre. Kitchenetta also sells Deli items, Vintique has a nice little gift shop selling unusual & quirky vintage, pre-loved & antique items whilst the Book Fayre does that – it sells books as well as well as serving a good cup of coffee with cake!
Other places to eat nearby
I really like the Leagate Inn on the other side of Coningsby. It’s a bit further afield (10 miles) but you could combine it with a visit to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight in Coningsby and Tattershall Castle, both a few miles from the Leagate. It’s an old fashioned pub with atmosphere. Make sure you sit in the pub bit with the wooden tables and not the restaurant – so much more atmosphere in there. Food’s good too.
I’ve tried the Red Lion in Digby (about 6 miles in the direction of Ruskington) – the atmosphere is good and so is the food.
A lot of our guests recommend the Sebastopol Inn in Minting– it’s a village pub which serves food using local ingredients. A bit difficult to find if you don’t know the area, but it’s somewhere between Horncastle and Wragby,
Now, on to Horncastle – 12 miles away – there are two excellent tearooms here – one is the Captain and the Cook housed in the old grammar school down the road near the church – a tearooms set amongst a shop/deli with some really interesting bits and some good cheeses too, and delicious lunches! “Temptation at every turn”. Then there’s the Old Stables, just off the Market Square which do nice little snacks etc with local Lincolnshire ingredients. Two of my favourite restaurants are also in Horncastle – Shakesby’s and Magpies. Try them both! They both use local Lincolnshire ingredients. Combine it with a day looking around the antique shops.
Where to eat in Lincoln
So much has changed in Lincoln over the years since the University came to town and there are now many restaurants which I’ve not been too, but I do have some places which I am really happy to recommend. My favourite is The Old Bakery – a bit beyond uphill Lincoln. Run by a real Italian character – Ivano de Serio – but food is mainly British and all of it is made from fresh ingredients, often local. My first choice in Lincoln.
Other restaurants include the Castle Hotel, the Tower Hotel and the Old Palace Restaurant (all uphill Lincoln), Jews House Restaurant, the Wig & Mitre and Browns Pie Shop, all on the way up (or down!) the Steep, Stoke’s Restaurant in town and The Barge – literally an old Barge moored up along the Brayford (near the Odeon) and serving lovely food. I have also sampled several other restaurants in Lincoln in the name of ‘research’ and can recommend them all! The Bronze Pig, La Trattoria da Vincenzo and the Lincolnshire Red Steakhouse! All near the Newland part of Lincoln.
I’d like to mention one tea rooms which I’ve just discovered – Lady Rose’s Edwardian Tearooms at the Assembly Rooms in the Bailgate (uphill) area of Lincoln. It’s all done out like an Edwardian Tearooms and the owners wear costume and serve up your tea and cakes in style. They hold events as well. Did you know, by the way, that Lincoln is one of the major centres for Steampunk?! There is a festival in August each year and the Lady Rose’s Edwardian Tearoom is getting ready for it! Really worth visiting, especially if you are a Downton Abbey fan! I loved it. “A tea room with Edwardian ambience, silver service and a warm welcome”
There’s another nice tearoom on the Steep in Lincoln called Bunty’s, a family run vintage tea room. You’ll find fancy teapots, mis-matched china cups and saucers, big band music and objects hung from the medieval walls of this Grade 2 listed building.
The Cheese Society Cafe is good too – very busy and very cheesy, but good! Too difficult to explain where it is so you’ll have to look at a map!
Places to eat near Lincoln
I love Branston Hall. It has a rich history including its use in the Second World War as a hospital. Sit by the fire in the Oak panelled room and sip drinks or book a table in the restaurant – I have never been disappointed. Go a step further and book a treatment in Simpsons Spa next door– luxury!
On the other side of Lincoln is Doddington Hall where you’ll probably go during your stay to purchase goodies in the fantastic Doddington Hall Farm Shop or even take a tour around the house. The restaurant there is really worth going to and it has just won some impressive awards.
Washingborough Hall is a beautiful Grade II Listed early Georgian Manor House set in 3 acres of mature gardens in Washingborough, just 2 miles east of the city of Lincoln. The dining room restaurant serves a seasonal British Menu using Lincolnshire produced ingredients.
The local Pub – the Royal Oak
Just a short walk down the High Street in Martin and you’ll find the recently renovated Royal Oak. They serve food from a menu and specials board most nights and it’s handy to be able to walk down to have a drink.
Eating in at the Stables
If none of the above takes your fancy, why not just eat ‘at home’ – there are plenty of utensils, pots and pans and even recipe books for you to use, and you have the added advantage to being able to eat your meal in front of the fire or in your own private garden. For any last minute things you’ve forgotten remember there’s a little shop in Martin. For more items like cereal, jam, honey etc, just ask me – I sell ‘spares’ down in the Course room below.
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