Where to Eat
The Penny Farthing pub in Timberland has re-opened!! And everyone is spreading the word so we can support our local pub. I have many lovely memories of the pub and it has been sorely missed during its closure. Food is great down there especially on ‘Steak Night’ on Wednesday nights!
We also have the Royal Oak just a short walk down the High Street in Martin . 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.
Places to eat in Woodhall Spa
The Dower House Hotel – really lovely atmosphere in this hotel, not too far from the Kinema across from the golf course. It was built in 1904 and was used by the RAF in WW2 before becoming a surgery and then a hotel. There’s a fire in the fireplace in winter and lovely grounds to wander around in summer. Lunch, dinner and afternoon teas are all served. Ask to sit in one of the small dining areas rather than in the large dining room where they cater for weddings.
The Petwood Hotel is one of my favourites. Old-fashioned in many ways but the history of it makes it well worth boing to. Nice lunches and 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.
High 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 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 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 is also a fish & chip shop this side of Woodhall on the right hand side before the roundabout – it’s only small so you might miss it!
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 two newer tearooms in Woodhall – Kitchenetta and the Book Fayre. Kitchenetta also sells Deli 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 historic pub with real 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.
Now, on to Horncastle – 12 miles away – Two of my favourite restaurants are 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.
One other place worth mentioning is Abbey Farm shop on the A17 towards Spalding. The place is really nice and is famous for its asparagus. They have a super little restaurant there with a locally-sourced menu.
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, the White Hart 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 and Stoke’s Restaurant in town. I have also sampled several other restaurants in Lincoln in the name of ‘research’ and can recommend them all! The Bronze Pig and La Trattoria da Vincenzo are also highly rated.
I’d like to mention one tea rooms which I’ve just discovered – Lady Rose’s Edwardian Tearooms situated across from the Public Library on Free School Lane. 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
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 eating in 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.
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.
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