10 of the Best Lincolnshire Gastropubs You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
According to Wikipedia, the term “gastropub” was coined in 1991, when David Eyre and Mike Belben took over The Eagle pub and transformed it from a drinking establishment to a pub serving quality food. Since then the terms become widely known.
Over the years it’s become harder we think to precisely pinpoint a gastropub from a restaurant, but we’ve had a go! And we think we’re lucky in Lincolnshire to have a fine selection of quality gastropubs … many I suspect you’ve probably never heard of and worth a visit!
So when you’re gallivanting around the county, bear in mind these 10 gastropubs are waiting for you to give them a try. As there all fabulous, we suggest you give them a ring first to book a table … oh and let them know where you heard about them.
1. Paten and Co.
Located right in the heart of Stamford, Paten & Co offers a very unique, relaxed and informal dining / drinking experience offering a flavoursome seasonal menu, craft beers, select wine and specialist cocktails.
They have an open plan kitchen including a charcoal oven, which they claim is perfect for showcasing their meat, which they source from the owners farm. They say their “menu has been designed to offer the customer a real social and fun experience where you can share a number of small plates (or not!) or opt for a main dish and choose your own array of sides. In effect, you can create your own dish exactly to your liking.”
They offer a range of premium grilled meats and seafood straight from their charcoal grill, there’s a section on their menu for vegans. A wide and interesting array of small plates and sides. Two that stands out is beef shin ragu, ricotta cannelloni and shaved manchego or BBQ smoked jackfruit & coffee chilli, lime & coriander and sourdough! Priced in the region of £3.00 – £8.50. They offer a weekend brunch and Sunday lunch menu too.
Paten and Co. Ratings
Phone number: 01780 408647
2. The Bustard Inn
The Bustard Inn, in South Rauceby is a grade II listed building named because of the legend which states that the last Great Bustard in England was shot on Bustard Hill which is sited behind the inn. The Great Bustard, which is the heaviest flighted bird in the world weighing up to 20kg, but became extinct in this country in the mid 19th century.
The restaurant’s recently been restored to highlight the stone walls and original timbers, creating an elegant, but informal and relaxing environment.
The menu is compact, but offers a fine selection of quality starters including duck salad, smoked mackerel. Main courses include beef fillet and tomato and chickpea fondue for vegetarians. Deserts include homemade ice creams and sorbets.
The Bustard Inn Ratings
Phone number: 01529 488250
3. The Pig & Whistle Pub
The Pig and Whistle is part of the Healing Manor Hotel in Grimsby. All the dishes are prepared using locally sourced and seasonal ingredients.
Alongside their classic pub menu, they offer a children’s, toddler and dog friendly menu ensuring all the family is welcome.
They serve a wide selection of beers including their bespoke brew from local brewery Axeholme, along with a great selection of gin’s, wines, fizz and soft drinks.
The Pig and Whistle Menu is served Monday – Saturday with a traditional Sunday Lunch and specials menu during Sunday evenings. Their menu offers an extensive wine selection sourced from around the globe – whites, wine, reds, rose, sparkling & champagne and desserts.
The Pig and Whistle Ratings
Phone number: 01472 884544
4. The Five Bells
The Five Bells is situated in the heart of the picturesque village of Bassingham, near Lincoln. Parts of the pub date back to the 18th century and a well 18 feet deep stands between the lounge and the restaurant. In the winter open fires make this cosy gastropub an lovely place to spend a few hours perhaps indulging in a pint or a nice glass of red.
The restaurant offers Sunday menu, A la Carte menu, Vegetarian & Vegan Menu, 2 Course Special and Steak Night. Their Lunch Time and Early Bird Menu offers Fresh Grimsby Fish with their own Beer Batter, Maple Syrup Roasted, Chicken, Mushroom and Pepper Stroganoff and Roast of the Day.
It has outdoor seating and high-chairs available as well. The services are offered from Monday to Saturday.
The Five Bells Ratings
Phone number: 01522 788269
5. The Bell at Coleby
Paul Vidic, well known Chief Patron of The Bell at Coleby renamed the restaurant from Bell Inn in 2011 following a complete refurbishment and re-launch of the pub and restaurant.
The Bell is situated in the beautiful and welcoming village of Coleby, along the cliff edge between Harmston and Navenby, making it a perfect destination for pub goers and diners.
The Bell offers a tranquil, welcoming and a friendly space where food is served in comfort. They’ve a range of menus including A La Carte, Early Bird, Sunday Lunch and a Wine List with a selection of wines from around the world. Their Early Bird and Sunday Lunch both include starters, main courses, puddings & cheese.
The Bell Ratings
Phone number: 01522 813778
6. The Horn Inn
The Horn Inn is situated in the North Lincolnshire village of Messingham, near Scunthorpe. The gastropub has a nice ambience and homely style decor with cask ales, fine wines and a wonderful glamorous gin bar on offer.
This open-plan pub has recently been refurbished to a high standard and is popular with locals and visitors alike. The area at the front around the central bar is used for drinking and eating, while the rear is set for dining.
It also has a sheltered outdoor patio at the back of the pub used in the warmer months. They offer excellent food in the evenings, a special quiz night on Sundays and a cocktail evening on Thursdays.
The menu includes Slow Braised Pork Belly, Mussel & Spinach Risotto, Salmon & Dill Fishcakes, Church Farm Chicken Supreme. They host monthly live music & tapas events too.
The Horn Inn Ratings
Phone number: 01724 761190
7. The Becketts
Situated in the Corringham, The Becketts is one of the best gastropubs in Lincolnshire.
Originally a farmhouse, the main building dates to the 1800’s and has undergone tremendous regeneration over the years. Their new extension has Chesterfield chairs and sofas that form a relaxing seating area.
The bar interior is hand-built and creates a cosy and inviting atmosphere to share a meal or catch up over a drink. The menus are changed seasonally providing delicious, creative dishes using local produce. A range of menus are offered including Main, Sunday Lunch, Buffet, Kids and Festive.
A landscaped pub garden area’s available in the summer to enjoy a large range of premier draught beers, ciders and ales and wines. Freshly ground coffee and Teapigs are available with homemade muffins and cakes.
The restaurant also has 8 bedrooms for hire.
The Becketts Ratings
Phone number: 01427 838201
8. The Cross Keys Stow
The Cross Keys Stow, is situated in the village of Stow 15 minutes from Lincoln. 3 miles away from The Lincolnshire Showground and RAF Scampton.
The restaurant’s acknowledged for winning Lincolnshire’s Taste of Excellence Chef of the Year 2016 (chef Dan Wallis) and 2017 Chef of the Year finalist (Lloyd Pickering).
Menus on offer include Pub Grub Classics, Cross Keys Specials, Desserts, Children’s, Traditional Sunday Lunch. Their menus change based on the seasons.
They cater for 20 – 100 people at a time in their cosy bar area, snug and refurbished function suite. The can cater for birthdays, weddings and private parties.
The Cross Keys Ratings
Phone number: 01427 788314
9. The Green Man
The Green Man is situated in the small village of Norton Disney, about 8 miles south of Lincoln. They serve real ales with traditional pub food that has a modern twist.
The food is freshly made from produce grown and sourced locally. With two large log burners inside, and a spacious beer garden outside, they’re a perfect spot for a comfy winter’s night or to enjoy summer’s day.
Alongside their main menu, they also have a specials board. Some of their famous dishes include the scrumptious BBQ sticky ribs. Lunch Menu, Dinner Menu and Sunday Lunch Menu are offered. A typical menu items include chicken liver parfait, crispy chilli beef, steamed Scottish mussels and slow cooked pork belly to name a few.
The Green Man Ratings
Phone number: 01522 789804
10. The Black Horse Inn
The Black Horse Inn is in the village of Gosberton Risegate in Spalding. It’s a family-run gastropub owned by Crystal and Sandra.
The restaurant is rated fifth best in town on Tripadvisor. Their menus include Lunch, Early Bird, Evening, Children’s, Sunday Lunch and Tuesday Steak Night menus. They are open daily, Wednesday – Friday are dedicated to bookings only for luncheons.
They also offer afternoon teas and Hen Party Afternoon Teas in their garden. They host weddings, functions and special events such as Halloween and New Years Eve Parties.
The Black Horse Inn Ratings
Phone number: 01775 840995
So how have we faired with this list?
If you’ve experienced any of these gastropubs, we’d love to know your views – please share in the comments section below. And of course, if we’ve missed any gems, please let us know.
These reviews are not the personal opinions of The Yellow Belly. They are ranked using a weighted average, formulated from online research of various review sites as detailed.
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