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16 Things You Need To Eat In Lincoln Right Now

The foodie hotspot to get on board with this year.

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1. Fluffy Batter at Sign of the Fish. / Via Facebook: sincilstreet

Follow your nose across Sincil Bank, the home of the mighty Lincoln Imps FC, for the Sign of the Fish. Known for succulent fish coated in fluffy batter, chips without a hint of grease and a great menu for the gluten-free amongst us, it’s a local tip that we’re happy to share.

2. Calamari at Gabby's.

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Start at the bottom of the High Street, south side of the train tracks, for a real taste of Greece. Simple on the outside, flavoursome on the inside describes not only Gabby’s décor, but the tempting dishes on offer. Whether it’s a mezze or traditional keftedes (meatballs) you’re after, Gabby's has got it.

3. A burger at the Handmade Burger Co. / Via Facebook: handmadeburgercompany

There are plenty of chain restaurants around here to take your pick from but I think Handmade Burger Co is a great place to start. Pimp up your burger or swap ingredients – they’re pretty great at catering for all types of dietary requirements. My personal favourite is a rosemary salt burger followed with a thick strawberry milkshake!

4. Posh nosh at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse.

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Feeling flush? Just head to the 5th floor of the Doubletree by Hilton. The Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill up there looks out over the Brayford and gives some of the best views in town, as well as some of the fanciest food. Think bread baskets, candlelight and some brilliant beef. But if hand-reared prime steak isn’t your thing then the cocktail bar is pretty magnificent too.


5. Lunch at Stokes. / Via Facebook: stokeshighbridge

You’ll find Stokes High Bridge Café perched on top of the River Witham, making it one of the most picturesque places to eat in town. It's perfect for a quick pasty or a filling lunch of traditional British tastes (think pie and peas). Personally, I could grab a scone, jam and clotted cream and watch the world go by for hours. If you're there for a meal though, make sure to wear your big boy trousers: the portions are massive!

6. Chicken Wings at The Mailbox. / Via Facebook: TheMailboxLincoln

Heading back towards the High Street, a quick detour down Guildhall Street will bring your nose back down to earth. First off there’s the Mailbox. A student friendly bar that also serves the best hangover food in town - the chicken wings with blue cheese sauce dip are a must and only 25p each on Wednesday nights! There’s also a nice terrace that is a great sun trap in the summer.

7. Dessert at Pomodoro E Basilico. / Via Facebook: PomodoroLincoln

If it’s something a little more upmarket you’re after, then you can’t go wrong with this Italian restaurant. I'm a big fan of the carbonara finished off with oh so tasty trio of profiteroles oozing with cream and smothered in chocolate, or the gooey chocolate fondant. If you’re really hungry then the lunchtime specials are not only super tasty but wallet friendly too.

8. Coffee at Coffee Aroma. / Via Facebook: CoffeeAroma

Technically this isn's something you can eat, but Coffee Aroma needs a mention for the Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee alone. If that's not your thing though, there's all manner of delicate concoctions that the staff have hand roasted. Rustically served amongst pastries (the blueberry muffins are my favourite, never dry and always juicy) and other delicacies, grab yourself a corner and tuck in – the tipples behind the counter are also a welcome addition after dark.


9. Waffles at Madame Waffle. / Via Facebook: madamewaffleuk

This is a delicious treat that tastes good at any time of the day. Think hot waffles, sticky with sauce and topped with ice cold ice cream. FYI, this place is also great for breakfast: maple syrup and bacon make perfect partners after all, although I like to mix things up and ask for strawberries on mine.

10. Yorkshire puddings at The Wig & Mitre.

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The Wig & Mitre is not only a delightful watering hole with original beams and fireplace but also a stellar eatery for pub grub and the finest Yorkshires in all of Lincoln. Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, they could challenge Yorkshire's own for best pud.

11. Ribs at Ribs n Bibs. / Via Facebook: ribsnbibs

This authentic American diner has everything you need for a Stateside adventure in food. From ribs served on trash can lids to fries in buckets you can get everything you need to calm your food cravings – including a root beer float (my favourite!). Obviously though, for a first visit you must try their namesake: the sweet, sticky, food porn-tastic ribs.

12. Lincolnshire Lamb at the The Jews House.

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Foodies rave about the Jews House in Lincoln: not only is it towards the top of Steep Hill (don’t forget trainers if you're walking up – it's a 34% gradient in places!) but the various awards speak for themselves. If I had to pick one item to try, it would be the melt-in-the-mouth Lincolnshire lamb, but if you want to push the boat out you can't go wrong with the full tasting menu.


13. Pies and ale at Browns Pie Shop.

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Pies, ale, oh and a ghost or two! At the top of Steep Hill is Browns Pie Shop, known for two things. Mostly it's for the best pies around, but also that it is one of the most haunted places in the whole of Lincoln. So be warned if there’s a small boy dishing up your grub (known as Humphrey), he’s probably been there a lot longer than you’d think…

14. Handmade Catalonian delicacies at Olivaries.

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Olivares, next to the Castle, is a welcoming Catalonian invitation. The cool wooden interior, handmade by owner Nicholas himself, seats an exclusive four tables. It's well worth trying to get one – the best tapas and sangria in town here here, and the refreshing lemonade hand squeezed by his wife Lucia available, is the perfect drink to sip on while enjoying the view.

15. Spicy Meatballs at Cafe Zoot.

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Nestled amongst the boutique shops, Zoot is great at lunch for a quick bite. The spiced meatballs in a thick and peppery tomato sauce would be my pick. The restaurant also becomes fabulous at dinner when the candles come out and the wine flows. With good food and better company – what more could you ask for?

16. Fresh seafood at The Old Bakery. / Via Facebook: theoldbakeryrestaurantwithrooms

A restaurant with rooms, here you can splash some cash on seasonal veg, handmade bread with custom butter (five different choices the last time I went!) and a main meal so exquisite you’ll be talking about it for years to come. From a trio of beef to local venison your mouth will be watering just looking at the menu, but the scallops and fresh fish dishes are particularly good.