The quirkiest bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants in Lincolnshire

If you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary, there are plenty of cool, quirky places to eat and drink in Lincolnshire. From boats to bubbles and grand halls to cosy country pubs, these spots will capture your imagination with their offbeat decor, interesting history, fab views and things to do other than just eat and drink.

Anglia Motel and Restaurant

There’s a collection of military vehicles at the Anglia Motel and Restaurant

It’s pretty unique with a transport cafe, motel, and wartime memorabilia all rolled into one. The surroundings may be cheap and cheerful but the food is hearty and homemade, making it an ideal pit-stop for anyone passing through in search of breakfast, cake and a cuppa, or a roast dinner.

Offering a menu of around 200 meals, it describes itself as “the last of the old fashioned cafes.” The family-run business raises money for a charity which takes World War Two veterans over to Normandy and visitors to the cafe can check out old army vehicles and aircraft at the site Address: A17 Wasway Road, Fleet Hargate, PE12 8LT

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Citadel

The quirkiest bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants in LincolnshireCitadel’s rooftop bubbles

The rooftop bubbles are quite possibly the coolest social distancing measures we’ve seen in the whole of the county.

Located on the rooftop bar, the geometric domes have stunning views of the cathedral and castle and when they’re lit up at night it’s magical. Forget what’s going on in the outside world while sipping an Espresso Martini and tucking into a burger, pizza or steak. Bar supervisor Kirsty Jones said: “They are really popular at the moment, they are booked up three to four weekends in advance.

You get a time slot and it’s yours for two hours.” Address: 1 St Paul’s Lane, Lincoln LN1 3A

Doddington Hall

The quirkiest bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants in LincolnshireAfternoon tea at Doddington Hall

It doesn’t get grander than a stunning Elizabethan mansion. After a wander around the hall and gardens, make sure you have time for a bite to eat at either the cafe, coffee shop or tearoom.

The cafe’s homemade dishes, cooked to order, include fish and chips and a Doddington herd Lincoln Red burger. Afternoon tea is a sumptuous treat with both a sweet and savoury version, served on vintage china, in the lovely surroundings. The coffee shop, found inside the Giant Store, is geared towards cyclists and walkers.

Address: Main Street, Doddington, Lincoln LN6 4RU

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The Bertie Arms

The quirkiest bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants in LincolnshireThe Bertie Arms

This picture postcard thatched pub in the heart of Uffington offers a warm welcome to regulars and strangers alike. The quaint country pub’s a la carte menu offers proper home-cooked food -from a 10oz flat iron steak to the pie or curry of the day. Alternatively wrap up warm and take a seat in an apre-ski style marquee outside which has its own menu of warming dishes inspired by the slopes such as Austrian pork schnitzel, Italian meatballs and spaghetti and Alpine mac ‘n’ cheese.

Customers describe the food as “awesome” and the service as friendly and welcoming.

V-ATE

The quirkiest bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants in LincolnshireThe Chevy has been given a new lease of life at V-ATE

No round-up of unusual spots to eat and drink would be complete without mentioning V-ATE, the fun car-themed restaurant near Boston. The business, which expanded and opened a new, bigger site last month, has tables made out of actual cars, from Minis to Mustangs, and diners can even sit inside some of the vehicles to eat. Amongst them are a restored vintage Chevy, Ferrari, Rolls-Royce and a Renault Galion truck.

The diner is open from 8am for breakfast rolls, which include a Juggernaut roll – what else? – basically a full English in a bun. There’s also waffles, porridge and muffins. The main menu has burgers, low ‘n’ slow pulled pork, and southern fried chicken to tuck into on the ultimate pit-stop.

Address: A17 Sutterton Roundabout, Sutterton, Boston PE20 2LN

Stokes High Bridge Cafe

The quirkiest bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants in LincolnshireStokes High Bridge Cafe

Steeped in history, the cafe s quintessentially British and the perfect spot for afternoon tea served by waitresses in old-fashioned black and white uniforms, teamed with this year’s must-have accessory – the face mask. Located in a traditional black and white Tudor property on the country’s oldest bridge (and the only medieval bridge in England with houses still on it), it stands out from the crowd on Lincoln High Street. As well as an extensive selection of coffee, there’s a jolly good brew to be had, with a choice of more than 30 loose leaf teas.

Foodwise, there’s everything from a breakfast bap and fish and chips to scones and Lincolnshire sausage rolls. Address: 207-209 High Street, Lincoln LN5 7AU

The Five Bells

The quirkiest bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants in LincolnshireThe well at Five Bells in Bassingham

As well as serving high quality fresh, seasonal food, this traditional village pub has a wonderful warm and cosy olde worlde charm. Some parts of the building date back to the 1800s.

Hops decorate the oak wood beams, there’s an array of antiques and a particularly interesting feature is an original well at the centre of the pub, where you can make a wish. If you wish for a cracking Sunday roast or a perfectly cooked steak, that will come true. Other wishes – winning the lottery or a meeting a tall, dark handsome stranger, can’t be guaranteed though.

Just ten minutes from Lincoln, the pub caters for every need, from breakfast and bar snacks to a three-course a la carte meal. Address: 17 High Street, Bassingham, Lincoln LN5 9JZ

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Rising Cafe

The quirkiest bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants in LincolnshireThe Rising Cafe in the Alive Church in Lincoln

It’s not just the food or the surroundings that make this cafe special, it’s the people. The venture is run by a team whose lives were once ruined by homelessness, prostitution, drug and alcohol addiction and all the proceeds go towards the charitable work of Betel UK.

Afternoon tea, burgers, hot dogs, chilli, sandwiches, smoothies and milkshakes are sold in the cafe, located within a church. One fan said: “It’s fab. They do both American and traditional afternoon teas with homemade jam and the most delicious deserts, along with many other homemade dishes.

To top it off it’s a beautiful building and the decor is gorgeous. I had a chat with the manager and if hugging was allowed I think I may have chucked one her way.” Address: Alive, Newland, Lincoln LN1 1XD

Irnham Hall

The quirkiest bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants in LincolnshireAlfresco dining at Irnham Hall

It’s too late for this year, however, alfresco dining will resume again on June 1, 2021 at a picturesque location near Grantham that’s not normally open to the general public.

This summer saw diners collect their food and drink from the Griffin Inn, in Bulby Road, and make the short drive to the hall where tables were located overlooking a scenic lake in the private grounds which are normally reserved for weddings. On the menu were classics of toad in the hole, Irnham estate beef bourguignon, Lincolnshire pork sausages, homemade pies and curry. One happy customer said: “The food was fantastic and the opportunity to eat in the grounds of Irnham Hall is one not to missed.

The service is second to none and the location is amazing.” Diners were invited to take nets and jars as tadpole fishing in the lake was encouraged. Address: Swinstead Road, Irnham, Grantham NG33 4JD

The Garden Yard Cafe

The quirkiest bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants in LincolnshireThe Garden Yard Cafe

A little oasis hidden away in the town centre is how one visitor described the cafe at the Grantham garden centre.

Customers can take a break from shopping to enjoy coffee and cakes outdoors in the garden or the rustic summer houses with comfy sofas. “Such a great informal and different place,” said one reviewer. Coffee from Nottingham roasters 200 Degrees, tea, frappes, milkshakes, juices and soft drinks are on the menu along with delicious cakes and toasties at this pretty garden setting.

Address: Union Street, Grantham, NG31 6NZ

Moonraker

The quirkiest bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants in LincolnshireMoonraker floating tearoom – and Oliver the tug boat

Lincoln’s unique floating tearoom is moored up in the heart of the city centre in front of the Waterside Shopping Centre and has tables both inside and out. The speciality is a high tea, with sandwiches, sausage rolls and cakes or there’s fish and chips, toasted teacakes and scones to munch on. You can even combine it with a river tour on Oliver the tug boat to take in the local sights.

Address: River Witham, Lincoln LN2 1DG

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