Local cuisine for the whole family
A good local is still the hub of any community. Nicki Glencross visited The Lincoln Green, where their friendly service and freshly cooked food offers satisfaction for every member of the family.
Having chance to sit back and let someone else take the cooking strain is always a treat for me but equally every member of the family wants to feel relaxed with both the atmosphere and the food choices.
We were eating quite early, 6.45pm, as it was a school night for our son but the lounge soon filled up with other diners. The Lincoln Green has been smartly refurbished with a welcoming mix of seating and table choices. In the bar you’ll find comfy leather armchairs pulled up in front of a log burner, elsewhere in the lounge banquettes covered in subtle tartans.
The pub is run by Rebecca and Craig Robinson. Rebecca is head chef while landlord Craig manages front of house with a friendly team of staff. As you would expect there is a wide choice of draught and bottled beers, ales, ciders and spirits as well as soft drinks. A chalked blackboard reminded us that all the meals are prepared on site using fresh produce from local suppliers and there are menu credits to support this too.
We cracked on with making our choices. My son made his from the Little Robin Menu for under 8s. We had the harder choice from a selection which began with sandwiches and wraps moving to pub classics, steaks and grills or summer special salads. My husband began with prosciutto wrapped Brie wedge served with cranberry dip. I chose tempura king prawns with a sweet chilli dip and our son had crispy chicken strips. Full marks all round for this course.
For our main dishes I began with The Italian One – a half-pound burger topped with tomato, salami and mozzarella. A great, tasty combination. My companions opted for a Black and White rump steak rubbed with Cajan spices and topped with Skegness blue cheese and the child’s portion of BBQ ribs and skinny fries. This was the first time my son had had ribs and he loved them. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his steak and will willingly go back for more. All of these portions were well presented and generous. Taking a breather gave us time to soak in some of the atmosphere. The Lincoln Green hosts popular quiz nights, each Tuesday in support of the Air Ambulance and Thursdays for the Lincoln Green Community Fund. Local Brownie and Guide groups as well as the Hykeham Tigers have already benefitted from donations.
We did have desserts to round off our family meal. Vanilla ice cream with raspberry sauce for my son, raspberry and white chocolate ice cream cake for my husband and a cherry and ice cream laden warm waffle for me. The barman Nick had also been our waiter and had been most attentive, adding his own touches of humour to the hospitality and service. It had been a most relaxing and enjoyable experience for us all as a family.
The Lincoln Green has plenty of free parking and outside you will find a patio and beer garden if you prefer to eat or drink alfresco. Although we were visiting in July, Rebecca and Craig are now busy taking bookings for Christmas. During December they hold Turkey and Tinsel Nights each Thursday and Friday – ideal for family or colleague get togethers. There is a Christmas Day menu available now, too. There will be plenty of festive atmosphere and more of Rebecca’s home cooked food to enjoy. More details are available online or give them a call.