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Old-fashioned values and contemporary cuisine

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Microbrewed ales
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi
Functions catered

Just yards from the magnificent edifice of Lincoln Cathedral, this two-storey pub has a pedigree nearly as long; parts of it date back over 700 years. It's the ideal place for a quick pick-me-up snack, drink or leisurely meal from breakfast to evening. Notably music-free; instead you'll find a reading room, eclectic decor and furnishings – note the caricatures and prints of clergy and lawyers – and own-brewed beers and those from local breweries slake the thirst. The daily-changing set menu adds modern twists to traditional dishes. Thus seared scallops come with chorizo, marinated new potatoes and a tomato and dill dressing; or lobster thermidor with hand-cut chips and melange of vegetables may be listed. Daily blackboard specials considerably extend the choice and include vegetarian and gluten-free options. Gourmet evenings (pre-booking essential) are regularly held, while wine-lovers have a choice of 24 by the glass.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25 December
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 8.30am–11pm
  • Lunch: Sunday to Thursday 8.30am–9pm, Friday and Saturday 8.30am–10pm
  • Dinner: Sunday to Thursday 8.30am–9pm, Friday and Saturday 8.30am–10pm

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Microbrewery ales

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required
  • Wedding receptions


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • High chairs
  • Baby change


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar

Getting here

At top of Steep Hill, adjacent to cathedral and Lincoln Castle car parks.

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