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.
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
Credit cards accepted
Coach parties welcome, notice required
Allowed in bar
At top of Steep Hill, adjacent to cathedral and Lincoln Castle car parks.