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Restaurant Review - The Lincoln Grill in Lincoln's Historic Quarter

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The Bottom Line

This unpretentious restaurant has a casual ambiance and serves simple grill fare. The dishes may not challenge diners but the backgrounds of both the chef and manager come through in the quality of their preparation and presentation. Prices are quite reasonable for the standards as well. Just make sure you don't arrive when the attached (but independently run) White Hart Hotel is hosting a wedding party when the wait between courses may stretch your patience.

Pros

  • Simple food, well prepared
  • Smart/casual style
  • Good selection of New World wines and champagne available by the glass
  • Budget-friendly set menu available until 7p.m.
  • Food prepared to order

Cons

  • Weak coffee
  • Unimaginative menu
  • long wait between courses

Description

  • Address: Lincoln Grill at the White Hart Hotel, Bailgate, Lincoln LN1 3AR
  • Telephone: +44 (0)1522 563 290, Booking recommended
  • Price Range: Average, mains range from £8.50 to more than £20 for filet steak
  • Open: Mon - Fri 7a.m. - 10a.m., noon - 3p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. (11 p.m. Fri); Sat - Sun 8a.m. to 10 or 11 p.m.
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  • See a Sample Menu

Guide Review - Restaurant Review - The Lincoln Grill in Lincoln's Historic Quarter

The Lincoln Grill is an independently run restaurant in the Bailgate section of Lincoln's White Hart Hotel. In keeping with the slightly masculine decor the hotel's public rooms - lots of brown wood and leather - the Grill is a steak and chops sort of place with glassware and cutlery gleaming against bare wooden tables.

Besides the requisite steaks, calves liver and chicken, the menu includes a few simple fish dishes, a couple of vegetarian choices and a selection of tasty, if somewhat old fashioned starters and desserts.

Quality Shows

If it all seems a bit unchallenging, the preparation makes up for it. Chef Michael House worked with Raymond Blanc and manager Ben Hadfield came from a Michelin-starred restaurant in north Lincolnshire. The quality of their background shows in the excellent preparation of the dishes.

My starter of haddock and saffron risotto with a poached egg and lemon butter sauce was delicious - savory, herby and unctuous, served in a portion size that was appropriate for such a rich beginning. The grilled Scottish salmon with tomato salsa that followed was served just at the point of turning opaque but still meltingly moist. The tomato salsa was a bit sweet and could have been spicier though. The coffee that accompanied a competent berry crumble was served in an oversized cup but was disappointingly weak.

Teething Pains

Unfortunately, the restaurant, though independent, is associated with a hotel that is a popular wedding venue. The night we visited, wedding guests had taken over the entire hotel and the wedding party was in full swing. That probably accounted for the slight air of panic in the dining room and the interminable wait between the starter and main courses. The restaurant had recently come under new management, so was probably still settling in but from the quality of the food it would seem a good bet for a casual night out in Lincoln.

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