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FOOD MONSTER: The Lincoln Hotel

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: January 04, 2013

Venue:  The Lincoln Hotel, top and below; our FM ordered Pinot Grigio, above, to accompany their meal

Venue: The Lincoln Hotel

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When I know I'm going out for a meal, I'm too impatient to wait to see the menu and often sneak a look online.

So when I saw that The Lincoln Hotel had a delicious sounding gammon with egg, pineapple and homemade fries listed on its bar menu – one of my favourite dishes – I booked us in.

But after rushing through rain-soaked Lincoln, we arrived to find it did not appear on the menu.

We were told that the menu had recently been updated but "the management must not have changed it on the website".

This didn't get us off to a great start, but I should in fairness list the good points as we arrived.

The hotel commands spectacular views of Lincoln Cathedral and is very nicely decorated.

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But it took 20 minutes, after asking, to get an answer on what the soup of the day was.

We ended up sharing a starter of ratatouille along with warm crusty bread with salted butter.

The ratatouille was tangy, with fresh and crunchy vegetables, while the crusty bread was warm and delicious.

However, I was disappointed and a little disgusted to open a pot of butter to discover a lump of furry green mould growing there.

In fairness to the hotel, I did check the date on the bottom of the pack and it should have been good for another eight months.

We received an immediate apology but I was frustrated to be told that we were not the first to find fur growing in the butter.

A member of staff told us that they hotel would now be contacting the manufacturer but I would have expected a product to be immediately returned if there is a fault.

Things started to look up when our main courses arrived.

I was pleased to see local produce on the menu and opted for Red Hill Farm sausages.

My partner took on the classic burger which came with crispy bacon, cheese, fries and a chilli salsa.

We also opted for a bottle of the house white wine to accompany our meal, which was a Pinot Grigio with a crisp and refreshing flavour.

The food was well cooked, with a lovely fruity tang to the onion gravy.

The burger was juicy and both main courses were large and reasonable value for money, especially for hotel prices.

We sat for 20 minutes after finishing before the plates were cleared – too long in my opinion. And once we had the bill, we had to call the waiter back because the bottle of wine had not been added.

It was also disappointing to be charged for the crusty bread despite the mould incident.

The Lincoln Hotel has a great reputation in the city, and friends always say what a good meal they have had there. My visit, unfortunately, was a real let-down because of the poor service and mouldy butter.

THE FOOD: Ratatouille £7; warm crusty bread £2; classic burger £9; sausage and mash £8; one bottle of house Pinot £16.

TOTAL: £42.

FINAL VERDICT: Nice food, but rather sloppy service despite staff being very polite and cheerful.

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  • Steve_Lincoln  |  January 12 2013, 5:18PM

    No it's not Freedom as no-one stole anything, they gave it without charging which is totally different.

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  • FreedomSpeech  |  January 04 2013, 8:09PM

    Dress it up however you like LYnN. It's still theft.

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  • Lincoln_Biker  |  January 04 2013, 5:11PM

    "anyway, I would have donated the £16 to charity" Pffft, that sounds like a desperate attempt to back step on a stupid statement. I do agree with your past comment on not paying though. Why should anyone pay good money for Pinot on a heavy meal? Clearly money can't buy good taste! Zinfandel is the only choice to balance out the salt/spice of sausages or the heavy flavour of a burger topped with bacon and chilli salsa. No wonder people mock FM when (s)he makes such silly mistakes as this...

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  • lynnlincoln  |  January 04 2013, 4:35PM

    I knew you wouldn't be able to resist FOS, yes, I admit, I'm definitely 'furry' around the edges. If they can't tot up the bill correctly, why should I give them a helping hand, anyway, I would have donated the £16 to charity.

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  • Lincoln_Biker  |  January 04 2013, 4:28PM

    Burger and chips, sausage and mash, and a bottle of wine for £42? I think FM is still pickled on Christmas booze...

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  • VictorToo  |  January 04 2013, 2:57PM

    Burgers and sausages for lunch with a bottle of wine - classy.

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  • FreedomSpeech  |  January 04 2013, 2:40PM

    "If this meal was paid for out of his own pocket I wonder if he'd have told them about the wine being missed off the bill? I know I certainly wouldn't have." Would that be because dishonesty & theft run the family?

  • InsideStory  |  January 04 2013, 9:03AM

    Not paying for something you have received would be dishonest and unlawful wouldn't you think ?

  • Andy_Lincoln  |  January 04 2013, 8:37AM

    "we had to call the waiter back because the bottle of wine had not been added" I'd have taken that as 'compensation' for the mouldy butter.

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  • lynnlincoln  |  January 04 2013, 8:36AM

    If this meal was paid for out of his own pocket I wonder if he'd have told them about the wine being missed off the bill? I know I certainly wouldn't have.

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