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Food Monster: The Sebastopol pub, Minting

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

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On probably the foggiest night this year my dining partner and I decided to venture a little further afield to The Sebastopol pub in Minting.

The pub may be a bit off the beaten track, but it is within easy reach of Lincoln, Louth and Horncastle.

When we arrived the building and garden looked picture perfect, lit up through the fog, the car tyres crunched into the gravel car park and we were greeted by a lovely little white dog as we walked towards the door.

The bar was clean, tidy and welcoming with a handful of drinkers. At The Sebastopol they pride themselves on ingredients that are sourced locally and one of the guest beers was a Cathedral Heights bitter brewed in Bracebridge Heath.

So after ordering a pint and a glass of wine and having a very informative chat with the owner about the menu, we were shown to our table.

Surprisingly we were the only diners in the place, maybe the awful weather had kept people at home?

The dining room was cosy and, like the bar, cleanly decorated with rustic pine tables and chairs.

The lack of fellow diners did not make an awkward atmosphere, our voices did not echo around the room and we found ourselves relaxing into our chairs, more like a romantic supper at home.

Choosing was not easy, as everything on the menu sounded so delicious.

I ordered a spectacular smoked trout terrine and my fellow diner the Gambas pil pil.

Both were delicious and well sized.

The prawns were not the little frozen variety but large and fresh and my fellow diner's only complaint was she had eaten too much bread soaking up the garlic oil.

To follow I ordered the Minting Park Farm lamb rolled shoulder and my companion ordered the MPF sirloin steak, but asked to substitute the triple cooked chips for sauté potatoes and the salad for fine green beans.

The staff in this wonderfully run family restaurant couldn't have been more helpful.

Both main courses were cooked to perfection and the quality of the meat shone through.

The vegetables were cooked perfectly and we both cleaned our plates with no problem.

For pudding we ordered the Lincolnshire plum bread and butter pudding served with a lovely home-made vanilla ice-cream, which has made me rethink how I should make my puddings at home.

It was superb and plum bread is definitely the way to do this classic.

The service was excellent throughout and we were left alone to enjoy our quiet meal. If the fog had worsened we would have happily stayed until it cleared.

We will definitely go back again and look forward to sitting in their lovely beer garden in the summer.

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