Battle of Lincoln 800th Anniversary: What’s On?

The 20th May is the 800th anniversary of the Battle of Lincoln. Deemed by historians to be one of the most significant conflicts in Medieval England, there is so much going on across the city to mark the occasion.

A little bit of history

Let’s start by looking at just why the Battle of Lincoln was so important. Back in 1215, the Magna Carta was sealed, yet just 10 weeks later, King John began to rebel against the promises made. This resulted in a division between English royalists and the rebels who called for Prince Louis (the son of the French king) to take to the throne. The divide led the country into civil war and when King John died in 1216, his nine-year-old son Henry III took on the reign of a divided and hostile country.

It was in 1217 that these hostilities came to a head. Aside from Lincoln Castle, the whole city of Lincoln had been invaded by the French. William Marshal (Henry III’s protector) led a troop of royalist knights to the castle, where they resisted the invasion. The royalists were victorious, leading Prince Louis to return to France – saving Lincoln, and England, from French rule.

What’s On? 

To commemorate, there’s a whole host of events and activities taking place all over the city…

BGU Annual History Lecture – 17th May 2017
Learn all about the circumstances that led to the conflict and the details of the Battle from Dr. Sean McGlynn. Bishop Grosseteste University is less than a 15 minute walk (or four minute drive) from our hotel. Why not join us for a relaxing drink after exercising those brain cells?

Lincoln Knights Trail – 20th May – 4th September 2017
Follow the trail of 36 knight sculptures across Lincoln. The sculptures depict two of the central figures of the Battle of Lincoln: William Marshal and Nichola de la Haye (custodian of Lincoln Castle).

Preparing for Battle (Lincoln Castle) – 20th – 21st May 2017
Head to the royalist hub at Lincoln Castle to watch the king’s army get ready for battle. From the preparation of bows and arrows to King Henry III’s arrival, you’ll be right at the heart of the action.

Procession – 20th May 2017
At 1.30pm on the anniversary, you can join the procession of flags and shields through the streets of Lincoln. Starting at Stonebow & Guildhall, you’ll proceed up Steep Hill to Lincoln Cathedral, arriving in time for the re-enactment.

(There’s also the opportunity to make your own shield at workshops across the city in the morning. See workshops here.)

Family Cycle Ride – 20th May 2017 
A team of riders will be cycling from William Marshal’s grave in London to Newark on 17-19th May.

On Battle Day, they’ll cycle the route of Marshal’s knights from Newark to Lincoln – you can join them on the final stretch on a family-friendly bike ride.

Re-enactment – 20th May 2017
The day’s events culminate in a re-enactment of the Battle of Lincoln. Gather on Castle Hill from 2pm to see the events unfold.

Special Discounts 

To commemorate 800 years since the Battle of Lincoln, we’ll be offering the first 800 lunchtime diners 10% off their final bill when they dine at The White Hart Hotel. See full details on our offers page.

(For more information on the history of the Battle of Lincoln, read the Visit Lincoln blog.) 

The Best Family Activities in Lincoln

Any parent will sympathise with the panic that a looming school holiday can bring! Keep calm this Easter with our round-up of the top family activities in Lincoln – all within a 15 minute walk of The White Hart Hotel. 

Lincoln Castle

The striking medieval architecture is sure to leave youngsters in awe. A trip to the castle is the perfect way to combine both fun and learning – you can step back in time to discover life in a Victorian prison, see the Magna Carta and, of course, enjoy some tea and nibbles in the café.

From 1st-17th April, children can join the castle’s Easter Quest where they can search for clues in the grounds in pursuit of a delicious reward!

Distance from hotel: 1 minute walk.

Lincoln Mystery Treasure Trail 

Suitable for older children and teenagers, the mystery trail is the ideal Easter activity to make the most of the spring sunshine. The 1.5 mile trail will take you on an adventure to Lincoln’s finest spots as you discover a series of clues to solve the mystery. Pick up the trail from Castle Hill.

Distance from hotel: 1 minute walk.

Boat Trips

See the sights of Lincoln from the water with a guided canal trip abroad the Brayford Belle. Pick your seats inside or out on deck ready to see some spectacular sights as you learn all about our city’s fascinating history. Boats leave from Brayford Wharf North.

Distance from hotel: 15 minute walk.

Temple Gardens 

Pack a picnic, some outdoor games and sunscreen and head to Temple Gardens for a fun and free family day out! Located in the city’s Cultural Quarter, you’ll be just a stone’s throw from historic monuments including the iconic Lincoln Cathedral.

Distance from hotel: 10 minute walk.

When you’re done exploring, make sure you pop into The White Hart for a delicious meal to round-off your fun-filled day out. View our menu and call +44 (0) 1522 563 290 or email restaurant@whitehart-lincoln.co.uk to reserve a table.

How to plan your dream wedding

With so much to consider, it can be hard to know where to start when it comes to planning your special day. We’ve a wealth of experience in wedding planning at The White Hart, so read through our top tips to help you organise your dream wedding…

  • Get organised… First things first, get the maths out of the way! Agree your budget and guest list before you do anything else. Having your numbers set right from the start will make everything that follows much smoother.
  • Head to a wedding fayre… A quick search online will bring up fayres in your area. They’re a great source of inspiration and you can often get exclusive show rates on everything from caterers to bridal boutiques. (For more tips on how to prepare for a wedding fayre, read our guide.)
  • Save the date… Let your guests know well in advance that you’d like them to be a part of your big day. Send out save the dates at least six months before – this should help minimise any last-minute changes to the guest list.
  • Pick your venue… Start viewing venues as soon as you’ve set a date. Ask for details on their wedding packs so you can be clear on exactly what’s included and the extras you need to arrange yourself.
  • It’s who you know… When it comes to the cake, florist and photographer, ask around everyone you know for recommendations to help you get the best deal.

 

Your wedding at The White Hart

The perfect city centre setting within beautiful, historic Bailgate, it’s no surprise our hotel is one of Lincoln’s premier wedding venues. We have an extensive range of function rooms to suit gatherings of various sizes, from small, intimate ceremonies to larger affairs. We like to make each wedding bespoke too, so you and your guests can expect a truly unique and memorable day.

For further information on weddings at The White Hart Hotel, please visit our website.

Mother’s Day at The White Hart

Reserve a table at our award-winning restaurant to treat your mum this Mother’s Day. Our Grille Restaurant have created a special four-course Sunday lunch menu to mark the occasion and with six options for the main event, you’ll be spoiled for choice!

Start your meal with one of four delectable dishes; including smoked salmon with a radish salad & crème fraiche and chicken liver parfait. There are delicious meat, fish and vegetarian options for your main course – try the roast rump of lamb (with dauphinoise potatoes, green beans & rosemary gravy) or butternut squash, sweet potato & bean stew (with pilaff rice & toasted almonds). Indulge your sweet tooth with our selection of desserts, including the cherry & almond tart served with crème Chantilly and the classic apple & blackberry crumble, served with cinnamon ice cream.  If you have special dietary requirements, we’re able to adapt our dishes to suit – simply inform us when you book.

Our Mother’s Day menu is only £22.50 per person. We’re also serving a special Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea for just £9.95 per person, if you’d prefer something a little lighter.

Tables for both our Mother’s Day Sunday Lunch and Afternoon Tea must be pre-booked. Please call us on 01522 563 290 to reserve a table.

View the full menu on our website.

Valentine’s at the White Hart Hotel

Treat that special someone in your life to an evening to remember with a delectable four course dining experience at our Grille – Restaurant and Bar.

Enjoy a champagne cocktail each on arrival before tucking into our four-course menu. You’ll also receive a bottle of house wine to share, to complement your meal – all for just £80 per couple.

To start we have designed four delicious entrees; try the creamed goat’s cheese with honey, red onion marmalade, figs and focaccia or the chicken liver parfait with spiced orange and apricot chutney, aged balsamic and brioche.

For the main event, our Lincolnshire chicken with leek mash, pancetta crisp and mushroom fricassee is highly recommended. Traditionalists will love our 8oz sirloin steak with hand cut chips, mushroom, tomato, watercress and red wine jus.

To finish, indulge with our chocolate trio to share; chocolate torte, cherry and chocolate roulade, chocolate brownie and sea salted ice cream. Delicious! Alternatively, if you prefer something more savoury, try our selection of local cheese and biscuits with plum loaf, grapes, celery and crackers.

Round off your perfect evening with a selection of chocolate truffles and your choice of tea or coffee.

To view the full menu available on Tuesday 14th February, click here. To experience this amazing menu please call the hotel on 01522 563 290.

Our Expert Guide to Making the Perfect Cocktail

Cocktails don’t have to be complicated. Essentially there are three elements to any cocktail; spirit, sweet and sour. But there is a reason for a recipe; you should be able to taste all the ingredients. This is referred to as ratio; 2:1:1 are the magic numbers. Two parts alcohol, one part sweet (syrup or triple sec) and one part sour (lemon or lime). However, there is one ingredient that is overlooked and is key to making a great cocktail. Ice.

Never overlook the quality of your ice. It needs to be large and deeply chilled (so it sticks to your finger). Ice can make or break a cocktail; it isn’t just to chill your drink, but to dilute it. Once the corners of the ice is rounded, the cocktail is ready.

 

The Equipment

You’ll need a few basic tools: a shaker, strainer, bar spoon and jigger. For homemade cocktails you can use the following kitchen items:

Measure/Jigger – Egg cup
Cocktail shaker – Thermos flask
Muddler – Small rolling pin/End of a wooden spoon
Juicer – Squeeze by hand
Mixing spoon – Long teaspoon/Fork handle
Strainer – Tea strainer

Presentation is key so a selection of glasses is essential. Traditional cocktail glasses are used for daiquiris and martinis –or any drink without ice. But long drinks like Long Island Iced Tea are served in a high ball glass.  A low ball glass is perfect for whiskey based drinks.

 

The Ingredients

It really depends on your spirit of choice. To save money, you could plan to make just two or three cocktails for your party and then buy what you need. However, a basic ‘cocktail bar’ would consist of:

  • Spirits – vodka, rum, gin, tequila, whiskey, brandy.
  • Liquors – triple sec, coffee liqueur, maraschino liqueur, crème de cassis and crème de cacao.
  • Bitters – Vermouth, Campari, angostura bitters.
  • Mixers – Grenadine, coke, sugar syrup, tonic, lemonade, fruit juice.
  • Garnishes – the following are the absolute essentials; lemons, limes, oranges and maraschino cherries.

 

Our Top Tips

  • Start with your mixer – then top it up with the alcohol. If you make a mistake it is far easier to throw away the cheaper juice than the expensive booze.
  • Do you know when to shake or stir? Citrus based cocktails are shaken and boozy drinks are stirred.
  • Do you know how to shake? Don’t be too vigorous or you’ll dilute the cocktail. Less is more. Shake in a circular motion so the contents are blended.
  • Follow a recipe – that way you’ll make the right amount and it’ll taste how it should.

 

In addition to our traditional cocktail menu our Bartender’s Choice cocktail menu is a selection of 12 exciting and unusual drinks. The ‘Original’ Lincoln Spice is made using Green Mark Vodka, Elderflower Cordial, Vanilla Syrup, Lime Juice, Honey and Fresh Chilli – for an unforgettable kick. For an indulgent drink that is perfect for the festive season our Banoffee Cheesecake cocktail is highly recommended: Thunder Toffee Vodka, Créme De Banana, Cream, Mascarpone Cheese, Banana, Chocolate…you might not need dessert afterwards!

At Room bar we cater extensively for all tastes. We offer a virgin cocktail menu which is just as exciting as our alcoholic options. Try our Ginger and Apple Mojito or Mixed Berry Blast. You won’t feel like you’re missing out!

To view the Room bar menu click here.

New Lunch menu at Grille

The brand new lunch and Super 7 menus have launched at Grille – restaurant and bar.  Our Super 7 menu offers amazing choices at fantastic savings. The menus have been developed by Head Chef, Myles Mumby and his team; inspired by warming winter dishes, the new menu is a delicious mix of traditional and modern.

Myles has devised the Grille’s new lunch and Super 7 menus using fresh seasonal and local Lincolnshire produce. Our Super 7 menu offers exceptional value to our diners who can choose two courses for £10.50 or three courses for just £12.95.

To start we recommend the Lincolnshire ploughman’s; Red Hill Farm pork pie, haslet, Lincolnshire poacher cheese and plum chutney. This dish is supported by Select Lincolnshire, which guarantees the ingredients are locally sourced. Classic choices such as prawn cocktail, chicken liver parfait and homemade soup of the day also feature of this varied and mouth-watering starter menu.

For the main event, indulge in Fosters of Lincoln sausage and mash served with onion gravy and a panache of fresh seasonal vegetables. For a truly warming and filling meal, opt for the Steak & Batemans ale pie. Accompanied by hand cut chips and a panache of fresh seasonal vegetables. Favourites like homemade beef burger and rump steak sandwich remain on the menu, which caters for all tastes. We’re excited by our vegetarian options which include Swiss chard and mushroom lasagne served with Beurre Blanc sauce and a rocket salad and a butternut squash, sweet potato and bean stew accompanied by pilaf rice and toasted almonds.

If you have room for dessert then you’re in for a real treat! Chocolate brownie, ginger parkin and dark chocolate and truffle torte are set to be firm favourites.  For those with a taste for something different; then the rhubarb brûlée, served with cranberry and pistachio biscotti, is highly recommended.

At our Grille Bar & Restaurant, we’re firm believers that the ‘enjoyment of good, fresh and healthy food should not be restricted by dietary requirements.’ We welcome vegetarian and vegan diners plus those with food allergies and intolerances with open arms! Gluten and dairy free menus are also available.

The new Grille lunch and Super 7 menus are available from 5th October 2016. To view the full menu please click here.