Our triple success at the Taste of Excellence Awards

The White Hart Hotel is recognised for culinary and hospitality excellence

Here at the White Hart Hotel, we’re proud to announce that we were recognised in three categories at the Taste of Excellence Awards on 1st November 2018.

These include:

  • Gold citation – The Restaurant of the Year
  • Finalists – The Hotel of the Year
  • Gold citation – The Wedding Venue of the Year

Associated with Lincolnshire Life magazine, the awards recognise some of the finest venues and restaurants around the county.

Every category is voted for by the people of Lincolnshire, which makes our trio of nominations extra special.

So how did we do it?

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Our winter food inspiration

To be recognised at such a prestigious food and drink awards largely boils down to our new winter menu.

Our head chef, Myles Mumby says: “Our winter menu demonstrates to you our creativity and a real taste of Britain, using locally sourced produce from within our wonderful country.

As a true ‘Yellowbelly’, my passion for everything Lincolnshire is endless. I have been fortunate enough to meet many local suppliers, build solid relationships and develop a strong sense of using seasonal ingredients to ensure complimentary flavour combinations.

In particular, our Redhill Farm pork done three ways and the Root vegetable, apricot and Skegness Blue cheese bake with chestnut crumble dishes really encompassed this vision and played an integral part in us being awarded a gold citation in the Restaurant of the Year category.”

On reflection, we think our passion to use local produce in our a la carte menu, as well as offering a great deal with our 5 of Harts deal on our lunch menu, has really helped put a smile on the faces of our guests.

And not to mention our infamous Steak Night every Thursday, where guests can enjoy an 8oz ribeye steak, 8oz lamb rump or roasted half-chicken in honey and mustard, two sides and a drink for just £15 per person.

Winter food oozing quality and value is clearly a winning formula if the Taste of Excellence Awards and our AA Rosette for Culinary Excellence earlier this year are anything to go by.

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The importance of a good venue

To match our head chef’s fine attention to detail, our hospitality team have also been working extremely hard over the last 12 months to create a venue which excels in hosting weekend getaways and plush wedding ceremonies.

This all stems from the way we’ve designed our executive rooms right through to the way we’ve arranged our wedding spaces.

Lincolnshire Life magazine and the people who voted have clearly identified a distinct difference in the way that we treat our guests and our passion to provide an unparalleled service.

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Experience the ‘Taste of Excellence’ for yourself

If you want to come and experience our new winter menu, book a table today.

Or alternatively, if you’re on the hunt for a weekend getaway or wedding venues in Lincolnshire, give us a call on +44 (0) 1522 526 222.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Experience the taste of winter

Introducing our new Winter Menu at the White Hart Hotel

Just because there’s a chill in the air and the nights grow longer doesn’t mean that it’s all doom and gloom. In fact, here at the White Hart Hotel, we’ve put together something very special to help warm your cockles and satisfy your soul.

Our head chef, Myles Mumby, has reinvented some classic dishes and combined some unique flavours for you to enjoy this winter. He says:

Our winter menu demonstrates to you our creativity and a real taste of Britain, using locally sourced produce from within our wonderful country.

As a true ‘Yellowbelly’, my passion for everything Lincolnshire is endless. I have been fortunate enough to meet many local suppliers, build solid relationships and develop a strong sense of using seasonal ingredients to ensure complimentary flavour combinations.

So, whether you’re just looking for tasty winter food or somewhere in Lincolnshire with a fine Christmas menu, the White Hart Hotel is the place to go.

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An afternoon delight

When you’re having a tough day at work or need a perfect Christmas menu to please an office party, our winter lunch options are an ideal solution.

With a variety of new delicious meat and vegetarian courses to try, it makes sense to take advantage of our fantastic 5 of Harts lunch offer.

For only £12.45, you can sample two courses from our new menu. Or if you’re feeling particularly peckish and like a sweet with your savoury, you can upgrade to three courses for only £2.50 extra.

A fine way to finish your day

As well as our lunch menu, we’ve also given our A La Carte menu a winter flourish too. Filled with scintillating seafood dishes capturing the beautiful tastes of the ocean, tender meat dishes encompassing the Lincolnshire countryside and vegetarian combinations packed with flavour.

Our winter A La Carte menu is bigger, bolder and bursting with irresistible delights.

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Make your visit extra special

Here at the White Hart Hotel, we believe the little things make a big difference. That’s why we also offer a variety of extras to make your experience with us even more memorable.

For instance, if you’re bringing a loved one to our Grille to taste our new winter menu, why not tell them how much you care with a box of delicious handmade chocolates. Using our local chocolatier on Steep Hill, we’ll place the order, pick them up and make sure that they’re waiting for your plus one when they sit down at the table.

We can also serve up our finest champagne or organise a stunning arrangement of flowers for your partner on arrival as well. For more information, take a look here.

If you want to take in the Lincoln Christmas market and enjoy a few days of winter shopping, we have a wide variety of rooms and executive rooms for you to stay in.

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Every one of them is precisely designed to give our guests a pleasurable and comfortable stay. You’ll have access to all modern facilities and a light, airy space to rest after your beautiful meal.

So what are you waiting for? Join us in our award-winning Grille restaurant this winter and enjoy a celebration of British culinary excellence.

To see our new winter menu in full, simply click here or call +44 (0) 1522 563 290  to make a booking today.

Merry Christmas

All the team at the White Hart Hotel would like to wish our customers a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

It’s been an exciting year for us here at the White Hart, and we’re proud to have served you all throughout.

This year saw us refurbish and reopen the Grille restaurant, which looks fantastic with our new décor and has been praised for our sumptuous menu bursting with local ingredients and products. So much so in fact, that we were delighted to win Restaurant of the Year at the Select Lincolnshire Food, Drink and Hospitality Awards.

It’s not the only prestigious accolade we received either after scooping the Best Venue category as well. At the time, our general manager Ian Robinson said, ‘Winning Restaurant of the Year and Venue of the Year is a tremendous honour. We’re very proud that we’ve won awards two years in a row after winning Hotel of the Year in 2016 and we’d like to thank all the staff and team who have helped us achieve our goal of becoming Lincoln’s leading venue. We work hard to ensure all our customers experience unparalleled service and enjoy excellent food, so it’s great to get recognition for that with these prestigious awards.’

We’ve been lucky enough to host a variety of weddings through 2017 as well. It’s always a huge pleasure for us to see so many bright futures begin at our historic hotel.

It’s not over yet though, we have even more planned for next year as we continue to strive for excellence with our menus, both for food and cocktails, service, and more.

So, we’ll look forward to seeing you in 2018 but before that, have a fantastic Christmas full of fun and happiness, followed by a wonderful New Year.

From all the team at the White Hart Hotel.

Not Long Until The Lincoln Christmas Market

We love the Lincoln Christmas Market, and not just because it’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Our contemporary Cathedral city boasts more than 2,000 years of history and is the perfect place to visit over the festive period. The medieval square provides the perfect back drop for the Lincoln Christmas Market but more importantly, it’s right outside our doors.

From its small beginnings in 1982, the Christmas Market now includes more than 200 stalls and is expected to attract an incredible 250,000 visitors to Lincoln.

The market began when Lincoln twinned with Germany town Neustadt and the German link is still strong, with stall holders from our twinned-town bringing German crafts, food and drink to the market. The twinning relationship with Lincoln was formed in 1969 and is one of the oldest, strongest and most successful in the country. Although the first German Christmas Market didn’t take place until 1982, it was still one of the first in the country and today it’s one of the largest.

It’s the perfect place for anyone on the hunt for beautiful, hand-crafted presents that enable you to gift something truly unique. Visitors to the market will find a treasure trove of goodies and should expect to see jewellery, hand-poured candles, wooden toys, hand-painted glass, ceramics, photographs and locally-created art and fabulous fresh produce.

‘We really enjoy the Christmas Market coming to Lincoln each year,’ says White Hart Hotel general manager Ian Robinson. ‘It’s a massive event that we’re all very proud of in the city and is the perfect way to kick-start Christmas.’

The Lincoln Christmas Market starts on Thursday 7 December and runs until Sunday 10 December. Click here for more information.

If you are heading to the Christmas Market, don’t forget to pop in for one of our famous hot chocolates to enjoy as you rest your feet and warm your cockles.

WHITE HART HOTEL IS AWARDED BEST RESTAURANT IN LINCOLN

The White Hart Hotel is delighted to have won the prestigious Select Lincolnshire Food, Drink and Hospitality Awards in the Best Venue and Best Restaurant categories.

The multi-award winning White Hart Hotel added to last year’s Hotel of the Year award having been shortlisted in three categories and went on to scoop the two top prizes at this year’s event. The awards, now in their third year, recognise the very best in Lincolnshire’s food, drink and hospitality industries.

Ian Robinson, White Hart Hotel general manager, said: ‘This is fantastic recognition of the great work we do at the White Hart Hotel and to have added to last year’s Hotel of the Year award is a massive achievement.

‘Winning Restaurant of the Year and Venue of the Year is a tremendous honour. We’re very proud that we’ve won awards two years in a row and would like to thank all the staff and team who have helped us achieve our goal of becoming Lincoln’s leading venue. We work hard to ensure all our customers experience unparalleled service and enjoy excellent food, so it’s great to get recognition for that with these two prestigious awards.’

This year saw the White Hart Hotel reopen the newly refurbished Grille restaurant in the heart of historic Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter, serving high-quality local produce with views of Lincoln Cathedral.

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Six Reasons To Book Your Hotel Room Direct

Here at the Whitehart Hotel, we care deeply about our guests and are always ready with the best offers and extras to ensure your stay is a luxurious, care-free experience.

That’s why we wanted to talk about direct bookings. We understand that whatever the reasons for your stay, you’re always going to want to secure the best deal and that’s why third-party sites can be appealing but there are many reasons why you should always book direct.

To help you understand the benefits of booking direct, we have compiled a list of the top-six reasons why booking a hotel room directly with a hotel is always the best option.

Accountability

By booking direct you should guarantee an easy and secure booking because there are only two parties involved. When a third party (such as a booking site) gets involved, things can get messy and this is most commonly in the form of reservations not being processed. This will need to be rectified by the hotel on your arrival and can leave you with the wrong room or without any room at all.

More Rooms Available 

A little tip when it comes to booking through a third party is that ‘sold out’ does not always mean a hotel is full. Often hotels will keep their best rooms free for their guests who book direct. Hotels also sometimes stop selling rooms to third-party sites on particular dates. So, don’t always believe a third-party and check the Whitehart Hotel’s website or call us on 01522 526 222 to book.

More Flexibility

When booking direct, hotels are often more willing to help should you need to change dates or cancel. This is because the hotel is not bound by third-party agreements, while reserving a room through a third-party usually creates and locks in a contract for the stay which can restrict your and the hotel staff should you need to amend anything.

Best Rate Guaranteed

We often hear the biggest draw for booking through third-party sites is the price, as they’re usually represented as the cheapest available rates. Alas, this isn’t the case. Hotels will always price match any offer you’ve received elsewhere. Not only that, booking direct will also ensure we can offer you the best deal, with the best add-ons and extras at the lowest possible prices.

Best Packages Through Direct Booking

That brings us neatly onto our next point, which is that the best packages are only available when you book direct. If you’re looking for dinner, bed & breakfast or some other extras to make your stay at the Whitehart Hotel extra special, then booking direct is the only option. Not only we will know your exact requirements but we’ll also be able to provide the best possible price.

Fridays and Sundays

As well as the individual offers and rates we can provide when you book direct, we also run exclusive Friday and Sunday deals that are only available when you book a room directly through us. On a Friday, with the correct voucher code, you can book a bed-and-breakfast room for two with a £25 dinner allowance and two pre-dinner cocktails all for just £165. Then, on Sundays, you can book a bed-and-breakfast room for two with a £20 dinner allowance for just £120. Call us now on 01522 526 222 to book now.

Visit our website by clicking here or call us now to book your stay at the Whitehart Hotel in the heart of historic Lincoln.

 

Summer Holiday Activities in Lincoln

With the summer holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start planning activities to keep the kids entertained! There’s plenty going on in Lincoln – we guarantee they won’t be bored. Here are our top recommendations:

See the sights

See the best of our fine city with an open-top bus sightseeing tour. You can hop on and off to explore the sights that pique your interest and the live commentary will have you up-to-speed on Lincoln’s rich history in no time.

Your tickets are valid for two days and, even better, the kids travel for free!

Follow the Knights’ Trail

This year marks the 800th anniversary of the Battle of Lincoln (Discover the Battle’s significance here). The Knights’ Trail marks key points of the conflict across the city – follow the knight sculptures, each designed to depict a different aspect of our city’s history and culture (you can even follow them on Twitter!). The little ones can also have a go at painting their own knight.

The trail is running until the 3rd September and it’s free! Download your map here.

Enjoy the great outdoors

Hartsholme Country Park is a beautiful oasis located just three miles from Lincoln city centre. Complete with landscaped gardens, reservoir and woodland, there are plenty of spots to take in the views or get involved in something a little more active.

There are lots of events running throughout the school holidays, including den building, butterfly walks and a family fun day on the 13th August. There’s something to entertain all ages and interests.

Build a sandcastle

Who said you need to head to the coast to enjoy the beach? Lincoln’s very own city beach will be back for the holidays (24th July – 3rd September). With deckchairs, fairground rides, and of course; a Punch & Judy show, it really will feel like you’re beside the seaside!

Watch the joust

Set in the spectacular grounds of Lincoln Castle, you can watch a grand Medieval joust re-enactment. There’ll also be lots more exciting Medieval activities and showcases taking place at the Castle on the weekend of the 5-6th August.

You’ll be well-placed to enjoy all the fun of the summer holidays with a stay at The White Hart Hotel. Situated in the historic Cathedral Quarter, you can enjoy some of the finest views of the city from your room. We also have our on-site bar and restaurant – the perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal or relaxing tipple after a day of entertaining the little ones. Book your summer stay.