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.

New a la carte menu at Grille

Our Head Chef, Myles Mumby has devised the Grille’s new a la Carte menu with supreme skill and creativity, using fresh seasonal and local Lincolnshire produce.

The a la Carte offering has an entirely refreshed starter menu. We’re excited by the new additions, which includes the Alfred Enderby smoked haddock risotto served with a poached egg, saffron and chives and home smoked duck breast served with pear chutney, rocket, hazelnuts and aged balsamic. Meanwhile, the beetroot cured salmon and prawn & crab linguine provide a contemporary seafood twist to our starters.

The main event features slow cooked short rib of beef, served with a potato and bacon rosti and the showstopper; our signature Grille surf and turf for two. This Grille specialty includes two 10oz fillet steaks served with scallops and king prawns – the perfect sharing dish. The Red Hill farm slow roasted pork belly was born from Myles’ passion for locally-sourced produce. Complemented with a cassoulet of beans, cabbage and pancetta, this is a wonderfully warming plate that’s perfect for the colder weather.

To finish, indulge your sweet tooth with a ginger parkin; a gingerbread cake traditionally made with oatmeal and black treacle. The parkin is served with a baby toffee apple, honeycomb pieces and vanilla ice cream – truly scrumptious! The apple and calvados crumble and warm cherry & almond tart continue the hearty winter warmer theme of our desserts– ideal to round off deliciously satisfying meal this winter.

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 diary free menus are also available.

The new Grille menu is available from 5th October 2016. View the full menu on our website.

How to plan the perfect Christmas Party

It’s the most magical time of the year but can also be pretty hectic at times. Make sure your festive gathering goes without a glitch with our top tips for planning the perfect Christmas party:

  1. Send out your invites early – people’s diaries get booked up so quickly over the festive season so whether you’re planning a low key dinner or glamorous party, give your guests plenty of notice. We’d recommend aiming for at least four weeks before the event. There are so many ways to send out invitations, from text and email to a phone call or by post. For larger ‘dos, you can’t go wrong with a beautiful handwritten invite – it’ll stand out to your guests and adds a personal touch.
  1. Know your limits – don’t be too overly ambitious with your menu. If you’re hosting a dinner party with several courses, or providing tasty canapes for a cocktail party, stick to what you know or do a practice run! Even better, take the hassle out of cooking altogether and let the professionals take care of it – at The White Hart Hotel, we have three course Christmas party menus for both lunch and dinner. With dishes including traditional roast breast of Lincolnshire turkey and succulent grilled supreme of salmon, you can relax in the knowledge that your food will be delicious and you can spend more time with your guests instead of hidden away in the kitchen.
  1. Make a note of dietary requirements – from allergies and intolerances to vegetarian and vegan, make sure you check in with each of your guests to establish any special dietary requirements in advance. The last thing you want is to present a dish your guests can’t eat! We’re able to prepare meals to cater to a number of dietary requirements without compromising on taste – another reason to book your Christmas party with us!
  1. Plan, plan, plan – make a list of any decorations you need, an itinerary of when food will be served and any party activities or games. It’s good to have a rough idea of your timings to keep everything running smoothly. Give yourself at least one hour before your guests arrive to make sure everything is set up as you’d like it.
  1. Think about drinks – Don’t fall into the trap of playing bartender all night, you want to be able to spend time with your guests! Cocktail parties in particular can be time-consuming if you’re busy mixing a range of drinks. One option is to set up a self-service area to allow your guests to prepare their own drinks but for a truly sophisticated occasion, our expert team from Room Bar can help you host the ultimate festive cocktail party. Take a look at our cocktail menu for inspiration.
  1. Set the scene – Decorations are the perfect way to get your guests into the Christmas spirit – keep your colour scheme to a maximum of three complementary shades. Festive colours span far beyond the realm of classic red, green and gold – icy blues, white and silver are a stylish alternative.
  1. Let’s face the music – whether it’s background music for dinner or a disco to get everyone dancing, make sure you include the Christmas classics on your playlist. Bear in mind your guests may tire of an exclusively Christmas-themed music selection, so make sure you throw in other popular hits to keep the party atmosphere alive!
  1. Organise a Secret Santa – this is a great idea for office parties or small gatherings where your guests know each other. Be sure to let your guests know the budget so no-one overspends; £5 -£10 should be enough to get a little something special. It’s a lovely way to spread some festive cheer!
  1. Confirm the dress code – is your party a formal affair or more of a casual get together? Let your guests know the dress code when you invite them so no-one is left feeling over or under-dressed.
  1. Be a social butterfly – make time to chat to each of your guests. Introduce them to each other to facilitate conversation and stop anyone being left on the side lines. Then all that’s left for you to do is relax and enjoy yourself – it is a party after all!

People have been enjoying festive dinners and parties at our hotel for years and we’d be more than happy to help you play the perfect host with our range of Christmas party packages. We’re able to cater for parties with up to 100 guests, from a table in our Grille – Bar & Restaurant to private dining and after dinner dancing in one of our four event suites. Whatever your needs, we’d be more than happy to celebrate the festive season with you. Call our Christmas Coordinator on 01522 563 299. Take a look at our website for more Christmas information and pricing.

Top Tips on Accessing the Best Rates

Want to get the best deals, book the most cost-effective rates and benefit from a host of complimentary extras at the White Hart hotel? Here’s how:

Book direct as early as you can

The most inexpensive way to book your stay is to do it through our website where we feature our best rates on every available room and suite. You won’t find these rates elsewhere and when you do book you’ll also get the added benefit of heaps of flexibility – you don’t need to pay a penny until you arrive and you can cancel at any time up to 24 hours in advance. Plus, because our handy booking system allows you to secure your room up to 365 days in advance you can act early and access the cheapest rates a year before your stay.

Stay on a Sunday

The best value night of the week is usually a Sunday. Plus, our ‘Sunday Night Delight’ offer means you can get breakfast and dinner for two along with your room for just £120.

Join our network

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to get news of special offers and discounts. We like to run exclusive competitions for our social media followers so make sure you keep an eye out to be in with the chance of winning some fantastic prizes.

Subscribe to our mailing list

Joining our mailing list won’t cost you a penny and yet it might help you make a massive saving on your stay! Our exclusive email only goes out to people who have signed up here and features special offers each month, such as 10% off dining at our award-winning Grille Restaurant & Bar and discount accommodation deals.

Give us a ring

Want to confirm you’ve found the best deal? Give us a call on 01522 526 222 and we’ll run through the particulars of your stay with you to guarantee that you’re making the most of your money. We can even add in a few extras, like a box of chocolates for those of you with a sweet tooth, or facilitate a late check out.

Why book direct?

Book your stay at The White Hart Hotel using our online booking system to benefit from the best rates – guaranteed, and a host of special offers and exclusive website-only packages that you won’t find elsewhere!

Booking direct through our website, instead of using other hotel booking sites, allows you to bypass booking fees and guarantees full access to all of our rooms. For example, our luxurious Four Poster suites – perfect for romantic getaways and anniversaries – are only available via direct booking.

Our secure online reservations system displays up-to-date information on all of our seasonal discounts as well as a selection of current pictures. Plus, you can talk to the hotel directly rather than using an intermediary, which means you’ll get a personalised service and an immediate answer to any of your queries.

Another advantage to booking directly is that you won’t have to pay a penny until you arrive at the hotel (unless specified clearly in the booking process). Better yet, when you book direct you’ll also benefit from full flexibility – you can modify your booking up until 24 hours before your stay for no additional cost.

On top of that we’ve created an array of web-only packages with fantastic extras, such as 10% off dining, free late check outs or a complimentary Classic Afternoon Tea*.

What are you waiting for? Book your next stay at the White Hart Hotel here!

 

*Offers are available at the hotel’s discretion and run for specific periods throughout the year. To ensure you hear about these offers when they become available, please sign up to our mailing list.