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.

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.

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.

Lincoln’s Hidden Gems – By Ian Robinson, GM at The White Hart Hotel

A historic city steeped in culture and charm, Lincoln is the perfect spot for sightseeing. Home to Lincoln Cathedral, this beautiful region also boasts an array of hidden gems from stunning walks and theatre shows to museums and boutiques. Here’s a local perspective on the best bits of Lincoln from Ian Robinson, the General Manager at the White Hart Hotel:

(1)  How long have you worked at The White Hart Hotel?

Five and a half years and the time has flown by! I love working with my colleagues here – you won’t find a friendlier team of people anywhere else.

 

(2)  What do you enjoy the most about your job and why?

The diversity of the job and meeting people is one of my favourite aspects. I also like hosting weddings at the hotel – there’s no greater satisfaction than seeing the smile on a bride’s face and knowing that I’ve contributed to her perfect day.

 

(3)  In your opinion, what makes The White Hart Hotel one of the top hotels in Lincoln?

The top-class service, the superb location in the heart of Lincoln (the historic Cathedral Quarter), a superb cocktail bar, and award-winning dining at Grille – Restaurant & Bar.

 

(4)  What do you like most about the city of Lincoln?

The city is big enough to matter, but still small enough to care. Community spirit still exists here!

 

(5)  What would you say are the ‘must-see’ spots of Lincoln?

Lincoln castle, where visitors can see the Magna Carta and go on a medieval walk around the historic walls, is a must-see as well as the stunning cathedral that attracts tourists from all over the world. The cathedral entrance is right at the top of Steep Hill – it’s fun to walk up the cobbled street simple because it’s so steep and there are lots of boutiques and speciality shops to visit along the way. The Guild Hall is a great place to visit too because it gives an insight into Lincoln’s fascinating history.

 

(6)  In terms of ‘hidden gems’; can you share any with us?

  • Not many people know that there’s a thriving night-time economy here in Lincoln. There’s always somewhere fun to go every evening and no two nights are ever the same.
  • The Bailgate shopping area has a plethora of independent traders, speciality food stores and clothing boutiques. It’s based in the Cathedral Quarter, one of the most historic parts of the city, so it has a quaint charm to it that shouldn’t be missed. Plus, it’s just a short stroll away from the hotel entrance.
  • You can use a downloadable app called Roman walk boundaries to help you find your way around the city’s historic perimeter. It makes for a fantastic walk and there are plenty of opportunities to take some eye catching photos.
  • For the most fantastic view of the Cathedral, our rooftop terrace is the perfect spot.

 

(7)  Finally, if you only had one day to spend in Lincoln, where would you go and what would you do?

  • Brunch at one of the little cafes on Steep Hill because there are so many interesting places to eat.
  • A ride on a tour bus because there’s always something new to be seen as well as the main stops at the Cathedral, Lincoln Castle and Cultural Quarter (ghost walks in the evening can also be great fun where you learn about the legends of the spirits that haunt Lincoln’s local attractions!).
  • Champagne Afternoon Tea at Room Bar, which comes with a chilled glass of champagne, fresh scone, clotted cream and homemade cakes, simply because it’s so lavish and delicious.
  • Drill Hall Theatre to see a performance – there are comedy, music, dance, film and children’s events all year round.
  • Room Bar for cocktails, a night cap to end the perfect day.

Five reasons to stay at the White Hart Hotel

  1. It’s a haven for history lovers

The White Hart Hotel is situated at the centre of Lincoln’s historic quarter; a fantastic location that’s close to the city’s famous hot spots and points of interest. At the heart of the city, the Cathedral Quarter boasts the remains of a legionary fortress, built originally by the Romans and featuring stunning Roman architecture and design, the stronghold was built back to current form by William the Conqueror. Just moments away from the hotel, Lincoln Castle is home to one of only four surviving copies of the Magna Carta, making it a must-see attraction for history buffs. Nearby, Lincoln’s gothic Cathedral towers above all else, once the tallest building in the world for 300 years.

The hotel itself claims special historical significance – the Yarborough meeting room, also known as the ‘Tank Room’ was where Sir William Tritton and Major W G Wilson first conceived the idea of military tanks. Aside from history, Lincolnshire is also synonymous with legends of ghosts and spirits that haunt the local attractions. Ask the staff for details of the spooky goings-on that they’ve experienced at the hotel to find out more!

  1. You’ll find boutique stores, independent shops and local restaurants nearby

Lincoln’s cobbled streets add a quaint charm to a shopping trip to the city’s famous Cathedral Quarter. Boasting a host of independent retailers, boutiques and restaurants, the Quarter is home to Bailgate, one of the most historic parts of the city. You’ll find fashion and shoe shops like Chantal, bookseller Lindum Books, alternative food store Yellowbellys and bridalwear retailers all just a short stroll away from the hotel entrance. Visit Steep Hill for speciality, vintage and retro stores or head to the outdoor street markets to peruse the very best wares of local farmers, craftmakers and artists. At Christmas time the market is full of beautiful ideas for presents, decorations, seasonal foods, festive cheer and twinkling lights.

  1. There’s always an event to go to

There are interesting events to attend all year round from the ‘pick-your-own-pumpkin day’ at Halloween, the artsy Frequency Festival of Digital Culture to November’s Christmas Lights Switch On and, of course, the Lincoln Sausage Festival. For culture buffs, Lincoln Cathedral’s church services, visiting lectures and music concerts are a must. And for history fans the fascinating site of Lincoln Castle has it all – walk along the stone curtain wall, explore towers and dungeons and view the Castle’s Victorian Prison. Top it off with a Ghost Walk in the evening to learn more about the city’s supernatural past and ghoulish hauntings!

  1. The in-house restaurant serves delicious seasonal dishes

Reserve a table at The Lincoln Grille and experience great food, great ambience and great service. Feast on traditional beef wellington, seared scallops and salmon ballotine before indulging in crème brûlée, chocolate sponge or a selection of ice creams. Head Chef Michael House prepares each dish with local produce that’s always in season to maximise flavour and create memorable meals for every diner. A daytime, evening and children’s’ menu is available to ensure every guest is catered for. A special 2 or 3 course menu is available at Sunday lunch, featuring the very best of British roasts with all the trimmings.

  1. Toast to world-class cocktails at Room Bar

Enjoy locally brewed beers, fine wines and the best cocktails Lincolnshire has to offer at Room Bar, our sophisticated in-house cocktail bar that offers everything from afternoon tea and champagne to martinis and mint juleps. Set within the hotel, our elegantly designed bar features a roaring gas fire that creates the perfect intimate but welcoming atmosphere. There’s live music every Thursday evening, guaranteeing a night of outstanding entertainment to begin a fantastic weekend stay.