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.

The History of The White Hart Hotel

Situated in the historic Cathedral Quarter of Lincoln, The White Hart Hotel is over 600 years old. First opened in the 14th century as a coaching inn, the hotel sits between the Norman Castle and the city’s Medieval Cathedral, making it a fantastic location for visitors who are keen to experience Lincoln’s history and witness the beauty of Roman architecture and design.

The hotel is famous for being the meeting place for Sir William Tritton and Major W G Wilson in September 1915 – they together conceived of and created the first ever prototype military tank in what became known as the ‘Tank Room’, which is now a corporate boardroom on the first floor of the hotel. Thanks to their design skills the world’s first 200 tanks were manufactured in Lincoln.

An attractive mixture of old and new, the hotel is also known for its ghostly history and is synonymous with spirits and ghouls. The legend is that a highwayman was killed in the area of the hotel that used to be the stables many years ago and he now haunts the restaurant area, hiding his face with his cloak!

Lincoln Castle is just a short walk from the hotel entrance and is home to one of only four surviving copies of the Magna Carta, a Victorian prison and an archaeology exhibition. This year, a ceramic poppies sculpture will be exhibited at the castle until September to commemorate the Battle of the Somme. Originally a part of the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London in the autumn of 2014, the poppy sculpture (known as the Wave and Weeping Window) is just a short walk away from the Cathedral where visitors can inscribe and leave behind crosses with the names of their lost loved ones.

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.

Meet Mike House, Head Chef @ Grille


Mike House has been Head Chef at White Hart Hotel’s restaurant ‘Grille’ for over six years. He began working in the industry at 16 after earning an apprenticeship at Carlton House, Bournemouth; at the time the only 5* family owned hotel in Europe.

Mike went on to work in Gibraltar where he catered for the Duke of Edinburgh and featured in his own TV series ‘House and Home’ and ‘Michael’s House Guest’. Upon returning the UK, Mike worked alongside Raymond Blanc at Le Petit Blanc (now Blanc Brasserie) where he was instrumental in expanding the chain.

Mike places enormous value on high quality, locally sourced ingredients which is reflected throughout his menu. The menu is regularly changed and constantly improved upon, with daily specials and seasonal dishes readily available. Mike’s personal favourite is Beef Wellington, a classic that is fast becoming his signature dish. Currently served at Grille alongside dauphinoise potatoes, French beans and Madeira sauce, this has been Mike’s speciality for over 35 years.

Grille prides itself on its extensive use of local produce and suppliers, which undoubtedly plays a significant role in the success and popularity of the restaurant with both local diners and hotel guests. Grille’s outstanding menu is perfectly complemented by its excellent wine list, which is detailed in our recent Wine & Food Pairing blog.

The success of the Grille relies greatly upon the hard work of the staff; Mike commented, “It’s a real team effort at the White Hart, the team all help devise the menus and we make sure that all waiting staff sample the dishes so they are knowledgeable about what they are serving”.

If you would like to browse Grille’s menus or make a reservation, please visit our website.


*Some of the above information has been taken from Bailgate Independent’s article on Head Chef Mike House


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.