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.

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.

New Restaurant. New Menu

It’s an exciting time here at The White Hart. Not only have we just undergone a stylish refurbishment of our Grille Restaurant, but we’ve also launched an entirely new menu to go with it! What better way to enjoy the best seasonal local produce than in our contemporary, sophisticated setting?

A mix of classic favourites and something a little different, we’ve also ensured there is a selection of vegetarian and vegan options available. (We can also cater for other dietary requirements – please speak to your server.) All of our menus have had a refresh – we’ve new evening à la carte, lunch, kids and Sunday lunch offerings. We can’t wait for you to come and sample the delights.

Discover what’s new…

On our à la carte menu, you’ll find a choice of five starters, before you move on to one of our delicious mains – there’s eight of them. Try our locally-sourced Red Hill Farm pork tenderloin (served with honey carrot puree, black pudding croquette, tender steam broccoli and pork jus). There’s also the mouth-wateringly good Grilled Tofu (suitable for vegans) served with smoked aubergine caviar, cherry tomatoes and asparagus. Finish off with a sweet treat… who could resist a classic carrot cake? Enjoy it with apple blossom, chocolate soil, orange sorbet and cream cheese. If strawberries are your favourite fruit, you’ll adore this taste explosion: poached strawberries, strawberry gel, prosecco jelly, black pepper tuille and sweetened cream… truly heaven on a plate.

Our lunch menu provides a fantastic selection of dishes plus super savings thanks to our new 5 of Harts offer. Look out for the dishes with the 5 of Harts symbol to get two courses for £11.95 or three for £14.45. To start, there’s soup of the day, local smoked salmon, pea risotto and more. The main event includes the supreme Fosters of Lincolnshire sausages (accompanied by wholegrain mustard mash, of course) and classic battered haddock; served with mushy peas, hand cut chips and tartar sauce. Round it all off with a summery Eton Mess or raspberry crème brûlée.

We have a special menu for the kids (specifically, under 11s). Treat them to a main and pudding for just £6.50. Dishes include penne pasta, chicken goujons & chips and sausage & mash. For dessert, they can choose from strawberry Eton Mess or a selection of scrummy ice creams.

View the full menus on our website and reserve your table by calling us on +44 (0)1522 563 290 or email restaurant@whitehart-lincoln.co.uk.

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.

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.

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.