For proper English food, Lincolnshire has got to be top of the list. The county’s specialities range from award-winning, tangy Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese to succulent Lincoln red beef and sage-flecked Lincolnshire sausages. Lincolnshire is one of the UK’s biggest food producers, with a huge agriculture industry – wheat, barley, sugar beet and oilseed rape are all grown in large volumes, as well as potatoes, cabbages, cauliflowers and onions.
Lincolnshire plum bread is a welcome addition to any mid-afternoon tea and can be enjoyed in any number of cosy tea rooms across the region, like Stokes High Bridge Café. If you’re looking for something a bit more filling though, there are plenty of excellent restaurants to choose from, including the wonderful Winteringham Fields. The restaurant has been awarded three AA rosettes thanks to the talent of head chef and owner Colin McGurran. If his name is familiar to you, it’s probably because he’s had dishes in the final banquet of The Great British Menu on BBC2 twice, both times impressing with the quality of his dishes, and always sticking to his field to fork philosophy. Another brilliant dining out option is to visit one of the area’s gastropubs like The Olive Branch Pub: a perfect spot to enjoy a drink and great food.
The region is rich in options for fabulous days out, including a visit to Burghley House, Lincoln Castle or the impressive Lincoln Cathedral. Support the National Trust by visiting the beautiful Tattershall Castle, or go for something really different with a visit to the Donna Nook Nature Reserve, where you can admire the seals.