— With additional reporting from Chelsea Buckthorp and photography from Samantha Fisher
You’d be forgiven for assuming in recent weeks that we have been battling a hefty monsoon season, but after yesterday’s scorcher we’re hoping that summer may be trying to make a comeback.
In preparation, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite sun traps where you can enjoy a cool, relaxing beverage whilst soaking up the afternoon rays.
The Lion and Snake, Bailgate
A lively traditional-style pub, situated in the heart of Lincoln’s picturesque Bailgate area. The Lion and Snake’s sizable seating area is set against the backdrop of the majestic Cathedral. During the evenings passers-by are warmly welcomed into this well-lit space, through a twinkling wooden archway. A brilliant place to while away those long summer nights.
The Magna Carta, Castle Square
Ok, so this one isn’t technically a beer garden, but it is an amazing place to sit and have a couple of drinks (especially after having just climbed Steep Hill). The outdoor seating area spills out into Castle Square and onto the cobbled streets. From here you can be supping on a beverage whilst drinking in the atmosphere of this wonderfully historic spot.
The Pyewipe, Saxilby Road
Sitting beside the Roman Fossedyke canal, the idyllic setting of the pub makes it the perfect spot for a summer swill. Although there are ample seating facilities, most people prefer to sprawl out on the river bank with their drinks; a great place to make the most of some of the county’s beautiful countryside. The pub also offers its own parking facilities.
Cloud Bar, St Paul’s Lane, Bailgate
Situated at the base of the castle wall, this beautiful terrace garden boasts a stunning view of the cathedral. An incredibly atmospheric bar, serving a wide range of drinks and cocktails, it also offers a tempting tapas menu. Stylish and sophisticated, it’s a super spot to start a sparkling night out.
The Struggler’s Inn, Westgate
This award-winning beer garden is a real hidden gem. The Struggler’s Inn is a small pub in uphill Lincoln and is only a stone’s throw away from the Bailgate. Steps from the back of the bar lead down into a luscious beer garden full of character and charm. This one is definitely worth a try.
Woodcocks, Burton Lane End off Saxilby Road
With ample space to frolic, Woodcocks Pub is perfect for families in pursuit of some good old fashioned greenery. There’s a (tried and tested) assault course to keep the wee ones happy and a stunning view of nearby Burton Waters Marina for the grown-ups to enjoy. It’s a short of a drive out of the city, but there is plenty of on-site parking for those traveling by car and canal moorings make it accessible for boats too. Great pub grub and picturesque scenery make this a family favourite.
The Jolly Brewer, Broadgate
This quirky public house offers a truly unique experience, with the Art Deco inspired interior spilling out into the large beer garden that plays host to regular live music events. With real, traditional ales and hand-pulled ciders, as well as the usual suspects behind the bar, this place has something for everyone.
Dogma, High Street
Enjoy all of your favourite cocktails in a great sized garden that’s big enough to swing a cat or two. Located at the base of Steep Hill, Dogma is the perfect place to take a tipple, whether you’re on your way down (on the verge of collapse) or preparing for the arduous journey ahead. Pop in for a pint or a pitcher on the patio.
The Slug and Lettuce, High Street
Dogma’s neighbour offers another generously sized beer garden, as well as a mouth-watering menu of light bites and main meals. Outdoor heaters make this pretty patch ideal for transforming daytime drinks into evening escapades.
Varsity, Guildhall Street
Nestled just a stone’s throw from the busy High Street, recently-refurbished Varsity provides the perfect spot to take a break from that strenuous stretch of retail therapy. Swing by for a snack and a sup and enjoy speedy service in this cracking courtyard.
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