Top 15 Lincoln cafes, as voted for by you

The Lincolnite readers ranked their favourite cafes and coffee shops in the city, and local people have championed independent businesses in abundance.

More than 300 people took part in a fun 24-hour vote on The Lincolnite’s Facebook page, each suggesting their favourite tea and coffee haunts.

Tuck yourself in with a hot cup of Joe, and plan your next cosy cafe call with the top 15 most recommended shops in the city:


1st Place! Congratulations Coffee Bobbins!

Coffee Bobbins is Lincoln’s number one cafe as voted for by The Lincolnite readers. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

  • Where: 28 The Strait, Lincoln, LN2 1JD
  • Facebook rating: 4.9 out of 5
  • Open: 10am to 4pm

Recently under new ownership, Coffee Bobbins is a cosy and very popular tea room at the base of Steep Hill. On the menu is a selection of light lunches, homemade cakes (which often gain window attention for their size and creative decorations), teas and coffees. Coffee Bobbins was the most voted-for business by The Lincolnite readers.


The Angel Coffee House

Photo: Alexandra Foley-Johnson

  • Where: Free School Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EY
  • Facebook rating: 4.9 out of 5
  • Open: 8am to 6pm

The Angel is one of the most interesting coffee shop settings in the city, situated within an old vestry hall. It boasts a small menu of freshly made light bites accompanied by baked goods from local bakeries. It claims on its Facebook page to be the friendliest coffee shop in Lincoln!


Bar Unico

Bar Unico owner Giovanni. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Sneak Peek: The Gelato selection at Bar Unico. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite.

  • Where: St Benedict’s Square, Lincoln, LN5 7AR
  • Facebook rating: 5 out of 5
  • Open: 8.30am to 5pm

Bar Unico is an authentic, family-run bar bringing classic Italian coffee, light lunches and sweets to Lincoln. On the menu is freshly-made biscotti, pastries, gelato, pizza by the slice and more!


200 Degrees

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

  • Where: 34 Sincil Street, Lincoln LN5 7ET
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200 Degrees is one of the latest additions to the Lincoln coffee scene, opening its first shop and barista school in the spring of 2019. It’s located in the newly redeveloped Cornhill Quarter and offers breakfast and lunch as well as its signature coffee, roasted at… you’ve guessed it, 200 degrees!


Coffee Aroma

Photo: Coffee Aroma

The owner of Coffee Aroma has recently put the business up for sale.

  • Where: 24 Guildhall Street, Lincoln, LN1 1TR
  • Facebook rating: 4.7 out of 5
  • Open: 8.00am to 7pm

This rabbit warren of a coffee shop has won numerous awards, including 2nd place in the Guardian’s Best 10 Coffee Shops in the UK. As well as speciality coffees, it serves light bites, cakes, beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks.


The Garden Tea Room

The Garden Tea Rooms in North Hykeham

  • Where: 141 Moor Lane , North Hykeham, LN6 9AA
  • Facebook rating: 4.9 out of 5
  • Open: 9.30am to 3.30pm

The Garden Tea Room serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and coffee. It’s also available for parties and boasts a quaint conservatory setting for a number of tables.


Peony Tea Parlour

Jade Hawkins. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Peony Tea Parlour on Burton Road in Lincoln. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

  • Where: 131 Burton Road, Lincoln, LN1 3LN
  • Facebook rating: 4.8 out of 5
  • Open: 8.30am to 4pm

Peony Tea Parlour is the new sister cafe to The Garden Tea Room in North Hykeham. It’s situated on Burton Road in uphill Lincoln and boasts a friendly vintage theme. Owner Jade Hawkins previously spoke to The Lincolnite about her second cafe, which pays tribute to one of her favourite flowers. It sells cakes, sandwiches, wraps and bagels, as well as a range of tea and coffee.


Grand Coffee House

The Grand Coffee House at Lincoln Central bus station. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

  • Where: Norman Street, Lincoln, LN5 7BS
  • Facebook rating: 4.5 out of 5
  • Open: 7am to 5.30pm

The Grand Coffee House opened alongside the city’s new bus station and provides the perfect refreshment service to commuters. It serves hot and cold drinks, light bites, pastries and sandwiches.


Caffe Portico

Photo: Cafe Portico

  • Where: The Terrace, Grantham Street, Lincoln, LN2 1BD
  • Facebook rating: 4.8 out of 5
  • Open: 9am to 5pm

Caffe Portico is tucked behind upper High Street and is popular for its events, and pizza nights every Friday. It gained a spot in the top 15 for its coffee, but you can also enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and more and the multi-cultural cafe.


Daisy Made Farm

Photo: Steve Smailes

  • Where: Lincoln Road, Skellingthorpe, Lincoln, LN6 5SA
  • Facebook rating: 4.8 out of 5
  • Open: 10am to 6pm

Daisy Made is famous for its real dairy ice cream, made fresh on the farm. But its cafe also sells a range of delicious hot drinks and meals. There’s plenty of entertainment nearby too including the Daisy Made cows, play area and crazy golf.


High Bridge – Stokes

Photo:The Lincolnite

  • Where: 207 Lincoln High Street, LN5 7AU
  • Facebook rating: 4.6 out of 5

The Tudor High Bridge cafe is one of Lincoln’s most iconic buildings. It was built over the River Witham circa 1160, the only bridge in England with buildings still upon it. High Bridge sells a range of coffees from Lincoln business Stokes, as well as whole and grounds beans to take home. There’s plenty on the menu if you’re peckish too.

Also check out the Stokes cafe at The Lawn, where the Lincoln company operates from.

The Stokes cafe at The Lawn. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite


Madame Waffle

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The upstairs area of the waffle bar, overlooking High Street. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

  • Where: 285 High Street Lincoln, LN2 1AL
  • Facebook rating: 4.8 out of 5
  • Open: 9am to 5pm

Madame Waffle offers a variety of sweet and savoury waffle dishes alongside speciality coffee from Square Mile Roasters London and fresh loose leaf teas. There’s also a selection of freshly-made pure fruit juices on the menu.


The Craftea Cafe

One of the popular buffets put on for crafters.

  • Where: 22 Melville Street, Lincoln, LN5 7HW
  • Facebook rating: 5 out of 5

This is not just coffee. It’s craft and coffee! The Craftea Cafe serves delicious tea, coffee and light bites and hosts regular craft clubs and classes.


Rising Cafe

Rising Cafe is located in the Alive Church on Newport, Lincoln

  • Where: 22 Newland, Lincoln, LN1 1XD
  • Facebook rating: 5 out of 5

All the proceeds from this unique cafe go towards restoring lives once broken by homelessness and substance abuse.


Pimento

Photo: Pimento

  • Where: 27 Steep Hill, Lincoln, LN2 1LU
  • Facebook rating: 4.9 out of 5
  • Open: 10am to 4pm

Pimento is a vegetarian and vegan tea room in the popular Steep Hill area of Lincoln. It’s a popular destination for visitors interested in historical artictecturhe in uphill Lincoln. The sitting room is built on top of a Roman wall! Pimento serves breakfast, lunch, drinks and coffee — all vegetarian.