September 18, 2020 2.12 pm This story is over 38 months old

Dandy Lion’s new manager offering free G&Ts for reopening

Fifth change of ownership in seven years

The Dandy Lion pub on Newland in Lincoln is set to reopen next week, over a year after suddenly closing and being wound up.

The bar will open on Thursday, September 24 at 4pm, with the new manager Sam Elrick hosting a quirky ‘anti-influencer’ gin event to welcome customers.

Sam told The Lincolnite: “The Dandy Lion will host a tongue in cheek anti-influencer weekend offering free gin and tonics to the wonderful people of Lincoln, regardless of followers.

“We didn’t think it was fair that the new bars in town host their opening events to limited audiences, so we’re opening it up to everyone and renaming it our #ginfluencer weekend.”

The offer is available from Thursday, September 24 to Saturday, September 26 until 8pm each day, so long as you tell the team you’re a “ginfluencer” on arrival.

The pub will currently not be serving food, and bookings will not be taken during the opening weekend to allow for walk-ins only.

Venue history

It is the fifth time the unit on Newland has seen a change of business in the last seven years, with previous owners struggling to keep afloat.

The Dandy Lion Alehouse closed in August 2019 after calling in liquidators for its company ‘The Dandy Lion Alehouse Limited’ back in March last year.

Before The Dandy Lion was Scarlet Red, which closed down in January 2018, just four months after opening.

Before that was Dexters steakhouse, which only lasted a year, and Lincolnshire Red Steakhouse, which opened in 2012 and closed three years later.

The unit’s first tenants were the Crown & Anchor, followed by Martha’s and then a bar called Essence.