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Top 15 Lincoln beer gardens to enjoy the heatwave in on Friday

Get your sunglasses and beer glasses ready

By Local Democracy Reporter

Temperatures of around 30°C are expected in Lincoln this Friday, so The Lincolnite has listed some of the best beer gardens in the city from which to enjoy the sunshine.

The weather has been wonderful this week, with sunshine and high temperatures across Lincolnshire, but the best is still yet to come according to the experts.

On Friday, the Met Office and BBC Weather are predicting very high temperatures in Lincoln, with highs of between 29 and 30°C.

The sunshine isn’t expected to be around long though, with light rain and a 10-12°C drop predicted on Saturday and Sunday, so Friday will be your best bet to soak in the sun.

With this in mind, The Lincolnite has decided to point you all in the direction of some of the top pubs with ample beer garden space in Lincoln – for those who might fancy a few drinks in the heat on Friday.

Here are some of the great beer gardens you can spend your Friday evening at, basking in the Lincoln sunshine:

The Prince of Wales Inn and The Lion & Snake

The beer gardens at both the Prince of Wales Inn and the Lion & Snake. | Photo: The Lincolnite

The Prince of Wales Inn and The Lion and Snake are situated next to each other on Lincoln’s iconic Bailgate, blessed with stunning cathedral views and ample space for drinkers.

On TripAdvisor the pubs are rated 4.5 and 3.5 respectively.


Craft’s revamped beer garden. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Found on the upper High Street, Craft has recently undergone a revamp with a new beer garden and a fresh food and cocktail menu for you to try.

Craft doesn’t appear on Trip Advisor, but Google reviews look favourably, with it scoring 4.2/5 stars from 284 ratings.

The Duke William

The Duke William on Lincoln’s Bailgate. | Photo: The Duke William

The historic refurbished building is at the top end of Lincoln’s Bailgate near to Newport Arch, offering cosy indoor settings and a stylish outdoor area.

It is among the highest rated venues in Lincoln, scoring 4.5 on TripAdvisor from over 900 reviews.


The rooftop beer garden with cathedral views at Citadel. | Photo: Citadel Lincoln

Often one of the most desirable spots in the city, Citadel on St Paul’s Lane near Lincoln Castle is perhaps best known for its beautiful rooftop beer garden with the cathedral in perfect view.

It is again well favoured by customers, scoring 4.5 on TripAdvisor and 4.4 on Google reviews.

The Strugglers Inn and The Victoria

Outside The Victoria pub in Lincoln. | Photo: Ellis Karran for The Lincolnite

The Victoria and The Strugglers Inn are two of Lincoln’s most loved real ale pubs, with The Victoria found on the corner of Union Road and The Strugglers nearby on Westgate.

Both pubs score well in online reviews, with The Strugglers being given a 4.5 on TripAdvisor and The Victoria getting 4/5 stars too.

Treaty of Commerce

The beer garden you can get your hair cut at! Monty’s Barbers is inside the Treaty of Commerce pub on Lincoln High Street. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

One of the few pubs on the pedestrianised lower High Street, The Treaty of Commerce is a unique venue with a huge beer garden and even a fully qualified barber offering haircuts on-site (read more here).

It’s another 4.5 score on TripAdvisor for this pub, along with another 4.5 from 391 Google reviews.

The Morning Star

The Morning Star beer garden boasts cathedral views and a wonderful canopy area. | Photo: The Morning Star Lincoln

A traditional pub in its own right, The Morning Star on Greetwell Gate can be found just a stone’s throw from the Cathedral Quarter and boasts an award winning beer garden.

Scores of 4.5 on TripAdvisor and 4.6 on Google suggest that this is a much loved pub with plenty to check out on a summer’s day.

The Mailbox

The Mailbox’s beer garden. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The self-proclaimed ‘best student pub in Lincoln’, located on Guildhall Street, has a wide range of food and drinks as well as ample screens for all the big sporting events, both inside and outside.

TripAdvisor scores of 4/5 from almost 300 reviews suggest that most thoroughly enjoy The Mailbox, and the large beer garden could be ideal for the heatwave.

Royal William IV

The Royal William IV pub at Brayford Wharf North. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

One of the few spots you can enjoy a drink on Brayford Pool, the Royal William IV is a popular spot in Lincoln with plenty of outdoor seating space to take in the views.

Almost 1,500 Google reviews have the pub at 4.3/5 stars while TripAdvisor gives the Royal William a 4.

The Barge

The Barge believes it has the “best beer garden in Lincoln”. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

A unique venue bought out by the University of Lincoln’s Students’ Union, The Barge on the Brayford claims to have the best beer garden in Lincoln – and we certainly think it’s up there.

4.2/5 from 117 Google reviews is no mean feat, and with a new cocktail menu launched it could be a great spot to try out.

Horse & Groom

The Horse & Groom on Carholme Road. | Photo: Horse & Groom Lincoln

You can find the Horse & Groom on Carholme Road at the corner of the entrance to Brayford Pool, and with a large outdoor space in a sun-trap location it’s clear to see why it is so popular.

More than 1,000 people have left Google reviews for the pub, giving it an impressive score of 4.4/5.


The beer garden at Towers. | Photo: The Lincolnite

Described as the hub of the University of Lincoln’s student section, Towers is an often busy bar with huge beer garden space in multiple areas on uni campus.

Google reviews give it a score of 4/5 from over 400 ratings, and it attracts hundreds if not thousands of students each year.

Tower Hotel

The Tower Hotel is located on Westgate in Lincoln. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The Tower Hotel on Westgate is found in the picturesque Bailgate area of Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter, and is without doubt one of the most desirable spots in the city.

Helped by stylish settings and a large beer garden, the venue has 4.5 and 4.4 scores on TripAdvisor and Google reviews respectively.

The Adam & Eve

The Adam and Eve in Lincoln dates back as far as 1701. | Photo: The Adam and Eve

Believed to be the oldest tavern in Lincoln, The Adam and Eve dates back to the early 18th century, and is still serving the good people of our city to this day.

Found on Lindum Road in the shadow of the cathedral, it has favourable 4.5 scores on both Google and TripAdvisor.

Pyewipe Inn

The Pyewipe Inn in Saxilby is accessed via a picturesque walk along the Fossdyke Canal. | Photo: The Pyewipe

A tourist’s dream, The Pyewipe on Saxilby Road is a 20 minute walk from Lincoln City centre, with a gorgeous route along the Fossdyke Canal making the journey worth it.

Google reviews score it at 4.3/5 from over 1,600 ratings, while TripAdvisor gives it 4 stars from almost 500 customer scores.

The Cornhill Cove is a beach-inspired experience that opened for free in Lincoln. | Photo: The Lincolnite

As well as this, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy the Cornhill Cove, a pop-up events hub serving food and drinks with a summer twist of free crazy golf, photo cutout boards and beach-style deck chairs.

While you are in the vicinity, you can also check out the Cornhill Quarter’s seated areas outside The Botanist and Cosy Club, as well as the terrace at Everyman Cinema.

Views overlooking the Cornhill Quarter at Everyman Cinema. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite