Spalding

A restaurant and Prosecco bar inside a popular department store in Spalding aims to add a different dimension to the customer experience — and The Lincolnite went to check it out.

Hills Department Store in Spalding was initially due to close after 60 years of trade, but jobs were saved when Lincolnshire firm Coneys Clothing Stores stepped in to buy the business.

The department store reopened under the new ownership in March this year, with Riverview Cafe opening for takeaway in April and indoor dining in May.

The Riverview Cafe serves a range of dishes. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Broccoli and stilton quiche is another hit on the menu. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Desserts include raspberry and white chocolate cake. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

It serves a range of dishes, including sausage and mash, chicken goujons, Piri Piri chicken skewers, bacon, brie and cranberry panini, and broccoli and stilton quiche. There are also a range of desserts such as a raspberry and white chocolate cake.

The Prosecco Bar was a new addition in March this year to move with the demand. It sells a range of drinks, including wine, vodka, rum, whiskey, and flavoured gins, as well as cocktails from Lincoln bar Strait & Narrow. The cocktails can be bought as gifts or served at the Prosecco Bar for you to drink there.

The Prosecco Bar serves a wide selection of universal drinks. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The bar sells its own brand Hills drinks too! | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The bar also sells Hills’ own labelled Prosecco, red and white wine, rose and the latest addition of its own champagne. In addition, it also hosts exclusive wine tasting evenings.

As part of the bar, there is also a wine shop stocking a universal selection of award-winning and the firm’s own wines to create a warm and friendly environment for wine lovers. The wines will be available to buy online here in the coming months.

Eleanor Read, Prosecco Bar and Wine Shop Manager, told The Lincolnite: “Weekends are an absolute winner and it is steady in the week, but is really picking up. The rapport with customers is really building and people are coming here from word of mouth too which is great to see.”

The department store, restaurant and Prosecco bar are opening between 9.30am-5pm Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm on Saturdays, and 10am-4pm on Sundays.

Hills Department Store is located on Broad Street in Spalding. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Inside Hills department store in Spalding. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Inside Hills department store in Spalding. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Managing Director Scott Crowson said: “I have been amazed by the support from the customers who have given me some extremely welcoming comments and hope the people of Spalding will continue to support one of the town’s largest independent stores.”

Nick Snookes, General Manager at the store, added: “I am extremely pleased with the reception to the changes since reopening under new management.”

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A former police officer will face a misconduct hearing for allegedly using his handheld mobile phone whilst on duty and driving a marked police vehicle to record a video, which he then posted/shared to Snapchat.

Matthew Breathwick was based at Spalding Police Station and a public misconduct hearing will be held at the force’s headquarters in Nettleham at 9.30am on Monday, June 21.

The alleged incident happened on November 6 last year and on this date, as well as on November 7, 2020, he was challenged about his conduct. It is alleged that he was dishonest and denied using his phone.

On March 25 this year, he was convicted of an offence of using a mobile phone whilst driving in respect of this conduct.

It is alleged that former PC Breathwick breached the following standards of professional behaviour: honesty and integrity, and discreditable conduct.

Lincolnshire Police said the conduct, if proved, amounts to gross misconduct for the following reasons:

  • He committed a road traffic offence whilst on duty and in a marked police vehicle
  • He broadcast a video recording of him doing so via the Snapchat app
  • He was dishonest to a colleague and supervisor when they challenged him

A man in his 20s was found with facial injuries and taken to hospital for treatment after an alleged assault in Spalding.

Lincolnshire Police officers were called to Winsover Road just after 11pm on Saturday, June 12 to reports of a man having been injured in the area.

It is believed the assault took place at the junction with St John’s Road and Winsover Road some time between 10.30pm and 10.45pm on Saturday.

Police said the man’s condition is not life-threatening, but an investigation is ongoing to try and establish how the victim became injured.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or was in the area at the time and has dashcam footage, should contact police on 101 or via email at [email protected] quoting incident 588 of June 12.

Alternatively, it can be reported through the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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