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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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Cafe Pino has been given a fresh lease of life with Italian desserts and drinks as it reopened under new ownership on Tuesday.

It has been taken over by Dario Rossi, who is from the Italian region of Sicily. Daniel Ramsey, who worked as the assistant manager at Angel Coffee House in Lincoln for two years, is the new manager at Cafe Pino and was delighted to welcome the first customers through the door on Tuesday, June 15.

The original Cafe Pino opened on the corner of the High Street and Tentercroft Street in November 26, 2019. It previously closed its doors for good as the former owner Memet Ozer relocated to London after a family bereavement, but it is now back again under new ownership.

The cafe has also introduced new Italian desserts such as cannoli and aragostine. | Photo: The Lincolnite


A nice cafe to pop in for a fresh croissant and coffee in the morning. | Photo: The Lincolnite

Cafe Pino is located on Lincoln High Street. | Photo: The Lincolnite

Cafe Pino has kept its original name and has created five new jobs, including manager Daniel and his colleagues Mia Farrar and Jasmin Slingsby.

The cafe has introduced new Italian desserts such as cannoli and aragostine, as well as vegan cakes and also freshly baked croissants each morning.

Fresh croissants will be made each morning. | Photo: The Lincolnite

Inside Cafe Pino. | Photo: The Lincolnite

There will also be a mixture of sandwiches, paninis and toasties, including ham and cheese, Caprese with tomato and pesto, and vegan pepperoni.

There is a variety of hot and cold drinks available, including an Italian coffee known as a Cortado and a traditional frothy cappuccino.

A twist on Italian street food with “grandma style” homemade dishes was also among the original plans of the new owner, and will be introduced to the menu over the next few months.

Mia’s dog Mylo was among the first visitors during a trial day on Sunday, June 13.

Mylo with Mia’s partner and friends enjoyed their time at Cafe Pino in Lincoln.

Kara, Ellie and Dom were among the first customers as Cafe Pino reopened under new ownership on June 15. | Photo: The Lincolnite

Manager Daniel told The Lincolnite: “It feels great to be open. It has been weeks of getting things ready, but we are now serving food and drinks to the public, who we hope will love the new Cafe Pino.”

Serving a wide range of cold Italian drinks and coffee. | Photo: The Lincolnite

Cafe Pino is open between 8am and 5.30pm Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday.

A VIP lounge with a £350,000 chrome Lamborghini inside it will be the most ‘exciting bar outside of London’ when it opens next month in Skegness, according to the business owners.

The Hive on Grand Parade in Skegness unveiled a fully road legal Lamborghini Huracán on May 27, before lifting it onto the third floor of its upcoming nightclub complex.

It will become part of the furniture and the star attraction of a Lamborghini-inspired VIP lounge, providing visitors with an up-close experience of a jaw-dropping 200mph supercar.

The car instantly grabs your attention, mainly thanks to its chrome wrap! | Photo: The Lincolnite

By doing so, The Hive has become just the second place in the whole world to have a Lamborghini inside a bar.

It is hoped that the VIP lounge, which houses the Lamborghini, will open to the public on July 17, but it is one of just nine bars that will be opened at The Hive.

We even got to go inside the car! | Photo: The Lincolnite

A whisky lounge, as well as other cocktail bars and even an ice bar will be ready for business by the end of the year, with more still to be announced.

The Ice Bar Experience is still in early days of construction, and is expected to be open towards the latter part of 2021.

The complex is being designed in the style of the Las Vegas strip, with shop windows for different bars everywhere you turn.

The VIP Lounge will be inspired by the famous car manufacturer Lamborghini. | Photo: The Lincolnite

Owners and staff at The Hive told The Lincolnite they wanted to bring a bit of Las Vegas to Skegness, and the Lamborghini will be part of a trendy VIP bar that serves cocktails on the coast.

“Our vision for this was to make a statement and do something standout, outside of London there is nothing quite like this, and we hope it can attract customers to visit and take a look at the Lamborghini for themselves.

Replica models are in a glass box next to a real life Lamborghini. | Photo: The Lincolnite

“It’s all part of the experience, and having a car like this one inside the VIP lounge is what will make the place look most appealing.”

A whole host of celebrities and social media personalities have been booked for upcoming events at The Hive, including Tom Zanetti, Sam Bird from Love Island and Pete Wicks and Sam Thompson, from The Only Way Is Essex and Made In Chelsea respectively.

So shiny it could almost blind you! | Photo: The Lincolnite

With a top speed north of 200mph, the engine is unfathomably powerful. | Photo: The Lincolnite

The owner even gave us a bit of an engine rev to show how powerful the car is. | Photo: The Lincolnite

Up close it is even more staggering. | Photo: The Lincolnite

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