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The Nosey Parker pub in Lincoln loves creating a food challenge and The Lincolnite went to check out one of their latest – the Ultimate Chip Butty.

The Ultimate Chippy Butty is a whole loaf of bread, hollowed and filled with chips, cheese and lashings of gravy. The challenge, which is also suitable for vegetarians, is also served with two jugs of gravy for dipping.

The challenge, which was introduced at the Greene King pub off Tritton Road in August, is priced at £8.99. Should you be successful, unlike us, you get a certificate and your photo on the pub’s Wall of Flame.

Inside the Ultimate Chippy Butty. It’s bigger than it looks! | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Pouring on some extra gravy. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The Lincolnite reporter Joseph Verney (left) staring at the challenge awaiting him, with the Nosey Parker’s Duty Manager Ronnie Byrne (right). | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

When the food arrived, I felt a sense of hope that maybe, if I finished my loaf, I could successfully complete the challenge, but it wasn’t to be. Maybe I just wasn’t bready enough.

After a fairly confident start, with the chips and cheese especially going down a treat, the bread really started to take its toll.

In some ways it may not look like too big a challenge, but to eat that much bread in one sitting proved an even bigger task than expected.

The Ultimate Chip Butty is priced at £8.99.| Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Ronnie Byrne, Duty Manager at Nosey Parker, told The Lincolnite: “The new menu came out just over a month ago, and the new challenges have gone down a storm!

“The Ultimate Chip Butty has been one of our best sellers so far, no doubt.

“Everyone thinks it’ll be a walk in the park, but, like The Lincolnite, they’re quickly brought back down to earth! It’s basically a whole loaf of bread and a tonne of chips, cheese, and gravy.

“Anyone who can tackle that is braver than I, and the reporter, as we learned today!”

Handmade Burger Co is now back in Lincoln under new ownership as more of a place to go to drink as well as to eat, and The Lincolnite went to check it out.

With at least 14 beef burgers and 12 chicken burgers, as well as six vegetarian options, there is certainly plenty to choose from at the Lincoln restaurant, which is located on Brayford Wharf North.

There are also small burgers, fries, loaded fries, salads, and various sides as well as a selection of desserts.

Plenty of burgers, sides and cocktails to choose from. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The sharing platter includes halloumi fries, onion rings, chicken tenders and wings. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The Macho beef burger. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The chocolate tort is suitable for vegans. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The sharing platter, chicken Caesar salad and two refreshing cocktails. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

A new 2 for £10 cocktail menu will launch at the Lincoln restaurant on Friday, September 17, adding to their current selection of cocktails and mocktails.

The 2 for £10 menu will be available all week apart from peak times of 7pm-9pm on Fridays and 6pm-9pm on Saturdays.

Luke Spindler shaking up a cocktail. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The Cherry Bakewell cocktail. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Or why not try an Espresso Martini? | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The restaurant will be run by general manager Matthew Shwe and assistant manager Will Callaway. Twenty jobs were created and Handmade Burger Co in Lincoln is still recruiting for roles, both front and back of house.

Handmade Burger Co has reopened its restaurant in Lincoln under new ownership, more than a year after the original business collapsed. The Lincoln branch reopened on September 7 and is the second to reopen after Meadowhall in Sheffield.

The chicken cheese classic burger. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The Juicy Lucifer is a beef burger stuffed with American cheese, Swiss cheese, jalapeño, sriracha mayo, lettuce, bacon, tomato and red onion. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The Juicy Lucifer is one of the ‘favourites’ at Handmade Burger Co in Lincoln. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The classic caesar salad with chicken. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Handmade Burger Co fell into administration in January 2020 and was forced into closing 18 restaurants across the UK, including the Lincoln branch.

But the local restaurant was one of those saved by a consultancy firm led by former general manager at Handmade Burger Co, Adam Hewitt.

Handmade Burger Co is located on Brayford Wharf North in Lincoln. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Inside the restaurant. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The team at Handmade Burger Co in Lincoln can’t wait to welcome more customers inside. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Plenty of food to try at Handmade Burger Co in Lincoln. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The Lincoln restaurant is currently open 11.30am to 10pm, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11.30am-11pm on Friday, and 11am-11pm on Saturday. Mondays will be open the same opening hours as Sundays by October.

Lincoln’s Handmade Burger Co will also launch on Just Eat on Tuesday, September 21, after which people can order for delivery.

The Lincoln Imp Trail will wrap up a week ahead of schedule on Monday, September 13.

Organisers Lincoln BIG said they made the decision to take the imps off the streets of Lincoln early to protect them from any further vandalism incidents.

With the auction only three weeks away, the risk of further incidents could not be taken, they said.

The main trail imps that do not require any repairs will be moved to Lincoln Castle on Monday, September 13.

The sculptures can then be viewed along the Avenue of Lincoln Castle from Saturday, September 18, between 10 am and 5 pm until September 22.

Those that need repair will join the farewell event as soon as possible.

Sarah Loftus, Chief Executive of Lincoln BIG said: “We are having to move the imps out of the city a little earlier than expected due to the level of vandalism.

“This is a great shame, but some need repairing before they go into the Castle for the farewell event. Please come and say goodbye to our Imps between 18 – 22 September.”

As part of the Lincolnshire Day celebrations on Friday 1 October 2021, the Imp Trail Auction will take place at Lincoln Cathedral, where they will be sold by professional auctioneer Ian Walter from JH Walter. Tickets for the auction, priced £15, are on sale here.

Vandalism and damage on Lincoln Imp Trail

The writing was on the wall. Lincoln BIG said on Thursday this week that three of the sculptures that suffered damage on this year’s Lincoln Imp Trail were unlikely to return to the streets of the city before the end of the trail.

The Post Impressionist sculpture on the Lincoln Imp Trail has suffered damage. | Photo: The Lincolnite

The news came after the Post Impressionist imp, designed by Susan Webber and sponsored by Ruddocks, was found with scuff marks and damage at its spot near the Royal William IV pub on Brayford Pool on Wednesday.

It’s believed that a delivery lorry bumped into the sculpture to cause the damage, and event organisers Lincoln BIG have taken it in to see if it can be fixed.

This incident made it the fourth imp on the trail to require fixing.

It’s all change for the imp trail, as the Footie Imp is taken away for repair, the Community Imp returns and the temporary red imp is moved elsewhere!

The first imp damaged was The Community Imp on Guildhall Street, which was vandalised on July 21 by 20-year-old Bradley Pennell from Scunthorpe, after a drunken night out. He pleaded guilty in court and has been ordered to pay damages.

This sculpture had to be taken off the streets for repair and temporarily replaced by a red sculpture, but has now been put back in its place on Guildhall Street.

The next imp to be removed from the trail was The Running Imp at the junction for St Mary’s Street with the pedestrianised High Street, but organisers Lincoln BIG said this was just for some TLC.

That was replaced by “Goldie the Imp” which now looks likely to stay in place of the Running Imp for the remainder of the trail.

Then, in late August, the Footie Imp at the lower High Street was found vandalised late at night. This too has been removed from its podium for repairs and will more than likely not be back in time for the end of the event.

45-year-old Stewart Tomlinson from Grimsby has been charged with criminal damage in connection to this incident, and will appear at Lincoln Magistrates Court on September 16.

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