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Discover Lincoln’s Diverse Mix of Watering Holes

Cheers! County residents and visitors with a thirst for discovering great places to enjoy real ales and craft beers can tap into a new city experience: the Lincoln Ale Trail.

Date: 11th Jan '17

Lincoln BIG today unveiled the exciting Lincoln Ale Trail, which encourages people to explore the city’s amazing mix of watering holes, where they can raise a glass with friends whilst enjoying live music, quiz nights and delicious food.

The guide, devised in partnership with Visit Lincoln,  features 30 different venues and there’s something to appeal to everyone, from historic inns to contemporary bars in an area stretching from Bailgate to the lower High Street.

All businesses included in our guide serve real ales or craft beers, are open from 2pm and are members of Lincoln BIG or the Visit Lincoln Partnership. Most also belong to the Lincoln Pubwatch Scheme – co-ordinated by Lincoln BIG.

Venues listed include The Lion & Snake (Bailgate), a real ale haunt dating back to the 15th century; Cask Restaurant & Brewhouse (Drury Lane), a unique restaurant and brewhouse, serving craft beer brewed on site, as well as guest ales; and The Mailbox (Guildhall Street) which serves three hand-pulled ales (including those from the local Pheasantry brewery, plus five changing craft beers on tap.

Feeling nostalgic? Then you might want to relax over a pint at The Ritz (High Street). This former art-deco cinema serves a range of national and local ales and also hosts Meet the Brewer events.

Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Matt Corrigan said: “Lincoln has a diverse range of pubs, each with its own identity and unique ambience. Together they form an important part of the local economy, but not everyone realises just how much they offer by way of special brews, food and entertainment, from live music to pub quizzes.

“The Lincoln Ale Trail, which is available from the Lincoln Visitor Information Centre in Bailgate and the listed pubs – or which can be ordered online from the Visit Lincoln website - gives a real flavour of what is available.

“We hope people will enjoy gradually discovering each of the hostelries, although obviously not all at once. Our handy guide also gives people the opportunity to rate each pub, out of ten.

“I would like to add that Lincoln has a Challenge 25 policy.  This means that anyone who is fortunate enough to look under the age of 25, may be asked to prove that they are over 18 when they want to buy alcohol.”