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The Old Bakery Restaurant in Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter is an award-winning eatery and guest house. The dining rooms are a characterful combination of restored Victorian bakery and fresh modern décor to create a rustic smart-casual ambience The Old Bakery is also the only not-for-profit restaurant in the region. We are owned and operated by Lincoln College, which trains around 10,000 school leavers and adults in technical qualifications, T Levels, apprenticeships, and A Levels every year. So, with no private owner or shareholders, every penny of profit goes back to our colleges in Lincoln and Newark to improve our education and training. The Old Bakery is also a finishing school for our advanced
PRICE RANGE
£28 - £77
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
CUISINES
European, British, International
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I booked our first anniversary meal here. We did the room and tasting menu for £200 ish. I had been previously before lincoln college took over and absolutely loved it. I don’t normally write reviews but after reading some of them on here and feeling...a bit apprehensive I wanted to share my opinion. The deal I thought was a good price, check in wasn’t the usual kind. It was an email with a code for a key box and you just go to the room without seeing anyone- I missed the personal touch of being checked in but that is my opinion. The room was lovely and we opted for room 3 with our own bathroom. Breakfast is not included and isn’t an option as they aren’t open then. When we went for dinner, we were the only ones to start but it soon became busier- 5 tables in the end. The waitress gave us a complimentary drink for our anniversary, and then we started our tasting menu- every dish came and the waitress talked through what it was, they were attentive with clearing plates, asking if we wanted more drinks and checking in with the food. The food was all lovely and we enjoyed tasting lots of different bits. The waitress did sometimes forget the dishes but would compose herself and then remember. I enjoyed my experience and I love that this ia a place for hospitality students to come and gain experience in the field of work they are training in. If you want the service of a Michelin start restaurant this may not be for you- but going with a kind heart and understanding of what this “not for profit” fine dining restaurant is about you will be pleasantly suprised! Well done The Old Bakery and well done Lincoln College.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So this restaurant is now part of Lincoln College - I assume it is set up like Boston to train students. I have never been to a restaurant where a waitress constantly stands at the end of a table passing food over instead of walking...round to the customer. I am not a guy and don’t expect to hear - hi guys are you ready to order. Perhaps good evening would you like to order some drinks. starter Korean Chicken excellent. Main Sea bass with Thai green curry very bland and underwhelming. The place was empty -not what I expected.More

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Reviewed 4 February 2024 via mobile

We had heard good reviews of the restaurant for a number of years, and love the ‘not for profit’ concept, so we booked a Saturday evening table for two. The restaurant was about a third full, but had a nice atmosphere. Food: Overall, the food...was average, with a few good dishes throughout the meal. Starter and desserts were missing key flavours / textures to make them really stand out. Though duck main was very good, and is recommended. For the price and expectation, it did not hit the spot. Service: This was hit and miss. Wine was just placed on the table and not poured, unused cutlery and used side plates and butter knives from bread were still on the table at dessert. Service felt rushed, and we had three courses well under one hour. The experience just did not match the price tag.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 26 November 2023

Incredible restaurant. Walking distance of the Cathedral Quarter, not for profit, owned by Lincoln Catering college. Wonder4ful conservatory, plenty of room around the tables, comfortable chairs, small menu, but I could have easily had three of the choices for each course. Excellent aperitive/cocktails, good wine...list, I had the Washington Red "Charles and Charles" - superb. I ate oxtail confit for my starter, Jacobs Ladder (beef short rib) for my main, and Date and whisky pudding. 5 out of 5 for everything, and the ladies serving were absolutely incredible. My three companions, has other choices and all raved about the foodMore

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 18 November 2023

It was a pleasure to return to The Old Bakery. Although it is under new management, the quality of the food was excellent. the slow -cooked beef was exceptional as was the deconstructed crumble for dessert. Interesting and good wine list. Still the best place...to eat in Lincoln.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 6 November 2023

Empty restaurent on a Saturday night. The Bronze pig, just up the road, was full as we walked passed it but The Old Bakery only had 2 customers at 7.30 on a Saturday night. No atmosphere. Nice staff but they took such a long time...to take our order. One of the breads was so salty our friend could not eat it. The other bread was very under salted. My starter of pate was served on a thin biscuit. There is a reason why pate is usually served with bread or toast, it just goes together. A thin biscuit is not enough to counteract the rich and in this case, salty pate. Mains were served. My friend has asked the waitress to tell the chef not to salt her fish. How I wish I had followed suit! My badly cooked lamb ( it had not been seared and was just grey meat) was so salty I found it inedible and I sent it back to the kitchen. A few moments later the waitress returned to our table with the same plate of food ! The chef had told her to inform me that the salt could not be removed and that is was a special mix which could not be adjusted. It was what it was!! What rubbish I am an ex chef and have always used separate salt and pepper it does not come premixed or portioned. The chef has completely control on how much is added and the chef at the Old bakery over salts food. The other fish dish was also over salted. My husband lamb was not quite as salty as mine but it was still salty. Having sent my food back to the kitchen for the second time I was not offered an alternative and went home hungry to peanut butter on toast. Did the chef really think I would accept his over salted food when it came back to our table the second time, such odd behaviour. While this was all going on I noticed a single diner being taken to a seat. She was there for some while but was not served anything. She then abruptly got up and flounced out of the restaurent, announcing to the (few) other diners that ‘ I hope you are having a better evening than me’ . Well, if she is reading this she will know that these 4 guests also had a bad evening.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 21 October 2023

we went here for our anniversary last night. it was completely atmosphere less. only 3 couples in all night on a Friday night ( i can remember in years gone by you used to have to book min 3 months in advance ). we ordered...lamb which we were never asked how we would like it cooked. it came rare and was tough. the service was good (albeit you would expect it to be with only 6 people in there ) we stayed overnight. the room was very basic, black mould in the shower. was on the main road so very noisy. no breakfast offered but we did have a good one at stokes just behind the old bakery at the Lawns. would i go to the old bakery again? no not any time soon. it has lost its atmosphere and excellent food quality that it had in years gone byMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 28 September 2023

Thank you The Old Bakery. We had such a wonderful meal this evening. The hostess was lovely and very knowledgable about the menu and wines. The food was cooked perfectly and tasted great. A perfect evening xx

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 24 September 2023

We came last night and had a wonderful evening. A party of 11 from 4years old to 80, great service, staff were lovely and food delicious. Great space too. Many thanks to the staff for making it a special evening.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 17 September 2023 via mobile

First visit since the University took over this restaurant. What a first class experience it was. Congratulations to the trainee chefs you will go far. Table service staff were excellent, polite, fun and knowledgeable. Chicken liver parfait was fantastic, Roast beef main was the best...roast I’ve had in a long while. Superb flavours and perfectly cooked beef. Sublime. Squeezed in a dessert despite being fit to burst. Perfection 😊More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 10 September 2023

Excellent meal at the Old Bakery last night. First time I have been since it was taken over by the college and I think they are doing a great job. Wonderful food, good wine list and friendly service. Will be back again.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 4 September 2023

Our first visit to this wonderful restaurant. Sunday lunch with the family. What a fantastic repast we had. The service was excellent with very polite and friendly staff. Our lunch was so tasty. We were served with a bread taster which was amazing. One starter...was ordered which was the cured mackerel - loved by all who tried it. Then came the mains....Mum and I had the lamb which was cooked to perfection with a wonderful selection of vegetables and a Yorkshire pud to die for. My son and his partner had the beef - again a wonderful tasty meal. My other son had the salmon which was fantastic. To finish off the desserts were ordered there were 3 had the Pistachio and olive cake - oh my!! it was fabulous. A Dark Chocolate Pave was ordered by my son - it was delicious. We had a wonderful time and would like to thank the Chefs, for their hard work on a hot day, who prepared us a wonderful Sunday lunch experience. Will definitely be going again. Well done to all concerned.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 28 August 2023 via mobile

Excellent service, with very polite and helpful staff. The chicken liver parfait was lovely and smooth with extremely tasty blue cheese on a tasty gingerbread sable. The beef was excellently tender with a light horseradish sauce within the Roscoff onion. Always a delight going there...and advised a couple at looking at the menu to book a table.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 27 August 2023

Sunday lunch, we were served by James who was excellent. He went to lengths to make sure that everyone was comfortable. He could see that my good lady was struggling with the temperature and moved us to a cooler room that was perfect. The food...was amazing, a chicken liver parfait was full of flavor. The roast beef was melt in the mouth and packed full of interesting tastes and we all finished with a beautiful egg custard tarts. Highly recommended, the whole team from welcoming on arrival, creating beautiful food to saying goodbye, we will definitely be back.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 27 August 2023 via mobile

We visited the restaurant on Saturday evening with friends and the staff and food was great 😊 the manager and our waiter were tremendous - our experience was superb

Date of visit: August 2023
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I was dropped off outside and the car was parked about 5 minutes walk away. The website has details and you can contact them to ask specifics about vegetarian menus. Do go if you can, it's a lovely experience with beautiful... More
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