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The Stag at Barkston is an Archetypal country pub, off set from the A607 outside of grantham in rural lincolnshire. It offers classic country charm with its wood beams, slate floors and listed heritage. while offering great value locally sourced menus written and cooked by award winning chef Mike Loveridge. close to belton house, belton woods and wagtail park it is a perfect example of rural life.
PRICE RANGE
£10 - £18
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Dog Friendly
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Staying local so tried to ring 3 times on Friday to book a table…. No reply. Called in Saturday lunchtime just on 14:007 but lunch orders / sandwiches stopped at 13:45. Nice pint but went away hungry and disappointed with poor British service.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were staying at the nearby Belton Woods Hotel and ate here on our first night. Lovely pub, with very friendly staff nice menu plus specials board which we ate off. Our stater was crispy duck salad, big portion, and very tasty. Mains were venison...for me which was as soft as butter, and a steak and ale pie topped with Stilton for hubby, very well filled delicious and hot to the last bite he had chips with it that were chunky crisp and pipping hot. We were to full for dessert we wanted to return on Thursday our last night, but they had a very large party booked, so could only offer us 5.30, which was a tad too early. Parking was easy, and we will return on our next visit to GranthamMore

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 April 2024 via mobile

Booked a table for two at 1pm, arrived, staff very friendly, ordered two drinks and then ordered main. Burger and chips, and Tuna melt and salad. Both meals were amazing, everything cooked well and very tasty. Pub is lovely, very clean, well decorated, and toilets...actually smelt like someone cleans them! Will definitely be returning.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 20 March 2024

4 people, 4 different meals, each one excellent. We come here everytime we stay at nearby Belton Woods and are never disappointed. Young staff very pleasant and attentive. Sorry, can’t fault it. See you again

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 18 March 2024

Had a lovely dinner at the Stag, Barkstone. THe atmosphere is nice, and the staff are very pleasant. We hadn't booked, but they found us a table. We had a drink whilst waiting for our order, which was the steak ale and mushroom pie. You...have to wait for it to be cooked, but the wait is really worth it. A wonderful meal, which is really filling, with handmade chips and lovely vegetable to the side. It was so filling that we were disappointed we couldn't try a desert, but as we have had them there in the past, know would have been excellent. Very happy to recommend.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 2 February 2024 via mobile

What an awful meal! We were recommended to book this restaurant. But what a mistake! Ordered a NZ sb and mine host said “not to my liking, but some customers have liked it” Ordered the pate starter: overly salted and hugely thick toast with unspreadable...frozen butter. Server: no comment. Main was a big mistake! Seafood platter. Deep-fried salmon, prawn and squid with gigantic chips. The seafood had been cremated beyond edibility. Paid the bill (no tip) all the staff disappeared - no “good bye, sorry, see you again?” We were expecting an experience but could not wait to leave. Oh Lincolnshire where are your gastronomic experiences?More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 30 December 2023

Lovely atmosphere friendly staff great food, salmon and crushed new potatoes very tasty. Happy New Year!

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 28 December 2023

Lovely Birthday meal, friendly service, great food and nice ambience, noted signs for imminent closure in Jan for a few weeks for a refurb, although it didn't feel it needed one..

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 25 November 2023

We were visiting Belton and wanted to book somewhere nice for lunch, this place came up on a Google search and sounded lovely so we booked and wow are we glad we did. Absolutely amazing food, so tasty. I had a pie my partner had...fish and chips. Even though we’d eyed up the dessert menu we were regretfully too full. Next time we will leave room for pudding. Staff were very attentive and friendly.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 18 November 2023 via mobile

We were in the area visiting family and popped in for lunch without booking. It’s a lovely traditional village pub with good food, great range of ales and friendly locals. £46 for lunch for 4!

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 8 October 2023

I enjoyed the most amazing Sunday Lunch with my Husband and Mum at The Stag at Barkston today. The food was fabulous and the service was lovely. Thankyou 😊

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 28 August 2023

The Stag Inn is a delightful looking pub overlooking the small green in the village of Barkston near Grantham. Internally the pub is clean and tidy with a range of two and four seater tables with New England shades of light blue on the painted...table legs in the restaurant area. We didn’t venture into the pub side so can’t vouch for the decor in there. We arrived unannounced just after opening time of 12 and were offered a table with no difficulty. There was a menu of the usual offerings of fish and chips and a range of burgers together with roast salmon, chargrilled pork chop, a leek and cauliflower cheese pot pie, ham egg and chips and a vegetable lasagne amongst others. A specials chalkboard hung on the far wall and the crab and prawn salad with Mediterranean bread sounded so good we both opted for it. That was a mistake as we were to find out. The meals were reasonably quick to arrive and were served up in two large bowls with a dusting of paprika round the edges. What hit me immediately was the large flaccid green lettuce leaf draped over the edge of the bowl, together with a whole half-a-lemon that we each had. A small wedge would be perfect. The bread tasted sweet and was as far from the Mediterranean as it could possibly be apart from the occasional input of sundried tomato. What irked me most though was that the bread was delivered up pre-buttered with what looked like some bright yellow catering spread. A small ramakin of real butter between the two of us would work so much better. When asked if everything was okay I mentioned this and was told that chef would be informed. Having said all that the crab and prawn salad was full of flavour and sat on a nice mixed salad of red peppers, lettuce, red onion and cornichons. A word of advice to the wise….. don’t sit at the table near the restaurant counter as this is where the pub’s phone is located. On at least two occasions the phone was left to ring unanswered by the staff, presumably as they were busy elsewhere (the pub was by no means full) and was right behind my head! The volume of the ringer was high and it would have been a more pleasant experience for us if, firstly, it was answered and, secondly, the volume was turned down. On the plus side the staff were polite and helpful but the food not so great.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 7 August 2023

We visited here twice this week as we were staying close by; once for Sunday lunch and once for a mid-week evening meal. Both visits were fabulous; the Sunday lunch was hot, tasty and plentiful, with the most amazing cabbage I have ever tasted [yes...cabbage!!]...My wife had the beef and I had a more tradition Fish and Chips - which was huge and equally tasty. For our evening meals, we had a couple of the pies - one stilton topped steak and mushroom, and the other a chicken and mushroom, served with a lovely selection of vegetables and fries. Can thoroughly recommend this place - but you will need to book. Sumptuous!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 13 July 2023 via mobile

Our second family visit, meeting up from the North and South East so an excellent location and near Belton House. Excellent friendly service and very good food. Well worth a visit

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 7 June 2023

We visited Belton House and decided to stop for lunch but menu less than inspiring so we did a search on the mobile and found The Stag just a mile away. Wonderful welcome and menu choice. Food well cooked and presented so much so we...returned the following day andagain were not disappointed.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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