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“Excellent Afternoon Tea for Two”

Bells’ Tea and Coffee House
Ranked #10 of 32 Coffee & Tea in Lincoln
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$5 - US$10
Cuisines: Cafe, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: A traditional English tea shop, located just five minutes from both Lincoln Castle and Lincoln Cathedral at the top of Steep Hill. Wherever possible we use local produce and ingredients and all food is prepared to order. We have a great selection of loose leaf teas and coffee and delicious homemade cakes and scones. We serve a delicious full English breakfast all day and tasty sandwiches, paninis and jacket potatoes.
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Excellent Afternoon Tea for Two”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2014

My friend and I decided to meet up in the Bailgate for a girly afternoon tea. We came across Bells and were drawn in by the lovely vintage decor (we are both suckers for a bit of vintage!). We were greeted by a very friendly gentleman who took us to a two seater table in the main area of the cafe. Our table had a pretty polka dot table cloth and we were surrounded by bunting, vintage pictures and original wooden beams. The tables were quite close together (which I usually hate) but it seemed to fit in well with the cosy feel of the place. There were probably only around 6 or 7 tables in the cafe. We were given menu's to look at, but we instantly knew we wanted the afternoon tea for two at £12 each. I have got to say, it was definitely worth the money and could have fed four people, let alone two of us!
The tea was brought out first in a gorgeous vintage tea pot with matching Cath Kidston-style cups. The tea was loose and tasted great. Then the food followed, and we couldn't believe how much there was! The food came out on a large cake stand and consisted of: A selection of mini cakes/biscuits including brownies, custard tart (the best we've ever had), ginger cake, shortbread etc. As well as this, we had a huge selection of sandwhiches (we chose the fillings), two large pieces of cake (chocolate gataux and victoria sponge) and two extra large scones with clotted cream and jam. I wish I had taken a photograph!!!
The food was faultless and absolutely delicious and so fresh. The service was brilliant and all the staff seemed very friendly and eager to please. We were so glad we chose to come here for our girly catch up and both agreed we would come again!

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank dollywollydaydream
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Quaint and quirky”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2014

Visited this venue end of last year. Good polite service and large range of refreshments. As a party of four we worked our way across the menu range and were quite satisfied with all of the food served.
Would return on a further visit to Lincoln

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank brightspark
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2014

We called in for afternoon tea (expensive at £13.95 each compared to other tea rooms on steep hill) and the lady on the till kindly found a table for us. We then waited quite a while for anyone to come and take our order and when they did we were informed they were not serving afternoon tea as they were closing in 4 days time and didn't want to make the items for afternoon tea as they might have to be thrown out if not eaten - why would you serve 4 day old cake or sandwiches???? This was worrying to us so we left and went to Comptons across the street for a lovely afternoon tea. We may not have eaten here, but as re staff are happy to admit to serving old food (which the menu states as fresh) I wouldn't want to.

Visited January 2014
Thank Katie M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Nice little tea shop to get your breath back”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2013 via mobile

After climbing Steep Hill you definitely need a stopping off point for refreshment and Bells is one of the many charming little tea shops in the vicinity. In fact you're spoilt for choice and you could spend most of your time drinking or eating. We had a Lincoln tea blend and paninis which were lovely. Not cheap but probably competitive for the area. Service was very welcoming and friendly which is always welcome when you're visiting a new area.

Visited December 2013
Thank Cazza5711
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Bit disappointed”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2013

I took advantage of meeting my friend for a coffee break. Unfortunately we were both rather disappointed finding the coffee shop quite cold and that the the scones were warm on the outside and cold in the middle. However, the coffee was lovely. The service was pleasant and unobtrusive but I do not think we will return.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Mum402013
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