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“Fabulous food and excellent service. ”

The Bustard Inn & Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 82 Restaurants in Sleaford
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: £9 - £40
Cuisines: Gastropub
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Set in the peaceful Lincolnshire village of South Rauceby, just a couple of miles from Sleaford, The Bustard Inn is a beautiful Grade II listed Victorian building offering a warm, safe, friendly environment in which to enjoy fine dining in the spacious, well-ventilated restaurant or simply relaxing with a beer & sandwich in the bar or garden. A family-run business, we boast exceptional chefs who creatively offer up standout dishes across lunch, evening and Sunday services, as well as bespoke menus for our weddings & events. We cater for all appetites and dietary restrictions and source our food from local suppliers and flavours from our very own herb garden. Award-winning, we hold an AA Rosette and won Lincolnshire Restaurant of the Year 2021, voted for by the readers of Lincolnshire Pride. However you choose to spend your time with us – individually, with family, friends or as a party – our approachable front-of-house team will make you feel relaxed and very welcome.
Reviewed 12 August 2023

The food here is divine and well worth its status, but more than that, the staff here are so professional and welcoming. From the barman, hostess and waitress we were impressed with their level of service and friendliness. Well done all!. We will definately make the effort to return when we are back in the area and would recomend to anyone who fancies a treat.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 12 August 2023

Wow
After my previous disappointment elsewhere this was a lovely experience. It's no wonder they have recently won their second rosette and they should win Best Lincolnshire Restaurant.... you will vote for them once you enjoy their excellent cuisine. The wine list is brilliant with suggestions to match food choices which work.
As for the food I enjoyed a beautifully balanced pan fried garlic and chilli prawn dish pico de gallop with favacado puree and homemade cornbread - perfect - followed by poached halibut, ratte potatoes, sauted spinach and samphire, pickled cucumber, capers and nut brown butter. The cheese board was excellent and the deconstructed pana cotta with sorbet was unexpected but lovely.
Not cheap but fine dining in smart tastefully designed surroundings. A gastro village pub supreme. The staff are great and the manager is friendly and fully committed to the special product she is rightly proud to present. Can't wait to return - it's a real gem!

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 6 August 2023

Absolutely spot on!
Came for lunch to catch up with and old friend and his son.
The Sunday roast - 2 of us had the beef, one had pork - was superb, woth generous portions of perfectly cooked meat and vegetables.
Dessert- creme brulee with raspberry sorbet - was stunning.
Service was great and the price was very affordable.

All in all, cannot fault it. Well done!

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 5 August 2023

The food and service was absolutely outstanding as always, we have been a few times for a special treat and the bustard never fails to disappoint. Such a lovely choice of menu and cooked so very well. The staff are so friendly and nothing is too much trouble, we'll definitely be back soon.

Date of visit: August 2023
1  Thank Toria B
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Reviewed 4 August 2023 via mobile

Beautiful building, lovingly restored and tastefully decorated - the owners clearly have an eye for detail and lighting. Instantly warm and attentive service - always with a smile. Great menu and well presented - we had selection of starters and sides - all of which were excellent. Real ale well conditioned and perfect temperature. Having frequented most south Lincolnshire pubs/restaurants - I would say The Bustard Inn is probably the best in its league. Needless to say we will be going back and recommending to friends and family.

Date of visit: August 2023
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