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Visited on a Saturday afternoon, this pub is situated in a great position on the canal just off the main thoroughfare of Lincoln.
It is a very old building, but has only been a pub for 30 odd years. The bar was situated slightly below street level, and with a stone flagged floor and wall lights, set a decent atmosphere.
I understand this has struggled recently and been closed, however it is now open again and deserves some support.
The landlord was welcoming, appearing to care about his customers which is not usually the case in city centre pubs.
The beer choice was unexciting however, and if this could be improved to something like those referred to in previous posts, then the pub would benefit.
Overall however, a decent place, with decent locals which should be visited on any trip to this city.
SouthYorkshireman - 19 Jan 2014 17:55
Bugger. What's happened. Went in today (07/12/12) only three beers on. Sharps Doombar, some Batemans tat and another ubiquitous brew. Under new management. It shows.
zipdiskdude - 7 Dec 2012 16:36
Tried to start a Lincoln crawl here last weekend and found it closed. Apparently it closed for business 2 weeks previously. Has a nice location and is a nice building. So a shame. Hopefully somebody else can take it on.
blue_scrumpy - 29 Jul 2012 18:13
Went in the other week when on a pub crawl of Lincoln. There were no Cathedral beers on but beers from Isle Of Purbeck, Milestone and Atomic amongst others made up for this. Good downstairs bar with 12 handles and upstairs restaurant with 4.
zipdiskdude - 18 Jul 2011 23:22
Ancient building overlooking the river and now realising its potential, with 12 beers on handpump- the best range of beers in Lincoln. Had a Tom Wood's which was very good. it's one small room really, flagged floors and a low beamed ceiling.
Despite this, something felt missing character-wise- perhaps the quiz machine that really shouldn't be in a room such as this, or the over-bright lighting.
That said, it was empty on my visit, which didn't help, and I'd be quite prepared to visit again and imagine I'll change my mind.
All in all definitely worth a visit, hopefully put my finger on it next time.
Carlurmston - 4 Jul 2010 18:06
12 hand pumps and 3 from the wood in the cellar. I wish we'd gone there earlier and not just before we had to leave for the train. All beers we tried were top notch including the beer from their own micro brewery next door - Cathedral. The downstairs bar had a stone floor and barrel tables with stools and a few tables and chairs. The upstairs was full and loud with Xmas revellers so we avoided it, but it looked promising with views out over the water. Definately a re-match needed in the new year.
chick - 25 Dec 2009 10:37
This place is almost two pubs in one. Upstairs is a large wooden floored, low beamed room mainly set up with lounge chairs and dining tables. There are 4 handpumps on here serving Milestone & Cathedral (the onsite brewery) beers. Itís a nice enough place so we decided to eat here. I had lamb rump and the other half had a sirloin steak. Both were well cooked but the quality of the meat was very poor. Change your butcher guys, not impressed at all.

Downstairs is the Waterside bar. Flag floors, low beams, barrels to sit around and a really cosy atmosphere. 12 handpumps on the bar here, 2 from Milestone, 2 from Cathedral and 8 ever changing guests. I had several pints here over 2 days and all were excellent. They have a wheel of fortune game during happy hour where you spin the wheel to find out the price youíre going to pay. Good fun. Itís a great little bar.

So we have a great downstairs bar thatís at least an 8 and an upstairs lounge that sells overpriced poor quality food that should be a 5. I think Iíll stick with a 7 overall.

ROBCamra - 2 Dec 2009 13:44
I forgot to say that the guy who served us was very helpful and made us feel welcome being as though we weren't regulars.
Mothbag - 19 May 2009 15:18
Went in this pub for the first time a month or so ago mainly because I'd heard about the microbrewery and decent real ale. Real ale didn't let me down plenty to choose from mainly from Cathedral on site range and Milestone brewery in Notts. Good beer, kind of cosy pub, but just lacked a bit of atmosphere in the basement bar. Nice area to sit outside near nearby Prezzo's restaurant and river views (although not spectacular!). Well worth a vist to try the real ale.
Mothbag - 19 May 2009 15:16
Word of warning if you're planning any kind of function here- don't. My fiancee & I were guaranteed countless times we'd be given the menus for our proposed post-wedding meal only to be let down time & time again. We're now frantically trying to find an alternative before the big day.
Thanks guys.
dandman - 11 Mar 2009 20:05
I remember this pub, when it opened (or re-opened), back in the sixties. It opened as a high class eating and drinking establishment. The first floor bar was steward service only, and I well remember asking him if they had any crisps. To be told no, but that if Sir wished to eat, there was a very good restaurant on the floor above. Needless to say, they had very little custom until they lowered their sights to a more common level, when it was always packed, at my elevated age of 40, with children
rodgoslin - 11 Mar 2009 00:29
I have frequented this pub for 14 years and became increasingly depressed at its decline,that was until the fairly recent refurb!I would now go as far as to say its possibly 1 of the best pubs in Lincoln..Great building & location as always,but now with attentive staff,great selection of ales & excellent food.Thank you for rescuing a great pub & wel done!!
hitmangaz - 23 Jan 2009 08:55
There's something distinctly odd about this place and I can't quite put my finger on it. It's a great building which SHOULD make for a great pub. Before the recent refurb it was just plain naff (plastic tablecloths for goodness' sake!) - much more attractive now, with good beer and food etc but ... well ... odd; and I don't know why.
Firedrake - 9 Jan 2009 14:27
Fantastic addition to Lincoln's ale scene: 12 ales on in total, 4 Milestone, 4 Cathedral (eventually) and 4 guests. All fine (esp. The Loxley) on my visit.

Nice place, very old, big emphasis on food but with 12 great-tasting ales who's complaining?
Spodgey - 3 Nov 2008 19:46
I went here with my family on a Sunday evening to try an get something different to the usual carvery. On arrival we were greeted by 12 different real ales, I tried 3 of them of which all were absolutley divine!!! We were then ushered to our table on the top floor, and presented with an excellent menu. Not too much choice, but just enough to make you ponder, the steak was cooked to perfection. If you do actually fanct a carvery, that looked good too priced at a tenner a head (all you can eat!!)
In summary, the food was great, the wine was great and the beer was wonderful and also reasonably priced (2 courses for 4 & wine) totalled around 80 quid.
paultinks1976 - 20 Oct 2008 20:22
Recently expensively refurbished and re-opened, I spent a couple of hours there on a weekday afternoon - great feel with friendly staff, very good beer and the food menu looks terrific. Real Ale bar downstairs - by the waterside - expansive main bar with comfortable chairs and sofas and a properly old world feel (the building is 16th century) and an upstairs restaurant. I'll be returning regularly.
jwj - 6 Jun 2008 15:38
Use to be great .....not any more
NOTTSLINCS - 24 Feb 2006 15:03
Has Karaoke nights & sometimes live bands, does food & is a stonesthrow from me.
Localpisshead - 16 Jun 2005 19:39

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