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Strugglers Inn, Lincoln

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While realising that it is one of the best outlets for real ale in the city it does have the feel of 'cosy' dog basket. A bit worn round the edges.
Snarling_Mallard - 4 Sep 2018 22:41
Three words greeted us on entry - Titanic Plum Porter - which was enough to afford this pub at least a 9. Utterly superb pub next to its rival, The Victoria in the shadow of the Castle Walls and hence, tremendously well located while the range of ales beyond the sublime TPP was outstandingly well chosen too. Supposedly haunted by a dog, the stuffed version of which can be seen in the castle (once used as a prison) while the pub was once a good vantage point to view a hanging. It was also once owned by Britain's last hangman, Albert Pierrepoint, played by Timothy Spall in the eponymous film.
BoehmBawerk - 30 May 2016 11:40
Small cosy pub serving quality ale, a must when in the city.
pwilkins - 15 Dec 2015 10:02
This small pub was very busy yesterday lunchtime but the barman still had time for a little banter and the group of friends on a beer day out from Nottingham were also friendly. Three regular handpulls (Greene King Abbot, St Austell Tribute & Timothy Taylor Landlord) plus six rotating guest ales - I had a superb pint of Acorn's Gorlovka Imperial Stout. Well worth visiting.
paul_d102 - 15 Nov 2015 19:45
Great real ale pub near the Cathedral. Small snug and main bar, real fires, great beers well kept and a very good choice. Counted 9 handpumps. Timothy Taylor was excellent. Freindly locals and staff, a real traditional local with plenty of interesting nik naks and loads of beer mats hanging from the ceilings and around the walls.

Will definitely be back when we come to Lincoln again.
Palealer69 - 19 Apr 2015 05:22
Absolutely superb pub, just what Lincoln needs. Talking of needs, after walking from the railway station you'll deserves a few of the 14 real ales on offer. Watching the 2 lady staff run the bar on a crazy busy day during the Christmas Market day brought back memories of how a pub should be run. Despite being rushed off their feet they still changed two beers whilst we were there as well as all the other tasks. Marvellous.
Steamer1 - 13 Dec 2014 09:48
Excellent beer selection and over 3 evening visits 3 beers changed daily from the guests. Was able to try a number of local micros new to me. Friendly locals and real 2 real fires including a small snug. Well worth getting the walk and ride bus (day only) if you are travelling by train as it stops close by.
Rocky53 - 1 Dec 2014 16:44
Cracking boozer up by the castle....found it on the way to the Museum of Lincolnshire life (well worth a visit)
Fine range of well kept beers on offer. Deducted 1pt for having mine served in a Guinness glass.
LickeyEndBooze - 31 Oct 2014 16:38
This was my second visit to this little pub situated near Lincoln Castle, and once again it did not disappoint.
This is a very welcoming and cosy old style pub, adorned with all manner of oddments which lend an interesting background.
The pub is small, and the seating is such that customers sit with the locals and the atmosphere is all the better for it.
The beer selection is very good, with numerous well kept beers on offer, with a good pint of Mallard Duckling being sampled on this visit.
This pub was the best on our night out in Lincoln, and alongside the Victoria next door, has to be a must visit on any trip to this city.
SouthYorkshireman - 21 Jan 2014 22:14
Brilliant local boozer selling great ales.
pwilkins - 11 Dec 2012 15:38
Cracking little pub. Great range of beers. Couldn't decide which to have, and landlady suggested 3 thirds - not many pubs do thirds these days! Anyway, had 3 different fairly local beers, which were all good. They had a duo in the back garden (Sunday 6pm) doing 60's and 70's music on acoustic guitars - very pleasant atmosphere.
martyngs - 23 Aug 2012 09:28
Excellent, atmospheric, brilliantly kept beer, fantastic ever changing range. They're the good bits. Downsides? not a lot. The bar fills up with more than half a dozen standing and the landlady can be err..somewhat overbearing. If you like being treated like a schoolboy by an ex copper, you'll love it. Just don't swear, you'll be chucked out.
kitconway - 13 Aug 2012 19:47
The Strugglers was just about our pub of the day in Lincoln. It's a fairly small affair inside. But there is more seating in the garden at the rear that is great for a sunny day. The beer range was good for such a small pub - Wadworth 6X, Bays Winning Gold, Goffs 2012, Timothy Taylor Landlord, Bass, Everards Original, Wentworth Rampant Gryphon & Whittlebury London 48 Porter. The landlady was also very friendly. A very atmospheric pub with good quality ales.
blue_scrumpy - 29 Jul 2012 18:46
I visited the Strugglers Inn on a recent day trip to Lincoln. I had just one pint, but it was impeccable and they had an interesting range of ales. It was nice to be able to drink it outside, although the beer garden is nothing special. From what I glimpsed of it, I would agree that it is a friendly place with a good atmosphere.
hitchinsampler - 24 May 2012 20:32
Good choice of great quality beer. nice and cosy"lincoln snug" good staff, lots of historic photos brilliant location next to castle best pub we all went to and will be back when we next visit lincoln
sallyreasby - 15 Feb 2012 11:31
Very friendly atmosphere, good range of beer, just the place to sit and rest my aching feet over a few pints after a day of nosing round castle and cathedral.
hadda - 4 Oct 2011 18:05
Proper community pub not far from centre. Good beer, friendly. Well worth a visit.
newbury_drinker - 28 Aug 2011 12:51
A lovely friendly pub! We were lucky (well, I was!) to catch the end of the beer festival week. Beautiful and friendly bar staff/ licencee as well, sorry, I only look at the ladies LOL!!! Joking apart, the beer garden is lovely, service brill, beer choice exceptional on our visit, we will be back!!
markh737 - 25 Jul 2011 01:53
Nice pub, which despite the proximity to all the touristy parts of the city is really a residents' pub. Pretty good ale selection. Worth seeking out if near the castle.
dpaajones - 7 Feb 2011 17:51
Spent the weekend in Lincoln and tried here with some friends. Although no kids were allowed in the bar (fair enough, not my kids anyway) they unlocked the back gate so that my mate could get his double buggy in to the garden, very helpful and friendly. The beer was lovely as well so everybody happy!. BTW we left via the back gate which is next door to the Victoria, it would've been rude not to pop in there too.
Nigethebeer - 25 Jul 2010 16:57
Friendly pub, good range of well kept beer, nice suntrap beer garden out the back.
Sauron - 25 Apr 2010 23:20
As a regular though infrequent visitor to Lincoln (maybe twice a year), I had got into the habit of drinking at the nearby Victoria and walking past the Strugglers to do my shopping in Bailgate. It did not look all that inviting - how wrong I was! Once inside, you have a classic warm, pleasingly-scuffed local with everything in the right place. I got a friendly welcome and the beers I tried (Rudgate Ruby Mild, Wold Top Wold Gold and Northumberland Premium) were all on top form. The pub's clientele was mixed in age and happily chatting away. The food was basic/simple, with an emphasis on burgers (though quite a variety) but the quality was good. The real fire added to feeling of wellbeing and a fine place for a lunchtime pint on a dreary winter's day. I'd put the Strugglers slightly ahead of the Victoria now, but together they make this part of Lincoln a fine place for a beer and snack.
Arctium_lappa - 7 Feb 2010 17:11
Extremely friendly and cosy back street pub - they seem to specialise in them in Lincoln so the reviews could get repetitive. Dogs lounging by the fire, decent beer, snow outside and a chat with the regulars. Think I could move here.
chick - 25 Dec 2009 10:27
quote fron daily telegraph
Chris Arnot, 21 Sep 2007.

Guide to British pubs. Chris Arnot visits The Strugglers Inn, Lincoln

"If the beer then was anything like as good as it is today, there must have been worse places than The Strugglers Inn to have a final pint before facing the hangman.

Yet some prisoners still struggled with their captors on the way from Lincoln Castle for what was, in more senses than one, the last drop. Hence the name of the pub.

The gallows that once stood across the road have gone and the castle walls are separated from the back door of the Strugglers by a garden of dazzling colour. Licensee Alan Watts's begonias are a credit to him."

reynard - 2 Mar 2009 21:21
Called for lunch last saturday on a visit to lincoln.
a traditional brick-built pub, sitting by the castle walls.
inside, the pub is quite cozy and small, and consists of a central bar serving a small snug with open coal fire, and a larger public bar.
There is broad food selection from the chalkboard menu, or from the sandwich list. Prices vary around �3-4 for sandwiches and �4-5 for hot meals. There was an impressive choice of 7 cask ales, of national & regional origin.
verdict :
cozy, village pub type atmoshpere. good food and ale.
A 7 from me.
reynard - 2 Mar 2009 14:35
top pub in Lincoln from what I've been able to find.
good quality ale is most important, and good traditional pub food to soak it up.
nice atmosphere, friendly service.
good 'un
alehouses - 28 Jan 2008 15:54
anonymous right ..It was hangings..Good pub still, but not a patch on what it was 30yrs ago..but then where is??
Burtonroadborn - 16 Nov 2007 07:58
My favourite pub in Lincoln. Great food, a terrific selection of real ales, welcoming staff and interesting customers.
jwj - 20 Oct 2007 11:09
Nice traditional pub not too far from the Cathedral and Lincoln Castle.

As other reviewers have correctly commented, the pub offers a good range of appetising food at lunch time. The other week I had a splendid lunch of a generous portion of Lincolnshire Ham with egg, chips and a nice side salad in the cosy Lincolnshire snug bar, which seems preferable to the outdoor covered heating area.

There was a good range of real ales on offer - surprising to find London Pride so far north of its base in Chiswick. The Timothy Taylors was in fine form.

This is a fine example of how what is basically a normal street corner local can be both a locals pub and yet be attractive and welcoming to outsiders at the same time, simply by virtue of the warm welcome and good honest unpretentious fare on offer. As the pub itself proudly proclaims - "we are a proper pub".

Recommended. Definitely hope to call in again
JohnBonser - 17 Apr 2007 13:55
Small but friendly and full of character. Good lunchtime food, but if you are eating in Lincoln as a visitor I would recommend Brown's Pie Shop, on the hill up to the cathedral - on the other side of the castle from the Strugglers. I thought btw that it was called that after the workhouse rather than executions. Whatever it refers to bygone days.
alkohole - 15 Mar 2007 13:25
A great pub. The beer is very well kept and the lunchtime food is just wonderful. Yes, the interior is small (as other reviewers mention), but the beer garden is a joy with beautiful flower displays in the summer. In the winter, the beer garden is covered over and heaters are installed.
Conan_the_Librarian - 3 Sep 2006 17:56
called the struglers because people use to gather there and watch people Strugle in the Noose. Put it next to the tower where hangings were done
anonymous - 25 Aug 2006 14:54
Great Staff, great fun and my wife likes it. Proper pub in the old sense. Landlord appears blunt (but he is a Geordie) in fact very welcoming when you understand his style.Excellent beer, with beer festival in winter, BBQ in summer on Sundays, and excellent lunch. The other great about this pub is you may be talking to the MD or the teaboy, whoever all are great.
Try it more than once it grows on you.
And oh yes it is small.Thank God for the covered garden
carrot - 8 Jun 2006 20:56
Good ale but the bar is jus too small, anymore then 10 and its a full house.
anonymous - 15 Jan 2006 12:53
Was quite popular when we called in on a visit to Lincoln on a Saturday afternoon.Thought we would have to hover by the already busy bar.Tried the beer garden and instead of freezing to death it was covered and had heaters on,the first occasion i had come across them (i believe its catching on now).oo ale good pub.
Tippler - 16 Dec 2005 00:15
Old School in the sense that it all depends whether the patron takes a shine or a dislike to you. Snooty seems fair comment.
If your face fits, and your body for that matter, then the beer's good.
Anonymous.. but am I?
anonymous - 9 Oct 2005 12:22
very snobby pub, landlord very rude and liked to talk down to me. not very welcoming
anonymous - 12 Aug 2005 19:52
good solid pub with great attitude to kids, its my local
duskylady - 12 Jul 2005 15:31
Good pub run by landlord and landlady of the 'old school'. Banter with locals and visitors alike.

Beer garden looks good and there are notices about the pub to discourage any misuse of the flower beds.

Proper pub, proper beer.
stevewilliams - 29 Jun 2005 22:20
Very small & i mean VERY SMALL lounge, your front room in probably bigger i know mine is, but it is friendly & does a good pint, sited uphill back end of the Castle & Cathedral, very old pub & i think most probably haunted, OOOOOOOOHHHH
Localpisshead - 16 Jun 2005 19:56

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