With Magna Carta celebrations in full swing in Lincoln, all eyes are on the historic city which possesses the world’s best preserved version of the document. Lying in a brand new state-of-the art vault at Lincoln Castle, the city is the only place where Magna Carta can be seen next to the 1217 Charter of the Forest.
These precious documents are no doubt the city’s pride and joy and some of Lincolnshire’s best known food and drink producers have unveiled very special creations to mark 800 years since Magna Carta was sealed by King John.
Take a look at these three suggestions for luxury foodie breaks that are fit for a king:
For beer lovers
Craft beers may be on-trend at the moment, but Batemans Brewery in the ancient market town of Wainfleet in Lincolnshire has been making beer since 1874. It is fitting then that such a historic institution has unveiled a new beer to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. ‘Law of the Land’ is a rich, ruby 5.5% ABV ale which has been brewed with sweet English barley and spicy Minstrel hops.
Not only is Batemans one of the oldest breweries in the country, it’s also one of the most picturesque as it is set in a windmill that overlooks the River Steeping. During the summer months, tours take place twice a day and include a look at the amazing Victorian brewhouse as well as the newer version, which has earned the nickname ‘the Theatre of Beers’. Evening tours also include two half pint samples of Batemans Beer from the very well stocked bar.
For those of you taking in an evening tour, the stunning Petwood Hotel is the perfect choice of accommodation as it is equidistant between the city of Lincoln and the brewery. Staying in this characterful former country residence is sure to add a touch of elegance to your stay in the Lincolnshire countryside. Go for a wander if the immaculately kept gardens, enjoy a late night tipple at the Squadron Bar and indulge with a decadent three-course Sunday lunch in the Dining Room.
For cheese lovers
What better food to accompany the ‘Law of the Land’ beer than a selection of delicious cheeses? The Cheese Society in central Lincoln is currently selling a special Magna Carta hamper of very special cheeses which includes Lindum, Lincolnshire Double Barrel cheddar, Apley Goat Log and Colston Basset Stilton, as well as some traditional Lincolnshire plumbread.
The Cheese Society deli and café is well worth a trip after a busy morning visiting Lincoln Cathedral and the Magna Carta vault at the castle. The menu consists of a number of cheese dishes as well as options for those who do not eat dairy, are gluten intolerant or vegetarian.
Just a short stroll from Lincoln’s key attractions and The Cheese Society is The Castle Hotel, which provides unique luxury boutique accommodation for your stay in the city. With 18 rooms, a self-catering cottage and a luxury five star apartment, this hotel offers a range of options for all discerning guests. If you’re not too full from your lunch at The Cheese Society, the award-winning Reform restaurant serves a modern seasonal menu using only the freshest ingredients from local Lincolnshire suppliers.
For local food lovers
Just outside the historic city centre of Lincoln you will find Doddington Hall: an Elizabethan mansion dating back to the 16th century surrounded by stunning gardens that are faithful to their Elizabethan beginnings. Also on the Doddington estate is a kitchen garden that provides ingredients for delicious menus ready for you to try.
Doddington Hall Restaurant was named the FARMA Restaurant of the Year earlier this year, recognising the quality that can be found there – including Doddington reared pork, fruit and vegetables from the kitchen garden and game from the estate. Or just pop by Doddington to browse their superb selection of home grown fruit, vegetables, meat, bread, and more at the Farm shop. After your shop you can take a break at the café next door for a home-made light lunch or freshly baked slice of cake.
Make your visit to Doddington a short break with their self-catering cottages also found on the estate – just a stone’s throw from the Hall itself. The historic cottages have been beautifully renovated using Farrow and Ball paint and furniture from India Jane.
So, if you’re a foodie looking for a luxurious weekend away with a historic twist, ensure Lincoln is top of your list.
Emma Tatlow is Manager of Visit Lincoln.