The Wig and Mitre in Lincoln offers imaginative British cuisine

It is mostly the uphill part of Lincoln that betrays the city’s rich historical past and houses such beautiful ancient buildings as the castle and the cathedral. High on the hill, overlooking the rest of the city, the area is accessible via Steep Hill; a narrow road lined with small shops and cafes that is far too steep for traffic. Popular with tourists and locals, the area is a piece of old England that is worth the climb.

On Steep Hill you will find the Wig and Mitre, a classic old pub and restaurant that serves a seasonal British menu with a focus on locally available produce. Housed in a period building with a white facade, the interior is casual and exudes cosy charm. High ceilings with original oak beams create an allusion of space and the decor is colourful with accents of raspberry, sage and blue. Various decorative details, such as the arched chair backs hint at its ecclesiastical connections. The atmosphere is very country cottage; you can imagine coming in from a blustery struggle up Steep Hill on a dark November afternoon and being comforted by a bowl of warming broth.

Inventive British cuisine using local produce

The menu is concise, based as it is upon the availability of local produce, and changed regularly. The Wig and Mitre also has a blackboard that features the daily specials. The dishes are inventive and feature some fairly ambitious flavour combinations such as, for starter, ham hock terrine with pineapple and chilli salsa or scallops with new potatoes, asparagus and parmesan crisp with truffle vinaigrette. Following on for main course you could have chicken breast wrapped in Pancetta with sage roast potatoes, and a smoked tomato and herb sauce. If you prefer fish, then why not try the salmon with a Gruyere and parsley crust, saffron potato salad and a tomato caper vierge?

Seasonal British desserts

The desserts also depend on the season, and what has been delivered that day, and include dishes such as steamed lemon curd sponge with blackberries and custard. There is a cheeseboard available and coffee is served with their home made fudge. Open all day from 8am to 11pm, seven days a week, the Wig and Mitre also serves breakfast between 9am and noon. The full English comes with Lincolnshire sausage and black pudding or they also do smoked salmon with scrambled eggs and you can even have a Champagne breakfast on request.

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