FOOD MONSTER: Burgers and pies the tip of the iceberg at Slug and Lettuce
After a long day at work, a colleague and I felt as though we deserved a drink and some hearty food to celebrate it nearly being the weekend.
So, we wandered into Lincoln city centre to find a suitable place to get out of the cold and enjoy a tasty meal.
After considering a couple of places, we ended up meandering into the Slug and Lettuce at the top of the High Street.
As we walked in, it was a pleasant surprise to see a handful of tables occupied with people tucking in to what looked like good food – hopefully a sign of things to come.
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A cheery member of the bar staff asked us if we were going to be eating and when we said yes we were invited to choose a table on one side of the restaurant.
My dining partner described the interior as being sleek and chic with a contemporary feel.
And this was reinforced by the stylish, large chairs we ended up sitting on.
Another waiter came over to the table almost immediately and asked us if we would like any drinks.
I settled on a pint of Strongbow while my dining partner perused over the cocktails menu.
The fact that all cocktails were two for one made her decision easier and she went for the Cherry Cola cocktail.
The drinks were brought to the table promptly and we were left to browse at the menu.
A short while later, the waiter returned to take our order.
I decided to go for the British Beef Pie, served with garden peas and chips.
My dining partner went for the Italian Burger – a grilled chicken breast fillet topped with mozzarella, Parma ham and a rocket pesto dressing.
It was again served with chips and a serving of coleslaw.
A short wait later and the food arrived and it did not disappoint.
The chunks of beef encased in a wonderful pastry were as tender as you could hope for and the red wine gravy was delicious.
The dish came served with a small pot of gravy on the side which I gleefully smothered the chips and peas with.
The filling of the pie was piping hot which was just what was needed on a cold Thursday evening.
The Italian Burger was served on a wooden board giving it a bit of a rustic look.
Opening up a seeded bun revealed gooey mozzarella and crisp parma ham, smothered in pesto.
A side of chips accompanied it, nicely presented in a pot.
The grilled chicken breast was crisp around the edges but succulent.
My dining partner tucked in without any hesitation, but was defeated by the last few chips.
Once she had admitted defeat, the waiter returned with a smile and cleared our table.
He offered us more drinks, but with half a pint and another cocktail still to go, we declined and instead decided to look at the dessert menu.
To our delight, puddings were buy one get one free, so we both decided we would find some room and have a sweet.
But I couldn't bring myself to go for anything too fancy and went for the safer option of three scoops of vanilla ice cream.
It was smooth and creamy and was the perfect way to end a satisfying meal.
My dining partner went for the more adventurous, and expensive, triple chocolate tart with ice cream.
Being a choc-o-holic, my dining partner's eyes lit up when it arrived.
It consisted of a crumbly biscuit base, layered with a thick chocolate mousse and crisp white chocolate chips and shavings.
The dish was dusted with icing sugar. It left the perfect outline of a spoon - they were either being artistic or had forgotten to move it as they dusted the dessert. Nevertheless, it looked good.
My dining partner eventually finished her second cocktail and the table was cleared by the still friendly waiter.
We were asked if we wanted anything else but we were both too full of food and drink to even consider it.
We settled up the bill and left, thinking that the whole evening, the setting, the food and the service, was in stark contrast to its low food hygiene rating of two out of five, which came as a shock to us both.
Where: Slug and Lettuce, 274-277 High Street, Lincoln, LN2 1JG
Telephone: 01522 589478
Parking: None on site. City centre car parks are the best bet
Food hygiene: 2/5
The damage: 1x Strongbow £3.35; 2 x Cherry Cola cocktail (buy one get one free) £7.65; Italian Burger £9.45; British Beef Pie £9.45; Triple Chocolate Tart £4.95; Vanilla Ice Cream Free (usually £3.45)
Veggie Friendly: Some vegetarian options available
Family friendly: Children’s menu available but probably not suitable for children later at night due to drinkers
Visit again: Yes
Good for: Filling food and some good promotional offers