Horncastle Eateries & Pubs
Nov 5, 2013Public
Photo: Large masted vessels were a common sight at Skegness, Wainfleet and Boston and the Horncastle area boasts the first President of the Virginia Colonies, the instigator of the Australian colonies and naming of Bass Strait, Botany Bay etc, amongst others. Smuggling wasn't unknown amongst the Lincolnshire trackways, where first Romans, Saxons and Vikings met their match, before the Monarchy itself fell at Winceby in 1643. We may be Yellow Bellies, but we like Freedom..
Photo: Most of the pubs and hotels have free patron parking at the rear.
Photo: The Red Lion Theatre banners often provide an artful resonation to the town.
Photo: Bentons Coffee and Paninies morphing into "No.29", Wine and Cocktails on Thurs/Fri/Sat evenings. Out on West St / Bridge St corner. A highly polished shop, with wholesome food and FRESH coffee. Seats 12 on tables, and around 18 on leather upholstery. Speciality cocktails and quality wines. WiFi enabled.
Photo: The Black Swan, another pub that's prospered by being on a junction. Bryant Close opposite was practically a permanent camp for Canal and Railway navvies from Georgian times. Locally called the Mucky Duck.
Photo: Someone studying the menu at Shakesby's á la carte restaurant on West St. With a bar, and rear river view, it's potentially a hidden gem for a family dinner, with competitive 'beat the clock' early doors meal oppurtunities. A La Carte locally sourced ingredients, cool in summer with flagged floors.
http://www.shakesbys.co.uk/home.php
Photo: Harpar's Bar on the town's South side, Boston Rd., a haunt of some of the local youth. I can't help feeling, hiding the micro Sky satellite dish because of Council Conservation laws, whilst allowing 15ft garish banners, is a little bass ackwards. Putting the dish over the pub sign and allowing it to be 'Sky' blue would be much less intrusive, whilst sending a similar subtle message.
http://m.facebook.com/harparsbar
Photo: The fish restaurant on the Market Place is somewhat novel as it is underground, and serves fresh food, alcohol with meals if required. Open at tea time and lunch times.
Photo: In the Bullring at Horncastle, an older neighbour for the Admiral Rodney a few doors north. Grand balls and meetings have been held here for centuries. After the battle of Winceby in 1645. the victorious Lord Protector retired to Horncastle, staying overnight on West st. Although celebration might not be the apt word. they would certainly have dined - The Bull being the premier spot for centuries in the town..

http://www.thebullhotel.org.uk/
Photo: The Ship. On the furthest navigable extent of the River Witham / Horncastle canal / River Waring, it sat opposite large wharf warehousing when Horncastle was the Felixstowe / Immingham of the area.
Free wifi.
http://m.facebook.com/pages/SHIP-INN-Horncastle/178528375505604
Photo: The reindeer was a large pub in it's day. Situated to take advantage of the canal and railway, the only old road crossing was the Wood-hall lane. It was usurped by the Station Hotel, now also closed.
Photo: A commercial Sky sports subscription seems to require premises to put up banners everywhere.
A restaurant and bar, with free wifi, the clientel have probably paid alot of money to be there.
http://www.admiralrodney.com/
Photo: Most pub names hark back loosely to generic history, but in Horncastle the history feels palpable with the grammar school Queen Elizabeth's; Cromwell House on the site of where he stayed overnight after the battle of Winceby; the Manor House belonging to the Bishops of Carlisle; the Queens Champion at Scrivelsby; Henry Bolingbroke's castle nearby, etc.. 
The Crown on West St., parking at rear again.
Photo: The Punch House, metaphorically named, and in a series of 'New Managements' and refurbishments, it worked better as the indoor butter market and later library.
Photo: Pretty much an ever present in Lincs, waiting around every blind bend, humpback bridge, hedge, hidden field gate entrance. In the snow and ice the car drivers all stopped their needless jollies, the roads were empty for days barring commute traffic, but tractors kept about, doing what work they could do.
Photo: The King's Head thatched pub in the Bullring. Quiet, with a patio at the rear. Cycling is ok in the town environs, but quickly leads to hills..
Photo: An epic little hobby continues with the landlord of Old Nick's Tavern renovating sash windows, brick working, sanding, pointing, painting...
http://www.oldnickstavern.co.uk/
 Regular Live Music nights, which I get for free, living a few doors away..
Photo: An extensive aromatic licensed restaurant with excellent hygiene awards. The low ceiling beams are original in this dinky 17th century building.
http://www.agrahorncastle.co.uk/
Photo: A spring display from Heather's Flowers at the entrance to the town. Al Fresco Picnic fruit can always be purchased if the weather's nice.
Photo: A clean white paint job after the pastel yellow of the noughties. Bed and Breakfast, restaurant meals in the day and evenings, it's been For Sale for much of 2013..
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/place?hl=en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=Red+Lion+Horncastle&fb=1&gl=uk&hq=Red+Lion&hnear=Horncastle&cid=10647041091930553052
Photo: Many of the husbands sneak a crafty pint in the evenings whilst waiting for their Chinese order at the licensed restaurant..
Open from 6pm, but closed on Tuesdays (as is the Bamboo Garden on the High St).
Photo: An extensive banqueting suite, and good food reports. But alas, failed to survive in the largest premises during austere times.
Photo: Cock fighting was banned in Victorian times, leading to Dog fights in the yard at the rear. A pub that's prospered from being at a junction of roads and being adopted by the Irish community, it's now a quiet regular, opposite Shakesbys & Bentons. Mentioned in annals as the start of farming festival parades, it's function room a hive for prominente meetings. It still does the Xmas Doos for many local companies.
Photo: An addition to the coffee shop's extensive menu at Crowders Garden Centre, the Redwood restaurant. 
http://www.crowders.co.uk/garden-centre-and-restaurant/theredwood