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Stokes High Bridge Cafe

207 High Street, Lincoln LN5 7AU, England
01522 513 825
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Ranked #53 of 347 restaurants in Lincoln
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $14
Cuisines: English, Continental, Café, Tea Room
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
Description: The High Bridge is the only medieval bridge in England with houses upon it. The timber framed houses built in 1540 were bricked over in the 19th century covering up all their charm. Fortunately, a restoration of the fine medieval-style building took place in 1902 under the supervision of Lincoln architect William Watkins whereby the houses were stripped down to the beams, before being re-plastered. Most of the timber beams visible today are original, dating back to the 1600's. During the renovation, carvings of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra were added in the top corners of the building to celebrate their Coronation which took place that same year.The unique features of the underside of the bridge can only be seen by boat, but the interior of the building can be appreciated whilst enjoying a coffee or tea at Stokes High Bridge café, the occupants since the early 20th Century.
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
Description: The High Bridge is the only medieval bridge in England with houses upon it. The timber framed houses built in 1540 were bricked over in the 19th century covering up all their charm. Fortunately, a restoration of the fine medieval-style building took place in 1902 under the supervision of Lincoln architect William Watkins whereby the houses were stripped down to the beams, before being re-plastered. Most of the timber beams visible today are original, dating back to the 1600's. During the renovation, carvings of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra were added in the top corners of the building to celebrate their Coronation which took place that same year.The unique features of the underside of the bridge can only be seen by boat, but the interior of the building can be appreciated whilst enjoying a coffee or tea at Stokes High Bridge café, the occupants since the early 20th Century.
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English first
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 NEW via mobile

We have just spent a wonderful weekend in Lincoln with family and had a brilliant lunch at Stokes the food was amazing, the atmosphere was very relaxing and our waitress Helen was outstanding she couldn't do enough for us...we will be back soon.

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somerset
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We visited Stokes with relatives on Saturday went to the top floor to find a table which we eventually found, sat down ready to order coffee, was asked by the waitress if we were only having coffee , if so we would have to go back down stairs as these tables were for lunch ,it was 11.30 am !!!!.We went... More

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StokesCoffee, General Manager at Stokes High Bridge Cafe, responded to this review

Dear guest, How upsetting to read your review! Whilst our customers are always very welcome to come upstairs for a cup of coffee during breakfast or afternoon tea, between the hours of 11:30am and 2pm, we do reserve our tables of the restaurant (on the upper floors…) for lunchtime diners… Four years ago, we opened our ground floor café to... More

Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Went there at the weekend with my wife and daughter. We all had something different but were all pleased with the food. Two of us salads and the other some sort of toastie / paninni type thing. The staff were great and the wait for service / food was OK . We went at dinner time and I don't recall... More

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StokesCoffee, General Manager at Stokes High Bridge Cafe, responded to this review

Dear guest, Many thanks for your kind words about our café. We are glad you enjoyed the food you chose, and hope to welcome you back soon. Warm regards, The management More

London
Top Contributor
128 reviews 128 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Try and get a window table to really enjoy the view. If not enjoy the historic building surrounding you. The tea is very good quality and I tried the Lincolnshire tea (plum bread and cheese) not scone to be seen. Lovely staff really good atmosphere.

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StokesCoffee, General Manager at Stokes High Bridge Cafe, responded to this review

Dear guest, Thank you for your very positive review of our café, and in particular your kind words about our staff and surroundings...The window seats make excellent spots for those wishing to watch the passers-by, or spy on the swans on the river Witham, and are well worth perching on! Our tea is blended to an original (award-winning!) recipe created... More

Horncastle, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

We have been to this café many times, it is our favourite and in our opinion the best in Lincoln. Beautiful building, and the interior is quaint as the photo suggests - but I'm 6ft 6in tall and there's room for me! Lovely smell of coffee as you enter. We recommend sitting on the top floor at a table overlooking... More

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StokesCoffee, General Manager at Stokes High Bridge Cafe, responded to this review

Dear guest, Thank you for your very kind words about our café, particularly those about the building itself. It is a beautiful spot dating back to 1540, and we have been in residence since 1937. We grind our coffee just near the door, and the wonderful aroma of it is always in the air as you step through the door.... More

Lincoln, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

We have coffee here every week and the staff are excellent. The scones and coffee are always the same high standard. The location on the high bridge is smashing not sure about the waitresses uniforms they seem to be out of the nineteen twenties.

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StokesCoffee, General Manager at Stokes High Bridge Cafe, responded to this review

Dear guest, Thank you for your very positive comments about our staff, coffee and scones. The scones are freshly baked every morning, and our house coffee was created by the original Mr Stokes’s grandson, David, in the 1960s – we have been blending and roasting the beans to his specifications ever since. We agree that the High Bridge building is... More

Lincoln, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

I have already left a review for stokes about 3 weeks ago, I gave it top marks based on the service and brilliant carrot cake! Unfortunatly, since this time, I have returned two times and been very disappointed! First time around i went for lunch with my mum, and I knew exactly what I wanted before we had even gone... More

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StokesCoffee, General Manager at Stokes High Bridge Cafe, responded to this review

Dear guest, We were very sad to read that you haven’t enjoyed your most recent experiences at our café, especially after you took the time to write such a positive review such a short time ago. We were sorry to hear your complaint about the baguette, though we are a little unsure what has happened here, as the baguettes we... More

Walkern, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
121 reviews 121 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Right on main high street, "floating" above the canal, we stopped for an afternoon tea with scones. Service okay, not outstanding, we sat indoors, a little tight and warm, but not bad. Plenty of choice on the menu and prices okay. Wish I had the Lincolnshire Poacher cheese and plum bread which looked very good indeed!

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StokesCoffee, General Manager at Stokes High Bridge Cafe, responded to this review

Dear guest, We were sorry to read your description of us as a Betty’s clone. Though we think very highly of their business, and there are similarities between us, by the time Betty’s opened its doors in 1919, we had already been in business 17 years and had earned 30 gold medals for our tea and coffee! As for your... More

Lincoln, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Good fresh food. We had fish,chips and peas. The fish was beautiful, all white and flaky and scrimmage. The staff are friendly and very professional. We have been loads of times and intend to continue , it's very good.

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StokesCoffee, General Manager at Stokes High Bridge Cafe, responded to this review

Dear guest, Thank you so much for your kind comments about our café, and our staff. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the fish so much. We also offer a very delicious scampi, should you wish to try something different the next time you visit! We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Warm regards, The management More

Lincoln
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

My daughters and I went to Stokes Cafe as we have many times before for a drink and one of my daughters was wanting to eat something. However as we went at lunch time and only one of us was eating we were quite rudely told we had to pay a minimum of £5 per person. I thought as it... More

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StokesCoffee, General Manager at Stokes High Bridge Cafe, responded to this review

Dear guest, How upsetting to read your review. We do consider our first and second floors to offer more of a restaurant experience over lunchtime, offering hearty dishes such as steak and ale pie, or sausages and onion gravy. Our customers are very welcome to come upstairs to the restaurant floors during quiet hours for a cup of tea or... More

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