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The Cardinals Hat, Lincoln

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268 High Street
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Cardinals Hat

Drawn by the 2022 GBG entry but in the part of town where there are many young drinker chain pubs we wern't quite sure what would await us.
The timber framed pub is clearly old,while the interior has had a gentle modern makeover but has retained a multi level interior with different sections.The L shaped bar is surrounded by some high tables but also bench seating,the far wall is made up of distressed doors but the other sides have exposed old stonework.Beyond the doors there is a higher rear snug before the loos,while on the otherside of the pub there is a raised library section with a tartan carpet and high backed chairs.Outside there are a few metal tables and chairs,so overall it's a pleasing mix of modern ,traditional and old.The soundtrack was well chosen and not too loud.
It is vital to visit both sides of the bar to see the full ale selection as they will rotate rapidly.On entering our eye's were caught by the Thornbridge Jaipur clip but were dismayed when it was reversed.No problem for it was replaced after cleaning by Salopian Kinetic (NBSS 4.5).The other ales on my trip were Rat White Rat (NBSS 4.5),Tiny Rebel Astro Loaf (NBSS 3),Redemption Big Chief,TT Landlord,Adnams Mosaic and Ossett /Kirkstall Pale Session.There were 4 real ciders and 7 kegs from respected craft keg brewers.The staff were chatty ,very helpful for local knowledge and serious about their beer.
This pub is not scared to offer high strength ales,a mix of styles and good quality keg beers.This is a must visit in Lincoln,it was the crews first and last stop in lower Lincoln and helpfully situated just before the Steep Hill.However ascent maybe tricky if you really swing the bat at their excellent ale.

On 3rd July 2022 - rating: 9
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Cardinals Hat

Upmarket GBG alehouse, with several different seating / dining areas on slightly different levels (this building being at the lower end of Steep Hill). Easily the busiest pub I've been to since the end of the coronavirus lockdown, but there were plenty of staff on hand to do the table service and other formalities. Excellent choice of eight real ales - including a fine Rudgate Ruby Mild (£3.80) - plus four draft ciders.

On 3rd June 2021 - rating: 7
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Blue Scrumpy left this review about The Cardinals Hat

Having walked down Lincoln's Steep Hill, whilst smugly watching those struggling up it, I was looking forward to a visit to what is one of Lincoln's older buildings.

Unfortunately, I arrived to find the bouncers refusing entry to another couple. I was also told that the pub was full. But I asked if I could wait for a table to become free and this was accepted.

After a wait of around 5 minutes, I was allowed in and directed to an outdoor roof terrace through the rear door, where I was told that there was standing room.

I did managed to spy a few of the beers and ciders as I walked through and whilst not allowed to sit inside, could see that each of the rooms are fairly small.

The ale range I could see was Fernandes Black Voodoo, Milestone West Coast IPA, Ridgeside Nothing From Nothing, Adnams Ghost Ship & Rat White Rat. Ciders were Weston's Old Rosie, Orchard Pig Maverick, Snail's Bank Rhubarb Cider & Lilley's Mango Cider.

The roof terrace was cold. But all of the tables were free. I was only accompanied by 5 very drunk youths who were content to fight one another, including on the floor, whilst happily smashing glasses.

Needless to say, this wasn't the most relaxing of places to spend time. So, I drank up and left pretty quickly. It's a shame, as the building itself is nice and the beer and cider range was probably the best I found in Lincoln on this visit. But the pub is clearly too popular for its own good.

On 23rd September 2020 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by paulof horsham
Lincoln Central, 0.44 miles, 8 min walk (show)
Hykeham, 4.31 miles, 1 hr 23 min walk (show)
Saxilby, 6.57 miles, 2 hr 6 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Cardinals Hat, Lincoln
3rd Jul 2022, 11:12
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard
22nd Feb 2022, 13:05
Pub map correction submitted by paulof horsham approved

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