“ 997 Doddington Road, Lincoln, LN6 3SE. Tel: 01522 887733 „
Introduction - what Damons it is about
Damons have classed themselves as casual dinning in the food service industry, which was first opened in 1979 and then became a franchise in 1988 with the opening of Damons, Lincoln. They are known worldwide for their award winning ribs along with their steak, chicken and shrimp dishes and its unique onion loaf. They cook their food to order and use the most natural ingredients where possible. There are a lot of places surrounding Damons which can be visited while dinning here such as the Lincoln castle, Brayford pool, Theater royal, odeon cinema, Natural world centre, rand farm park and a lot more. Damons restaurant can be found at 999 Doddington road Lincoln, LN6 3SE with their contact telephone number being 01522 887722. There is a website with a map of directions and you can also find out any information from rooms to prices and the menu at www.damons.co.uk
Experience with the motel
A bunch of us were planning on going for a birthday meal to Damons and decided that it would be a good idea to maybe find somewhere to stay over so that celebratory drinks could be consumed by everyone, since the birthday boy was driving this seemed appropriate. My dad had been here previously before and told me he stayed over at Damons own motel but he mentioned that this is a very popular place to dine and stay and it was usually a few months to book a room, we however looked into this three weeks before the birthday and discovered one room left for the night we wanted to go, so we agreed quickly that's what we were going to do and using a smart phone managed to book the room via the website. The only room that was available was an en-suit room with a double bed at £67, this is more than I would normally want to pay but that was the only room available and since we wanted to drink not drive it was obvious we needed to purchase it. Upon arrival we noticed the motel is not apart of the restaurant building but it is next to it, joining them together is a roofed walkway with white fair lights running along each side making it very visually pleasing and pretty. As we walked through the door instead of being greeted by a receptionist we were stood looking at a wall with signs on it, they were easy to follow as they led us to their 'temporary reception' as the motel was going through ground floor renovations. We had to pay at reception rather than online which was fine by us, there she gave us 20% discount sheet which we could use in the restaurant and our card key and then she pointed us in the right direction as to where our room was, the corridors are colour coordinated by green and red.
As soon as we opened the door I ran in and jumped on the bed, this is how I like to test it. I instantly flew back up bouncing it was that bouncy and comfortable, then actually turning the lights on we noticed we had a king sized bed not a double which we thought was amazing, Overall the room was very contemporary decorated, it had a tv with free view channels and the room was equipped with four huge mirrors located between the room and bathroom which for me is a much needed accessory of a room. When we dumped all our things in the room we swiftly left because we has a table booked in the restaurant but when we got back that night we decided to watch a movie in bed, cuddles in the center of the bed I found that the covers were basically three sheets and I was very cold all night because the sheets were thin and there were large empty cold spaces that neither of us could obviously fill, in the morning we used the shower which was easy to work and was instantly hot which was lovely, despite bringing our own toiletries they provided both dove shower gel and shampoo and a hand wash which was nice to see some good quality products being provided. They offer breakfast with the room for just £6.95 however we were going to Nandos the day after so we decided to skip this offer and continued to check out at the 11am checking out time.
Experience with the restaurant
Damons is a busy and very sort after restaurant to eat in so we had to book the meal, we wanted more people to attend but they only had room for 8 of us to dine at 7.30 or 10 of us to dine at 9.30 so some people dropped out and we chose the 7.30pm dining time, we had to ring up and book this using the number which was provided on the website. The reason we chose to eat at Damons is because the birthday person gets their meal for free - main and dessert and when staying in the motel gets 20% off the rest of their bill, since it was me and my partner(birthday boy) staying in the motel he got his meal for free and I got 20% off my overall bill so that was a great reason to go there. First impressions as we walked through the door was Posh. The place was dimly light which created a great atmosphere, with no windows visible and a wall of black mirror it gave off a prestige casino feeling. With almost all staff members looking perfect - beautiful hair and faces and pristine uniforms of white shirts black bow ties but with casual wear on the bottom - most wore skinnies/jeans. These are several areas to the restaurant itself and that is of course the dining area which seats 150 people at anyone time, a little reception area for waiting on a table and then the bar area which I'm told often has a casual piano player there to create nice mood music, this however was not there when we went. We were escorted to our table of 8 by our assigned waiter for the night, Tony. once we were seated we decided some drinks were in order and so I went and bought a jug of sangria, a bottle of corona and two cocktails of blue lagoon, this came up to £25 but we decided that these drinks would last us the full duration of our meal, however monday- friday between 6-7pm is cocktail hour so you can get two cocktails for the price of one which is around the £5 mark, This is great but it isn't always possible to be able to book a table within this time.
I thought that our table was a little small, we has four sat either side but with all the cutlery, side plates, drinks and the complimentary bread and butter there wasn't much room for anything else on the table and we had just decided to have all three courses so we knew that any little space left would have to be used wisely, saying that everyone decided they were going to order buffalo wings and all decided to order 10 each, I was told and could clearly see they were loving these, I however who was very cautious of the pricing in this place ordered the garlic and cheese chiabatta, this cost me only £3.95 (without discount) I didn't know what to expect portions wise but was happy to find 10 slices of this including the ends, however this still wasn't large which was great because I didn't want to fill up. My boyfriend still had to pay for his starter and only got his main and dessert for free but he was happy about that because he got discount on that anyway, the free main however excludes all steak and lobster dishes so he and almost everyone else had a rack and a half of ribs which came with various sides. I choose the have the chicken breast fajitas with a side of spiced fries and a side salad. Our waiting time after the starter wasn't long as all it would out within 10/15 minutes which was perfect. Mine arrived with the chicken and onion on a sizzling plate, a separate bowl for the fries and salad, a plate of dips such as sour cream and salsa and then another dish with really fluffy soft tortillas in them. I would really happy when I touched the tortillas because they were really soft warm and flour-y, however once I had got some chicken, salad, onion and dip in there they all of a sudden felt really thin and often broke was I was biting into it so I had to be really careful that I didn't overload them in size, these were only the small sized tortillas as well and since I was going to pay £14.95 (without discount) for them I would of expected them to be bigger at least. From what I could see and hear with the pile of bone plates everyone was tucking in nicely with their ribs.
Lastly only a few of us decided to order dessert, the birthday boy got a complimentary birthday cake which was only mini because it was for one person, but the waiter bought it out in it's opened box with a sparkler in it and proceeded to sing happy birthday along with the rest of the table, this may seem quite childish but it's a great gesture from the restaurant, the rest of us had a mixture of cheese cakes, pancakes and I had the chocolate cheese cake with a huge amount of ice cream which was a surprise. Overall the meal portions were large and unexpected yet I do feel my wraps could of been thicker if not bigger so I didn't make a mess of myself or the table, the selection of food however on the menu is really large and can be found online at www.damons.co.uk. The cakes I found there wasn't a large selection but the one I did have was delicious. Overall our bill of almost three courses for 8 people came up to £177.94 and it showed out discount on the bottom of this, so we all put in our own price and I decided to pay the original amount of £25 for all my meals because it meant that my money would cover my boyfriends price of the starter so he wouldn't have to put money towards it.
My overall opinion
I believe we were very lucky to get a room at such a short notice and all the staff we encountered in the motel knew and told us of all the offers we could receive and were extremely helpful, happy and kind, the room was lovely with the exception of being cold at night we cannot complain. The restaurant had a great feel and vibe to each, every staff member happy to help and being served at the bar straight away with an excellent knowledge of their drinks and cocktails. I loved that we were assigned a waiter because it seems much more personal that way, our Tony was excellent and threw out a few jokes when we was talking about how one of us don't like calomarie and ones doesn't like onions, we was comical, helpful, friendly and just generally a good waiter so we left him a hefty tip which we feel he deserved every penny of. As for the food the quality of the food was amazing, everything was cooked perfect and all came out at the same time just with the exception that the tortillas were really thin but everything else was well worth the money, apart from that we will be re visiting Damons in the futute.
Now I have been to Damons more times than I can remember - and for many years made a school girl error - not getting the ribs. Once I realised my mistake there was no going back.
Damons is an institution for Lincoln Diners. It is in a great location on the bypass for people coming from outside the city and is a quirkily designed building with the roof meant to look like the bones of a rack of ribs.
Inside it is designed with posters of old films and Hollywood stars from the golden age of the silver screen and when you walk in there is a cocktail bar in front of you. I'm not sure id this still the case, but for a number of years the drinks were significantly cheaper if you bought them from the bar yourself than let your waiter get them.
If you go before 7pm there is always a selection on hot nibbles, such as chicken wings available for you to help yourself to at the bar and they do an amazing selection of cocktails.
Damons is open for breakfast, which is a selection of pastries, pancakes, bagels and things like bacon and sausage, all for under a fiver.
When you sit down at lunch or dinner you are giving warm bread rolls, and with your meal you get the choice of a baked potato or chips and a side salad, beans, coleslaw or peas. Damons is famed for its onion loaf, which is a mountain of delicious deep fried onion rings, and obviously for its ribs.
When we go we normally have a starter combo platter where you can choose from things like fried mushrooms, potato skins, scampi or chicken wings (to name a few) then you can share it. Other starters are your pretty standard prawn cocktail, crab cakes, garlic ciabatta kind of things.
The platter is around £12 and suitable for four adults and the individual ones work out at around £5 each, give or take a couple of quid.
Then onto the mains - as you would expect from an American themed place - you can choose from burgers, fajitas, steaks and seafood, but there are also British favourites like bangers and mash and gammon, although I have never known anyone go to Damons for them. The big selling point is the BBQ ribs. For the meat lover you can have a full rack, or if you are less hungry you can opt for the regular sized rack. The meat just falls apart and is absolutely delicious, and you shouldn't feel worried about having sauce all over your fingers and mouth because everyone else does too. You are given a basket and handwipes to deal with the left over bones and sticky fingers.
If you want to try the ribs, but don't know if you could manage a whole rack of them why not try the combo menu, where you can try a smaller amount with a portion of scampi, chicken wings or chicken breast cooked in a variety of different styles, such as teryaki or cajun. This is also around £12.
I can honestly say I have never had a dessert at Damons because I am always so full but often see ice cream sundaes passing me by as well as chocolate cheesecakes and apple pies - all for around £4.
There are veggie options obviously, although I wouldn't think as a vegetarian you would want to see the amunt of meat on offer in this restaurant!
There is also a children's menu and kids get some activities to keep them occupied whilst you are eating.
The service is generally good, but very speedy, and they always offer you a comments card at the end of your meal where you can win a free meal. I have never had any problem with the service offered personally, although it does sometimes look a little chaotic, wit everyone running all over the place.
If you ever drive by Damons, or live near it, the smell of those ribs wafting around is absolutely mouth-watering. Unfortunately for me, I am registered at the gym about 500 metres away so often am tempted to undo all my good work.
Price wise, Damons is incredibly reasonable for what you get - you eat for free if it is your birthday, kids eat free before 6pm for every adult going with them and over 60s get a 25% off discount (my parents were given the discount even though they are only in their mid-50s..They didn't complain though.) We go regularly as a filling meal is around £15 per person. On your birthday you also get a free chocolate cake with sparklers, although the cake has gone down hill a bit over the years.
The toilet facilities are always spotless and you never have any problems with parking as there is a free allocated car park right outside. They also offer a takeaway service which I think entitles you to a 30% discount if you collect your order.
If you are looking for a family friendly place to eat where the price is reasonable, the food is tasty and you don't need to get dressed up, or necessarily book in advance (although for birthdays and big parties it is advised) Damons is the place to go - although if you live in Lincoln you probably already know that.
For more information : www.damons.co.uk
Everyone must go to Damons. Its the nicest food. Its in Lincoln. As I used to live in Newark I used to go quite a lot, now I have moved I dont go there as often but I wish I could go more. It on the outside of Lincoln and you cant miss it. It looks like there are ribs coming out the top of it. Some people call it the Rib House. Ive never stayed or been into the Motel. But the food place is the best. The carpark is a good size.
When you first walk in, to the left of you is the toilets and baby changing room. And to the right is the front desk. You dont have to book in advanced but I do because at weekends it can get really busy. Infront of you is a circle looking part with a bar, some comfy tables and chairs. Thats the bit for waiting or just getting a drink and not eating. Sometimes also there are Chicken Wings with plates, you can eat them for free while you wait. Also later on in the evening they have a pianist, which is really nice and relaxing.
The drinks are an ok price, for a large coke though its nearly £3 which is pricey if you ask me. I imagine for a pint of lager its around the same price. For a J2O its about £2ish. But if you go between 4pm and 7pm on Monday to Saturday then the drinks are much cheaper. A J2O is about £1.10. I think the prices of drinks are great between these times. They also do Cocktails. Ive never had one but I see quite a lot of people having them so they must be good. I dont get them because they are quite expensive.
After waiting (sometimes you dont have to wait) you get taken to your table and given Menu's. They are really quick in Damons, as soon as a table leaves they are there with their spray a cloths cleaning the tables ready to get the next people in. They then bring hot fresh bread and butter. Which is really nice and free. Its very tasty, and I love it. But sometimes if Im really hungry I end up filling up on it. The menu has quite a lot of choice but my favourite is the ribs, thats what they are famous for! So definitely try them. If you go between 12pm and 6pm on Monday to Saturday there is a special menu where you can choose two things for just under £9. This is what I always go for. It has things like Ribs, Scampi, Chicken, Flavoured Chicken and many more things. I always have BBQ Ribs and Scampi. Thats my favourite and I have it everytime I go. Ive had the chicken before and didnt really like it. You dont have to choose off that special menu, you can choose off the normal menu. Also teh starters are really nice. They have an offer when you can choose 3 of a list fr £12. Obviously to share. We always get Potato skins filled with cheese and bacon. Its really nice, the best Ive had, but very filling. And greasy from all the cheese. When you order (the waitress/waiter comes to you) you get a choice of chips or jacket potato. I always have jacket potato, its really nice. Also they ask you if you want beans, peas or colslaw at no extra cost. The staff really go out their way to please you.
You dont have to wait very long for the food, its really quick at Damons and they try and get people in and out really quick. The staff go out their way to please you, I always tip at Damons. Its the only place I do. I thnk most people do. I dont tip a lot. But they are very grateful for anything. The staff are always coming asking if everything is ok. Which is always is. I never liked ribs before Damons, so even if you think you dont like them, give them a try. Im sure you'll end up loving them like me!
When your finished they come and ask you if you would like desert, Im usually very stuffed so Ive never had desert. The ribs are so nice. Everyone orders them. After you've finished and decided whether you want desert or not, they bring you the bill. You can pay by card, but you have to tell them so they can bring the card machine to you. The bill for me and my boyfriend usually is about £25 which is a very decent price. Although we dont have starters anymore because its too filling.
It can be quite busy in here and the tables are quite close together. It can be very noisy so prepare for that!
You can also get take out from Damons. You can ring up and order and then go and collect. They dont delivery. They have a take out menu which has all the same stuff on but I think its discounted price. There are also lots of other deals they do. If you go on your birthday your meal is free and you get a free cake. If your over 60 you get a certain deal. Also kids under 12 get a free meal. You cant go wrong really. It ends up being cheap. You might as well go on your birthday as its free. I definitely recommend Damons. Please get the ribs!
**Update: 17/10/11** Last week I went to Damons and because we went during Cocktail happy hour both me and my boyfriend decided to have a none alcoholic cocktail. The none alcoholic drinks are cheaper anyway, but it was half price because it was happy hour. Which is 4 till 7 on weekdays. We also had our first ever Damons desert. We had Almondy Snickers cake. It was delicious. It was £5.20 for a reasonable sized slice. I loved it. But later discovered you can buy it in the supermarkets for £2.99 for a whole cake! Great!
The first time i visited Damons Restaurant was when i turned 19 and i was taken there for my birthday. Like many restaurants if you go on your birthday the main meal is free. This is on any day although if your birthday falls on a Saturday or Sunday you can go 3 days either side as they dont take bookings on a weekend.
Damons first opened in the UK in 1988 and they have a restaurant in Lincoln, Sheffield and Livepool. Damon's itself specialises in cuisine from the American Continent, with dishes ranging from their barbecue ribs (award winning) and their speciality onion loaf to fine steaks, quality seafood, quality burgers, sourdough sandwiches and much more.
They pride themselves on being one of the few restaurants that cook to order, using fresh products wherever they can and they combine this with generous portions and a relaxed atmosphere and Damons really is the place to eat.
Each restaurant can seat over 150 guests at any one time. They have a spacious and comfortable lounge where guests can enjoy drinks both before and after their meal. Also during the week they tend to have a piano player playing nice calming music.
The menus are packed full of tasty meals. There is a breakfast menu, a lunch menu, a dinner menu, dessert and cocktail menu, Kids menu and menus for coeliacs.
The first time I went to Damons I had to try the ribs which they are famous for so I got them as a starter and had pork loin and chips for the main. I havent got much of a sweet tooth so I didnt have a dessert. We were greeted by a friendly waiter who took our order and returned very quickly with our drinks, some warm bread and two small bowls of coleslaw. Now I wasn't much of a coleslaw fan but theirs was absolutely gorgeous. It was creamy and really tasty. Needless to say it didnt last long at all. Then came the starter. I could see straight away why these are award winning ribs. They were to die for. There was plenty of meat on them that came away from the bone easily and the barbecue sauce they were cooked in was lovely. I found myself wishing I had got the ribs as a main meal instead. Anyway I digress, the main meal followed shortly,and the pork was really nice. The service was excellent, it was reasonable priced and I definitely wanted to go back as soon as possible. At the end of the meal they sing Happy Birthday to you and present you with a chocolate cake with lit sparklers. This can be a little embarrassing but the wine helped me through it.
So about 18 months ago my best friend had her first taste of Damons and found herself coming up with (what she called it) a cunning plan. The plan was that we could both take an afternoon off work, got to Damons for 3pm book into the hotel then go over to the restaurant for a meal. Ok this sounds like a mediocre plan but I was well up for it. So I booked a twin room which was £65 for both of us and if we ate in the restaurant we could get 20% off our meal. The plan was slowly coming together.
We arrived at the hotel at about half 2 so we was a little early as booking in time wasnt until 3pm. We popped into the restaurant which is on the other side of the carpark which is not far at all. We had a glass of something refreshing then went over to the hotel to book in. The hotel reception area was really big and welcoming. The staff were really friendly and got us all sorted and pointing us in the direction of the room rather swiftly, which was good because time was of the essence. The rooms were surprisingly spacious, there was wireless broadband, tea and coffee facilities, a 20inch flat screen with over 60 channels. So we got ourselves ready and headed for the most important section of the evening.
In between 4pm and 7pm its cocktail hour (or 3) theres free hors d'oeuvres,
half price cocktails, soft drinks, LA lager and house wines. So we found a table in the lounge area and started to enjoy the range of different cocktails they had. And I have to say there is a very wide range and it took some doing trying them all in the 3 hours that we had. And just before 7pm we stocked up. Unfortunately we didnt get to taste every single one they had but we gave it a good go. At half past 8 we were called to our table where I made sure this time i had ribs for my dinner. Once again they were absolutely gorgeous and never fail to disappoint.
We stumbled back to our room at about half 10 as we were merrily on our way. The room was great, the beds were really comfortable and we both slept well. In the morning we got up and tried out the shower (not together). It was surprisingly modern and very powerful. Once we were refreshed we headed back over to the restaurant for breakfast which is served in up to 11am, we had paid an extra £6.95 for breakfast and it was well worth it.
My mate had corn beef hash and I had a fry up that came with 4 sausages, seasoned potatoes, beans, scrambled egg and tomatoes. We were also brought a pile of toast, orange and tea and coffee. The staff were once again great and were there regularly to top us up.
We both enjoyed the experience that much that we did it again a couple of months ago and was just as impressed. I think between us we spent about £170. That did include the room, a great deal of cocktails, our meal and breakfast which i think is a bargain. We also have photgraphic evidence from the night which is fun to look back on and laugh.
Anyone who is near a Damons and has never been really should give it a go. If nothing else check out the website which has everything on there including there full menus, cocktail and wine lists. The website is www.damons.co.uk and any queries can be sent through the website.
Well I think i've gone on long enough, but it is one of my favourite places to eat, the foods great, the staff are great and the atmosphere is well you've guessed it, its great.