Went to visit my daughter in Retford for her birthday, and the three of us (me, her and her partner) went down to Damon's in Lincoln for Lunch after a shopping trip. What a wonderful experience it was - without doubt they were the best ribs I have had this side of the Atlantic, and better than some I have had over there! The decor which has been criticised elsewhere as "drab 80's" I thought was more Retro, bordering on Art Decor - I suppose its all in the eye of the beholder etc., and the back-ground music was not MUSAK, but real stuff - admittedly my taste, and never before have I heard Janis Ian or Dan Fogelberg played as back-ground!!! Add in there a slice of Joan Baez, some early Bob Dylan (I think). The waiting staff assigned to our table was friendly and engaging, yes she was young, but I don't hold that against her - I was once too! Their portions were over generous, and they were happy to provide a "Doggy Box" for taking home the left-overs. The only problem I had was that its about 130 miles from where I live, so I ask - are there any plans to open another branch in the North East - we are not the cloth cap, whippet owning bunch, once depicted in Andy Capp, and I for one, would love to visit more often, were it a little closer. An experience I would honestly recommend anyone with a little spark of adventure in their soul - give it a try.!
Ok, I agree, the tables are close, there is no privacy, waiters and managers are running around like headless chickens, BUT this place is awesome at what it does. The theme is 1950's american diner - it does this admirably.
The rack of ribs meal is excellent - I tend to lean towards the ribs and lobster meal. The menu choice is great (american diner menu), there is always a waiter close by to help, sometimes when you go you find you wait a while for food or seating. So what. The wait for the table you are told about! They give you a time for the table and they stick to it - most times we are in before the time - but never after.
The wait for your food - again so what - the wait is worth it - you have a chance to eat your salad starter (side dish), let it settle and socialise. And when the belly busting meal does come - you enjoy it all the more.
These people whilst dealing with a full restaurant (I've been a few times and it's always full) also deal with a takeaway service. I wish I lived close enough to take advantage of the takeaway. I think they all do a brilliant job.
All the waiter's and waitresses are very polite and can't be helpful enough. Nothing is too much trouble for them.
I always come away from there feeling full and satisfied. I couldn't ask for anything more.
So, you keep hearing about Damon's in Lincoln and fancy going?, hope this review helps you decide whether to save yourself the trouble or not!
Damon's was built quite a few years ago now, and it's always had that "unfinished" look about it. The roof has bare "joists" that go from the outside into the middle, which just appear that someone forgot to finish that bit off when it was built. It's easy to access, being just off the roundabout from the main bypass on the outskirts of Lincoln itself.
Damon's is on a booking basis only, and has a motel on the side of it if you decide you'd like to stay over. The grounds look nice and usually there is ample parking space available which is free of charge.
On entering you'll find the decor is "dated" in that grey 80's style that was once fashionable. It must be done on purpose like that, and has many photo's of the "rich and famous celeb's" framed on the wall. It has a circular bar/waiting area for you to get drinks prior to being seated.
One thing i've noticed is that no matter what time you have your resevation for, you're almost never going to be sat down at your table for that time. I've been kept waiting nearly an hour for table to become free. The waiting staff are all very young (students) who seem to be constantly rushed and un interested on providing a good quality service. You get ushered in and ushered away as quick as you can eat your meal!. The quality of the meals have gone done somewhat over the last few years, but there is still quite a variety to pick from and do arrive well presented. The price range is medium - expensive. I wouldn't advise you go there if you are on a tight budget.
If you are booking a meal for a birthday, mention this when reserving your table and ensure you bring ID with you as you are entitled to a free birthday cake with your meal and this also ensure you receive your meal free. The cake is a chocolate sponge with sparklers on top - guaranteed to attract attention to your table!!
Damon's isn't a place where you can sit and enjoy a quiet meal, the atmosphere is busy, noisy and rushed. Tables are placed within close proximity to your neighbour, and you may feel cramped. You also are unable to sit and socialise among your party for time after your meal as you are expected to leave promptly enabling your table to be used for waiting customers. I would advise against leaving a tip, as 9 out of 10 times the service has been poor and they don't deserve it!.
I lived not far from Damons ever since it was built and never once went. I moved 35 miles away and everyone i met raved on about how wonderful it was. I've never seen why this area finds it so good. I've been twice now, and both times i sat there wondering exactly what was so wonderful about it. You can get better service at Burger King!.
Worth a try once at least.
I think so and I've been to most of them. Move over Lime Tree, this is the place to be. Set just off Deansgate is Lincoln Square, which for some reason has a statue of Abraham Lincoln. Is he a manc? Anyway, the restaurant is just off Deansgate in a quiet square surrounded by offices and small businesses. The restaurant stretches along one full side of this square which is normally quite dark due to the building blocking out the sun during the day. The reception areawas crowded both times I went so that was a little annoying, but we were put in a nice table in the corner. All the tables along the sides of the reasuarant (away from the glass) have couch style seating while the other 'outer' places are standard chairs. The tables are quite small and the second time we went we had a shared main course and there was not enough room on the table for all that came out of the kitchen. Luckily the couple next to had just left and so we put plates on their table. Also, the tables are very close together. i am quite a big bloke and I couldn't help nudging the girl sat at the table next to ours. The food is excellent, though there is not a huge list of options. The first time there were about eight or nine starters which were all quite a bit more appealing that the same number of main dishes, though these were all excellent too. The wine list was okay and as it had my favourite wine I wasn't too bothered. There were not very many people in when we went the first time in January, but not many people knew of it then. We went on Valentines night and it was pretty busy then! The manageress had opted for a standard menu of about four or five options for Valentines night and the food then was marvellous, even though the tables were all full.
The Lincoln restaurant has become the "in place" to dine in Manchester. It is frequented by a variety of Manchester's celebs and is a regular haunt for Tracy Shaw (Maxine in Coronation Street). I was in Manchester last week and couldn't resist the temptation to sample this trendy, cosmopolitan eatery for myself.
I booked a midweek table for my husband and myself knowing that a weekend booking would not be an option at such short notice. The restaurant is highly publicised and therefore extremely busy. The restaurant was a little more than half full so I was surprised to find that the diners had all been seated close to each other on adjoining tables and not given a little more space. The tables were a little too close for comfort which made intimate conversation difficult.
Down to the food. The menu had a choice of around 6 or 7 starters and a similar number of main courses. We both chose the same starter which was warm cous cous served with a roast medley of mediterranean vegetables and warm goat cheese. This was delicious and was a mid priced starter at £7.50. Other starters included pan-fried beef fillet with wild mushrooms, salmon pancake and Greek salad.
Again for main course we both chose the same, Seafood Friccassee (lobster, scallops and mussles) in a wonderful vermouth sauce. This was the most expensive of the main courses and cost £20.00. Others included Roast ribeye of beef and a veggie option of vegetable pakoras, with masala scented coleslaw and lime relish.
We skipped on puddings which I found to be a little unadventurous but could have chosen baked pear with spicy rice pudding which cost £6.95.
There was an extensive wine list, wines starting at around £16.00.
One aspect that I must comment on was the excellent service. The waiters coudn't do enough for us without being gushing and over the top.
We had a delicious meal chosen from a menu with somethin
g to suit everyone and were served by helpful and pleasant staff. However there were a couple of down points, firstly the closeness of the tables. The restaurant is supposed to cater for romantic diners and secondly the lack of a no smoking area. Fortunately most diners refrained from smoking that particular evening but on a busy night I personally would find this uncomfortable.