“ 3 Bailgate, Lincoln. LN1 3AE. tel = 01522 511447 „
Around the area of Lincoln Cathedral there are many restaurants, tea rooms and coffee shops. On our recent visit to Lincoln the one tea room that particularly took our fancy was “The Ice Cream Parlour and Cellar Tea Room”. When you enter the shop from the street (Bailgate) there is a small take-away ice cream counter on the ground floor. From here there is a spiral staircase down to the cellar tea room where there is seating for about 24 people. The staff are so friendly that you feel at home straight away. There is a wonderful menu of ice cream desserts, but we had visited here on a very cold day and ice cream was the last thing on our mind. I am sure though that we will return on a warmer day and try the ice cream, they did look very tempting. The reason we had chosen this tea room was because of a snack called “Oaties” that was on the menu. I had never tasted these before and they are described as Derbyshire Oatcakes filled with a variety of fillings. There was a choice of six different fillings which were all cheese based and included smoked ham, mushroom, spinach and apricot. The Oaties are served hot and the oatcake is rolled around the fillings and were absolutely delicious, with the warm cheese oozing out of the end of the Oatie. They are like a wholemeal soft rolled pancake. Each Oatie was garnished with a small salad and cost just £1.50 each. Almost everybody that came into the tea room ordered these Oaties. There is also a good selection of hot and cold drinks, but if you order one of the mugs of coffee then I hope you are thirsty, as these mugs are more like buckets! You certainly will not want seconds. The prices of everything were all very reasonable and the atmosphere in this tea room was very warm and welcoming. I can certainly recommend the Cellar Tea Room.