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Real Ale and Craft Beer in Lincoln
Lincoln Ale Trail

Cheers to beer! Discover where to enjoy real ale and craft beer in pubs and bars across the city

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Real Ale and Craft Beer in Lincoln
Lincoln Ale Trail

Cheers to beer! Discover where to enjoy real ale and craft beer in pubs and bars across the city

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Real Ale and Craft Beer in Lincoln
Lincoln Ale Trail

Cheers to beer! Discover where to enjoy real ale and craft beer in pubs and bars across the city

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Lincoln Ale Trail

Ale lovers rejoice: historic Lincoln is the perfect destination to buy and experience delicious real ale and unique craft beer.

From the historic public houses of Steep Hill, to the vibrant bars on the Brayford Waterfront, there is a huge choice for a pint of smooth ale or refreshing beer in the city. Plus, with live music, beer festivals, and quiz nights throughout the year, you’ll never be stuck for somewhere to visit.

A printed guide is also available for free by ordering online, or picking one up at Lincoln Visitor Information Centre.

Did you know: ale was so important in thirteenth century England that in 1215 it was cited in one of the most significant legal documents in history: Magna Carta.

Article 35 of Magna Carta states: “‘Let there be throughout our kingdom a single measure for wine and a single measure for ale and a single measure for corn.” The date of 'Beer Day Britain' is 15th June - the same date on which Magna Carta was sealed.

One of only four surviving original copies of Magna Carta is on display in Lincoln Castle.


All businesses included serve real ale or craft beer, are open from 2pm, and are members of Lincoln BIG or the Visit Lincoln Partnership.

Lincoln operates a Challenge 25 policy: if you are lucky enough to look under 25 you will be asked to prove that you are over 18 when you buy alcohol. Lincoln BIG coordinates the Lincoln Pubwatch which promotes a safe, secure drinking environment in all licensed premises and helps reduce alcohol related crime.

Please drink responsibly.

Beer Shops
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Cultural Quarter, City of Lincoln

The Crafty Bottle

The Crafty Bottle

Specialist craft ale shop on The Strait, with home brew and cider section, selling local produce from the Lincolnshire Brewing Company and other beers from around the world.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

Uncle Henry’s

Uncle Henry’s

A farm to fork experience on a family farm with a passion for local, great tasting produce - visit the butchery and farm shop, cafe, play area, and walled kitchen garden.

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Cathedral Quarter, City of Lincoln

Steep Hill Wines

Steep Hill Wines

Family-run, independent wine merchant based on the famous Steep Hill specialising in Chablis and Burgundy, which is imported directly from growers in France.

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Cultural Quarter, City of Lincoln

The Cardinal’s Hat

The Cardinal’s Hat

Historic pub on Lincoln High Street, dating back to the 16th century, serving a range of beer, wine, and spirits along with a delicious, artisan menu.

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Brayford Waterfront, City of Lincoln

The Horse & Groom

The Horse & Groom

A real English pub serving good, hearty food, real ales and good wines.

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Cathedral Quarter, City of Lincoln

Wig & Mitre

Wig & Mitre

A traditional English pub serving real ale, fine wine and fresh, local food throughout the day on Steep Hill.

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​The Lincoln Ale Trail is sponsored by Lincoln BIG and Visit Lincoln Partnership.

A printed guide is also available which includes all pubs and a map. The guide has space to rate each pub so you can keep track of your favourites and try them all.

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