The Jews House
The Jews House restaurant is located in the heart of the historic centre of Lincoln and housed in the 12th century eponymous Jews House, one of the oldest houses in Europe.
The restaurant is not short of atmosphere just by dint of its location – you have to enter via almost a side alley that makes you feel as if you are stepping back in time and the dining rooms, although decorated in a modern style, maintain this aura. The food, however, is thoroughly in the modern British mode.
Gavin Aitkenhead opened the Jews House in 2006 and has been turning out impeccable dishes from his tiny kitchen ever since, ably supported by Samantha Tomkins front of house. Concentrating on top quality local ingredients, but happy to cherry-pick the best from further afield, the menu is comforting and elegant. A thoughtful and not overpriced wine list is a good accompaniment. A small range of bottles beers is also available.
When up for grabs, the ‘Lunch For Less’ menu is particularly good value, offering two- or three-course options. Bread is served warm in a little hessian bag; look out for the treacle one. When I visited it was particularly nice to see lamb sweetbreads on the menu and even nicer to eat them. Served with broccoli purée, hazelnuts and a lemon and parsley butter, the hazelnuts provided a welcome crunch and complemented the sweetbreads perfectly.
Lunch: Wednesday to Saturday, 12pm till 2pm
Dinner: Wednesday to Thursday – 7pm till close; Friday to Saturday 6.30pm till close
Seasonal Lunch Set Menu: two courses for £21.95; three courses for £25.95
Also: A la Carte Menu and four- and six-course tasting menus
By Matt Gregory
10% off the A La Carte menu, from Tuesdays to Thursdays, for up to four people per Great Food Club membership card. To claim the offer, you must mention you are Great Food Club member when booking and show your card before paying.