Posts Tagged ‘Heighington’

Roast Sunday lunch at Butcher and Beast

September 17, 2017

I have occasionally eaten mid-week at the Butcher and Beast in Heighington, this the first time Sunday roast dinner.

Necessary to book.

As far as I could see, times staggered for each table, I assume to make it easier for serving.

Ushered into a rather grim restaurant at the bank completely lacking in character. I had always thought the gloomy back room was the restaurant. I asked to sit in the pub itself but no, reserved for regulars.

Excellent roast leg of pork with all the trimmings, as was the roast beef.  Portion size generous. The boiled potatoes though were cold.

Sitting in the restaurant it was cold due to an outside door being propped open with a plant pot.

At the tiny bar, half a dozen real ales.

The meal had arrived, rather than go and choose and my dinner get cold, I ordered their local Batemans.

I noticed from the pictures on the wall, an interest in aviation. I offered to bring in signed limited edition prints but no one came to discuss.

Heighington is a Lincolnshire village of stone cottages, not far from Lincoln. Its only tea shop closed a couple of years ago. The Post Office has also closed. There is now a tiny Post Office counter in the local Spar shop. Also hidden at the back of the Spar shop is the local butcher, one of the best in the country. It is worth a visit, for his Lincolnshire sausages.

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Late morning in Heighington

September 2, 2017

Heighington is a little Lincolnshire village of red brick and stone cottages.

Heighington

March 25, 2017

Pleasant spring day in Heighington.

Frost at six in the morning, a lovely warm sunny spring day.

Pleasant spring day in Heighington

March 4, 2017

A little after midday, a pleasant sunny spring day in Heighington.

Pleasantly warm in the sun. Crocuses and daffodils were in flower. Snowdrops have been out for at least a month.

Heighington is a village of stone cottages, narrow lanes, lined by stone walls, with tiles on the walls, not far from Lincoln.

If you want excellent pork pies, then visit the local butcher, hidden at the back of the Spar shop. He is famous for the quality of his Lincolnshire sausages.

Butcher and Beast is an old pub with an open fire, or was. It serves food, or did. The menu board outside contained blank sheets of paper. A couple of years ago, the food was overpriced and not very good. It now seem to have improved.

A small stream, Heighington Beck flows through the village, with a disused mill a little way upstream. There was a tea room by the Beck, but sadly this has closed.

Misty midday in Heighington

February 7, 2015

Heighington Hall

Heighington Hall


Cold and misty.

Heighington is a village of stone cottages, narrow lanes, lined by stone walls, with tiles on the walls.

Located near Washingborough, not far from Lincoln.

The butcher in Heighington is famous for his Lincolnshire sausages. Excellent pork pies too.

Midday in Heighington

January 24, 2015
Blacksmith Lane

Blacksmith Lane

Midday pleasantly sunny, warm in the sun, but very cold in the shade, with a cold wind blowing.

Post Office, which annoyingly is closed in the afternoon, has an excellent selection of cheeses. But do not touch the pork pies, they are disgusting.

If you want excellent pork pies, then visit the local butcher, hidden at the back of the Spar shop. He is famous for the quality of his Lincolnshire sausages.

Butcher and Beast is an old pub with an open fire, or was. It serves food, or did. The menu board outside contained blank sheets of paper. A couple of years ago, the food was overpriced and not very good.

A small stream, Heighington Beck flows through the village, with a disused mill a little way upstream. There was a tea room by the Beck, but sadly this has closed.

Heighington is a small Lincolnshire village of stone cottages, not far outside of Lincoln.

Afternoon in Heighington

January 11, 2014
 Blacksmith Lane

Blacksmith Lane

 Butcher and Beast

Butcher and Beast

There is little in Heighington.

Butcher and Beast, a lovely old pub, but the food is not up to much and overpriced.

An excellent deli, but perversely not open on a Saturday afternoon.

An excellent butcher, but not obvious, as hidden inside a Spa shop.

A fast flowing stream, The Beck, flows through the village.

Alongside The Beck, Beckside Tea Room, with tea, coffee, cakes and snacks.

The centre of the village, lovely old stone cottages, footpaths lead off, the main street lined with water pumps.

Heighington is in Lincolnshire, not far outside of Lincoln.

Morning walk to Heighington

February 9, 2013
Washingborough-Heighington path through the woods

Washingborough-Heighington path through the woods

Heighington Beck

Heighington Beck

I decided this morning to take a walk to Heighington. The last time I was there, it was snowing, or had been snowing. This morning sunny.

Up Church Hill in Washingborough, past Washingborough Hall, cut through the village, then through some woods, which appeared to be a former quarry.

I was then not sure. I asked a taxi driver. I thought I had to turn off the main road, but it appears I was wrong, the main road went through Heighington.

The taxi driver though suggested I walk through an estate, then along the Beck. This is what I did, through an estate of executive housing, along a muddy track alongside Heighington Beck, and ended up in the village past the old watermill.

Heighington has a very good butcher with a good reputation. I expected him to be wiped out due to the horse meat scandal. He said he had been very busy, and had restocked his display.

He reiterated what I had already been told by another butcher. This scandal has been known of in the trade and has been going on for years. When supermarkets demand burgers from their suppliers at 4 pence a burger then corners are going to be cut.

If you buy industrial meat, then what do you expect? If you want quality meat, then buy from a good local butcher.

There is full tractability on meat. I bought Lincolnshire sausages, grilled them for lunch and they were excellent. The butcher had made them. Had I asked, he would know the pig and where it had come from.

Cakes and cheese from the deli in the Post Office, fresh eggs from Beckside Tea Room alongside the Beck, then catch a bus back from the bus stop opposite Beckside Tea Room.

Two girls aged maybe six or seven years old were about to get on the bus. He asked did they want a return into Lincoln. He suggested they caught the following bus due in a few minutes as they were a different bus company and ran more buses, which I thought was very kind of him.

Walking back, it was a lovely warm sunny spring day.

Washingborough and Heighington are two small Lincolnshire villages not far outside of Lincoln.

Lunch at the Butcher and Beast

January 22, 2013
Butcher and Beast

Butcher and Beast

mushroom soup

mushroom soup

fried haddock in batter

fried haddock in batter

Butcher and Beast is one of two pubs in the Lincolnshire village of Heighington, not far from Washingborough, a little way out from Lincoln.

A small pub with an open coal fire in the winter.

Interesting old photos on the walls. One showed hay making. It could have been a scene from Cider With Rosie. Apart from the ancient tractor, this was farming as it had always been. The date was 1948. Farming changed rapidly after the Second World War.

Lincolnshire is an agricultural county, and yet Lincoln a centre of heavy industry. Its origins producing agricultural machinery. The engineering companies and foundries long gone, replaced by retail sheds skilled work replaced by low paid unskilled workers. The foundries created wealth for the area, the retail sheds drain money out of the local economy.

A small bar with a selection of real ales, mainly Bateman’s, a Lincolnshire beer. I had water.

Butcher and Beast has a reputation for good food. I was disappointed.

The home made mushroom soup was excellent. The choice was mushroom or potato and leek.

Tuesday is fish day. They have a fresh delivery of fish from Grimsby on a Tuesday, and that was the reason for being there. Fish n chips is not something I would normally eat in a pub as they usually do a poor job and the Butcher and Beast was no exception.

The fried haddock was served on a cold plate with a tiny bit of salad. Chips and mushy peas were served in separate dishes.

They had not troubled to take the skin off the haddock, and I did not think to ask. Leave the skin on haddock and it taints the fish, giving it a vile taste.

Looking at what other people had, it did not look appetising.

Butcher and Beast has a good reputation. If this is what classes as good locally, I hate to think what the other places are like.

I was looking forward to the fish n chips. I was in for a disappointment. And at £8-95 it was very expensive for fish n chips.

Far better fish n chips can be had at the fish n chip shop in nearby Washingborough, at the Elite fish n chip restaurant on Tritton Road (near junction with Doddington Road) in Lincoln, and (I am told) from the fish n chip on Burton Road in Lincoln.

Butcher and Beast is not somewhere I will be returning to, at least not for its fish n chips.

Afternoon spent wandering around Heighington, apart from stone cottages not a lot to see, then afternoon tea at the Beckside Tea Room, by the Heighington Beck.

Afternoon in Heighington

January 22, 2013
Heighington

Heighington

Heighington is a small village of stone cottages in Lincolnshire, a little further out than Washingborough.

Washingborough sits on the escarpment of Lincoln Edge overlooking the River Witham. Heighington is on the other side of the slope.

Lunch at the Butcher and Beast, one of two pubs in Heighington, the other The Turks Head. Butcher and Beast is much overrated for its food. The home made mushroom soup was excellent, the same could not be said for their fish n chips. Tuesday being fresh fish day.

After lunch a wonder around the village. I found it to be much larger than I expected, footpaths and narrow lanes running off the main road through the village, a very fast running beck running through the village.

A narrow path ran along the Beck to another road, and a large water mill. I was surprised at the size of it. Similar in size to the water mill in the centre of Winchester (behind Winchester Cathedral). The water mill now residential, no information on the mill.

The village must be on a spring line, this is the location of most of these villages. Water pumps everywhere, but sadly none were working (unless they were for show). During the heavy rain before Christmas, springs were erupting everywhere in Heighington.

Interesting tiling on the outside of the village Post Office. Inside, much smaller than would expect from the exterior. The Post Office was also a little deli, excellent cakes, cheeses.

I was thinking what is needed is a little tea shop. I walked around the corner and there by the Heighington Beck, a little tea shop, Beckside Tea Room. A pleasant place to sit in the summer. I returned later for afternoon tea and was told brown trout in the Beck.

I was curious where the Beck was sourced, but no one knew.

Along one of the roads, I spotted a church, but I did not investigate as it is very rare to find open.

Were this village in the Cotswolds it would be busy, lots of little shops and tea shops. Apart from a few dog walkers, then kids coming home from school, the streets were deserted.

No information anywhere about the village.