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Lunch at Butcher & Beast

February 15, 2020

Never go anywhere on St Valentine’s Day, at least not eat out.

I made that mistake once, ate with friends at an Indian restaurant. It was so awful, so tacky.

I thought maybe lunchtime would be ok in a village pub.

Pub was busy, lucky to find a table, but then the pub tiny.

Pub full of dogs.

Menu far too many items, which is never a good sign.

I had decided on gammon steak, but as rump streak only a pound more decided on rump steak.

Asked the young lad serving of the soup. He did not know. He went and checked. Tomato and basil

Ordered the tomato soup. A long wait, soup never came, steak arrived, followed by a bowl of chips.

Steak was ok, worth paying three times what would pay Wetherspoon on Tuesday (if add in the beer)? No, on a good day, Wetherspoon better, on a bad day worse.

Not in the same league as steak in Athens. But then that was around 30 euros.

Onion rings were cold, peas almost cold, mushroom, tomato and chips hot.

The last part of my streak tough and grisly. I shared with two cocker spaniels, making friends for life.

Beer bitter, I would far have preferred a decent craft beer. Never confuse hops with bitter.

A choice of around half a dozen real ales. Far better than most pubs which serve the output of chemical plants owned international conglomerates. Better than the average Wetherspoon, look closer and note most of the real ales are from conglomerates.

Poor though compared with a good tap room. For example BearHeadz or Growlers & Cans.

White van chiller van pulled up and offloaded as finished meal (well actually a large lorry). Across the road an excellent butcher. That pub sources from a catering supplier, says all you need to know about the pub. I then popped across the road to the butcher. I will cook something far better than the pub served.

We are currently at risk of coronavirus. No soap in the toilet to wash hands.

Christmas dinner at Butcher and Beast

December 25, 2017

Two days before Christmas, what was to be Christmas dinner at the Butcher and Beast.

Er, looks like sirloin steak.

Er, yes, sirloin steak.

A communication problem. What was to be a booking for Christmas lunch, was only logged as a table booking.  One would have thought, would have at least asked when booking, is this for Christmas lunch, but apparently not. Was not even aware there was a problem until brought a menu, and queried why. Only then learnt, had not been booked for Christmas lunch.

Hence sirloin steak.

Butcher and Beast is a country pub in the Lincolnshire village of Heighington, not far from Lincoln.

Food at the Butcher and Beast used to be not up to much, overpriced and very variable. Of late, much improved. Roast Sunday dinner a few months ago was excellent

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.

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.