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Cold afternoon Lincoln

January 21, 2022

Another cold frosty start to the day.

I did not pass through Lincoln Central Market, but learn most of the stalls have now gone.

Fruit and vegetable stall outside the market to be moved to another location. Inconvenient for everyone, but what does dysfunctional Lincoln City Council and the local Coop care? Another business to be added to the many local businesses they have destroyed. They may be gone by next week.

Walk and Ride to Lincoln Cathedral.

Looking at Lincoln Cathedral, the scaffolding has now gone, I learn what I thought were new stone carvings, now visible, are not. Copies are in a an exhibition somewhere in the Cathedral.

After lunch, I try to find martini glasses and a cocktail shaker. I try junk shops in Bailgate (rare day when open), wine shop on Steep Hill. Nada.

Espresso at Madame Waffle, guest coffee Colombian from The Underdog. Excellent. Slightly acidic, fruity. First attempt, too acidic. Second attempt, maybe slight adjustment to grind size.

I try top floor of House of Fraser. No one about, no customers, no staff. Limited stock, nothing priced. I find a box of four martin glasses, not priced, no one to ask. As I am leaving the store, bored staff wandering around aimlessness on the ground floor. Maybe ask next time as walk in the door. Too late to ask as leaving.

Lincoln New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2021

Lunchtime pleasantly warm and sunny, more like a spring day than last day of the year. 15C nearby Conningsby. Bodies ill for the planet.

Luckily I find local butcher open, he had warned me yesterday would close early afternoon.

Walking through Lincoln Central Market butcher, fishmonger and zero waste store have gone.

A new venture at St Mark’s local business and art. But a corporate chain, wrong location St Mark’s dead. Why no such venture for Lincoln Central Market once the tat kicked and and renovated as ideal location?

City centre busy.

Walk and Ride to Lincoln Cathedral.

Many people around and yet half the businesses closed. Many closed for several days over Christmas and New Year when lots of people milling about, then in January when dead will reopen. This happens every year, the same businesses then whinge lack of business.

Fish and chips Elite on the Bail. Packed. Each visit busier.

Walk down Steep Hill. As with Bailgate, large number of people milling around but many businesses closed.

Binge drinking bars quiet. Maybe too early, or maybe people acting sensibly.

I was tempted a coffee, but Madame Waffle closed and I did not know if Coffee Aroma closing early.

Annoyed, no extra virgin cold pressed olive oil in M&S.

— to be continued —

Misty Christmas farmers market

December 18, 2021

In the distance, Lincoln shrouded in mist.

South Common very foggy.

Flotilla of Santas on paddle boards on the River Witham.

City centre very busy.

More stalls on the farmers market than I have previously seen in the winter. Talking to stall holders I learnt several had not turned up due to clash with a market in Brigg which had been brought forward by a week.

Late lunch haddock and chips at Elite on the Bail.

Leaving Elite on the Bail, dusk had descended, now dark.

Walking back down into city centre, binge drinking bars packed with drunken scum. Gangs of drunken yobs roaming the streets.

Easy to see why Omicron spreading so rapidly.

Espresso in Madame Waffle. I repeated experiment of a couple of weeks ago. Stir espresso. It makes an amazing difference. Note stir not swirl. Swirl and likely to spill, lose aroma.

–‘ to be continued —

Lincoln coronavirus free for all day forty

August 27, 2021

Cool, cloudy, autumnal day, cold north wind.

Walking through Central Market, fruit and vegatble stall low on stock, soon to pul out. The short-lived Greek junk food stall appears to have already pulled out.

Outside, the coffee truck apears to have given up, not seen all week.

Look in remainder book shop whilst wating for the Walk and Ride. 7 Ways already a remainder book. Maybe publishing too many, another about to be published. How many recipes can realistically  churn out, if publish overpriced cook books every year?

A few lost souls wandeirng around, Steampunk Festival canceled, not safe due to coronavirus.

Walking down Steep Hill, popped in Steep Hill Wine, a bottle of white wine.

V60 pour over guest coffee Mind the Cup at Madame  Waffle.

Early afternoon and late afternoon, corporate chains the allure already worn thin, not a single person outside seating. The same earlier in the week.

Bunty’s Tea Room cappuccino

August 21, 2021

I had found Bunty’s Tea Room open last Saturday, thought I would try today, first time I have ventured inside.

Just my luck, a large group entered as I was about to walk in. A noisy group.

One table empty near the door. Ideal as I try to avoid crowded places during coronavirus pandemic and prefer to sit outside.

No outside seating.

WWII theme, pride of place on the wall, a large black and white photo of a Lancaster bomber flying past Lincoln Cathedral. Various WWII memorabilia dotted around. What was strange, I was the only one who appeared to notice.

My cappuccino was so-so, but what I expected, I was in a tea shop not a coffee shop. Too many mistakes, cup size too large, coffee not freshly ground, not precisely weighed.

I started to feel sick and left my coffee. The reason why, sometimes if I have had too many, fake milk. Not only fake milk, but a cheap low quality oat milk.

Please use real milk not pander to vegans with fake milk. If really must add fake milk to a cappuccino, then maybe try Rebel Kitchen Mylk for Baristas. Or if do not wish for milk, an espresso, or a filter pour over coffee.

Coffee from Seven Districts on sale. A wider range can be found in A Little Bit of Lincolnshire, shop selling local produce further up Steep Hill.

Tea served in a variety of fancy tea pots with bone china cups, as tea should be served.

The tea, a choice of tea, their own blends.

A chocolate sponge cake for later.

I will return another day and try the tea.

Located half way up Steep Hill.

If a visitor to Lincoln please do not take the tourist bus as a complete waste of money and adding to pollution and contributing to Climate Emergency. Walk up Steep Hill or if do not wish to climb Steep Hill, take the Walk and Ride to Lincoln Cathedral, then walk back down Steep Hill.

Avoid Lincoln Cathedral Cafe, an outsourced operation, service poor, disgusting catering supply coffee brewed by clueless on coffee. Always support local businesses where they care about their reputation and money flows back into the local economy.

Contrast Bunty’s Tea Room with the appalling service at Lincoln Cathedral Cafe. But that is the difference between a local family owned business where they care about their reputation and an outsourced operation which does not.

For more on life during WWII, nearby Museum of Lincolnshire Life and International Bomber Command Centre overlooking Lincoln.

Lincoln coronavirus free for all day twenty-five

August 12, 2021

A hot sunny day.

Police car races through pedestrianised High Street, screeching to a halt at railway barrier. Long wait, slow goods train passes through. Barrier does not open. Police car three point turn, races back down the pedestrianised High Street, pedestrians scattered like nine pins. Train from London passed through, barrier opens.

Why did police car even attempt this route?

Police car parked outside McDonald’s. Prior to its relocation, always thugs hanging outside McDonald’s of an evening.

Central Market fruit and veg stall I inquire, yes they are leaving, end of August. I learn stalls have been given four month’s notice to quit the market.

In the High Street or just off a stall handing out covid tests. PCR or later flow I do not know. I do not see any takers.

Lincoln tops the charts two weeks running coronavirus cases. Today knocked into second place by Hull which takes the No 1 spot.

Hop on Walk and Ride to Lincoln Cathedral. Too hot to walk up Steep Hill.

Why do visitors waste money on a tourist bus? The only way to see historic Lincoln is to walk. If do not wish to walk up Steep Hill, then hop on the Walk and Ride. The tourist bus pollutes the streets.

Pick up fruit and vegetables form Fresh From The Fields, greengrocer behind Bailgate.

Lunch at Elite on the Bail. As always lack of customers.

Walk back down Steep Hill.

From where can I obtain oil for a wooden chopping board? I had tried Lakeland. No joy House of Fraser either.

Too late for a coffee.

Lincoln coronavirus cases worst in the country

August 6, 2021

Lincoln for first five days this week worst place for coronavirus cases descends into farce with half hearted surge testing.

Shops no requirement to wear mask when entering.

Public transport passengers not wearing masks coronavirus death traps.

Binge drinking bars top end of High Street, The Strait and Bailgate.

Come September, if not mandated double vaccinated, returning students will turn city into coronavirus hotspot.

There is no city centre permanent vaccine centre, nor has there been.

Steampunk Festival was wisely cancelled. Why has the Lincoln Christmas Market not been cancelled?

Lincoln coronavirus free for all day five

July 23, 2021

Weather has changed today, cool and windy compared to the hot weather of the last week.

A very long wait for a bus, when a bus finally turns up, packed. No idea why. At a guess a bus did not turn up. Staff shortages, coronavirus infections?

At bus station, empty of buses.

Packed public transport, passengers not wearing masks, coronavirus death traps.

Walk and Ride to Lincoln Cathedral, lunch at Elite on the Bail.

Walk back down Steep Hill, espresso at Madame Waffle.

Staff in M&S tell me so far customers have been wearing masks. Staff are wearing masks.

Later an espresso tonic.

Lincoln Cathedral Cafe

July 21, 2021

Where to start, lack of character, lack of ambience, outsourced, disgusting coffee, piss-poor service.

But let us start at the beginning.

The Cathedral had a lovely tea shop, wonderful ambience, back of the Chapter House, off the cloisters. It closed, the staff fired.

I ventured into the garden a few weeks ago, a couple of days before they opened. I walked in out of curiosity, to be shouted at as soon as I stepped over the threshold, Get Out.

Visitors walking in the garden came across to me and said they were appalled at the way I had been treated.

They went on to say were disgusted at the closure of the tea shop and said it was yet another example of how the Cathedral squandered money. I think if they knew how much they would be even more appalled. I have heard £7 million mentioned. Whether true or not I do not know.

A couple of weeks later I looked again, now open. Very busy. I was told has been much busier earlier.

I looked last week, thought I would try a coffee. We stop serving at four-thirty close at five. It was a little after four thirty.

Why, long daylight hours, warm weather, visitors milling around, why close at five?

Today, try again.

Fountain in the garden not working. Was it my imagination, was it not working when I was ordered to Get Out?

The fountain a monstrosity, unbelievably ugly. This could have been rough hewn limestone, as used in the construction of the Cathedral, smooth on the inside, lined with slate. There would be some leakage. Surround with a circular channel to collect the water.

Lining the footpath, low lamps, grey, less than foot high, ideal trip hazard.

Outside what was the Dean’s residence, tables and chairs in a sun trap. Ideal spring or autumn but not mid-summer, no parasols, no shade.

Inside, noisy, very hot.

Service abysmal. At least four waiting staff came to the table to take order. Completely disorganised.

Long wait for order. How long does it take a tea and coffee when they were not busy?

I went to inquire. I was lied to, told only eleven minutes had elapsed. I looked at the receipt which was stamped with the time. At least fifteen minutes had elapsed. Maybe they cannot count.

I asked why was there no parasols? We have only been open three weeks and did not know it was going to be hot. This is like saying we did not know summer happens.

I asked of the coffee they used. Did not know. I asked when I looked in a couple of weeks ago when I looked in when busy. I asked of the staff brewing the coffee. Did not know. How can be brewing coffee and not know?

Catering supply coffee.

I looked at the cakes. Very unappetizing. Looked like factory cakes.

I returned to my table.

No air conditioning. Very hot.

I then realised time on the receipt was when paid, not when ordered. Order taken, then sometime later asked to pay. Should that not be when finished? The norm elsewhere.

Drinks eventually arrived, Maybe half an hour after ordering.

What was wrong? Where do I start? Cup size far too large, looked as though carpet bombed with chocolate by a Lancaster bomber. I took one tiny sip, too hot, tasted as disgusting as it looked, cheap low quality catering supply coffee.

I took it back. En route was intercepted by a waitress. I explained what was wrong. She started to argue with me. It is never wise when you clearly know nothing about coffee to argue with a customer who does, especially when have just demonstrated how not to make coffee. I have had worse but this was pretty bad.

A young man then came to the table. Said I had complained. Did not introduce himself or explain who he was. I asked and learnt acting manager.

I explained what was wrong. He did at least listen. Unlike the waitress who threw a tantrum, not in my pay grade.

He then asked what would I like to drink? I had assumed a drink on its way. Did I really want cheap crap catering supply coffee? No. By now I had had enough. I asked for a glass of water and a refund. A glass of water was brought and a refund.

Near the table was what looked like a drinking fountain. It dispensed soap. I explained this should be clearly labelled as to what what it was. I can see a child, once worked out how to operate, white froth pours out, will think it a drink. It is foamed soap. An accident waiting to happen. I explained to the acting manager what appeared to be a drinking fountain should be clearly labelled. He claimed it was. No, all it had was the name of manufacturer or supplier, no explanation what it was. I assumed to be a drinking fountain, a child would assume the same.

And the tea? The cup as large as the teapot.

The staff were at least wearing masks which is more than can be said of the adjacent gift shop, where no staff wearing masks. I do not recall name badges worn.

Large posters in the café and gift shop promoting concerts. No mention of services in the Cathedral.

Menu on a plastic laminated sheet. Ideal for coronavirus transmission. I saw no staff cleaning.

We left several minutes before four. Staff were already vacuuming the floors.

When arrived mid-afternoon, not busy, less than a third full. When left, almost empty.

The ambience that of a station waiting room.

A classic example of outsourcing.

If they actually cared and clearly don’t, they would have sourced coffee from Seven Districts, employed a competent barista, bags of the Lincoln Imp coffee on sale in the gift shop.

If visiting Lincoln Cathedral, walk into Bailgate if wishing to eat as spoilt for choice. Try Bailgate Deli, falafel and salad excellent, Sanctuary on The Bail, their backyard a hidden gem. Or Elite on the Bail for fish n chips. Or if a nice day, sit on Castle Hill with a sausage roll from Redhill Farm shop. If wish for a coffee or tea, walk through Lincoln Castle and out the other side to Stokes at The Lawn where on a hot day it is pleasant to sit outside. For the very best coffee, walk down Steep Hill into the city centre and try Madame Waffle or Coffee Aroma. Also in Bailgate a very popular ice ream parlour, always a queue. On the way down Steep Hill, Bells serves ice cream, a traditional tea shop and unlike Lincoln Cathedral Cafe has charm and character. Another place of charm and character, Pimento a vegetarian restaurant half way down Steep Hill, teas served are from Imperial Teas opposite. And not forgetting Bunty’s Tea Room a little further down Steep Hill.

Support local businesses, money is circulated within the local economy.

I walked down into the town sat outside Madame Waffle with Japanese iced coffee. Highly recommended on a hot day.

There are plans to use the café for meetings and conferences. I cannot think of a less suitable venue. And this has nothing to do with the catering, which is easily solved by ditching the current contractor. The rooms are very noisy, in the summer too hot. It would be nigh impossible to follow any conversation or comprehend a speaker.

Lincoln coronavirus lockdown day one hundred and seventy

July 3, 2021

Warm and muggy, following brief heavy downpour.

Long wait for a bus.

Walk around Brayford to pop up vaccine clinic. Luckily no queue. Did not feel a thing. No side effects.

Brayford so tacky.

High Street blasted out by loud music blasting out.

High Street packed.

Hop on Walk and Ride to Lincoln Cathedral.

Elite on the Bail empty. I am their only customer. And yet Bailgate busy. Unless they do well on takeaway and in the evening, I cannot see how they can survive.

Walk down Steep Hill.

Madame Waffle closed. Coronavirus outbreak. Staff member tested positive. Luckily for me I have not visited this week or last week. Thursday too late, and last Saturday I would have been paddling outside.

Cappuccino at Coffee Aroma chatting with three Chinese girls from Malaysia, all working as pharmacists.

No bus, has broken down. Have to wait for the next bus.

I had expected heavy rain instead sunny.

A lighting from bus, sunny but I see dark clouds approaching.

Thunderstorm for two hours. Waddington 25mm in an hour.

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