Posts Tagged ‘The Lawn’

Cappuccino in Stokes Lawn Café

September 6, 2017

A cappuccino in Stokes Lawn Café. Their Guatemalan is barely drinkable, the house blend undrinkable.

The house blend, previously labelled espresso, has now been renamed as Jumping Beans.

I learnt why so bad, it was as I suspected, includes Robusta and is over roasted.

Coffee is now on sale at The Lawn.

Something I noticed, which I had not noticed before, Blue Mountain Jamaican Coffee is shipped in wooden barrels not hessian sacks.

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Cappuccino at Stokes Lawn Café

August 31, 2017

Cappuccino in Stokes Lawn Café.

I again chose their Guatemalan blend. It was far superior to the undrinkable cappuccino from their house blend served at Stokes on High Bridge yesterday.

I was pleased they have followed my suggestion, now a menu with some information on the coffees they serve, but what they need is a lot more information on each coffee.

Part of the decor, maybe not intentional, is steampunk themed, for example the lamps and the metal piping for the shelves.

In a way as the steam punk festival had it origins at The Lawn a pity not more of a steampunk theme.

The exhibition in Lincoln Castle for The Imaginarium, the display had similar in copper piping.

I learnt they have a small theatre, the Blue Room, which is being used for external events.  The lamps came from the theatre.

Cappuccino in Makushi

April 6, 2017

A pleasant sunny morning.

A walk to the top of Steep Hill, then how to get to The Lawn?

I asked at Lincoln Castle. Walk straight through and out the other gate, the helpful guide explained. But I do not have a ticket. You do not need a ticket, it is free.

This surprised me that it was free. Apparently Lincoln Castle has been free since 2014, though there is a fee to access parts of Lincoln Castle.

The Lawn has been purchased by Stokes for the princely sum of £250,000. It looks derelict and unlikely to be open any time soon.  When open it will house a coffee shop, a roastery, a tea and coffee museum, and provide coffee training.

Outside Lincoln Castle, a guy playing classical guitar.

On my way back down, cappuccino in Makushi.

I had hoped for their new beans from Brazil, but no, maybe by Friday.

Bottom of The Strait, a new coffee shop is due to open Good Friday.

Top of the High Street, just through The Stonebow, Bartek Dabrowski playing acoustic guitar. He ws quite good.

Not for Sale! Hands off our Lawn!

December 28, 2011
Not for Sale! Hands off our Lawn!

Not for Sale! Hands off our Lawn!

Set in 8 acres, The Lawn, a former mental hospital, is a museum complex located opposite the recently opened West Gate of Lincoln Castle. The key feature of The Lawn is the Sir Joseph Banks Tropical Conservatory.

Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820) was a naturalist, explorer, plant collector and unofficial first director of Kew Gardens in London. Banks sailed with James Cook on the Endeavour. He was elected President of the Royal Society and remained President until his death.

Sir Joseph Banks brought back many specimens from his travels. He helped to establish the Botanic Gardens at Kew, near London, not only as a repository of thousands of living specimens from all over the world, but as a centre for the introduction of plants to new regions, including breadfruit and tea. His herbarium and library in London became a centre of taxonomic research, freely available to scholars from all over the world, and after his death it became part of the British Museum. Banks farmed in Lincolnshire and his house was at Revesby.

A portrait of Sir Joseph Banks hangs in the Usher Art Gallery in Lincoln. It originally belonged to the late Australian billionaire Kerry Packer (died December 2005), but he was persuaded to sell by the good folk of Lincolnshire.

Also at The Lawn is the John Dawber Garden.

From The Lawn a panoramic view opens up of Lincoln and the surrounding countryside.

The Lawn is for sale. The first local people and visitors learnt of this was when a small notice was placed in the Lincolnshire Echo.

Opponents of the sale have complained at the lack of proper consultation. It is not lack of, there has been no consultation. A small notice in the local paper is not consultation, it is notification, and minimal notification at that. Even those with businesses at The Lawn were not consulted.

Not a single person responded to the so-called consultation. I wonder why?

This is not an asset for the City Council to sell. It belongs to the people. The Council merely holds it in trust on behalf of the people.

By putting The Lawn up for sale, by not engaging in consultation, the City Council is showing arrogant contempt for the people of Lincoln.

What we are seeing is Shock Doctrine. Budgets cuts being used as an excuse to ram through an ideological driven agenda to sell off all public services and assets, privatisation.

What next, Lincoln Castle, South Common or West Common, Boutham Park, Arboretum?

If there are to be cuts than let’s start with executive salaries which more than doubled under neo-Labour. Let’s cut the gravy train of Councillor’s expenses.

A committee has been formed to consider the sale of The Lawn. This should be seen for what it is, greenwash, a fig leaf to cover a rubber-stamping exercise. The self-same people who put The Lawn up for sale, who tried to slip the sale past the public are now to consider the sale. They have already shown themselves incapable of managing and safeguarding an historic city. All that matters is enabling a fast buck to be made. With property prices falling it is not even a sensible time to sell. It is the public who should decide, it is their asset.

The City Planners are either brain-dead and lacking in vision, or worse still corrupt and in the pocket of developers and Big Business.

Look around Lincoln and see the eyesores that have been thrown up in the last decade or so. Unsightly tower blocks that blot out the historic skyline. In the town centre, an eyesore on the side of the river, sandwiched between historic buildings. Brayford Pool, an historic basin, in the 1960s it still had its warehouses. These could have been restored, but no, demolished and eyesores erected, each competing with the other for the prize of ugliest building. A vital Tourist Information Centre in the City centre closed, and that uphill closed during holidays with visitors wandering around looking lost.

Running and maintaining The Lawn costs council taxpayers £47,000 a year. This is less than the cost of one worthless senior jobsworth.

It is because of decisions like this that occupation camps such as St Paul’s in-the-Camp have spread across the country, an estimated 60 camps.

The Lawn would be the ideal location for Occupy Lincoln.

The John Dawber Garden could be used as a community garden, heritage varieties grown, fruit and vegetables for sale, seed swaps in the spring.

If The Lawn is failing, it is because of the Council, the same Council that now wants to sell The Lawn against strong local opposition.

The Leader of the Council claims to be acting for the people of Lincoln. His idea of a sick joke? If he were acting in the interests of the people of Lincoln, the sale would not be on the agenda. Instead he would be looking at how best to make use of The Lawn to the benefit of the people of Lincoln.

The Lawn used to be a pioneering mental hospital of world repute. It would appear the lunatics have taken over the asylum.

Hands off our Lawn has formed to oppose the sale. If you see them in the High Street, then please stop and have a chat and sign the petition. or if you do not see them, please sign their on-line petition.

Top story Occupy Global and Local LSE (Thursday 29 December 2011).

Comment: The case against selling The Lawn
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1,200 people sign petition to stop The Lawn in Lincoln being sold
Why the people of Lincoln must maintain a stake in The Lawn
No proper consultation on sell-off of The Lawn in Lincoln, say angry opponents
Time Is Running Out for The Lawn