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The Duke William

Town CentreEuropean, British
301 Reviews

About The Duke William

Dear diners, please be advised the restaurant no longer serves afternoon tea. Thank you for understanding. Please also note, for any special requests, please contact the restaurant directly.

In the town centre of Lincoln, The Duke William Hotel stands as a reminder of the city’s rich and vibrant history. In addition to providing some of the city’s best lodging, The Duke William Lincoln on Bailgate offers incredible British cuisine in a cosy dining room that’s suitable for a romantic evening out, a big family gathering or just a casual after-work pint. This legendary restaurant is open seven days a week, so make sure to stop by for comfort cuisine – and an amazing Sunday lunch – with a gourmet twist.

Opening Times

Open now - Closes at 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm


The Duke William
44 Bailgate, Town Centre
Lincoln LN1 3AP
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Main Menu

Monday to Saturday, Sunday after 5pm


Sunday Lunch


More about The Duke William, Lincoln

The preferred local for many of Lincoln’s residents, The Duke William in the town centre constantly impresses with its unpretentious take on classic British cuisine. The dishes on offer are simple and traditional, but are jam-packed with bold flavour and gourmet touches. Plus, there are specials galore – come by every Thursday from 5pm for incredible curry and beer specials, or stop by for Fishy Friday and receive a big beer-battered fish with a side of chips, mushy peas, bread & butter at a very reasonable price.

The Duke William Lincoln offers numerous fine ales available on tap, as well as several fine wines and ciders. The restaurant’s food is incredible, with options like steak and ale pie, crispy whitebait, watercress & green pesto linguine and salmon with lime & coriander salsa gracing the menu. Try the Duke Burger, a massive beef burger topped with gherkins and the usual fixings, alongside a big pile of chips and the delicious homemade coleslaw. The desserts are amazing here as well – we recommend the sticky toffee pudding or the New York cheesecake. Book in advance for a delightful dining experience at The Duke William Lincoln in town centre!

301 The Duke William Reviews

301 Reviews
Value for money:Good value
Waiting time:Exceptionally good
Noise levels:Pleasant
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Dorothy S.9 days ago · 1 review

Booked after finding the restaurant on trip advisor, and what a find it was. A packed bar and restaurant with a great buzz/atmosphere. The staff could not do enough for you, and nothing was too much trouble. The food, one word, excellent! didn’t think sausage and mash could taste so good...would highly recommend and would definitely eat there again. Booking advisable.

Sarah V.14 days ago · 1 review

Lovely pub, very busy which is always a good sign The staff were extremely helpful and polite. Great service. 10 stars for the food . Will be back.

India W.16 days ago · 1 review

They had lovely staff who were very attentive. Ordered a starter and main course, both were very good portion sizes. Food was amazing. Would definitely return.

David S.16 days ago · 4 reviews

Overall a very lovely evening. Excellent food and drink along with good service. Will definitely book again. Just one thing though some seats need padding.

Hayley H.2 months ago · 2 reviews

Atmosphere and overall presentation of the pub is good. Food was very nice, but the service let it down. I wouldn't say it was the busiest Friday I've seen (about half the tables were full). We asked for side plates with our starters, they didn't turn up before they came to clear the table (good job we weren't waiting), asked for napkins with the main, 5 mins later still no napkins and had to ask again. Dessert menu took nearly 10 mins to arrive after asking and when the bill was presented, no body came back to take payment so we ended up taking ourselves to the bar on the way out. When we asked about items on the menu the waitress didn't seem knowledgeable on the menu - We asked if the chicken liver moose was a moose or a pate and she wasn't sure. Nor did she know what the pistachio crumb was like. It wouldn't put us off going back because the food more than made up for the service. But there's definitely room for improvement. And just as a personal side note, please get rid of the awful Black Rat cider, if you're only going to have 1 Apple cider option make it a good one!!

Laurence W.2 months ago · 2 reviews

The Duke William is a great place for a meal & a drink. Lunchtime or evening you always get a warm welcome, a great choice of real beers and a super menu. The prices are very reasonable and the quality of the food is first class. There are rooms available but not having tried these I wouldn't want to comment on these. If you are visiting the Cathedral quarter of Lincoln, this is ideal. Booking is advisable at weekends as the Duke is very popular.

Hayley H.2 years ago · 2 reviews

Staff were very accommodating when I arrived with an extra person in my party however, service was slow. We were seated in the bar rather than restaurant area and it felt as though we were forgotten about. It was 20 minutes before we had our drinks orders taken, we would have gone to the bar ourselves but on a Thursday night there was only 1 member of staff behind the bar and she was clearly very busy. Food arrived after a reasonable amount of time, our party had pasta, steak, beef pot and the duck special which everybody agreed the food was average. Another 20 minute wait for the table to be cleared during which time we did decide to go to the bar ourselves. For afters we had chocolate tort, sticky toffee pudding, chocolate brownie and a cheese board which everyone really enjoyed. It was definitely the best part of the meal! The table was cleared a bit quicker this tine but there was no offer of more drinks / coffees or the bill! So it was back to the bar again to settle up. Over all, not the best night I've had in the Duke William but it wouldn't stop me from going back because when it's good, it's really good!

Joseph S.a month ago · 4 reviews

Atmosphere and staff/service very good. Specials Board selection sadly depleted due to "a very busy day"...which is understandable and at least shows the ingredients are fresh and not just hauled out of the freezer etc. But, more surprisingly, the 'Sausage and Mash" main course had also run out. Run out of Sausages in Lincolnshire? Surely that's treasonable? Of more import, the fish in my Fish & chips was not fully cooked and the batter not crisp, suggesting cool fat in deep fryer or too short cooking time. Section of raw fish didn't become apparent until almost finished. The fish was also the last portion. Mentioned to waitress and low-0level apology given. Not big points but took the icing off the experience at a place we have, until now, rated highly. Whilst moaning....could the menu be a little more adventurous, it just felt a tad staid. Maybe we were just having a bad night, but there is so much competition around The Bail' that we have come to expect better.

Sara V.2 months ago · 1 review

Lovely place, delicious food and awesome staff! We were able to book a table the same day for a Sunday roast, and the experience could not have been any better. The Sunday roast options were very inclusive, and the remaining items on the menu we tried were equally great. I even ordered dessert after the roast, no matter how stuffed I felt already (piece of advice, try the three chocolate brownie, you will not be disappointed!). Staff was friendly, attentive and did not rush us at all, even though us Spaniards are known for making reeeeally long after lunch chats over coffee at the table. We will definitely go back if we visit Lincoln in the future, because this place is absolutely worth going up the hill! :)

Desley L.5 months ago · 1 review

We went in to the pub we were shown a table. When I given the menu there did not appear to have anything that was gluten free, when the waitress came to the our order I explained that I didn't eat gluten and there wasn't anything on the menu she took my concern to the chef she came after a couple on minutes and it was all sorted. The food I had was beef stew mash and veg. It was really good. I have been before when in the area and it has all ways been good. Staff very efficient and can't do enough to make sure every thing is correct.

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