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Featured in Travel GBI on trip to Lincoln

Lincoln Steep Hill

“I discovered more about Lincoln’s prehistoric past at The Collection, which houses an archaeology gallery, as well as art at the Usher Gallery.

The Collection is home to one of the city’s two Stokes cafes – the other can be found at the Tudor High Bridge Cafe, which is the only medieval bridge in England with houses still upon it.

Lincolnites are rightly proud of their heritage, and the city’s tourism trade and attractions are working together on developments to make sure many more visitors hear its stories in the future.

A weekend doesn’t seem long enough to discover everything so I shall have to return to find out more.”

Written by: Samantha Mayling for Travel GBI.


Knight outside Lincoln Castle Crossbowman outside Lincoln Cathedral Lincoln shops on Steep Hill

The article follows Samantha’s journey around Lincoln while staying at The Lincoln Hotel. Samantha visits historical sites such as The Lincoln Castle located at the top of Steep Hill and across the square from The Lincoln Cathedral.

The visit also includes a show at The New Theatre Royal and a trip to The Collection Museum and Usher Gallery, surrounded by The Temple Gardens. The trip, of course, would not be complete without a visit to our very own Stokes Collection Café to indulge in Sunday Brunch with live acoustic music.

Samantha also takes time out of her visit to explore The Knights’ Trail.

“The Battle of Lincoln in 1217 has been described as the most important conflict on English soil after 1066’s Battle of Hastings.

Invading French forces were repelled and the boy king Henry III held on to his throne.

To mark the 800th-anniversary last weekend, the city hosted battle re-enactments on the site of the fighting, around Lincoln Castle and Lincoln Cathedral.

And a trail of 36 knight sculptures was unveiled across the city, to celebrate the victory of the royal forces over the rebels and French.”

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Coffee Kids Update – January 2017

Coffee Kids

Stokes’ continues to support Coffee Kids; in the 27 years since Coffee Kids’ inception, they have partnered with more than 200,000 coffee-farming families in more than 400 communities to empower farmers to improve their lives and livelihoods.

Since the recent relaunch, the support of people like you has made Youth Entrepreneurship Workshops available to dozens of young people.

Above all, your support makes the dreams of young people a reality. We’d like to introduce you to Rebeca Elizabeth Zeledon Sagastume. She is 21 years old and lives in El Salvador. Rebeca got involved with Coffee Kids about 7 months ago. “The program helped me tremendously, especially since they helped me get in touch with all the business contacts I needed to get started,” Rebecca stated.

She knows that by participating she will have access to the training, seed capital, and mentor-ship she needs to accomplish her dream – opening a coffee shop of her own!. And once she’s established her business, her hope for the future is to be able to buy land and have her very own coffee farm.


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Christmas Bookings at Stokes

Stokes High Bridge Café

For the very first time in its history, the High Bridge Café will be available for private hire in the evening. So, don’t miss the chance to have your Christmas Party here – book early to avoid disappointment! 



Stokes High Bridge Café
Stokes High Bridge Café

Cuisine: Traditional British
Party Menu: £25 per person,
to include a choice of traditional
three courses set menus and coffee
Party Sizes: 20 – 50
Dates: Evenings 7pm – 10pm,
leading up to Christmas

Lincoln’s most iconic café, Stokes is quintessentially old fashioned and your evening meal will be accompanied by mulled wine, table service and carols.

Stokes Collection Café
Stokes Collection Café

Cuisine: Contemporary British
Party Menu: Bespoke packages
starting from £20
Party Sizes: 30 – 60
Dates: Evenings 7pm – 11pm,
leading up to Christmas

A more contemporary affair than the High Bridge, with welcome Poinsettia Prosecco fizz, festive carvery buffet, roast turkey with all the trimmings.

Christmas salads: rocket, stilton, toasted almond, red onion tossed in a fresh cranberry dressing, jewlled cous cous, winterslaw – fantastic!

Plus stunning desserts, dancing and merriment.

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The Cotton Club

On Friday 27th May 2016, Stokes Collection café will be bringing the Cotton Club back to life and 1920’s – 1940’s vintage dress-up is definitely encouraged. So, snap on the braces, slip into that flapper dress and get ready to dance the night away!

The Cotton Club was a notorious nightclub which operated in New York during America’s prohibition era, and was known for hiring some of the best entertainers of the day, from Ella Fitzgerald to Nat King Cole.

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Guests are welcomed with a delicious cocktail, before taking to the dance floor, where our dance team will be teaching guests how to Charleston or Lindy Hop.

The superb “Good Guys Jazz 5” will get toes tapping with some live swing music and jazz and guests can enjoy a delicious two course meal before tearing up the dance floor with their newly learned moves.

“Haven’t laughed and danced so much – or quite literally ripped up a dance floor – in a long time.” – Dawn Hinsley

“I’ve been to every Cotton Club that Stokes has run and this has been the best yet. Brilliant dance teachers, fabulous cocktails and an absolutely amazing band… loved getting dressed up in a glamorous gown, too!” – Jo Oughtred


Tickets cost £27.50 and include a welcome cocktail, a delicious two course meal, a dance lesson and absolutely loads of fun! 
Tickets Available by telephoning 01522 523548 or online or simply pop into Stokes High Bridge Café or Stokes Collection Café.


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Success for Stokes at the VisitEngland Awards!

Oh boy have we had a flurry of great news lately! Following on from last season’s Best British Breakfast award as voted by East Midland Trains, Stokes have just been ‘Highly Commended’ by Visit England at this year’s VisitEngland Awards For Excellence. Gosh!

Only five companies were selected for this national accolade in the Taste of England category based on factors such as commitment to excellence, value to local economy, and outstanding customer service.

We’re proud to be given this opportunity not only to represent our beloved City of Lincoln, but also to be one of a select number of businesses chosen by Visit England to represent English cuisine.

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Simply the Best!


Our High Bridge Café has been voted as Best Bistro and Coffee Shop by Lincolnshire and Rutland Pride magazine readers!  The award is now in its fourth year, and spans three categories. Ten coffee spots were chosen by readers, who cast their vote via Lincolnshire Pride’s website.

Rob Davies, editor of Lincolnshire Pride, says: “It is wonderful to see that a business that has been around for so many years is still so highly regarded by the people of Lincolnshire. Congratulations, Stokes!”

High grade coffee beans are roasted just around the corner from the café, at our Mint Lane warehouse.  At the café, coffee loving customers can press the plunger on a cafetiere of their favourite blend, enjoy a perfectly crafted cappuccino or sample one of the world’s rarest coffees from their Brew Bar.

The food on the menu is always freshly prepared from locally-sourced ingredients, then cooked or baked in house. We have made a few changes to our menu recently, to introduce some new teas such as Crowberry and Labrador tea (does not taste of Labradors), as well as some homemade chocolate brownies and an incredible New York cheesecake made by our chef, Marc.

Jean-Sebastien Braen, General Manager for the café, says: “We are absolutely thrilled to have won the award. Thank you to all of Pride’s readers for their support, and to everyone else who steps through our door each day.”

So if you are a Stokes fan already, or have never visited us before, pop in the next time hunger strikes and take a pew beneath our wooden beams. It’s the best place to do it, you know. Lincolnshire Pride says so!


Accepting our certificate
Accepting our certificate
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Best Breakfast Spot in Lincoln

Stokes High Bridge Café has been voted the best breakfast spot in the city by East Coast Trains.

As part of their campaign to find the tastiest breakfasts along the East Coast mainline, the company asked their friends and followers on social media to nominate their favourite places in 15 route destinations. The top five that were nominated in each location were taken forward to a public vote, and Stokes came out top for Lincoln.

So, now ours is officially the tastiest breakfast in the city so come and try it for yourself!

At our High Bridge Café, you can dig into a Full English, or get ketchup on your fingers with a breakfast bap stuffed with home-cured bacon or locally produced sausages.

Pair your morning coffee with a cinnamon bun, or a freshly-squeezed orange juice with some fruit salad, yoghurt and honey. Our lovely chef can be found every morning mixing up our famous scones – tuck in whilst they are hot and fresh from the oven.
At the weekends, there is a superb Sunday brunch on offer at our Collection Café.   Sample the classic Eggs Benedict, or dive into a stack of pancakes with maple syrup and blueberries. Options for coeliacs and for children are also available, and customers can choose from indulgent mimosa or one of our famous teas and coffees. Musicians play live every Sunday, and there’s always a newspaper to read and rustle once you have polished off your meal.
Jean-Sebastien Braen, General Manager for our cafés, says: “I grew up in Canada, where Sunday brunch is very much part of the culture. The brunches at the Collection are delicious, and have proved hugely popular, so it is wonderful to receive recognition for the excellent breakfasts available at our High Bridge Café, too.”
Stokes Collection Café’s brunch menu is offered on Sundays between 10am and 4pm. The breakfast menu at our High Bridge Café is available every day from 8am until 11:30pm apart from Sunday.