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Reusable Coffee Cups

Frank Green Reusable Cups

There has been a lot of discussion over plastic waste found in our oceans and looking into ways of reducing this. One particular focus has been on coffee cups and how we should be encouraged to reuse our cups and bottles in cafes and restaurants in an effort to reduce plastic waste. Environmental sustainability is something we at Stokes are very passionate about and promote incentives to purchase reusable coffee cups as well as offering free water refill stations in all three of our Stokes Cafes: Stokes High Bridge Cafe, Stokes Collection Cafe, Stokes Lawn Cafe.

Listen to this short interview with BBC Radio Lincolnshire and Stokes employee Lewis Windeatt BA(Hons) CIMA Cert BA on what we have to offer as part of the solution.



You can purchase your own reusable coffee cup here.

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Two Acts Two Courses

Two Acts Two Courses

Cakes & Ale presents Two Acts Two Courses at The Blue Room…

The plays:

The First Day of the Rest of Your Life followed by The Happiest Day of Your Life, written and directed by Steve Gillard.

The courses:

Crispy belly pork, mustard mash, glazed carrots and apple puree
Classic fish and chips
Vegetable Tagine with butterbean casserole (suitable for vegetarians and vegans)

Sticky toffee pudding, toffee sauce and vanilla ice cream
Chocolate brownie with raspberries and raspberry sorbet
(both are suitable for vegetarians, for vegan please choose the brownie and specify you are vegan in dietary requirements at the end of checkout)

The Blue Room Lincoln

20th & 21st April 2018

First show starts at 7pm.

Get your tickets here 

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The Clark Tracey Octet

The Clark Tracey Octet

Pianist Stan Tracey OBE, who died in 2013, was known as the ‘Grandfather of British Jazz’ and his music continues to live and develop, thanks to the continued enthusiasm and dedication of Stan’s son Clark, winner of the British Jazz Awards no less than 6 times, for keeping his legacy alive.

Most of tonight’s musicians appeared in Stan’s last Octet and they all represent the cream of the British jazz scene.

Join us for this fantastic evening at The Blue Room on Saturday 14th April 2018.

Tickets are £14 or £7 for Students and Under 16s

Performance begins at 8pm with the bar opening from 7.30pm

Pre-show dining is also available at Stokes Lawn Cafe.

To book dinner and tickets please call 01522 523548

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Nat Steele’s ‘Portrait of the MJQ’

Nat Steele's 'Portrait of the MJQ'

If ever a jazz quartet was unique it was the Modern Jazz Quartet, with their combination of classical delicacy and bebop bravura.

This new quartet, formed in 2016, under the leadership of vibraphonist Nat Steele has retained the authentic lightness of touch performing the music of one of the most famous and influential groups of the 20th Century.

Gabriel Latchin – piano, Dario Di Lecce – bass, Steve Brown drums complete a very classy line-up who will be playing their versions of stellar favourites such as ‘Bags Groove’, ‘Django’, ‘Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise’.

Join us for this fantastic evening at The Blue Room on Saturday 17th March 2018.

Tickets are £14 or £7 for Students and Under 16s

Performance begins at 8pm with the bar opening from 7.30pm

Pre-show dining is also available at Stokes Lawn Cafe.

To book dinner and tickets please call 01522 523548

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Tom Hill’s ’70s Jazz Funk Machine’

Tom Hill's '70s Jazz Funk Machine'

Put on your bellbottoms and platform shoes and dig the funky jazz of the 1970s.

This classy sextet celebrates the music by artists like The Crusaders, Weather Report, David Sanborn, Grover Washington plus vocals from the Bill Withers songbook.

Tom Hill aka Tom Clarke-Hill (the voice of Tony the Tiger) on bass fronts this Grrrrrrreat band which includes Bryan Corbett trumpet, Al Gurr – keys, Andy Shillingford – sax, Lee Jones – guitar and Nick Milward – drums.

Join us for this fantastic evening at The Blue Room on Saturday 17th February 2018.

Tickets are £14 or £7 for Students and Under 16s

Performance begins at 8pm with the bar opening from 7.30pm

Pre-show dining is also available at Stokes Lawn Cafe.

To book dinner and tickets please call 01522 523548

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Plastic Pollution

Say NO to the SINGLE USE plastic bottle

Reuse, Recycle and Refill

Since 1902, Stokes Tea & Coffee have remained a family run business that is concerned for the future, respect the environment and buy responsibly.   Buying better and inspiring change in our people, our partners, our customers, our community and our business.

Taking responsibility for the impact of our own operations, we support all campaigns that aim to make our communities and cities plastic water bottle free.  Plastic pollution is destroying marine life, entering the food chain and ultimately our bodies.

If you buy bottled water because you don’t like the taste and smell of tap water then PLEASE RECONSIDER – filter your tap water instead and buy a reusable bottle.

Around the world, people buy 1 million plastic bottles each minute or 20,000 per second and most of them will either end up in a landfill or the ocean.  Less than 50% of these are collected for recycling and only 7% of those are turned into new bottles.

The demand for plastic continues to grow but its durability – the key characteristic that makes plastic so popular – is also the reason why it is so widespread in the oceans.  Plastic debris in our oceans is emerging as a new, truly global challenge and one that requires a response at local, national and international levels.

The people behind Blue Planet 2 say there was rarely a time when they were filming that they didn’t come across plastic in the sea.

Nearly 700 marine species have been reported to either ingest and/or become entangled in plastic.  The effects can be fatal and experts warn that some of it is already finding its way into the human food chain.

Plastics contain chemicals (added to increase their durability) that, when eaten, leach out and disrupt normal hormonal function.  Manufacturers often add different chemicals to plastics to give them the exact characteristics they’re looking for, like flexibility, strength, and reduced production cost. These components can include phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) and tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA) — all of which alter hormone expression in animals and humans.




A classification system called the Resin Identification Code describes the type of plastic resin used to make a container or bottle ranging from #1 to #7.

PET, PETE (Polyethylene Terephthalate)
Properties: Clarity, barrier to gas and moisture, heat resistant, toughness
Used for: Clear soft drink and beverage bottles, food packaging
• Considered safe although repeated use can increase risk of leaching and bacterial growth and difficult to decontaminate
HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene)
Properties: Stiff plastic – Toughness, resistance to moisture and chemicals, ease of processing
Used for: Detergent and cosmetic bottles, industrial wrapping and film, sheets, plastic bags
• Low hazard – Re-usable, recyclable and no-leaching.
PVC (Polyvinyl chloride)
Properties: Soft and flexible – Versatility, toughness, resistance to grease, oil and chemicals
Used for: Cleaning product bottles, packaging film, credit cards, plumbing pipes
• Known as poison plastic as contains numerous toxins that leach chemicals. NOT recommended for reuse for food, beverages or children.
LPDE (Low-density polyethylene)
Properties: Toughness, flexibility, ease of sealing, barrier to moisture
Used for: Cling film, plastic bags, flexible containers and food wrap
• Low Hazard – Reusable but not always recyclable
PP (Polypropylene)
Properties: Strength, toughness, versatility, barrier to moisture
Used for: Yoghurt and margarine pots, sweet and snack wrappers, medical packaging, shampoo bottles
• Considered safe to reuse
PS (polystyrene)
Properties: versatility, insulation, clarity, easily formed – sometimes called styrofoam
Used for: Disposable cups, cutlery, food boxes, packaging foam, egg cartons
• Avoid – in high heat it can leach styrene, a probable carcinogen
Other (BPA, Polycarbonate)
Properties: Catch all for other plastics, properties dependent on chemical make up
Used for: Baby bottles, CD’s, number plates, storage containers.
• It is recommended to avoid #7 plastics, especially for storing food and liquid. The main issue is the hormone disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA).

Bottled Water Truths

Globally we drink more packaged water than we do milk or beer.  Today, bottled water is the second largest seller to carbonated drinks.

The growth in the water beverage market has been driven by consumers worried about tap water quality, the health impact of sugary drinks and the bottled water companies promising a purer, healthier water product.

Clearly, the bottled water industry is here to stay, but is the price of bottled water really worth it?  Do you get a better water product for your money and is it really safer than tap water?

Is bottled water SAFER than tap water?

In 1999, the National Resources Defence Council (NRDC) published the results of a 4 year study in which researchers tested more than 1000 samples of 103 brands of bottled water

  • An estimated 25% or more of bottled water was really just tap water in a bottle, sometimes treated, sometimes not.
  • One fifth of the brands tested positive for the presence of harmful, synthetic chemicals used in the manufacturing of plastic.

In the USA, bottled water is defined as a ‘food’ and is regulated by the authority of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates tap water and mandate that local water treatment plants provide city residents with a detailed account of tap water’s source and the results of any testing, including contaminant level violations.

  • These tests for harmful microbiological content in tap water happen several times a day and reveal where the water comes from, how it is treated and what contaminants it may contain.
  • Bottled water companies have no such directives and only test for these microbes once a week – a significant number of bottles have undergone almost no regulation or testing.

Bottled water, due to several factors, is clearly not a healthier or purer alternative to tap water.  Tap water is plainly the more economical, and in many cases, the healthier choice.

Despite this, tap water does not remain without its problems and the concerns over the quality and safety of tap water that sparked the growth of the bottled water industry are still present.

Tap water is nowhere free from contaminants and the most recent and innovative solution to the problems of low water quality has come about in the age of water filters.

Water filters remove more dangerous contaminants than any other purification method, and they are uniquely designed to work with tap water.  The water they produce is not subject to phthalate contamination and they are able to remove cryptosporidium (a chlorine-resistant parasite) from drinking water, a feat that neither water treatment plants nor bottled water companies have yet managed.


Better Tasting Water

Whilst chlorine is used to kill off bacteria and other microbes in drinking water, it can also affect both the taste and smell of tap water.

Great for Growing Kids

Chlorine and lead are both pollutants, among others, found in drinking water.  Providing children with purer drinking water offers them a great start in life in terms of the mental and physical development, particularly as their immune systems are developing.

Saves You Money

If you purchase bottled water, one of the key benefits of a water filter is that it will pay for itself and start saving you money very quickly.

Protects Immune System

Tap water often contains numerous organic and inorganic contaminants, from arsenic and fluoride to chlorine and a host of other unhealthy toxins, such as pesticides and industrial chemicals.  Whilst water companies test rigorously for a whole range of factors, some toxins are unregulated, and others, whilst monitored and kept to a minimum, still exist in tap water.  Long-term exposure to these contaminants can weaken your immune system therefore, filtering your water helps to avoid the build-up of these toxins in your body

Healthier Water

By removing the chlorine and its by-products from drinking water, you are avoiding any potentially harmful substances that could have adverse health effects.


Since filtered water negates the need to buy bottled water to consume at home, a water filter means less plastic bottle waste, making them a sustainable choice.  Even if you tend to buy bottled water on the go, using a portable glass water bottle filled with filtered water from home is a far more eco-friendly and sustainable option.

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The History of The Lawn

The Lawn Cafe

Presented by Senior Lecturer Rob Goemans and Head of School of Health & Social Care Nigel Horner from The University of Lincoln.

A free talk on the history of The Lawn, it’s inhabitants and purposes.

Please join us in The Blue Room at 12 Noon on Friday 19th January 2018.

Free Entry.

The Blue Room Lincoln – The Lawn, Union Road, Lincoln, LN1 3BU

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Latte Levy – Why you should invest in a Reusable Cup

‘Latte Levy’ a term that has become widely used in the last 6 days, but what does it mean?

MPs are proposing a 25p charge on all disposable cups to help reduce waste or a complete ban on disposable cups if recycling doesn’t improve.

There have been many articles in the news on the topic which highlight some alarming statistics:

  • Creating the paper cups to meet the demand of the world’s burgeoning coffee house culture sees some 6.5m trees felled every year
  • The UK throws away 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups every year – that’s enough to circle the planet five and a half times
  • Of those, almost none are recycled and half a million a day are littered
  • The amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the production and shipment of 2.5 billion cups is equivalent to that produced by burning around 120 million litres of petrol

Statistics are taken from articles from The BBC and The Independent.

If you are in need of even more reasons to stop using disposable cups and start using your own reusable cup, we’ve put together a list to highlight the positives.

Top 5 Reasons to invest in a Reusable Cup

  1. More and more coffee shops are offering discounts when you purchase your drink in your reusable cup. This includes high street chains and independent shops, so wherever you go you are saving money and helping the environment
  2. By investing an insulated cup, you are able to keep your coffee hotter for longer helping you savour that all-important caffeine fix!
  3. The variety of cups on offer means you can get the perfect cup to suit you. Pick a colour, pattern or even personalise your reusable cup to help you stand out or to give as a gift!
  4. Coffee shops will often sell their own coffee as beans or ground for you to make your own coffee at home, saving you money, time and giving you another excuse to use your reusable cup without compromising on the quality of your coffee.
  5. By investing in a reusable cup, you become part of a greater movement to invest in our planet, clean up our oceans and reduce the amount of waste unnecessarily produced on a daily basis.

Half of the plastic used in the world today is for single use disposable items, like coffee cups. By committing to a reusable coffee cup, you are taking huge strides in the fight against plastic waste.

At Stokes Tea & Coffee, we offer a 20p discount on any takeaway drink purchased in a reusable cup.

Get your own reusable coffee cup today by clicking here.

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April in Paris

Out of the Box Theatre Company Presents…

April in Paris

Unemployment has left Al seeking solace in his garden shed while his wife Bet enters endless competitions in the hope of winning her way to a better life. Much to Al’s astonishment, Bet scoops a top prize – a romantic trip to Paris! As they haphazardly negotiate the language and culture, the city of light has a profound effect on Bet and Al…

Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd February from 8pm in The Blue Room.

Tickets £8, buy yours here.