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The Best of Lincolnshire Food and Drink

21 August 2021

Lincolnshire isn’t only a farming county and agricultural powerhouse, but home to many delicious delicacies that are famous throughout the nation.  The county is responsible for growing 30% of the nation’s total vegetables, and represents 12% of England’s total agricultural production! Our latest guide explores what makes Lincolnshire food and drink so special…

Lincolnshire Sausages

The humble Lincolnshire sausage: dating back to 1886 when the first recipe was recorded, this staple of the Great British fry up is a favourite throughout the UK.

Characterised by their herby flavour that comes from sage, the humble Lincolnshire sausage includes:

  • Coarse cut British pork with a high meat content (more than 70%)
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Sage, salt and pepper

Ever since its creation, this recipe has proved a national success – and now, Lincolnshire sausages made by fantastic local butchers are sold all throughout the UK, in every major supermarket.

In fact, we’re so proud of our sausage heritage that we celebrate it every year at the Lincolnshire Sausage Festival! Held every October in the stunning grounds of Lincoln Castle and Lincoln Cathedral, it celebrates all things sausage. 

The festival even has an official band: the Cosmic Sausages! Want to know where you can buy authentic Lincolnshire sausages locally? Head to the Taste Lincolnshire website.

Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese

A more recent Lincolnshire culinary invention, the first batch of Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese was created in 1992 and is another national favourite.

Lincolnshire Poacher

Made by Simon Jones on a dairy farm on the edge of the stunning Lincolnshire Wolds, where the cheese proved so popular that people were rationed to buying ¼ of a pound each in the farm shop!

The popularity of the cheese led to Simon recruiting Richard Tagg, a full-time cheesemaker,  and in 1995 a larger cheese dairy was created. And Richard is still making the cheese today.

With the help of 230 Holstein Friesian Cows on their farm, they use fresh unpasteurised milk and traditional methods to make the Poacher. 

The cheese is described as being between a Cheddar and a Swiss in terms of flavour, and is usually matured for about 14 to 16 months. It’s also available in both Vintage and Smoked varieties on the Lincolnshire Poacher website – where you can also see what wonderful local markets they will be at next!

Lincolnshire Plum Bread

Another historic Lincolnshire delicacy, Lincolnshire Plum Bread dates all the way back to 1834, where it’s first recorded as coming from a small bakery in Louth. It’s been a staple of the Lincolnshire diet ever since, and is typically enjoyed with a slice of Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese!

Lincolnshire Plum Bread

Lincolnshire Plum Bread is made with dried fruit (but not plums!), brown sugar and tea. It’s typically between a loaf and a cake in terms of texture, and is a firm favourite for afternoon tea.

Lincolnshire Gin

Gin has absolutely soared in popularity over the last few years, with artisanal distilleries and flavour combinations more popular than ever – and in Lincolnshire, we have some award-winning bottles that we recommend you try!

Lincolnshire Gin

Just a few of these famous Lincolnshire Gins include:

And that’s just for the gin lovers! Next up we’ve got something for the ale and beer lovers!

Lincolnshire Breweries

Much like gin in recent years, craft beers and cask ales have seen a real surge in popularity – as many people have begun to explore beyond larger. A few of our favourite Lincolnshire Breweries include:

Several of these fantastic places allow you to order your favourite tipple online – so you can have a taste of Lincolnshire wherever you are! 

Ready for a taste of Lincolnshire?

If you’re ready for a new beginning in our beautiful county, get in touch with one of our team today!