The Lawn Café Lincoln

Located just a stone's throw away from the castle in uphill Lincoln, our Lawn Cafe is housed within what was once the cookhouse of the former 'Lincoln Lunatic Asylum'.

Originally built in 1819, the former hospital for mental health was extended in Victorian times and the café is located in the place where food was once prepared for the doctors, staff as well as the patients.

Our 60-seater restaurant has been refurbished in the most eco-friendly way. With the help of the finest crafts people in the area, we have carefully restored, reused and upcycled a multitude of items found at the site. We re-upholstered the sofas and chairs with our coffee sacks, uplifted and relaid the original floorboards from the main dance hall which is now The Blue Room, and even took the old theatre spotlights and re-designed them.

Once we added the scaffolding boards, poles and pallets along with some amazing decor, we decided, with our eco ethos, to commission a life-size killer whale. Yes, life size! Lulu as she is known, is made from old car bumpers and coffee machine parts and suspended from the rafters. She is our friendly whale and will no doubt be pleased to greet you on your visit to our Lawn Café.

For the coffee lovers, we also created a fantastic viewing area so that you can see right into our roastery. Watch our master roasters at work, smell the delicious coffee roasting away and enjoy a cup of the finished product while you do!

Our Cafe is Open, Safely Serving Both Takeaway & Dine-in options

On the menu, you'll find a selection of delicious dishes and treats made with the finest, locally sourced, produce including traditional breakfasts, elegant light bites, afternoon and cream teas (subject to availability), seasonal specials and hearty main meals.  All served with our famous fine teas and fresh roasted coffees.

Our Lawn Café can take bookings for Afternoon Tea and private events on request. (Subject to availability)

We look forward to welcoming you!

*Menus are regularly reviewed, meaning prices and items may have changed. For more information please contact us.


Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 21:00
Friday 09:00 - 21:00
Saturday 09:00 - 21:00
Sunday 09:00 - 16:00
If there are different opening times over bank holidays etc. They will be shown here.
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The Lawn Café, Union Road, Lincoln, LN1 3BU
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01522 581921

  • Pay & Display opposite entrance
  • Fully accessible
  • Baby Changing / Friendly
  • Child / Family Friendly
  • Lincoln Mums Discount
  • Coffee Sourced Responsibly
  • Afternoon Tea Available
  • Takeaway Food & Drink
  • Vegan, Vegatarian & Gluten-Free
  • Bookable for Parties & Events

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