We stayed a few nights at the Pyewipe in Lincoln on our England April trip. It’s located between Salixby and Lincoln, where we usually stay. The Inn is situated on the Fossdyke Canal. There’s been a barging inn on the banks of the Fossdyke since 1788. The Pyewipe takes its name from a common lapwing bird. It is a pub, restaurant and a lodge for overnight guests.
We had a change this trip and left the urban setting in downtown Lincoln for a rural one. The Pyewipe is set in the middle of farming fields, down a narrow one-car lane, and according to what we’ve read, it’s a 20-minute walk into Lincoln. We didn’t try that, but every morning there were bikers using the trail to take them to work in Lincoln. The pub and restaurant are in the main building and, across a massive gravel car park, is the two-story lodge. The reception for the lodge and breakfast is served in the main building. In warmer weather, there are plenty of picnic tables along the canal for a summer treat. We had rain and snow, so we stayed indoors.
The canal is the oldest in England, built, or at least enhanced, by the Romans, during their occupation. It’s a man-made waterway which was used to transport goods before the railroads and highway system. It connects Torksey to Lincoln. It’s still used today by pleasure boaters and narrowboats. In fact, you can tie up your boat right alongside the Pyewipe for a hearty meal and a pint. Each day, a different boat was moored alongside the main building.
We ate most of our breakfasts there. Service started at 7. There was a cereal and juice bar and your choice of entrees. The staff was very friendly and, after a couple of visits, they knew what we wanted to eat and drink. We had to make reservations for breakfast, since it’s a fairly small operation with only 21 rooms.
We never ate at their restaurant, choosing instead the pub side. We were usually in disarray from outdoor (mud) shopping and felt the restaurant might be a bit of a stretch for our attire. At the pub, you order at the bar and the all selections were tasty and reasonable. Starters, Mains and Desserts were all yummy.
After dinner, we scurried across the car park to the lodge. The rooms were larger than expected and quite comfortable. Time to watch some of the British Antiques Roadshow and then lights out at 9:30, after recording, tagging and wrapping our purchases from the day.
Our purchases from April are on the container ship, somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic. Praying for its safe arrival. We’ll keep you posted.