The Vine

Chapel St Leonards, Lincs:

Like its wonderful namesake in Wednesfield, this is thirties building. This one is by far the larger though, and is a full-blown hotel, but feels like a pub.

One of the rear rooms is given over to an Indian restaurant, but the bar area is big, and there’s decking at the front. No ale, but the food was good and the barman very friendly, and the Stella drinkable, and served in a proper glass, not one of those stupid chalices..

The Admiral Benbow

Chapel St Leonards, Lincs:

Actually on the promenade, this is a real surprise: it’s a beachfront bar with a traditionalish but maritime-themed interior, and an outside area on the beach that is built to resemble a ship, along with clever outside benches with a drink tray built into the railing.

There’s a choice of real ale, food at times (sadly not when we visited), pleasant staff, and a view over the beach and out to the wind farm off the coast.

The Park Tavern

Sutton-on-Sea, lincs:

*enters*

*regrets it*

*looks along bar at pumps, makes hard choice*

“Pint of Stella, half of Bud, please”

“Sorry, they’re not on. I’ve got Stella in bottles”

“OK, two Stella”

“It’s warm, I’ve switched the fridges off”

“OOOOOkaaay…Pint of Carling, half of Strongbow *shudder*” [the lowest common denominator of alcohol].

We sit down. It’s dark, and the Mos Eisley Cantina is looking quite desireable by comparison. There’s a reason it’s only 150k and the Bachus over the road is making good money.

The Beach Bar

Sutton-on-Sea, Lincs:

Right on the prom, overlooking the paddling pool and town on one side, and the sea on another. There’s an enclosed (perhaps too enclosed, legally?) smoking area, and outside benches. They serve food, but only at weekends, I think.

We visited three times: the first visit wouldn’t have qualifiied as we walked out; football was on the TV, loud, and the place was crowded with shouting, braying fans.

We gave it another try, and it was worth it: the seating outside is nice in the sun, and the Pedigree was excellent (often a problem anywhere that isn’t Burton-on-Trent).