Lincolnshire – everyone thinks it’s a bit flat, and a well, let’s be honest a little bit dull.
But there’s one thing they can’t deny – we’re a pretty well fed bunch.
Whether we’re dining a la carte, or munching on the finest fish and chips, thanks to the farmers, growers and producers working our fertile soils I think it’s pretty fair to say Lincolnshire is without a doubt the best place to stuff your face.
Here’s just a few more reasons why –
lWe live in one of the country’s prime agricultural areas – our farmers grow a fifth of the nation’s sugar beet, over 12 per cent of its potato crop and 30 per cent of its field vegetables including cabbage, broccoli, kale, carrots, peas and onions.
There’s nothing better than fresh veg from field to fork – and Lincolnshire produces it in abundance.
lIt’s not just the veggies where we excel – Lincolnshire sausages enjoy a celebrated status as well as a competition in Spalding dedicated to their delicious-ness.
Undoubtedly one of the country’s favourite bangers, its unique flavour – thanks to the addition of sage in its recipe – has even been the subject of a campaign to gain the product protected status.
As well as its sausages, Lincolnshire is also renowned for its succulent Lincoln Red beef, pork, lamb, haslet, stuffed chine and, of course, pork pies.
lAs if that wasn’t enough, there’s even more speciality foods like Lincolnshire Poacher cheese, Plum Loaf, samphire and gingerbread to gorge yourself on.
Grantham is probably best known as the birthplace of the country’s first female prime minister, but thanks to local baker William Egglestone, it’s also renowned for its gingerbread. He accidentally used the wrong ingredients in a whetstone batch of biscuits back in the mid-18th century, resulting in a sweetmeat variation containing no black treacle.
l Our home-made ice cream is pretty darn good too – and again there’s quite a selection. From the unique flavours of Laddies, in Holbeach, to those of Dennett’s, in Spilsby, while further north there’s the award-winning William Fayre Ice-Cream Parlour, near Market Rasen, which has developed quite a following for its sundaes.
l Whether it’s fish and chips eaten on the beach, or fine dining in an award-winning restaurant, Lincolnshire has an abundance of eateries all ready to cater for every taste and budget.
Some of our chippies have been voted the best in the land while our country pubs are second to none too.
lAnd don’t forget to wash all that great food down with a home-brewed ale; Lincolnshire is home to some of the finest out there including Batemans, of Wainfleet, a craft brewer since 1874.
l And let’s not forget our own celebrity chefs including Rachel Green and Jason Atherton, championing all the fresh food and delicacies outlined above.
It’s easy to see why Lincolnshire was voted the nation’s food capital back in 2011, narrowly pipping the land of the Cornish pasty (that’s Cornwall to you and me) into second place. The decision was made on a public vote and has certainly helped put Lincolnshire on the food map.