15 The Strait, Lincoln, LN2 1JD
'Our aim at The Jews House is to produce the best quality dishes sourcing the finest ingredients possible, keeping flavours clean and simple by not over complicating the dishes and focusing on the main ingredients first and foremost,' says Gavin Aitkenhead. The Jews House is housed within a 900 hundred year-old, grade one listed building situated where old town Lincoln meets contemporary Lincoln. Gavin, previously head chef of Winteringham Fields with its five AA Rosettes and two Michelin stars, has learnt from the likes of Germain Schwab and Paul Vidic. His latest venture, The Jews House, seats 40 people in three rooms and offers the tranquillity of private rooms for business lunches or parties. Lunches range from £4.50 to £7.95 and include dishes like salad of roast mallard, poached pear and Cooleeney cheese and the delicious main course rump steak, caramelised red onion, potato chips and Béarnaise sauce at £7.95. Lunches at The Jews House are a relaxed affair; the open kitchen and many familiar faces bring a laid-back atmosphere in which to enjoy an eye-catching dish. The à la carte menu offers seared scallops with fresh peas, bacon, pea shoots and minted pea foam; roast duck breast, goat's cheese, pancetta and thyme galette with an asparagus and chicory salad; and fillet of sea bass with a mussel, coconut milk, lemon grass and basil broth with pak choi. The evening menu ranges from £25 to £30 for three courses. With a passion for using seasonal and local produce, as well as sourcing meat from award-winning butchers Aubrey Allen (National Butchers of the Year), Gavin has achieved an impressive menu. Surrounding views of Lincoln Cathedral, alongside stories of the past and a feeling of history in the air, make The Jews House Restaurant an appealing and moving place to dine.