The Lincolnshire Arms Hotel

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Gastro Pub
The Lincolnshire Arms Hotel, known and affectionately loved as “The Linc” is an iconic Essendon hotel.


We like to think that it offers all things to all with great facilities for entertainment, TAB, great food and a safe and friendly social environment to meet and interact with others.


The Linc food has been satisfying the locals for decades and continues as a strong drawcard for our patrons.
What 52 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.2
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4.1
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4.1
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Staff were welcoming and friendly and food was excellent. Will definitely going back

The Lincolnshire Arms Hotel
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel. Your honest feedback is extremely important to us here at the Linc. We hope to see you again soon.

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JC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Having travelled 60 kms to meet friends for New Year and to be informed that the bar was closed at 9 pm. We were then told the pub would be closing. I will never attend the venue again as it was disgusting to not be informed - the staff member told me it was on the website - not everyone reads the website and I just booked for dinner and it took me directly to open table.
lost a customer forever and I will tell my friends too !! Disgusting and no respect for people who wanted a nice night out with friends!! Rating needs to be 0 I am disgusted at their customer service in this respect.

The Lincolnshire Arms Hotel
Responded 7 days ago

Hi Julie, Appreciate your honestly, I do recall this conversation as I was the one speaking with you on this night. I am so sorry you feel this way, we assumed all customers were aware we are closing at 9pm on New Years Eve as we have found for the past 10 years that there is little demand to be open beyond 9pm. But I have learnt a lesson to make sure that we do inform all customers as they come in for dinner/drinks. Again, please accept my apology. Kind Regards, Amin Dahaby

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SG
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food friendly staff a very enjoyable lunch, will return

AM
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food with a good variety relaxed atmosphere very good value

PS
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

My wife's Barramundi was satisfactory and her dietary requirements were met gladly and with understanding.
Unfortunately, I chose the Lasagne. I didn't expect a small serve of pasta swimming in a huge sea of meat & tomato sauce. My expectation was twice as much pasta , less than a quarter the sauce and perhaps some garden salad on the plate.

SJ
Melbourne / VIC
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great local pub. Great food, friendly service. Good selection on the menu.

PH
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We really had a great time food and service was excellent.

MB
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Meals were very average which is a shame because everything else was really great.

CS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We have moved from Perth recently and have had many visitors over & we always take them for a meal here. The bruchetta & lasagne is the best.

BH
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place, great helpful staff and nice food. Highly recommended to all.

NO
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good. The staff very professional and friendly. The dining room was warm and inviting and our seating was very good. Would definitely go there again.
Norm

BR
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Recommend venue to others. Good food, excellent service.

GH
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We are new to the area and it was our first time at the Lincolnshire Arms. First impression was great, the colour scheme in the bar area along with the copper beer pipes was impressive. The dining area was both cosy and comfortable. To top it off everyone’s food was beautiful. We will be back soon.

CS
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have just moved from Perth to Essendon 2 weeks today & we have been back to the Link twice because of the best bruchetta ever & the lasagne is also the yummiest we have tasted in a long time, but really the bruchetta is to die for 💕💕💕

MM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The ambience was great and the staff were attentive. Unfortunately the Parma was average, and not well seasoned. The burger patty desintegrated easily - felt like I was eating more burger mix than actual beef.
The aioli was oily, did not have a creamy consistency. A real shame.

EN
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

It was Valentine's Day. We made a late booking at 6pm with Open Table which was accepted.
When we got there, apparently the place was booked out but the Manager allowed us to dine there making sure to tell us to be out by 7pm. No problem except that every 2 minutes he was checking on us (6.25pm). The food was fine but the service not so much. I'd eat there again, just wouldn't be for the service.

MH
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I lunch or have dinner at the Linc at least once a week with family or friends. I am lucky I am in walking distance of the hotel.

JG
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Consistently good food and pleasant atmosphere. Convenient location in relation to shops and easy access from surrounding suburbs.

PF
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We booked online without any difficulties.

When we arrived our booking had been recorded.

The food was very tasty and the service was good.

We will certainly return in the future.

JG
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere. The dining area has a 30's art-deco feel with an interesting curved street window. In spite of having an adjacent busy street and a tram line, noise is absolutely minimal. In fact friends have remarked on the fact that the movement outside is interesting and an advantage rather than a drawback to the dining atmosphere. staff are helpful, informative and very pleasant. Definitely a favourite place to eat.

MJ
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would have been nice to have some live music since it was a saturday night...acoustic or something...
Meal was fantastic!!! As was our shared entree...all food came at the same time and service was faultless

IG
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nicely modernised pub, with reasonable beer and wine choices. Bar menu and dining menu with fair selection of meals and snacks.

GM
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Provides parking, and cosy restaurant area with lots of window space. Meals were easy to order and quickly delivered. ran a tab with drinks which is convenient. My pasta was excellent, my friends veal was nice but a bit small, but my wifes fish was small, dark and tasteless. Also, only sav blanc by the glass was NZ and there were 3 of them, needs an aussie option.

BV
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great ambience with open fire. Nice staff very pleasant

CM
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We go at least twice a year. Once bubs is bigger it'll be more often. The food is always nice, reliable. The staff on this visit were the best we've had! Its very relaxed and great for families and to have a few drinks, you can make noise and not feel guulty... enjoy!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food was too oily and expensive

S
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience dining with my family. Great menu choices for all , including vegetarian for me.
Great service and wine/ beer lists. This is fast becoming my 'local'.

SP
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the pumpkin ravioli and it was amazing. The staff were very friendly and attentive

RW
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Food was terrible! 4 our of 4 people ate under half their meal. The waitress did not ask if everything was ok when clearing the almost full plates of food. We advised it was terrible and she just smiled and said sorry. Would definitely not recommended or return.

RT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The meal was nice. I booked via on line booking at 635 pm to ensure availability for 7 pm. I was told when we got there there was no availability and the man that seats people was a bit cross. He also challenged the time I made the booking. He did however find us a table which was very nice of him however I felt quite awkward when he said they don’t accept bookings after 530. Need a better booking system perhaps

VS
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed the food, servings where generous and the decor was warm(hadn't been there for a while). Staff attentive.

JC
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great hotel, close to public transport, plenty of parking close by.
Food was very good and reasonably priced

NK
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good came out quick staff friendly meals were ok no issues with anything

MT
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had a 7.00pm booking and by the time we finished our dinner and ready for dessert @
9.00 ish the dessert bar was closed. We found this very strange and ended up going over the road to Crème where we had our dessert. This was a little convenient given that we were already at a restaurant. Perhaps you need to stay opened for dessert until at least 10.30 pm.

BD
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Easily the nicest pub restaurant in the Nth West. Very good staff.

ML
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Very noisey. Kitchen unable to add mashed potatoes to a meal as they only had enough for what was on the menu???

F
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place - go there all the time. Not a fan of the new whiter atmosphere (preferred it the cosy dark colours) but still a great place!

JD
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Took elderly people along for dinner - roast dinner seemed like it had been cooked for lunch and then sitting for the afternoon - redeemed by the gravy on top, but only just. I'd hoped to give these people a better "pub" dining experience than other places and I'd been to this establishment in the past. However, very disappointed with what was offered. One person "toyed" with their food and hardly ate anything. No one commented on the quality of the food, probably through embarrassment. Won't be going there again.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had previously been to the Link and enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere, look forward to going g back

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience5

food was average i had salt& pepper calamari only served it with chips no salad