Lincoln’s only hotel is open for business, but it has smartened up! Well known as a watering hole for locals and Lincoln University students, the 125 year old hotel was badly damaged by Canterbury’s earthquake on 4th September 2010. Within 10 days the hotel was reduced to rubble by the wreckers, and then began the construction of a stylish replacement for the much cherished old pub. The back bar extension on the old pub remained operational on a small scale while the new hotel was being constructed.
Architect Peter Townsend was mindful of the “village feeling” that still exists in Lincoln, despite recent substantial population growth. So he tried to retain the “country pub” atmosphere with a modern twist. There is a conference room, 10 room accommodation, restaurant and bar.
The Famous Grouse website includes a history of the hotel, and a video tour.