Deli & cafe in Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter since 2017. Makes coffee and chai drinks, all-vegan bakery treats and cakes, savory foods like full English breakfast, mushrooms on toast, bbq jackfruit sandwich, gyro, mezze platter, and changing specials. Everything is vegan apart from dairy milk option for drinks. NOTE: Currently operating during Lincoln Christmas Market opening hours. Open Tue-Sat 09:00-17:00. Closed Sun-Mon. Hot food until 3.30pm Tue-Sat.

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45 Reviews

First Review by ChrisKeith


Points +352

12 Sep 2023

Huge vegan breakfast

Huge vegan breakfast including scrambled tofu, tempeh and incredible sourdough toast. Slow service but worth the wait.

Pros: Lots of choice, Vegan products for sale, Friendly staff

Cons: Slow service



Points +95

02 Sep 2023

Bit confused if it’s plant based or not.

We went for breakfast this morning. The sign on the window says that everything is plant based, but when we ordered we were offered cows milk. So that then made me worried that other items may have dairy so I changed my order as a result.
The food was delicious, but the service was slow, we’d finished our drinks by the time the food arrived.
I would go again, but hope they stop serving dairy and speed up a bit

Updated from previous review on 2023-08-19

Pros: Tasty, good quality food, Lovely setting

Cons: Serving cows milk, Slow service


Points +26

22 Aug 2023

Best breakfast I’ve had

Really friendly staff , I ordered the full vegan breakfast , and my other half ordered the mushroom and tofu and beans on toast , well it was fantastic and really tasty , the best vegan breakfast I’ve had ever , would definitely go again and would recommend , lovely little place


Points +45

15 Aug 2023

Delicious 😋

Great....no fantastic food and service. The staff really care about the food and service.

Pros: Quality of the food., Great staff., Easy to find.


Points +281

27 May 2023

Super Frühstück

Wir sind zum Frühstücken ins Bailgate Deli gegangen. Alles war sehr lecker und das Personal sehr freundlich. Vielen Dank

Pros: Grosse Auswahl an veganen Speisen , Sehr freundliches Team , Lecker


Points +322

03 Feb 2023

Nice breakfast menu

Full vegan breakfast was really good!


Points +36

07 Jan 2023

Excellent bean burger!

First visit in the New Year and was delighted with the new recipe bean burger. “Home-made”, fantastic flavours and generous portion in a good-sized ciabatta. Outstanding!

As a vegetarian for almost 40 years and a vegan for almost 5, I’ve plenty of experience in searching out and enjoying now vegan food all over the UK and around the world. I feel fortunate to be Lincoln-based and to have the Bailgate Deli close at hand, my favourite, go-to option for vegan breakfast and lunches. The food is always freshly prepared, of excellent quality, very fairly priced and served by enthusiastic staff. Well worth a visit!

Updated from previous review on 2022-08-16

Pros: Quality of food, Vegan groceries available for purchase, Super-friendly staff


Points +16

24 Jul 2022

Cows milk given without request

We visited today and ordered some coffee. The menu says everything is plant based (no mention of cows milk option). Luckily I could see our drinks being made and cows milk was used for my order. When they were brought over I questioned if cows milk has been used. I believe we were served by the owner who explained they “wouldn’t survive if they didn’t serve cows milk”. Fair enough- but surely it would be better to have this available on request? After discussion with the vegan group on Facebook for my area, another person reported the same experience but with a different member of staff. Worrying to see cows milk is the standard order now in this establishment. Personally, I think it needs to be MUCH clearer that this is an option. I can see on Happy Cow it is listed that dairy is an option but this is nowhere in the actual cafe. I had my drink remade and the coffee was actually very nice but PLEASE be careful if you’re vegan or have allergies. There is also no regard shown for cross contamination. I really think they need to rebrand as vegetarian, not plant based.

Pros: Nice tasting coffee

Cons: Long wait , Cows milk used without request


27 Jul 2022

Bailgate Deli is a source of intense pride for all of us who work here. We’ve changed a moribund health food shop into a flourishing café with a wonderful community of customers we closely engage with and know well. We’ve made plant based food a normal part of everyday life in our locality, in a way that has been radical. We’ve done so in a quiet, considered and thoughtful manner, understanding that the journey for some people is much more difficult than for others.
In recent years we’ve been looking hard at the drinks offer, which for most cafés, us included, represents critical core income. We’ve quietly maintained dairy milk for the still considerable constituency that will not accept other milks. We will succeed in moving to plant based drink alone but there is still a lot of work ahead. We are on a mission to be agents of change.
On Sunday your friends asked for coffees. They didn’t spec the drinks, which was very, very unusual for people wanting plant based milks. I’m sorry to say that your visit was at the end of a long breakfast session and I didn’t ask the questions about what sort of milk you wanted, which is our normal practice. My apologies for that.
We will work in our own way to make a good world. Bailgate Deli will work hard, as it does, in talking with customers, soliciting and driving change. We have hundreds of customers who have made changes you would applaud and many more who are still on a journey.
I deplore your hasty splatting of comments across the web without the substantial discussion that could have and should have been held beforehand.


Points +22

18 Jul 2022

Yummy Vegan breakfast, quality bread and lovely people.

Wife is a long term Vegan so I found this place last night when on holiday 8miles away and thought to treat her to a full Vegan breakfast. She was in Heaven as the quality of all the ingredients were really exceptional and so well cooked!
My sausage (vegan) in a beautiful crispy roll (The Welbeck Bakehouse) was so filling and as a meat eater I genuinely loved it, especially with such lovely black coffee!
Such lovely people to boot!!!!!!!!! Thanks folks.
They are on the Happy Cow app that I put on my wife’s phone ages ago but as a treat for her I had to Google ‘Vegan restaurant Lincoln’ so have since downloaded Happy Cow app onto my phone too, it’s seriously brilliant to find places to treat your Vegan family to treats.
PS The sourdough Bread from the Welbeck artisan Bakehouse is amazing and soooo crispy, you can buy it from the Bailgate Deli, I would if I lived nearer.

Pros: Lovely people, Real quality Vegan everything, The bread mmmmmmm

Cons: No cons to my wife & I


Points +16

23 May 2022


Lovely small independent cafe. Had the best full English I've ever had out. Full of flavour, generous portion size and really reasonably priced. Staff were very friendly and welcoming too. Definitely recommend!!


Points +38

07 May 2022

Fantastic spot for yummy Vegan food.

The delicious cooked breakfast was the perfect reward after a morning spent sightseeing and trekking around. Tasty and filling. Would highly recommend.

Pros: Amazing cooked breakfast , Friendly staff, Plenty of options


Points +24

01 May 2022

Superb breakfasts!

I’ve eaten here twice recently and the full vegan breakfast is something to behold! Excellent service and a good range of food catering for all tastes.

Pros: Food is piping hot and super tasty, Great portion size , Very friendly welcome and service

Cons: Would prefer it if they didn’t offer dairy milk.


Points +47

28 Apr 2022

Fantastic Full Vegan Breakfast

Great food and friendly staff in a beautiful part of Lincoln. Worth the walk up the hill! Looking forward to returning to try the day time menu.

Pros: One of the best tofu scrambles I have tried. , Every bit of the brekkie was delicious. , They sell Vego chocolate! 😋


Points +65

22 Mar 2022

Great options

Love the food here but they don’t have much table space so if you manage to get a table you are really lucky. The vegan options are delicious!


Points +213

08 Mar 2022

Great little deli!

What an amazing little deli. It can seat 13 people inside and about 9 outside. It also offers takeaway. The decor/artwork is really great to look at.

I chose the wrap which was described as having tempeh and hummus. It sounded a bit dull to be honest but I wanted something slightly healthy. I was absolutely blown away, the tempeh was marinated and cooked perfectly, there were some amazing flavours going on either in the hummus or an additional sauce, a bit curry-like. And the wrap was delicious too with a great texture.

I also had a mocha with oat milk which was also delicious, I even asked what milk they used because it was so good - Alpro Oat Barista!

There are so many items available to buy from the deli - condiments, pasta, frozen, fresh, cheeses, chocolate etc.

Pros: All vegan options, Simple menu, not too many choices, Amazing value for money

Cons: Some options need a bit more description


Points +149

01 Feb 2022

Delightful Deli in Lincoln

Conveniently-situated, right in the heart of Lincoln’s tourist attractions. A very friendly and welcoming café.

Pros: Friendly , Sunny, Tasty food

Cons: Quite cramped (did not spoil the experience)., Small menu.


Points +2043

11 Jan 2022


Lovely lunch place with a great vegan pantry. Staff are so friendly. We loved this place!

Pros: Friendly , Choice, Affordable


Points +266

31 Aug 2021

Delicious breakfast!

Adorable little cafe.
We both had the full vegan and a chai oat latte. Incredible!
We also left with a bag full of goodies including some fresh sour dough bread.
Lots of cakes for sale, we were too full from the amazing breakfast to try!


Points +45

23 Aug 2021

Amazing food, amazing staff

Incredible food, the entire menu was vegan. Great value for money and amazing staff. Good selection of vegan products to buy too.

Pros: Entire menu was vegan, Great food , Lovely staff


Points +95

15 Aug 2021

Amazing little vegan place by cathedral

We loved it, the portions are great and the prices are good.
Friendly staff and great location.

Pros: All vegan menu , Good price , Good portions


Points +130

08 Aug 2021

Lovely cafe

We popped in here twice on a day to Lincoln. Its close to the castle / cathedral and it's such a lovely little cafe! We had a gorgeous oat milk latte, and i picked up a vegan crunchie(!!) too. Staff kind and willing to chat, clearly very friendly. Liked the layout too, with a deli-type feel. Would visit again!

Pros: Friendly staff and lovely atmosphere


12 Aug 2021

Hi Katie, thanks so much for your kinf comments. We're delighted you enjoyed the visits. Kind regards, Barry


Points +188

01 Aug 2021

Creative Vegan Creations!

Went for the ‘Dirty Vegan Weekend’ and the menu was BANGING. I didn’t know how much I needed the Biscoff Burger in my life 😍

Pros: 100% Plant-based, Friendly staff, Cafe also sells vegan products (shelf/chilled)


12 Aug 2021

Hi Chloe, So pleased you enjoyed the visit. We've been thinking about putting the Biscoff Burger on our menu! Cheers, Barry


Points +186

24 Sep 2020


Really friendly staff. Amazing find, absolute gem!

Pros: Amazing creative plates , Good value for money

Cons: Quite small


Points +42

07 Mar 2020

Delicious, as always!

Have taken every guest I’ve had in Lincoln to Bailgate Deli for a meal and everyone has loved it. Today no different, 3 full vegan breakfasts and soy flat whites - sooo delicious and very satisfying after park run this morning. Will make many more visits I’m sure!


Points +41

28 Jan 2020

Best vegan breakfast in town!

Been coming here forever! Love the staff, atmosphere and the food 😍 the food is predominately vegan with the exception of a few veggie dishes! The place itself is small with only 4 tables so be prepared to wait for a seat if it’s busy, definitely worth it though!
Would love to see these guys go fully vegan and move into a bigger, wheelchair accessible premises!

Pros: Lots of vegan options; sweet and savoury! , Dog Friendly , Friendly staff

Cons: Small , Not wheelchair accessible


Points +1393

20 Jan 2020


I came here for lunch and I’d love to go again because I struggled to decide what to eat!
I ended up having the quinoa and spinach burger and it was amazing. They were out of burger buns so asked if I was happy to have it in pita instead. I prefer pita so that was definitely fine with me! The pita/burger came with lots of other toppings, various sauces, lettuce, vegan cheese etc. and a side of house slaw and all of it tasted delicious and well spiced. I’d definitely recommend this place, their falafels looked great too!

It’s not huge, only has about 4 tables inside and it can get quite busy, but I loved how relaxed it was.

Pros: lots of different vegan options, flavourful food, friendly staff

Cons: limited space inside


Points +48

17 Sep 2019

Oasis of great food

Great food and service

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