Typically a choice of 3 main courses, with at least one being vegan. Also a selection of toasts, salads, sandwiches, baked potatoes with many toppings, and cakes with at least 1 vegan cake. Large range quality teas and coffees; soya milk available. Try the vegan hot chocolate. Sits between The Wig and Mitre & Imperial Teas, near castle & cathedral, enter via Pimento dress shop. Reported open, Jul 2019. Open Wed-Sun 10:00-16:00.

33 Reviews

First Review by Mojoruth


Points +156

02 Jul 2023


Food is absolutely incredibly as is the service. It’s my go to place in lincoln. The prices are decent. The dessert is delicious and not overly sweet. The menu has variety. I can’t fault it.



Points +83

16 Jun 2023

Delicious vegetarian food!

All- vegetarian cafe serving delicious lunch options. My carnivore boyfriend greatly enjoyed the Graze Plate, while I had the vegan mozzerella, tomato and pesto ciabatta! It was very filling and yummy, and staff were very accommodating.

Pros: Friendly Staff, All-veggie menu, Delicious vegan food


Points +124

11 Jun 2023

Lovely cakes

Friendly welcoming staff. Nice food. We had the vegan cheese on toast with chutney and a small mezzo plate. Most things can be made vegan. Dog friendly too

Pros: Cakes, Cheese on toast , Mezzo plate


Points +882

29 Apr 2023

Superb cakes

Fab choice of vegan cakes and gluten free options. Friendly staff. Very welcoming of dogs.

Pros: Great choice, Food menu looked excellent


Points +554

21 Apr 2023

Cute tea rooms

Lots of food options and great jacket potatoes


Points +176

12 Apr 2023

Tasty macaroni cheese 😊

Lots of vegan options. Lovely and friendly staff. Freshly made hot quality food. Bit pricey at £12.50 for most dishes. I had mac n cheese, which came with salad garnish & half a piece of garlic bread ciabatta.


Points +138

25 Jan 2023

Nice food but expensive for what you get

The food was nice but the portion size was very small and so this made it very expensive. I ordered the graze plate and was quite disappointed. My boyfriend ordered the loaded nachos and was disappointed with the lack of chilli.

Pros: Lots of options , Friendly staff

Cons: Expensive, Small portions


Points +336

27 Sep 2022

Delicious food

Lots of choice and the food is delicious

Cons: Dairy and egg served, Inattentive staff


Points +531

09 Feb 2022


Excellent food, great service and a clearly labelled menu. All vegetarian and most things can be made vegan and/or gluten-free too.


Points +154

07 Aug 2021

Great vegan breakfast

Really lovely cafe with great vegan breakfast options! Full English was delicious and really filling.

Pros: Lots of vegan options, good prices


Points +272

16 Aug 2020

Nice food and service

With several separate areas this is a cosy place to eat. Immediately the waitress explained that all meals could be made vegan (just one exception, the quiche). I mention this just because of a comment below from last year - this clearly has improved😄

We had a vegan jacket potato and veggie quiche. Both were great and the jacket potato very filling.

The service was smiling and relaxed, both at the welcome desk and at the table.

Highly recommended!


Points +1393

20 Jan 2020

Excellent choice

I came here on a recent visit to Lincoln and I wonder if I can justify another one hour long train ride just to go again. There are two Pimentos on HC because the owners changed a few times but don’t let these 2* reviews fool you, it’s great again!

The cafe has tons of options, sandwiches, jacket potatoes, full meals, cakes and pastries, various loose leaf teas, coffees and lattes. The service is brilliant and is up for a chat and the place is very cute with wooden floors and nice and cosy decor!

I had the vegan carrot cake and I think it was probably the best carrot cake I’ve had, ever! I sometimes find them sickly sweet but this one was simply delicious. I had a pot of some tropical tea blend and it was great too. I also had their matcha latte with oat milk but it should come with a warning. I don’t think it was 100% matcha powder (more like the sugary blend they use at one of the big chains, or perhaps sweetener was added?!), so if you’re used to the real matcha taste and don’t sweeten your matcha lattes, this might not be for you.

Oh, and took an Oreo cake home and my partner really enjoyed it too.

Pros: Soooo much to choose from, Nice cakes, Great place to relax


Points +1379

16 Oct 2019

Love this place!

Such a great selection of vegan cake with vegan cream too! They also make wonderful oat milk coffee - we often venture into Lincoln just to go to this place!

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Good service

Cons: Small - not loads of seating


Points +191

05 Aug 2019

Lovely place

Restored to its former glory with lovely fresh vegan options and cakes

Rosa Mundi

Points +265

29 Jun 2019

Pleasant cafe in a historic setting

Pimento’s is a bigger cafe than it looks from outside and there is a small courtyard at the back.
There were some good menu options but nothing with the wow factor.
The desserts were more exciting with several interesting vegan options.
The building is hundreds of years old and even has some of the original Roman wall in part of it. How many places can boast of that!

Pros: Good service, Historic building, Courtyard area

Cons: An average sort of menu


Points +1417

25 Mar 2019

Poor understanding of vegans

We were regulars here under the old owner. We visited once with the owners that took over in Sept 2018 and were served dairy cheese and butter, after we'd told them of a dairy intolerance, as well as ethical veganism. We were therefore delighted when those owners left and new owners opened in January 2019. We visited on a Sunday lunchtime. It was very quiet. The wait staff were pleasant, but had to return to the kitchen several times to check what was vegan. The answer is very little, and there is no thought put into the vegan food served. Lots of vegan cheese substitutes, which at the current time are, unless expensive artisan versions, quite poor and generally taste of oil. We don't use substitutes at home as we simply dislike them. Otherwise, vegans at Pimentos are looking at black bean chilli and a plain old roast veg and hummus sandwich. Theres nothing wrong with these, but its standard alternative options and the kind of thing places run by meat eaters offer. Unlike the excellent meals the talented previous owner produced, the fayre now is not reflective of the interesting and exciting food available to vegans. There are half a dozen non veggie restaurants in the vicinity with more tempting vegan food than is available in this specialised cafe. We tried to speak to the staff about it but they seemed disinterested, to the point of almost surprised - reminiscent of the attitude of eateries that believe having an option is enough effort, as if vegans don't go out to eat for pleasure. Its probably ok for vegetarians, but we won't be back. Food to appease rather than please.

Pros: Nice serving staff. Good selection of drinks.

Cons: Lack of options for vegans. , Staff unaware of which dishes are sfv.


Points +22

27 Feb 2019

Awesome breakfasts!

Easily deciphered menus and an actual variety of meals to choose from. Great coffee and tea selection too!


Points +203

25 Oct 2018

Lovely food, relaxing spot

This was my first visit since the new owners took over and had a great experience. Tasty food, good selection, comfy chairs to lounge in, relaxed atmosphere, great location in a historic part of the city.

Pros: Lots of choice, Tasty food, Good to lounge

Cons: A little pricey on some items


02 Nov 2018

Thank you for your lovely review - we hope to see you again soon.


Points +36

11 Oct 2018

New owners

I used to be a real fan of Pimentos but it's changed since it got new owners. The menu is now difficult to read and there are not clear vegan options so I'm not even sure if it counts as an option on here. You go to places like this to not have to ask for options! I just get the feeling that the new owners are not passionate about the vegan way of life, I feel it's more about making money than providing a compassionate experience. It's such a shame because the waiting staff are so lovely and can't do enough for you. I won't be going back.

Pros: Good location, Healthy options, Fabulous staff

Cons: Have to ask for options , Unclear options


02 Nov 2018

We're sorry you didn't like our menu. The reason there are no options on there is our whole menu is available as a vegan (and gluten-free) option. It does state this on the top of each page of the menu but we are considering other ways to make this clear to everyone. I hope you enjoyed the food and staff enough to want to come back and give us another try.


Points +1335

17 Aug 2018

Plentiful vegan options at this charming vegetarian spot

Charming tea room on the Steep Hill in historic Lincoln. My husband had the jacket potatoes, lots of vegan options for the topping, I had a curry special. Almost everything on the menu can be made vegan except for the quiches. Two vegan cheeses offered, cheddar and mozzarella. Lovely outside seating area.


02 Nov 2018

ACCVeg You'll be pleased to know we can now offer vegan quiche as well?We have also extended our vegan cheese options.


Points +40

27 Feb 2017

Excellent food

Stopped here for a quick lunch. We had an orange hot chocolate, coffee, Sri Lankan curry and Mexican bean burger. Excellent quality food with an great choice of cakes. Will be coming back to try one next time!

Pros: The food!, Nice lay out inside

Cons: Service could be friendlier


Points +61

08 Sep 2016

Great veggie vegan place

Lots of yummy food options including cake. We like the 'TLT' tofu sandwiches best at the moment. I just wish this place would become out first fully vegan food place in Lincoln :D


Points +280

02 Aug 2016

great place for vegans veggies and everyone else!

Food is delicious. Always a good choice of vegan food and they ave soya milk and you can even have a fancy vegan got chocolate.

Pros: lovely setting and great service

Cons: could do with more vegan cake choices


Points +176

04 Aug 2015

Old-Fashioned Oasis

I come here whenever I eat out in Lincoln, once a month or so. I'd give Pimento 4 stars for food because it's all GOOD rather than vibrantly creative, but the selection of teas and coffees from world-class must-visit tea shop Imperial Teas a few doors down the hill pushes it safely into the 5 star zone. The location and atmosphere also help. Daily selections vary among a fairly diverse repetoire - the Ethiopian peanut stew is my favourite, but the goulash is also pretty amazing. I often order one of their lovely baked potatoes though - very good value and plenty of toppings available. Everything comes with their lovely salad garnish. They always have a vegan hot dessert option but it's tempting to order the no-sugar no-fat fruit cake every time!

Pros: tea and coffee selection, prompt efficient service, lovely location & vibe

Cons: accessibility tricky for wheelchairs etc


Points +45

10 Apr 2015

Perfect pit-stop in Lincoln

It was Easter Sunday when I found Pimento's. Lincoln was insanely busy, and it was the middle of lunchtime, but I managed to get a seat and served really quickly. It was odd sitting watching people shopping over the corridor (the teashop is in a clothes shop!) while I was stuffing my face but the place has a lovely vibrant atmosphere and the staff were excellent and attentive, and the food completely wonderful. Pimento's is the perfect refuelling pit-stop. I had a Sri Lankan curry with sweet potato & cashews with rice - I'm salivating at the memory of it! - with a deliciously refreshing coffee called Papua Bird of Paradise. The choice of teas and coffees alone makes this the best place to stop for a breather - halfway up Steep Hill, you'll likely need a rest! - but with vegan and veggie food of this calibre, there's nowhere else I'll go next time I'm in Lincoln. A 5-star find!

Pros: Amazing food, Attentive staff, Lovely building

Cons: Honestly can't think of any


Points +78

03 Feb 2015

Lovely place

Super friendly staff, all homemade, several vegan options including hot meals and cakes. Shame they had run out of vegan apple crumble. Will have to go back for that!


Points +11765

29 Nov 2013

Pimento Tea Rooms, Lincoln

Small, cosy, friendly staff, very vegan friendly, tasty food. If you're trying to find it, look for the steep hill that leads to the castle, just as the address suggests.

Pros: Vegan friendly, Nice staff, Tasty food

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