The Homestead is a fine Grade II listed pub restaurant standing just south of the historic city of Lincoln in the village of Bracebridge Heath, overlooking the Witham Valley and within easy reach of the stunning landscapes of the Lioncolnshire Wolds.

Just two miles south of the cathedral city of Lincoln in Bracebridge Heath stands a landmark inn, The Homestead. Once the grand residence of the medical superintendent for the Lincolnshire County Pauper Lunatic Asylum, this imposing Grade II listed building is now a welcoming pub restaurant serving delicious pub lunches and fine wines and ales.

Bracebridge Heath is a small historic village just outside Lincoln with roots dating back at least to Roman times, when it sat at the crossroads of two major Roman routes – Ermine Street, connecting London with Lincoln and York, and the Fosse Way, the legionary route to Exeter. Located on the limestone escarpment known as the Lincoln Edge, the village overlooks the city to the north with views of the cathedral, and down to the peaceful River Witham Valley to the west. Walkers can enjoy panoramic views of the valley on a stroll from Bracebridge Heath following part of the Viking Way, a long distance footpath that runs all the way to the Humber.

The Homestead is ideally located in Bracebridge Heath to relax and unwind after a day spent exploring Lincoln’s historic past or the delightful sleepy villages and market towns of the Lincolnshire Wolds. You’ll find a warm welcome for a delicious pub meal, seasonal specials, hearty Sunday lunches, served with fine wines and a selection of real ales.


Built around 1901 as the new medical superintendent’s residence in the north-west corner of the extensive grounds of the Lunatic Asylum, The Homestead is an imposing building, reflecting the grand Italianate style of the the Asylum itself, first constructed in 1852. The Asylum, now known as St John’s Hospital, fell into disuse after finally closing in 1989, but some of the listed buildings have been preserved, and still give a sense of this landmark complex that once dominated the village.

Bracebridge Heath itself is set on high ground on the Lincoln Edge limestone escarpment, with panoramic views of the city of Lincoln and across the Whitham River Valley. The village’s history owes much to its prominent position. In prehistoric times, the ancient ridgeway trail known as the Jurassic Way is thought to have followed the escarpment through Bracebridge Heath to Lincoln and beyond to the Humber.

In Roman times, three important roads met at Bracebridge, including Ermine Street, linking London with Lincoln and York. Lincoln was founded as a Roman legionary fortress, Lindum Colonia, and the routes through Bracebridge would have been in constant use by legionaries and traders. The fortress at Lincoln housed the Ninth Legion, who participated in campaigns against famous Briton rebels including Caractacus and Boudica, and in the invasion of Caledonia, modern-day Scotland.

Today Lincoln is a lively heritage city, overlooked by the graceful gothic spires of the Norman Cathedral, first built in the 11th century and in medieval times the tallest building in the world. Attracting tourists from across the globe, the cathedral doubled as Westminster Abbey in the film The Da Vinci Code, and owns one of only four surviving copies of the Magna Carta, which is on public view in Lincoln Castle. Standing opposite the cathedral across a picturesque cobbled plaza, the 11th century castle was built by William the Conqueror, and visitors can walk the full circumference of its medieval walls, enjoying spectacular views across the city.

Lincoln lies just two miles north of The Homestead at Bracebridge Heath, while two miles south of the village lies the famous RAF Waddington airbase. The airfield, which first opened as a Flying Corps training station in 1916, played a crucial role in World War II as the first to fly Lancaster bombers operationally. Later in the Cold War, Waddington housed the legendary Vulcan V-bombers, famously recalled from retirement in 1982 for the long-range bombing mission on Port Stanley in the Falklands War. The airbase has a Heritage Centre which tells the RAF Waddington story, free to visit by appointment. The Vulcan bomber XM607, one of the Falklands mission aircraft, still stands guard at the station gate.

The glorious Lincolnshire landscape around The Homestead is the chief attraction for many visitors to the area, with miles of picturesque open countryside and inland waterways. Just 30 minutes east of Bracebridge Heath, on the way to the Lincolnshire coastline, lies the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty known as The Wolds. While much of the county is flat, The Wolds presents a stunning landscape of gently rolling hills, hidden valleys and unspoilt scenery, dotted with pretty villages and small market towns.

From The Homestead, the ancient market town of Horncastle, just 30 minutes drive, is the ideal gateway to The Wolds. The picturesque town centre holds regular markets and a plethora of antique shops, and offers attractive walks along the restored canal. The nearby Wolds village of Somersby is best known as the birthplace of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and the landscape inspired some of Tennyson’s best-loved poems.

Attractive villages and hamlets abound in The Wolds, from the charming market town of Alford, famous for its arts and crafts markets and festivals, to the elegant Victorian spa village of Woodhall Spa. The capital of the Wolds is the market town of Louth, once voted Britain’s Favourite Market Town by BBC Countryfile.

Many of the picturesque villages of the Wolds are connected to Bracebridge Heath via the Viking Way, a 147 mile long distance footpath which runs from the Humber to Rutland Water passing close to The Homestead on the section from Lincoln to Wellingore. This part of the route offers spectacular views over the River Witham valley to the west, and passes close to RAF Waddington on the way to Harmston, Coleby and Navenby.

Located just over two miles south of the historic cathedral city of Lincoln, and perfectly positioned to explore the tranquil hamlets, market towns and poetic landscape of the Lincolnshire Wolds, The Homestead is a welcoming venue for a delicious pub meal with family and friends, or a leisurely Sunday lunch in a fine Grade II listed Lincolnshire pub. An ideal location for trips to RAF Waddington, rambling the Viking Way or enjoying the many historic attractions of Lincoln itself, refreshed with a seasonal special from our extensive menu, including fine wines and cask ales.

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