A night and a day... in Stamford, Lincolnshire

A cobbled street in Lincolnshire

Sleep…

At The Bull & Swan (01780 766412), an elegant restaurant with rooms in this beautiful Lincolnshire town, set in an early 17th-century coach house where Dick Turpin was rumoured to have stayed during his highwayman days. The seven luxurious bedrooms are individually styled, and feature original beams and sloping ceilings. After a restful night, tuck into Grasmere Farm’s bacon and sausages, or choose muesli, fresh fruit salad and toast with Lincolnshire jam. Double B&B from £100.

Eat...

Venison or beef from the nearby Burghley Estate at The Bull & Swan and wash it down with the area’s finest ales. For home-cooked Italian dishes, Fratelli Ristorante (01780 754333) is a laid-back Sicilian eaterie, while no visit to the town would be complete without a fireside afternoon tea at the 1,000-year-old hostelry The George (01780 750750). Fresh bread and pastries for picnics can all be bought at Askers bakery (01780 481933), along with live yeast for your own cooking.

Browse…

The high street for presents – Sinclairs (01780 765421) has been offering homeware, beauty and clothing products, from Le Creuset to Hunter, since the 1960s, while the family-run Walkers Bookshop (01780 764405), housed in a medieval building, has all the latest titles. Foodies will love the counters at The Stamford Cheese Cellar (01780 489269), near St Mary’s Church, which are full of artisan varieties, as well as fresh olives and pâté. Or mooch away an hour at St Martins Antiques Centre (01780 481158), exploring treasures from 70 independent dealers.

Further afield…

Marvel at the magnificent Burghley House, an Elizabethan mansion one mile outside Stamford, or go to Grimsthorpe Castle in Bourne to see its paintings and tapestries. On a clear day, the osprey-breeding project at Rutland Water Nature Reserve is a must. Finish with a ride on the Nene Valley Railway steam train.

Local landmark...

A replica of the Stamford monument, one of 12 built by King Edward I in 1290 to commemorate his wife.

 

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