The Pessimist

4.9
100 reviews
£26 to £40
Fusion / Eclectic
"A pessimist is an optimist with experience" – Colleen Wilcox

Don’t be fooled into thinking The Pessimist was born out of negativity. Far from it. A pessimist after all is just an optimist with experience. So, you see, there really couldn’t be a more fitting name for The Optimist’s big brother, and the second bar to come from owners and distinguished hosts, Jo and Paul.

Please inform us of any special requests, allergies, or dietary requirements upon booking and we will always do our utmost to accommodate. Unfortunately, however, we are unable to guarantee that our food areas or our suppliers are 100% allergen-free.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
What 100 People Are Saying
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ChrisB
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and drink in a nice atmosphere. Staff were extremely helpful and attentive with the drinks.

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Ricicle
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! I absolutely love going here. It is my fav place to go for a drink. Fantastic range of gins and wines, brilliant staff with excellent knowledge. Highly recommended!

LM
LizM
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous evening as always. Superb service, amazing choice if drinks and food in a perfect atmosphere

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GillianS
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent attentive genuinely friendly server. Amazing drinks menu and lovely sharing platter. Will definitely be returning

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Paula
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paul and Jo are the perfect hosts. They know their stuff and always recommend the best drinks. Great ambiance and we were very well looked after as usual. Thank you!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was second to none and the whole experience was one I will remember. Food was excellent definitely worth 5 stars. Paul’s knowledge on the Gin and Rum available was amazing. Will certainly try to come back when next in Lincoln.

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BlueO
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The greeting was warm and friendly.
Our table was awaiting us. We were served a bottle of cold water on seating. We were given plenty of time to peruse the food menu and the very extensive Gin menu. When our order for food and drink was taken, the waitress was chatty and knowledgeable . The food was delicious and beautifully presented (we had a sharing platter) if I was to be uber picky, I would say that a few fresh cherry tomatoes/ cucumber/ lettuce leaves, would have enhanced the enjoyment of the food by helping to cut through the richness of our choices. Overall a very comfortable and elegant eatery.

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Lenny
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Did not eat , but the food we can’t wait to try, Host’s and staff knowledgeable and helpful when recommending drinks.
Lovely atmosphere and will be visiting again 😊

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Deborah
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We dined here on the 21st August. Lovely atmosphere and decor, plenty of space and room to eat and drink. Wine selection was lovely and we were made to feel very welcome. Food choice is slightly limited but what we had was excellent. .We would all return again..

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SarahR
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We didn’t eat here but had drinks in the courtyard and in the gin bar. Friendly place with a huge selection of gin, rum, and wines.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you to the wonderful Sam our waitress and everyone who made us super welcome!

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Jenny
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Loved the food, atmosphere and decor. It was very busy but that wasn’t an issue. It was noisy with everyone enjoying themselves which made it difficult to talk to other diners on opposite side of table but that wouldn’t deter me from returning for another meal. Have to return to try the sharing platters that looked delicious!

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Silver
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Lovely restaurant tucked away in Lincoln's city centre in a little courtyard. There was a huge drinks list but a more limited a la carte menu of three main dishes (of which one was vegetarian) - may not suit fussy eaters or restricted diets - but the food was very tasty and well-presented. The waiting staff were friendly and attentive. Expect a longer wait between dishes when the restaurant is full. Would have given top marks if the coffee machine was working, but other than that the food and service was excellent.

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ShawnW
Lincolnshire
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic host, food and drink. Would highly recommend this as the place to go in Lincoln by some distance.

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EmmaV
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favourite place to visit when in Lincoln. The hosts are so friendly, the drinks menu-epic and the food really good. We had a sharing platter with meats and cheese, it was really nice with a few drinks, probably even better with one of the wines.

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RichardC
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic staff, great sharing platter and drinks. Never been a Gin drinker but thanks to Kirsty I’ve been converted !

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BeckyB
Lincolnshire
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great night, amazing food, amazing drink, amazing atmosphere

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KatieD
Lincolnshire
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to the Pessimist and it will be the first of many I'm pleased to say.
We absolutely loved it, the atmosphere, the staff, the decor, the extensive Gin menu were all wonderful! 😊 We didn't dine on this occasion but the food smelt and looked amazing. We will be back to drink and eat next time, we did suggest an all dayer from 12 noon until closing, to sample as many Gins as possible and to sample the Tapas. Will look forward to that!
Thank you to the staff at Pessimist. 🙌
Highly recommend! 👍

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MarianneS
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere and great customer service from Paul, Jo and their team. Huge selection of gins and rums with recommended pairings. Will definitely be returning soon. Thank you!

HG
HowardG
London
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and lovely place food was locally sourced and quality

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AnitaM
Lincolnshire
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place.. Setting fantastic.. Jo and Paul fabulous hosts... Staff very welcoming... Spotlessly clean... Function room for 30 people...
Food absolutely amazing...
Drinks menu what can we say...
Jo's knowledge on Gins.... Wow...

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Ricicle
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Pessimist is a real gem of a place….. normally, you would expect to find such an amazing wine bar, in Manchester or London, not little old Lincoln! The choice of gin and wines is exceptional and the staff are really helpful and knowledgeable. We had vegan nibbles platter which was delicious. You can tell the ingredients were top quality and creatively put together. The atmosphere is chilled and relaxed, and you can tell everyone is having a really great time. We can’t wait for our next visit!

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LauraJ
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food & drinks! We love gin so it’s the perfect place to try new ones we’ve never heard of, although some did seem a little expensive!

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LauraT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely evening in the courtyard at the pessimist- delicious food and wonderful service from Paul and Jo and the team!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Lincolnshire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great choice of drinks,lovely outdoor space,very chilled on a hot day! Thanks

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely evening with friendly and enthusiastic staff, great food (sharing platter) and a mind-boggling array of gins!
Would certainly recommend.

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LucyR
Lincolnshire
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, excellent gins, lovely atmosphere and staff as always. Thank you

MP
MelP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a warm welcome into a relaxed friendly atmosphere with a great choice of wine and delicious food

JT
JackieT
Lincolnshire
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food great atmosphere and what a choice of drinks

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply fantastic from the warm welcome onwards…

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Vik1
Lincolnshire
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the gin, the platters, the staff and the place

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RichardA
Lincolnshire
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time here. Massive range of different gins with advice on what best to serve with. Staff very attentive and helpful when seating and ordering drinks.

Would return here definitely

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TraceyW
Lincolnshire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always 😀😀 Paul and Jo are fabulous hosts . Great atmosphere

MD
MelanieD
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely ambience, delicious platter and fabulous wine shared with friends! Perfect

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AlexandraB
Lincolnshire
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the sharing platter and each element of it was lovely. It made a lovely anniversary meal out.

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StaceyS
Lincolnshire
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience1

No atmosphere and dark inside. Outside courtyard looked nice though.

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MarkR
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing find, - tucked away down a small lane. Great food, fabulous wines, and wonderful to try different gins and rums with mixers that we would not usually use. Will definitely be back !

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MICHELLES
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place, lively yet not overly loud, service was perfect, not invasive yet when needed to be, attentive, food was exellent and very moreish....Great night to finally go out out!!! Proper little needle in a haystack if your looking for a lovely night out or just pre drinks!!

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Becs
Lincolnshire
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food & drink, staff are brilliant and the atmosphere is perfect.

TW
TraceyW
Lincolnshire
2 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant ! Love the pessimist . Jo and Paul are great hosts . X

FAQs

The Pessimist is rated 4.9 stars by 100 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.