A much-loved Carlton gem serving up local craft brews and top-quality gastropub fare.
Historic Carlton pub The Lincoln is best known for its progressive booze offering and its produce-driven pub feeds. Pull up a stool at the art deco bar and order yourself a pint of craft beer (or a Carlton Draught, naturally) from one of the 12 taps. For wine, expect an extensive list of small, interesting winemakers and, if you're more into the hard stuff, there's an array of spirits and liqueurs, too, with everything from amaro to mezcal and top-shelf whisky. In the warmer months, you can sit outside on the footpath; otherwise, the dining area with retro-style French posters makes for a good place to while away the hours.
Coming out of the kitchen are dishes made with top-quality regional, sustainable and seasonal produce — including a scotch egg ($18), a schnitty ($28), pork sausages with mash and mushy peas ($26) and a 250-gram porterhouse with duck fat roast potatoes ($45). For dessert, pick between a classic sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce ($15) or the chocolate and stout pudding ($15). But, if you're there on a Sunday, you won't want to miss out on the pub's weekly-changing $30 roast. One weekend you might find yourself getting acquainted with some roast porchetta starring braised leeks, apple sauce and gravy; while the next, it's all about the roast beef with spiced pumpkin and yorkshire pudding.