The Rye Sisters : Saturday 19th November

Acoustic- folk duo The Rye Sisters will be performing at Caffe Portico on Saturday 19th November! Ishani and Sue’s perfect blend of mandolin, violin and acoustic guitar make for a great evening of live music. Both artists are heavily influenced by Americana country music such as Dixie Chicks and The Civil Wars, and have been successful musicians for a number of years. It was only in May that they officially started playing as The Rye Sisters, their first gig being in The Rogue Saint in Lincoln.

Come along and enjoy some live entertainment as well as some delicious Italian style pizza! We will be serving pizza at 7.30 from our evening menu (see below) as well as some fantastic Italian wines.

To book, contact 07956653156 or pop in to the Caffe.

Music will start at 8.30 and tickets are only £6 – don’t miss out!








Liteside – 24th September

After the toe tapping evening we had on Wednesday, courtesy of the very talented duo Jinski, we want to keep the ball rolling! We will be welcoming Liteside, a firm favourite at Caffe Portico, on Saturday 24th September.

Liteside are a Newark based band and have been playing together for the past 8 years. Their six piece outfit (3 horns, 3 rhythm) have played in all the Newark jazz festivals and at Caffe Portico on many occasions.

Liteside’s smooth, melodic tunes mean you don’t have to be a jazz buff to enjoy them; they call it “jazz for people who don’t think they like jazz”. Their foot-tapping swing & Latin tunes and smooth ballads make for sweet listening. Think Duke Ellington meets Jools Holland and you’ll be in the right area.

Follow this link to have a listen, they’ve put together a compilation to give you a flavour of what a Liteside jazz evening will be like.

Tickets are an absolute steal at £6 so pick up yours while we still have seats available!

As usual a special menu will be prepared, the food being nearly as much of a treat as the music!

We hope to see as many of you there as possible, its not a night to miss, call 07956653156 for more details.



Upcoming music nights!!!

At Caffe Portico we’re looking forward to this Wednesdays Live Music Night when we will be hosting the acoustic roots duo Jinski!

There’s still time to get tickets for this event and at £6 each it’s shaping up to be a great mid-week treat. Tickets are available at the Café or you can call 07956653156 to reserve.

Don’t miss out on a great evening!

In addition to Wednesdays live performance the summer’s line-up continues with Liteside on Saturday the 24th September



A firm favourite at Caffe Portico, Liteside are a Newark based band and have been playing together for the past 8 years. Their six piece outfit (3 horns, 3 rhythm) have played in all the Newark jazz festivals and at Caffe Portico on many occasion.

Liteside’s smooth, melodic tunes mean you don’t have to be a jazz buff to enjoy them; they call it “jazz for people who don’t think they like jazz”. Their foot-tapping swing & Latin tunes and smooth ballads make for sweet listening. Think Duke Ellington meets Jools Holland and you’ll be in the right area.

Liteside have played at Caffe Portico on many occasions and never fail to impress, so hurry to get your tickets! Again they’re only £6 each, available from the Caffe.


Franc Cinelli

Franc Cinelli was a big hit at his debut appearance at Caffe portico, so we’re delighted to have him back on the 1st October.

Bucking the trend with his free-wheeling alternative folk, Franc Cinelli is the songwriters’ songwriter. From up-tempo torch songs to blues laden road journals and love-struck serenades to defiant, prison outlaw ballads; Franc has carved his own musical path.

His new album The Marvel Age has been called “A roosty, bluesy, folky confection” by R2 Magazine and “A road album evoking images of long distance car journeys through barren wastelands” By the Acoustic Magazine.

Another bargain, tickets are only £6! Available at the Caffe.


As always all our music nights will be accompanied by a specially prepared menu for the evening and as many of you know the combination of good food and music is a real treat.

At each event doors open at 7pm, food will be served from 7.30pm and the music to begin at 8.30pm.

So, make room in your calendars for some truly great nights of music at Caffe Portico.

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Tuesday 16th August – Lydia Buaman – “Eugene Boudin – The Man Who Inspired Monet.”

Caffe Portico is well known for its Jazz Nights, but less well known are the Art History talks given by Lydia Bauman. These Talks are perfect for art lovers who are keen to learn more about influential artists and the history of their work. We would like to invite you on Tuesday 16th August at 6.30pm to Caffe Portico for one of Lincoln’s hidden gems.

Our summer talk will be “Eugene Boudin – The Man Who Inspired Monet.”

“Eugene Boudin (1824 -1898) was a native of Honfleur who liked to paint the beaches of Deauville and Trouville. It was he who introduced young Claude Monet (1840-1925) to the idea of painting in the open air, setting the scene for the revolution which was Impressionism. We will look at the remarkable work of this unsung hero of Impressionism and examine his influence on the young Monet.”

After the talk a dinner will be served for all those who would like to dine and discuss.

Tickets will be £10 on the door and this includes a hot drink or a glass of wine (at a small supplement)

You can call 07956653156 for more details

See you soon!

Eugène Boudin (French, 1824 - 1898 ), Beach at Trouville, 1864/1865, oil on wood, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection

Eugène Boudin (French, 1824 – 1898 ), Beach at Trouville, 1864/1865, oil on wood, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection


Next Music Night- Wednesday 17th August – JINSKI

After the last season of music ended we have had a short break to establish our pizza nights on a weekly basis. Now we are serving pizza every Friday. However in that time we have had multiple enquiries about when the next music nights will be held. You spoke and we listened. So, the next music will be on Wednesday 17th August, followed by a new programme of live acts for you all to enjoy. To kick us off we will be welcoming the fantastic duo Jinski.

Recently they appeared live on BBC 1 The One Show and were featured on Channel 4 News. They also just opened for Lindisfarne at The Palace of Arts Newcastle on 3rd June.

Based in Newcastle Upon-Tyne, JINSKI are song writer Stephen Wegrzynski and musician Dave Kennedy. Their music touches the borders of folk, country, and pop, keeping alive the song writing tradition whilst remaining resolutely modern. JINSKI tell stories that capture the mundane and the magic in everyday life.

They have supported O’Hooley & Tidow, Martin & Eliza Carthy and The Poozies last year and headlined the 12 Bar Club in London, also playing on the main stage at Broadstairs Folk festival.

They have just supported US band The Grahams on several of their dates last November at The Met Bury & The Musician in Leicester.

Their music has been described as ‘Folk for Modern Ears’ – MAVERICK magazine

In addition they had an article in Feb/Mar R2 Rock n Reel magazine:


If you would like to hear them in action this is a link to their most recent live video:


And to listen to more tracks go to

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Down here by Jinski

Check out their Facebook Twitter and Website for more about the band.

Tickets are now on sale at the Caffe for only £6, you can call 07956653156 to reserve tickets. The event will run as usual, a specially prepared menu will be served from 7.30pm and music to start at 8.30pm. We hope to see as many of you here as possible for another great night of music at Caffe Portico.


Weekly Pizza Nights!

Every Friday will be Pizza Night at Caffe Portico!


We will now be serving delicious pizzas every Friday night! But now they’re even better, with a new dough recipe, but the same great smokey authentic flavour. So starting this Friday; the 3rd, you’ll be able to enjoy pizza every single week,

As the event progresses we’ll be brining out more Pizza choices to add to the menu as well as an antipasto range for you all to enjoy.

Having this event weekly means no more wondering if you can get a pizza on a Friday or not. You’ll know every Friday is pizza night! We still suggest you book a table to ensure you can eat at the time you’d prefer, which couldn’t be simpler, either give Sim a quick call on 07856653156 or leave a comment on the Facebook group with the number of people and the time you wish to eat.

For the music lovers among you, Caffe Portico Jazz/Music nights will be returning with a new programme very soon. We are currently sourcing some great new acts and lining up some well known favourites. These music nights will now be held on a combination of week nights and weekends, but we will give you plenty of notice to put the dates in your diaries.

Keep an eye out for all the new and exciting changes at Caffe Portico.

We hope to see you all very soon!


New Events Coming soon

After a great few months of live acts, featuring Mali & Me, Jack Conman, Gabrielle Ducomble and Mambo Jambo we now need to compile a new and exciting programme crammed with events for you all to enjoy. We will be kicking off the new season as we mean to continue, with one of our famous Pizza Nights on the 3rd of June.

With a new pizza dough recipe we dare to say that the pizzas are even better!  Places always go fast so don’t hesitate to book a table, call 07956653156 or drop in and have a chat about what’s new at Caffe Portico.

Speaking of what’s new, Caffe Portico has undergone a transformation, the Blackboard synonymous with the Caffe is gone. Now we are introducing our brand new menu in a brand new way! You will now find a clipboards at the entrance to the Caffe with everything that was once on the blackboard, but with a little more explanation, and an ipad at the counter to help with your orders. There will be lots more happening at Caffe Portico in the near future so keep an eye out.


Lydia Bauman – Russian art – Tuesday 3rd May

We’d like to invite you to a talk Lydia has given recently in St Petersburg – Russian Art – an Overview which will give a useful background to the current exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery of a collection of portraits from the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow called “Russia and the Arts – Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky”

The talk is about the development of art in Russia from the time of Peter the Great ( 18th century) under the influence of European artists and onto the truly Russian group called the Wanderers who in the 19th century turned their attention to scenes of Russian history, myths and contemporary society and some of the best landscape painting you are ever likely to see. Little known but fascinating and magnificent in many ways.

Tuesday 3rd May 6.30 at Cafe Portico – tickets £10 on the door with a complimentary hot drink (or wine at a small supplement).

Hope to see you there.


Upcoming Pizza Night – Friday 29th

Do you like authentic Italian Pizza? The kind of pizza that makes you feel like you’re in Naples and tastes the way real pizza should.

Here at Caffe Portico Sim prides himself on making pizzas authentically, hand stretching the dough, topping it with a home-made sauce and simple fresh ingredients. Serving it straight out of our hand built wood fired pizza oven.

Our menu is bursting with Italian flavours with favourites such as the Calabrese; a fiery concoction of salame picante, nduja sausage and chilli. The Boscaiola, a hearty pizza with mushroom, Redhill Farm sausage, backed with fennel. Or the Quattro Stagioni, a combination of ham, mushroom, artichoke and olives making up all the four seasons. But let us not forget the classic Margherita, where simple ingredients cooked to perfection makes some pretty tasty pizza.

If you would like to join us at our next pizza night call 07956653156 to book a table.


This Saturday – Jack Conman

What are your plans this Saturday night? Nothing? Well you could spend the evening enjoying good food and listening to talented musicians. That is what a night at Caffe Portico has in store this Saturday; the 9th. Sim will have a special menu prepared for the event and you will be able to enjoy your food listening to our warm up act and relax the rest of the night with our main event. Call 07956653156 to book a table.

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