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.



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


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.


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.


Phil Cooke at Caffè – Guest Chef Event

We are very excited to announce the return of Phil Cooke as a guest Chef at Caffè Portico! Last Months Dining Experience was a great success and the food was absolutely delicious (we got to sample some). Now we will be welcoming him back on Saturday 23rd of April.

His new menu has been crafted with even more care to produce some truly fantastic dishes:


Rosemary Focaccia


Duck Rillettes served with an Orange Marmalade and Toasted Brioche


Roasted Turbot, Carrot and Cardamon Purée, Hazelnut Crumb, asparagus and a Pesto Dressing


Chocolate mousse, Sable biscuit, Tarragon infused orange, Vanilla ice cream and candied walnuts

£35 pp

You can check out any updates @LINCOLNPOPUPS on twitter or Facebook.com/philcookepopupdining

And contact Phil to book a table by calling 07754468372 or emailing Philcooke87@hotmail.com

Some examples of Phil’s last menu:



Mambo Jambo – 20th May

Acoustic roots duo, Mambo Jambo, will be taking you on an intriguing and joyous musical journey mixing elements and sounds from world, folk and jazz on the 20th May. Featuring music from New Orleans, Cuba, Brazil and Eastern Europe, as well as cajun, bluegrass, boogie, and their own compositions. Between the two of them they carry with them more instruments than the average orchestra – Pete on guitar, vocal, banjo, percussion, tres (traditional Cuban guitar), ukulele, accordion, suitcase and Frankie on saxophone, clarinet, flute, guitar, vocal, and percussion.

Mambo Jambo have firmly established themselves as one of the country’s finest live acts, the pair play a bewildering array of acoustic instruments – all played with flair and enthusiasm. To describe their music as ‘feel-good’ is an understatement – I guarantee it will give everyone a lift after the winter blues”Martin Peirson, Processed Pea Folk Club

‘Mambo Jambo are quite simply two of the most talented and entertaining musicians around. Their welcome return visits to the Hunsley Acoustic Music sessions are always a sell-out way in advance of their concerts which is a tribute to them as artists! The audience never cease to be enthralled and captivated by their versatility and their warm, entertaining delivery and exceptional talent. Once seen…never forgotten!!!’Will Richardson, Hunsley Acoustic Music

“Mambo Jambo- Wonderful sound”Gareth Evans, BBC Radio Sheffield

“The sheer enthusiasm & joy of their music along with their wonderful musicianship & great stage presence combine to create an act that will undoubtedly go down a storm wherever they play.”Jim McLaughlin, Musicport Festival 

Take a look at some of their tracks:


Tickets are £6 from the Caffè, Call 07956653156 for more details, see you soon!


Good Friday Update!!!

As many of you know Caffe Portico usually closes on bank holidays, however this Good Friday (25th March) we will be staying open. So there is no need to worry about where to go for breakfast or lunch on Friday or Saturday.

On Easter Monday (28th) the Caffe will close for the day and re-open for regular business on Tuesday. Wishing you all a very happy Easter!