News, events and insights at Caffe Portico.
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
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.
For those who don’t know yet, a few months ago Sim built his very own Wood Fired Pizza oven. With help from his friend Adam from VDuo Motorcycles he put it into the back of a Piaggio Ape. Now we are bringing you Portico Pizza Nights, where we serve the very best in traditional Neapolitan pizza.
We make our Pizzas by following classic Neapolitan methods. Sticking to traditional flavours, we hand-stretch the dough, top it with simple fresh ingredients and cook it at over 400C in the wood fired oven, giving it that authentic smoky flavour.
The first few Pizza nights were a real success and we are so happy with the support from all our guests. Aside from the food, the best thing is definitely the atmosphere. Come and relax with friends and enjoy a dining experience perfect for an easy Friday evening.
Over the next few weeks and months to come, we will increase the frequency of our Pizza nights in response to demand, so don’t worry if you miss one. If you want to try fantastic Neapolitan style Pizza, let us know and we can book you a table at the next evening, which will be on the 1st of April. Call Sim on 07956653156 to reserve a table.
We hope you have all had a fantastic Christmas and as we gear up for the New Year we would like to introduce the upcoming events.
Our Pizza night has been hugely popular and will now be running more frequently. The next evening will be on the Friday 15th of January. Following will be the Friday 29th January and Friday 26th February.
We will also be hosting a Gourmet dining evening with guest chef Phil Cooke on Friday 12th February.
Please contact Sim for details on our events and to book on 07956653156.
The Secret Supper Club will be making a come back on Friday 19th February; those on the mailing list look out for your invitation and those who wish to be added to the list drop your email into the caffe.
Wishing you a very Happy New year and see you in 2016.
Ring in the New Year in style and comfort with us at Caffe Portico. Come join the Party and be treated to an authentic Italian dinner and music courtesy of The Ben Havilah Revolution.
Tickets for this event will only be £7.50 a person and dinner from £15.95. Come as a couple or a party, all are welcome to celebrate 2016 with great food and company.
Tickets are going fast so let us know as soon as you can if you would like to book. We will be taking reservations at the Caffe, on Facebook; by commenting on the event, or by calling 07956653156.
On the 21st of August Oxjam is once again being hosted at the caffe, with an acoustic line up of Lincoln’s most talented young artists. The event will be running from 5pm-11.30pm and the £2 entry is donated directly to Oxfam GB. This night of great music is all for a great cause, so come along and show your support
Sim’s wood fired Pizza oven has been a great success and we look forward to hosting another pizza evening on the 28th August, so if you’re a fan of real Italian wood fired Pizza at only £10 per person you’ll love an evening at Caffe Portico. There is plenty of time to book a table so drop into the caffe or call 07956 653156.
But as we all know when September rolls around we’re all feeling the post summer blues, luckily we will be announcing the forthcoming line up of Jazz and other live events for the coming months and in addition the unveiling of a new and improved menu, plus the caffe is always available for private parties and events.
And as always we are open for delicious breakfasts and lunches, or a relaxing coffee and cake.
Benvenuto a tutti!
Nathan’s career as a musician began with just him, a guitar and a unique, stirring voice that landed him support slots with Mercury Prize winners alt-J, Gabrielle Aplin and Sony RCA’s recent signing Amber Run. Following a summer of packed-out festivals – including The Great Escape, Isle of Wight, Boardmasters and Camp Bestival amongst the eleven – Nathan has just released his debut EP Echo. D rawing inspiration from his beloved Cornish coastline as well as the vast landscapes of Foals, Bon Iver and Daughter, Nathan and his band are crafting raw and surging compositions. Finding his feet in the depths of the sea, cold-water soul Nathan weaves dark acoustica with electrifying instrumental scores.
Taking the UK by storm, fabulous Lincolnshire based emerging vocalist Shannon Reilly is joined by guitar virtuoso Pat McCarthy and fine bassist Warren Jolly.
“This is superb music that manages to pull off that difficult trick of having a broad appeal whilst still satisfying the jazz connoisseur” – Gill Wilde, Jazz Promoter of the Year.
“The most talked about gig of the week” – John Holland, New Jazz 5.
With Nicola’s trio you get a lot of musical talent for such a small band. It comprises of voice, tenor sax, piano, double bass and drums and with Piero Tucci – “a jazzer’s dream, as unpretentiously skilful on keys as he is on sax.” Sandman magazine – and the intense and propulsive drumming of Phil Johnson, these three musicians combine to give a performance that will startle you with its genuine love of music and melody. They all aim to enjoy themselves fully, to entertain joyfully – and to swing yer socks off!
Supporting Tony will be local drummer and young bandleader Andrew Wood, along with his piano trio, showcasing three of the finest jazz musicians and improvisers in the region. On double bass, Martyn Spencer, an outstanding bass player and musician with performance credentials including Lady Gaga, Caro Emerald and the Paris 1940s. Derbyshire based pianist Matthew Ratcliffe completes the trio line-up, bringing a wealth of experience and talent; Matt visited Portico back in November with his organ trio and we’re looking forward to welcoming him back.
Beautiful original jazz songs, made with love. Nostalgic for another time but very much for today.
Rachel Foster; Jazz and pop chanteuse, with ‘A voice like Baileys with chocolate!’ toured the US with Weekend Players earning Billboard Chart success at no.3 and reaching no.1 in the Dance Chart respectively. A voice mature enough to command demanding music.
Paul Deats; “A powerful and intense player, lyrical and thoughtful”.
Paulus has toured Europe and the UK extensively. He is a constantly inventive arranger and composer making him a much sought after player, performer and collaborator. Me and Mr. Jones will also be serving up sweet music from the American Song book and other long loved confection.
A sophisticated sound; “bluesy and breathtakingly ballsy”.