The Bar

at The Bustard Inn

One of the best real ale pubs in Lincolnshire – try our Cheeky Bustard 3.7% Ale!

Looking for friendly, atmospheric pubs in South Rauceby? Join us at The Bustard Inn for a great pint of ale! The solid oak bar is the focal point of this area while the open stone fireplace and the flag stone flooring give the room warmth and character.  We are passionate about our real ales and nurture our beers to ensure that all our real ale customers can enjoy the perfect pint. Currently we are serving our own label Cheeky Bustard 3.7%, Bateman’s Gold 3.9% and Milestone’s Loxley 4.2%. We also serve on draught Aspells Cider, Guinness, Becks Vier, Peroni and Carling as well as several continental bottled beers.

Visitors are welcome to just come for a drink in our bar. If you also fancy something to eat, then dine in our bar, restaurant or outside garden area and take your pick from our wide selection of snacks and meals that offer something for everyone. Don’t miss out on our great line-up of live jazz musicians who regularly play at The Bustard Inn  in the bar – click here to see our events page for more information!




The Bustard Inn was built by the owners of the Rauceby Hall Estate in 1860 to replace the Robin Hood Inn which was removed to make way for the new south gate entrance to Rauceby Hall Park. It was reported in a local journal, The Sleaford Gazette, that the opening “attracted a great portion of the company but everything went off quietly and there were no disgraceful scenes. There was dancing by candlelight in the open air”. The family crest was sculpted in stone above the oriel window which now looks onto the beer garden. The brew house and the stable, which now form part of the restaurant, were situated in an older stone building behind the main building.

The Inn, which is a grade II listed building, was so named because of the legend which states that the last Great Bustard in England was shot on Bustard Hill which is sited behind the inn and is now known as Tom Lane. The Great Bustard, which is the heaviest flighted bird in the world with the male bird weighing up to 20kg, became extinct in this country in the mid 19th century. Attempts are currently being made to re-introduce this bird into the UK on Salisbury Plain and a mating pair have recently been successful in producing eggs for the first time in over one and a half centuries.

The Bustard Inn also has a history of royal visits as it was regularly frequented by Prince Albert (later King George VI) when he was stationed at Cranwell during the First World War.  Prince Charles also visited the Inn when he was stationed at Cranwell.