I love a good pub lunch every now and then, catching up with friends or having an easy, laid-back Saturday with the boyfriend over burgers, ‘big plates’ and beverages. And luckily for me, Grimsby and Cleethorpes has a lot of pubs to choose from!

Some are independent while others have big names attached, like Wetherspoons, Marstons and Ember Inns, but what I enjoy about a pub lunch is that you always know what you are going to get, but there are always some surprises on the menu too.

There are three pubs in particular that my friends and I find ourselves going back to, which is why they are three of my favourites.

The Wellow, Cleethorpes


The Wellow is a Hungry Horse pub close to the Boating Lake in Cleethorpes, and I think it is safe to say it is one of the town’s most popular places to eat and drink. A few years ago, the pub was taken over and had a full refurbishment, and it seems like ever since it has been permanently busy – I don’t think I have ever seen it quiet! The menu is quite varied with burgers, sharers, traditional pub favourites and grills on offer; my normal go-to dish is the chicken skewers (a big plate special, complete with a choice of sauce, fried onions and peppers and chips), although on my last visit I tried the meatball baguette from the lunch menu, which was a nice change. And of course, dessert is a must!

*The images of the Piri Piri Chicken Skewers and Candymania Sundae were taken at The Trawl in Grimsby, another Hungry Horse pub (with the same menu as the Wellow).

The Pear Tree, Humberston


The Pear Tree, in Humberston, is one of my new favourite places to eat, mainly because there are so many dishes on offer! I particularly like the build your own burger section which, usually, leads me to the Piri Piri chicken burger, and I feel you have a greater selection of options other than ‘traditional pub meals’ on the specials board – there’s usually around 20! But what is also great about The Pear Tree is that all of the mains, and the specials, are two-for-one, and you can take away the desserts when you’re too full to eat them there and then.

The Wheatsheaf, Grimsby


Up until last year, the Wheatsheaf was my local pub so it was always very easy to stop by for some good food on a lazy day – and I am pleased it was! It is an Ember Inns and certainly has more of a ‘gastro pub’ feel than others in the area; the mains are more restaurant quality and you’ll find burgers served on slabs and chips in little buckets. Personally, I think the Wheatsheaf’s burgers are the best (just look at this bbq chicken one!), and they have some great offerings on their set menus and special nights.