• Blending traditional character with modern comforts, The Admiral Rodney has been extending a warm welcome to travellers and diners for over five centuries…

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  • Relax in our restaurant and take your pick from a menu brimming with traditional, tasty treats...

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  • Enjoy a drink at the bar or ask our bartender to blend you a ‘bartender’s choice'...

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The hotel

Laying at the south west foot of the Wolds and at the edge of the Fens, Horncastle is a bustling and historic market town situated just 19 miles from Lincoln. It attracts visitors from home and abroad, eager to browse its antique shops and explore the weekly markets. The farmers’ market, selling local Lincolnshire products, is also worth a visit.

The Admiral Rodney is an 18th century coaching inn located at the very heart of the town. It has 31 individually-styled classic, superior and deluxe rooms, a contemporary bar, 80 cover restaurant and relaxing coffee area. With three fully refurbished rooms – The Top Deck Suite, The Admiralty Suite and The Captain’s Table – our inn is the perfect venue for your wedding, conference, birthday party or business meeting.

A fascinating history

The earliest known history of The Admiral Rodney Hotel in North Street, Horncastle, Lincolnshire, dates from the 1790s when it was part of the considerable Lincolnshire estates of one of the world’s most famous and revered botanists – Sir Joseph Banks, of nearby Revesby Abbey.

From 1768 he was the chief scientist on board Captain James Cook’s three-year voyage of discovery to South America, New Zealand and Australia, and later he despatched scientists around the world to collect plant species for the development of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew… read more

Our people

Guests and visitors of The Admiral Rodney will notice something that everyone who works here has in common – they genuinely enjoy their jobs.

As a family-run business we strive to deliver a more friendly, personal service and could never be accused of being stuffy or pretentious. That being said, all staff are professional and extremely well trained to ensure that your experience is as great as it can possibly be.

It’s our hotel, but we want it to feel like it’s your hotel too… read more

Join Us

The Coaching Inn Group are an equal opportunities employer. We offer great training and the opportunity to progress, so if you have the energy, drive and professionalism to represent our strong company values then we would love to hear from you.

We employ in excess of 700 people, including centrally based management, office & maintenance teams through to locally based management, chefs, receptionists, and many more.

We pride ourselves on encouraging staff progression within the group, and consider it an honour to be able to help start someone’s career in the hospitality industry… read more


From local guests who regularly dine with us, to visitors from across the country and abroad, we welcome feedback to ensure that we continue to exceed the standards you have come to expect from us.

Click here to read some of our most recent reviews.

The Coaching Inn Group

The Admiral Rodney Hotel is part of The Coaching Inn Group, which has a passion for restoring lovely old historic coaching inns, of which there are now 17 of these iconic buildings in their collection.

Through refurbishing, revitalising and breathing life back into these inns, The Coaching Inn Group creates elegant, comfortable and well-priced accommodation and dining spaces with tempting menus, relaxed and stylish bars and coffee lounges… read more

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