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The Green Man

The Green man is a tiny little pub tucked away in the back streets of Kingsdown. I’ve walked past it many times over the years I’ve been in Bristol, but not until recently have I ventured in. To say it’s a hidden gem of a pub is perhaps an understatement and I wish I had sampled its delights sooner.

One of the Dawkins Pubs (its sister pub The Hillgrove is within easy stumbling distance) The Green Man is full of character and has been listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide for the last 3 years. A Grade II listed building the bar has got bags of charm and despite being pretty compact, it’s clearly a very popular locals pub and gets full to the rafters on a busy drinking evening.

They don’t just take their ales seriously here, but the food is clearly a matter of pride the chef as well. Apparently he’s a keen forager and regularly goes hunting and gathering local produce for his kitchen. The result of this is a seasonal menu with some simple but very tasty options.

I guess the kitchen is pretty small, like the rest of the pub, so it makes perfect sense to have a menu with only 1 or 2 choices. The day I went there were a couple of meat and 1 veg option as mains, as well as 2 starters and 2 puds. Not that this is exactly a small choice, but I much prefer to see a limited selection of well cooked food rather than a choice of 4 different roasts all of which are half-heartedly cooked, just to ensure that you cater for everyone.

The food is amazingly well cooked. Simple flavours are well thought out and mixed to create a lovely taste sensation. The beef was cooked rare and there was plenty of it. The partridge (to date I’ve never been offered roast partridge in another pub in Bristol, so top marks for variety) was very tasty as well. We didn’t try the Veggie option, but homemade wild mushroom ravioli was tempting even to the diehard carnivores amongst us.

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Every roast is served with a Yorkshire pudding and you get a bowl of beautifully roasted potatoes (crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle) and another of seasonal greens to go with it. Homemade horseradish and other sauces as accompaniments plus an extra jug of gravy just in case you need it.

I have to say that this was a very satisfying roast. I’m often critical about the roast potatoes if there is need for a point to debate, but this was pre-empted with the very generous bowl of tatties that was dropped right in front of me. The food was very well cooked and the portion sizes were perfect.

My rule of thumb for a 10/10 is consistency. A pub has to repeatedly deliver amazing roasted happiness to get bumped up from a 9. The Green Man is a strong contender for this and I will definitely be going back.

 

21 Alfred Place, Bristol. BS2 8HD
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  1. Tom Watkins says
    28/03/2014, 8:35 pm
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    Called on Friday to enquire about reservation for Sunday roast based on this review. This was the exact response:
    “We’re not doing Sunday lunch and its Friday night so I’m really busy, goodbye” and hung up.

    Fucking rude bastard.

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    • matt says
      17/04/2014, 9:20 pm

      lol. worth persevering, best roast I’ve had in bristol

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