There are many pubs in London that pay homage to beer. The Green Man is different, choosing to celebrate cider. And the selection is just fantastic.
The Green Man is a large, beautiful pub that cuts an impressive figure on the corner of Riding House Street and Nassau Street. The sprawling corner building is, obviously, olive green in colour with a pretty green and white striped canopy that hangs low over the street. Two old-fashioned lamps sit either side of the doorway, giving the pub a traditional appearance that isn’t contrived.
Inside, The Green Man is light and airy with white and cream walls, but it keeps it traditional with lots of dark heavy woods covering the bar, tables, chairs, floor and panels. There are also some beautiful old paintings that adorn the walls. Upstairs is even better, with bare brick, chandelier-style light fittings overhead and comfortable leather sofas sat alongside larger tables for groups looking to eat.
The Green Man is a popular pub with local office workers and the occasional tourist who has accidentally strayed a little too far from Oxford Street. Although it can get very busy on a Friday night after 6pm, the pub is large and airy enough that you don’t feel too squashed in, and the extra tables upstairs mean you might get lucky and find a seat. This is a place with an obvious love of cider but it also hosts entertainment events such as the monthly Air-Accordion Society comedy club.
The food at The Green Man languishes somewhere between traditional pub grub and gastro pub finery, with a ‘posh’ twist on the classics. Think pork and chorizo burger with caramelised red onion chips (£11), beer battered haddock and skin-on chips (£10), free range Gloucester Old Spot sausages with kale mash (£9.50), and ox cheek and red wine pie with buttered kale and mash (£11.50). Although quality ingredients add flair to the old favourites, the prices are still very reasonable, which is unusual for this area of London.
Although the Green Man openly shares its love of cider, there is a fantastic dedication to the craft beer revolution as well. They have a wide range of the best craft beers available, all on draught, including Bernard Dark, Camden Brewery Hells Lager, Sierra Nevada, Meantime London Pale Ale, Sharps Doom Bar, Purity UBU, Knight of the Garter, Vedett Extra White, Kozel, Veltins, Estrella and Grolsch Blond. On top of this, the pub has one of the best cask selections of cider in London with seven (count ‘em) available on tap at any one time, covering options like Aspall Pipps Cross Cider, Sharps Cornish Orchard Cider and Old Rascal Cider. There’s even the pub’s own specially commissioned Green Man Special Cider from Westons.
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The Green Man really does have it all, with a fantastic location, pretty aesthetic, good food and fantastic choice of draught beer and cider. Next time you’re in central London, head straight here.