I’m back for the second time this week and with another foody post- hurrah! This Wednesday I had the pleasure of attending a media preview night at the newly refurbished pub The Green Man in Trumpington, Cambridge. With my three best friends in tow, I went along to check out the decor, try a cocktail or two and sample the delicious food on offer.
*Spoiler alert* it was bloody amazing.
Admittedly I had never been to The Green Man before, however one of my friends had and said the transformation was fantastic but even for a first time visit I thought the decor was spectacular. The dark navy and gold palette mixed with leafy green plants and quirky lighting was a feast for the eyes and made for an incredibly inviting setting to be in.
We started our evening in the cosy bar area with a canapés and drinks. The canapés themselves were a bite size selection of what’s on the new menu and were just delicious! Three of us sampled the meat options and the vegetarian of the group sampled the vegan and veggie options available. As a vegetarian my friend remarked on the fact there were so many vegetarian and vegan options to choose from and they weren’t your bog standard or obligatory veggie options. Instead there were dishes such as deep fried brie in pank breadcrumbs with chutney, spiralised carrot salad, coconut tzatziki and flatbread and battered halloumi with twice cooked chunky chips. Now tell me that’s not a taste sensation for anyone let alone a vegetarian!
For those of us with the meat canapés we feasted on seared scallops, roasted pork belly and crackling, beer-battered line-caught cod, lobster and Devon crab and fishcakes and duck. The canapés alone were sensational which made me even more excited for the three course meal ahead.
When it comes to drinks, you are seriously spoilt for choice. Everything sounded incredible! Alas I was designated driver but my friends happily obliged when trying out the cocktail menu. The Raspberry Mule was a huge hit, coming out in the cutest copper mug and consisted of aromatic Absolut Raspberri Vodka, ginger beer, a hint of lime and a handful of fresh raspberries. Another favourite was the Candy Floss Martini- A childhood favourite mixed with a very adult measure of smooth Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and is expertly finished with lime and warming ginger. If this sounds up your street then you’ll be pleased to know that Happy Hour is Monday through to Friday 12-7pm!
For our evening meal we were led into another inviting area of the large 17th Century pub. Again this room boasted tasteful decor and was a real treat to be dining in.
There was so much choice for what to have from the seasonal menu and we spent a great deal of time pouring over the various options. In the end we chose the Chargrilled Lamb Koftas which came with goat’s curd, plum tomato, roasted red pepper, cucumber and mint salad, whilst two of us ordered the 7oz Fillet steak with Stilton tart and twice-cooked chunky chips: one with Peppercorn sauce and the other with Lobster and garlic butter.
The vegetarian main meal chosen (which is also vegan) was the Plant-based burger served in a sesame seeded bun with coconut tzatziki, slow-roasted tomato sauce and salad. I chose the fillet steak because it just sounded so divine and the stilton tart that accompanied it was just gorgeous. The steak itself was cooked to perfection and overall was an absolute treat to eat.
Admittedly by this point we were stuffed but when we saw the dessert menu, our second stomachs had other ideas...Three of us went in with a full size dessert but if that proves to be too much there is always the option of a mini dessert and hot drink which one of the ladies went for and said it was the perfect size.
You can choose from a mini apple and blackberry crumble, a mini baked vanilla cheesecake or a mini Belgian chocolate brownie to accompany your hot drink. I also think this would be pretty perfect if you wanted to stop by for coffee and dessert instead of a full blown meal!
For those of us that chose a full size dessert, we went in with a New York style baked vanilla cheese cake, a Belgian chocolate brownie with Bourbon vanilla icecream and then the big one... the Melting Chocolate & Peanut Bomb.
This dessert sure puts on a show! Filled with sticky toffee pudding and peanut butter cream, this golden ball comes served beautifully and with a little jug of hot salted caramel sauce to pour over the top and reveal the melted wonder inside. I mean just look at it. I don’t think I need to say anymore than that!
By the final course we really were incredibly full but what a wonderful evening we had. Overall I was blown away with how wonderful the evening was.
We sampled and dined on incredible food, drank delicious drinks, took in the inviting space. The Green Man is an ideal location to celebrate any occasion and come the summer months the outdoor patio area will be perfect for alfresco dinner and drinks. Both me and the girls have vowed to go back very soon!
I was invited along with to the preview night at The Green Man in Trumpington after its extensive refurbishment and received a complimentary three course meal for myself and three guests. I was under no obligation to write a review or promote the refurbishment but I enjoyed it so much I decided to do a blog post so that you guys could discover it and hopefully go and enjoy it too!