Galvin Green Man
Thought to be one of the oldest pubs in Essex, the Galvin Green Man dates back to 1341 and is owned and run by Essex-born brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin. Among numerous accolades, the Galvin Green Man was awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand for 2018 and 2019 and holds two AA rosettes. It also features in The Good Pub Guide 2019 and was named pub of the year at the Essex Life Food & Drink Awards 2017.
The pub is set in one and a half acres of idyllic meadow in the sprawling Essex countryside, with the River Chelmer flowing through the beer garden, and a restaurant with panoramic views. Upon entering the pub you’ll first note the effortlessly modern design and relaxed country pub ambience. You might perch at the bar awhile to sample the regularly updated selection of beer and ale or talk through the wine list before moving through to the spacious restaurant area.
The Galvin brothers have put a number of exceptional menus together to suit all tastes and moods; the impressive à la carte favours seasonal produce and offers a unique take on gastropub cuisine. Start with the sumptuous terrine of confit duck leg, guinea fowl and pistachio and follow with the beautifully presented wood-roasted hake with palourde clams, cocoa beans, white wine velouté and samphire. Meanwhile, the Bib Gourmand set lunch and dinner menu represents excellent value for money. If you’re visiting on Sunday you can enjoy the Galvin Green Man’s contemporary roast dinner – a three-course feast comprising the likes of smoked rump of Dingley Dell pork with carrot purée and hispi cabbage. Desserts are a triumph that never go amiss; expect classics such as apple tarte Tatin with crème Normande and more daring flavour combinations such as greengage and frangipane tart with fig leaf ice cream.
With such impressively high standards and welcoming hospitality, it comes as no surprise that the team caters for private gatherings, too – it’s the best way to make use of their beautiful private dining rooms. You can host your own roast or choose a set menu from an exquisite selection, and let the team take care of the food and washing up while you make the most of the setting. From corporate packages to family meals, there’s a dining experience to suit every occasion at the Galvin Green Man.