Galvin Green Man
Main Road, Howe Street, Chelmsford, CM3 1BG
Michelin star-awarded brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin started their family-run collection of restaurants in 2005, and work with quality farmers, fishermen, winemakers, game suppliers and cheesemongers to create fresh, seasonal and daily changing menus. Essex born and bred, the brothers’ inspiration comes from early memories of fishing and scrumping in the beautiful countryside around Brentwood. At Galvin Green Man, you’ll find an excellent showcase of the brothers’ talents and local produce on the menu. To start, the Old Spot Scotch egg is a firm favourite – served with watercress and pickles, it receives rave reviews from those who try it. Main course options are packed with big flavours, from the wood-roasted fillet of plaice with coco de paimpol, palourde clams and white wine velouté, to the tea-smoked pork fillet with kohlrabi, peach and calamansi. Vegetarian diners may take the chance to try the beautiful roast aubergine with charred baby leeks, cumin yoghurt and smoked tomatoes. The dessert menu offers a range of vibrant ingredients, with options including tangy greengage and frangipane tart with lemon curd ripple ice cream, and honey-roasted black figs with fig leaf ice cream, and lavender and lemon balm. The intense sweetness of the figs is lifted perfectly by the fruity accompaniments – a beautifully balanced dessert, which would round off any meal flawlessly. The menu represents fantastic value for money and options to suit the whole family. There’s a set menu option for lunch and dinner, as well as dedicated vegetarian, vegan and children’s menus. On Sundays, the lunch menu boasts three-courses for £29.50. Choose from local meat like Suffolk corn-fed chicken, Herefordshire beef and slow-roasted Essex leg of lamb – paired with all the trimmings, this will be a Sunday lunch to remember. Families are also able to share a joint of meat accompanied by bowls of seasonal vegetables in a private dining room. The main restaurant offers stunning panoramic views and the pub section is open all day. In the summer, the garden terrace is a popular spot for al fresco dining. Despite being a thriving and therefore often busy pub, the Galvin Green Man benefits from a spacious feel and relaxed ambience, not to mention the polite and attentive staff.