The Green Man is a 16th-century free house with exposed oak beams and oodles of historic charm. Just metres from the River Blackwater, it was once a famous smuggler’s inn. Both the picturesque setting and superb food make this pub well worth a visit. In spring and summer the beer garden and play area are perfect for families, and picnic rugs are provided for cooler evenings. In winter, you can settle in the chart room or beside the inglenook fi replace in the panelled bar area. Whatever time of year you visit, you’ll receive a warm welcome from the knowledgeable and attentive team led by chef proprietor Michael Debono and his wife Lorraine Pace. Michael’s passion lies in providing excellent food, and this is clear from an extensive menu that includes well executed gastropub staples as well as exceptionally fresh daily specials.
My starter of smoked mackerel and horseradish cream was beautifully presented and my companion’s tempura scallops were perfectly cooked in light, crisp batter. I chose the Mediterranean fish stew to follow, which tasted exquisite. The dish was laden with squid, prawns, scallops, clams and mussels and served with garlic bread to mop up every last drop of the rich stock. My companion’s lamb with Cumberland sauce was perfectly cooked and accompanied by red cabbage, Dauphinoise potato and mixed vegetables. We fi nished with a traditional apple crumble and Michael’s own triumphant creation, a liquorice crème brûlée. The Green Man also offers live music events and themed dining nights as well as overnight accommodation with a traditional English breakfast.