Over recent years, Cambridge has really upped its game in terms of its food offer. For such a well known city, its food offering somehow always fell short but luckily there are now so many places to eat great food, we're spoiled for choice! One of the latest refurbishments in Cambridge is the Green Man in Trumpington and I recently got the chance to test out the menu before it officially launched.
AD-Gifted: I was offered a complimentary meal at the Green Man in Trumpington in exchange for this review
The Green Man has been refurbished top to bottom and is now a truly stylish pub. With exposed beams, an open fire and velvet floral chairs, the whole space is the perfect cosy setting for a pub meal. The feel is comfortable yet modern and I loved all the tiny details, especially the candles on the walls. I'm always noticing interior design now that I have my own house, so I love it when a restaurant puts real effort into the way its appearance compliments its menu.
To start, I chose the vegetarian mezze platter to share and I was really impressed with the range and flavours on the plate. The falafels were a stand out; fresh, crispy with a soft tasty centre and packed full of flavour. I also enjoyed the beetroot hummus and the unusual smoky taste of the aubergine. The menu was hugely varied and there were plenty of options, whatever your taste.
For the main I chose buttermilk Southern fried chicken with sweet potato fries, which were particularly delicious. However, if I was to choose again, I would have to go for the traditional fish and chips. I always say that fish and chips or a pie is the best way to judge a pub and I should have stuck to my motto as I had some serious food envy! The fish and chips were deliciously crisp, with flaky fillet of fish and giant potato chips, made by hand. The mushy peas were too minty for my taste but the batter on the fish really was the star of the show.
Then it was time for the dessert – my favourite! I couldn’t resist a newcomer to the menu, the peanut and chocolate bomb. Our chocolate sauce wasn’t quite hot enough to melt the chocolate sphere but that’s what “soft launches” are for – the chance for the kitchen to test out the dishes as part of a real service, before the launch to fee-paying customers. I’m confident that any diners now will get a rich hot chocolate sauce to melt their bomb, revealing the peanut butter and sticky toffee pudding interior. As an alternative, the warm chocolate brownie was an absolute winner, paired with Bourbon vanilla ice cream to offset the richness of the brownie with a boozy kick.
I was really impressed with the variety in the drinks menu, particularly the pages of various gin options; both gin and tonics and cocktails. I couldn’t resist the Blood Orange and Passionfruit Collins and it really packed a fruity punch. The menu also has some more unusual cocktails, including a Candyfloss Martini, and The Green Man is also currently offering 2 for 1 cocktails in the week, if you needed any more temptation...
The Green Man is a lovely pub for a family meal, celebrating in the surroundings of a gorgeous modernised interior. I'm excited to see how the local area of Trumpington reacts to its dramatic re-brand and I will be returning for a gin and fish and chips soon! Take a look at the menu and more here.