Yesterday the hubby and I met some friends at The Green Man, which is a community owned pub in a very quaint little village called Thriplow. The pub has some lovely benches on the green to the front and undercover non-smoking tables in the garden to the rear. Unfortunately the weather was useless even with the blankets offered so we had to sit inside. Inside is airy and clean with a homely atmosphere. There is a long bar to sit at or plenty of square and round well spaced out tables to choose from.
Your table is reserved with scrabble pieces, which we thought was a nice touch. There were male, female and disabled toilets that were spotless and offered towels to dry your hands and a variety of products, which was amazing for a pub! For locals they will offer you a free ride home post a dinner reservation. On bank holidays they host brunches with make your own bloody Mary stations and once a week is a pub quiz with grub for £5.
The pub has it's own pigs and also a little dog that lives out the back and interacts with customers! They have a little car park but also there is enough parking on the side roads if needed. There were only a couple of front of house staff, one waitress and one behind the bar but for a leisurely Sunday lunch this was more than enough to satisfy the customers.
They have a tapas menu, for £3 each or 5 dishes for £13. There is a large variety of delicious options available but between the four of us we chose:
Breaded prawns & sweet chili (highly recommended)
Salted french fries with ketchup
Cous cous with poppy & sesame seed salad
We also ordered extra warm and toasted pitta bread!
The restaurant brought us over some pork and black pudding sausage rolls to try, which were delicious!
Their daily menu constantly changes and has around three starters, three - four main courses and three desserts. We didn't need starters after our tapas and went for two beef and two pork roast dinners. These were served with all of the trimmings including delicious Yorkshire puddings and the most impressive crackling I have ever witnessed. For dessert we chose a cheese board, a couple of rounds of dark chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream and hot chocolate sauce as well as some homemade ice cream. We went for the white chocolate and the watermelon sorbet, which were great. They had other flavors on offer as well.
The roasts will leave you very full and happy! The other options were a vegetarian Halloumi salad and a trout dish but as I mentioned these will change daily.
If you ever find yourself near Duxford or are driving past on the M11 do stop at this pub, the food was great, the service was friendly and the setting is as picturesque as the English countryside comes. With a bottle of Malbec and a large glass of Pinot Grigio Blush the total bill was £32 per head.