Sizeable pub with up-to-date extensions, plenty of natural light, real ales, first class food, friendly staff and big garden
The good pub guide review
This charming 14th-c pub is owned by the Essex-born Galvin brothers ' both exceptional chefs ' so it's renowned for serving excellent award-winning food. But if you just want a drink and a chat, there's a cosy, timber-framed bar with proper character: flagstones or bare boards, an open fire, leather-topped stools, a button-back brown leather chesterfield, nice old wooden chairs around circular tables, a cushioned window seat and photos and prints on ochre walls. Also, Adnams Ghost Ship and Southwold on handpump, good wines by the glass, several malt whiskies, organic cider and a non-alcoholic juice of the day. Staff are attentive, friendly and helpful. The high-raftered dining rooms are divided by a two-way woodburning stove in a large brick fireplace. Big windows and glass doors provide plenty of natural light and the contemporary furnishings include modern lighting, and dark painted cushioned dining chairs and long button-back leather banquettes on either pale floorboards or flagstones; background music and TV. The 1.5 acres of garden, with the River Chelmer running along the bottom, has black metal furniture on a terrace and picnic-sets on grass. There are monthly wine dinners, regular music and garden events such as barbecues and a harvest festival.
The good pub guide food review
Centred around locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, the inventive food includes sandwiches, Adnams Southwold Aylesbury duck liver parfait with quince pureé and toasted brioche, pan-seared supreme of Atlantic cod with braised celery, puffed wild rice and curried mussels, Old Spot pork chop with smoked olive oil pomme purée, hispi cabbage and prune d'agen, beer-battered fish and chips, and puddings such as apple tarte tatin and coffee crémeux, hazelnut and Kahlúa ice-cream. Ask for details about children eating free in the school holidays.
Galvin Green Man Restaurant & Pub in Chelmsford is from the acclaimed restaurateurs and Michelin-starred brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin. The Green man is one of the oldest pubs in Essex with the original part of the pub being lovingly restored to its former glory. The restaurant menu focus on seasonal dishes of the highest quality whilst our pub menu includes British classics such as the Galvin beef burger deluxe.
Being only opened since 2016, the Green Man has already received many awards and accolades including a Bib Gourmand, 2AA Rosettes, Pub of The Year by the Essex Life Food & Drink Awards, Best Pub in Essex and Best Pub in the East of England by the National Pub & Bar Awards.
Green Man, Howe Street, Great Waltham, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 1BG
Pub Group: Galvin Pub Company