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Pubs with a focus on cider are pretty scarce in London, but in the Green Man the apple enthusiast can sit happily and relax into some really quite frightening concoctions.
At the time of our visit there were the twin threats of 'Old Rosie' and 'Rosie's Pig' in kegs behind the bar, where presumably only safety glove-wearing staff could get at it. The pub boasts nine draught ciders and three real ales (Doom Bar, UBU and the extremely hoppy Top Hops on our trip), plus the ever-popular Camden Hells lager.
There's food too. The menu here has always impressed but, since early 2019, the chef’s focus is on vegan. The Greener Man, as it were.
The pub itself is also very green, presumably in homage to its favourite fruit, and the titular hombre. The rear area is perfect for a large group to while away an afternoon or evening knocking back the apples — the large painting of the pub interior has been there since at least the mid-1990s, and is benighted with the accumulated grime from an age when people still smoked beneath it. Upstairs is the additional space of the Orchard Room, which can be hired out. Indeed, we have fond memories of monopolising this space during the football World Cup of 1998.
Word of warning. There's another Green Man just down the road at Great Portland Street. If you're arranging to meet someone here, be sure you're both heading to the same place. We speak from personal experience.
Last updated February 2019