The Green­man Pub­lic House

Derbyshire Life - - Food & Drink -

Taste­ful sur­round­ings and modern cui­sine give ev­ery rea­son to

visit this re­cently-re­fur­bished coach­ing inn in Ash­bourne

Few build­ings have a his­tory as colour­ful as that of the Green Man in Ash­bourne’s St John Street. The iconic coach­ing inn, built in the 1750s, has been at the cen­tre of lo­cal life for cen­turies. Once known as the Green Man and Black’s Head Royal Ho­tel, it was vis­ited by Princess Vic­to­ria in the 1830s, recog­nised for hav­ing the long­est inn sign in the world and – per­haps most im­por­tantly in these parts – is the long­stand­ing com­mit­tee head­quar­ters of Der­byshire’s most fa­mous an­nual sport­ing event, Ash­bourne’s Royal Shrove­tide Foot­ball.

Now, over 250 years since it was con­structed, new life has been breathed into the build­ing fol­low­ing the open­ing of a stylish pub and restau­rant.

Tucked away in the court­yard of the Green Man com­plex pur­chased by lo­cal en­trepreneurs Anne and Colin Wright in 2012, the Green­man Pub­lic House and Restau­rant is the lat­est in a se­ries of ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ments at the site, which al­ready in­cludes two premium re­tail stores and a pop­u­lar café.

Taste­fully blend­ing into its sur­round­ings, the Green­man Pub­lic House boasts smart and modern in­te­ri­ors with tan leather

‘Food­ies will be thrilled to hear that lo­cal­lyrenowned chefs Peter and Laura Dale are at the helm’

booths, re­claimed fur­ni­ture and state­ment light­ing. The at­mos­phere is re­laxed and wel­com­ing: guests can en­joy drinks in the vi­brant bar (it’s a flag­ship for Nyetim­ber Wines), while snack­ing on beef slid­ers or triple-cooked chips, or dine in the cosy din­ing room – which has just 40 cov­ers – over­look­ing the open-plan kitchen.

The venue has been open for just four months but its own­ers al­ready have an im­pres­sive culi­nary pedi­gree: food­ies will be thrilled to hear that lo­cal­lyrenowned chefs Peter and Laura Dale, who pre­vi­ously ran the highly-ac­claimed Din­ing Room restau­rant in St John Street, are at the helm, so great food is cen­tre stage.

The menu changes on a reg­u­lar ba­sis – some­times daily – to in­cor­po­rate the best in­gre­di­ents avail­able and head chef Peter’s un­pre­ten­tious cook­ing style fo­cuses on the best lo­cal, sea­sonal and in­ter­na­tional pro­duce.

This ethos was show­cased in the two menus avail­able on the evening of our visit: a win­ter week­day evening menu (one course £13, two cour­ses £17.50, three cour­ses £22) and an à la carte menu (starters £8-£10, mains £18-£20). Choices ranged from pork ter­rine or Jerusalem ar­ti­choke velouté to start, fol­lowed by Ash­bourne pheas­ant, May­field Sad­dle­back pork, Der­byshire beef hanger steak and Mel­bourne parsnip tarte tatin.

As soon as we were seated, restau­rant man­ager Guna de­liv­ered de­li­cious home­made sour­dough bread and but­ter to our ta­ble, com­ment­ing that the Green­man Pub­lic House also serves fab­u­lous Sun­day lunches.

Our ap­petites whet­ted, my starter of smoked salmon soon

BE­LOW: The Green­man Pub­lic House’s snug din­ing area

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