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“Fond memories”
Review of The Green Man

The Green Man
Ranked #382 of 707 Restaurants in Cambridge
Cuisines: Pub
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed February 9, 2013

We recently went back to the Green Man after a 6 year absence (having graduated and moved away). We had fond memories of our meal there and were looking forward to going back.

Our expectations were more than met. It's a great, cosy little pub, which was absolutely packed full and yet we still felt like we had plenty of privacy for our meal. The food was really excellent - interesting twists on all sorts of different game and other pub favourites. It's rich food, but really tasty. The service was absolutely fine, but remember this is a pub not a fine dining restaurant so don't expect completely attentive service.

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Thank Andrew M
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

The pub was very clean and staffed with extremely friendly people. Drinks were not overpriced. We were staying in Bed and Breakfast nearby and found the eating accomodation at the Green Man to be first class. The food was from a varied menu that catered for all tastes and was weel cooked and very well presented. The bill for the night was far less than we expected. Well done the Green Man

Thank Anita P
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

Visited last week with a friend for lunch, opting to eat in the restaurant. The initial greeting was warm and welcoming, although the waitresses weren't quite as friendly when serving us which let The Green Man down. I wouldn't say there was a huge range of choice on the menu, and the prices were high in comparison to the size of the portion on your plate - most main meals were between £10 and £16, which is pricey for a pub lunch in itself! Luckily dessert was a more substantial portion and more value for money. The cost of tea was expensive (£2.15 for a small pot)! The website stated that Fridays were 'fish day' but there was no mention of this when we dined. I didn't think there was much of an atmosphere in the restaurant; it was dark (lit only by a small overhead lamp and a candle on our table) but the bar area was brighter. I think the restaurant would probably be more suited to dining in the evening and I would go back to see if this is the case. Not sure If I'll be in much of a hurry though!

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Thank SparklyStarfish
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

We were visiting the FitzWilliam Museum for my birthday, and when driving by this good looking hostellery decided to stop for lunch. We were so glad we did, the service was good, the place has tons of atmosphere, the casque ales kept in tip top condition and they had a good selection of wines. We chose the special sharing platter which comprised of small pots of soup each, spicy prawns, delicious soft pork with black pudding and apple, a really rich pate on soft brioche, salad and a huge piece of cooked cheese with mango chutney - really really yummy and well worth trying. We would always return to The Green Man when visiting Cambridge. Thanks - the staff are knowledable and friendly.

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Thank HongKong77
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

Deciding on an overall rating for this pub was very difficult. Based on the quality of food, I'd give it 4.5, maybe even a 5, but the other factors just didn't meet the standard that an establishment charging these kinds of prices demands.

There were some very polite, professional and enthusiastic members of staff, including the gentleman who greeted us on arrival who was very welcoming when taking our original drinks order and our food order later on. I ordered pork belly to start with sticky chicken for main course. My wife ordered bread and oils to start with Mediterranean chicken and potatoes dauphinoise for main course.

The food was cracking and there were no unreasonable gaps between ordering or between courses. On the basis of the food, I'd return tomorrow.

However, as we sat down after ordering, we noticed that the seating area was very cold. Others had clearly noticed this too, as everyone was wearing coats! We were sitting next to a fire, which was smouldering out. When our starters arrived, my wife asked the waiter whether it was possible that the fire could be lit. His response was, "that's actually a real log fire," then he stood back and said loudly, so as to attract the attention of other diners and said, "so, er, if anyone else wants to have a go and light it, be my guest, but I've got a restaurant to run, sorry!" - and promptly returned to the kitchen.

Clearly, the waiter considered both that maintaining an acceptable temperature is not part of running a restaurant, and that it is perfectly acceptable to embarrass diners by making a big deal of a reasonable request in front of other guests.

Had the waiter simply calmly and discreetly advised that the heating was on but that there was not much the management could do about the inclement weather, clearly that would have been a proportionate and fair response that we would have been perfectly happy with. In fact, there are thousands of reactions to my wife's request that would have been preferable to the one we got. Thankfully, the guests on the table next to us left. They had a radiator, so we enjoyed our main course in comparative warmth.

But the overall temperature of the venue and the waiter's attitude lose this pub-restaurant two stars, which is a real shame, because the building is excellent and the food spot on. We'd probably come back if we were in the area, but only if we don't get a better offer.

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Thank richardthemonster
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