The Green Man
Like Pied Pipers, owners Matt Kerekes and Becky Pinfold have been followed to their pub by loyal customers, to be joined by new enthusiasts for their stylish offering. The successful partnership focuses on carefully cooked, high quality food and ale, produced and supplied in the local area.
Set in the quiet village of Norton Disney, surrounded by fields in a peaceful corner of Lincolnshire, it is easy to forget that Newark, Lincoln and the busy A46 are not far away. Park near the spacious beer garden and make for the buzzing bar and restaurant. Pastel-painted pine furniture, pictures on the walls and books on the shelves provide a comfortable, attractive setting for you to choose from a range of real ales and beers on tap, wines by the glass and bottle as well as traditional pub food with a modern twist.
A warm welcome is assured, not just because of two large log burners that make cooler nights cosy. Becky is front of house ensuring efficient, friendly service from her team. Matt manages the kitchen as head chef.
The menu balances well flavoured pub classics such as ‘pie in a pan’, Lincolnshire sausages and mash, and steak frites, plus the ever-popular crispy beer-battered haddock, with more unusual modern restaurant dishes. On a recent visit, starters included tempura squid and crab ravioli in crab bisque with samphire – delicious! – to tempt fish lovers. Vegetarians are not forgotten either. Spiced lamb samosas, Chinese-style crispy beef and chicken liver parfait with brioche and fig and apricot chutney give meat eaters a difficult choice.
Among main courses, niçoise salad using salmon, instead of the more usual tuna, caught the eye, as did pan-fried lamb’s liver with crisp bacon, mash, caramelised onions and cabbage. But my choice of pan-fried seabream fillet with asparagus, hollandaise and sauteed new potatoes proved an excellent one.
By Elaine Griffin, Central & North Lincs editor