The Green Man at Ropsley
The Green Man is a good news story. At a time when many village pubs are closing, it’s bucking the trend. Up until 2016 it was a run-down boozer on the verge of closure. But then Phil and Leeanne Docherty took it on and turned things around.
The couple have brought serious enthusiasm and energy to the pub. This combined with their welcoming, professional manner has transformed The Green Man into a buzzing village hub. But they haven’t only got the service and atmosphere spot on, the food is very good too. There’s a solid main menu offering pub classics, plus an impressive list of specials on the blackboard. Local sourcing is a priority. The beer is well kept.
Cleverly, the pub’s downstairs room – it’s split level – has been given the feel of a light and airy tea room, while the upstairs is a more traditional pub bar. This has widened The Green Man’s appeal by stopping it from becoming too masculine and pubby (the fate of many a pub). It also allows customers to choose whichever environment they fancy depending on their mood.
On our visit we enjoyed lunchtime ham, egg and chips in the bar with a fresh pint of cask ale in peak condition. The food was hearty and delicious but more than that we relished the friendly, welcoming ambience, and enjoyed being in a well-run village pub that’s alive and at the heart of the community.
The Green Man is a local CAMRA Pub of the Year and last year was crowned East of England Winners in the Countryside Alliance Awards thanks to its varied menu and use of local, high-quality produce. The food is good. The service is super. The atmosphere is excellent. What more do you need?
By Matt Wright, founder & editor-in-chief