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The Green Man (Trumpington, Cambridge)

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55 Trumpington High Street / Trumpington / Cambridge CB2 9HZ / Tel: 01223 844903

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      01.08.2011 12:47
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      A good pub for a meal but I prefer standard pub grub

      On a recent visit to the Cambridge area with my parents, we visited the Green Man in Trumpington for a Friday night meal. We arrived around 5.30pm, although we didn't order right away - we just wanted to be sure of getting a table, which as it turned out, we needn't have worried about.

      Trumpington is a suburb of Cambridge, and is easily reached from Cambridge centre and train station. We chose the Green Man as it was halfway between the train station, where my parents had just collected me, and the caravan site we were staying at.

      The Green Man is an attractive, slightly rambling pub with a large car park at the rear and beer garden at the front. There is a dining room, however we chose to sit in the bar, which is full of little corners and low beams (which we noticed the hard way...by bumping our heads on them).

      The menu at first glance was clearly not your average pub grub. It was quite fancy, with some dishes which were new to us and others which were variations on pub classics. I chose a black olive and onion tart, served with cumin roasted vegetables - this was something I hadn't come across before. It was a large pastry case, filled with vegetables and a layer of olive and onion at the bottom, but a spicy tomato sauce drizzled around the plate. It was nice, but I rather wished I had gone for fish and chips instead of trying something new - the tart wasn't terribly satisfying. The vegetables had no taste of cumin on them, and the layer of black olive and onion was disappointingly thin; as two of my favourite foods, I was hoping for loads of them.

      My parents chose the fish and chips (beer battered with chunky chips which looked more like roast potatoes - I always think that is playing fast and loose with the word "chips") and four hour roasted lamb (which looked pretty good even to a vegetarian - tender and with loads of thick gravy - and no, it didn't take four hours to make, they must have had it roasting already!).

      My mum talked me into sharing a pudding with her (it wasn't very hard really), and we had choux buns filled with vanilla ice cream. This was really tasty, but I didn't think it worked out as good as it sounded - the ice cream was very cold (no snide jokes about cold ice cream please, you know what I mean when I say it's really cold!) and quite solid, and was just too different a texture to the soft non-chilled choux pastry.

      Drinks-wise, the Green Man offers real ales as well as lager and cider on draught - I had my favourite Aspalls cider. They also offer wine , spirits and soft drinks.

      The service at the Green Man was good. As I write this I am struggling to remember the service, which as far as I am concerned is a good things - efficient but not overbearing. If it was bad I would remember it clearly, and I would also remember if it was intrusive - I don't like waiting staff always asking if everything is fine. The prices were reasonably average for this type of pub meal, with main courses starting from around the £9 mark.

      Our meal at the Green Man was good, and I know my parents enjoyed it, but for me it was a little too try-hard. I like good straightforward pub grub, and the Green Man doesn't offer much of that. Saying that, the food was good if a little underwhelming, the menu just wasn't quite my taste.

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