The Green Man – cocktails

We are fortunate to have at either end of our road two excellent pubs.  Each way we walk, we walk past one, and so it was Saturday evening, before heading on to dinner elsewhere, that we stopped off for a couple of cocktails at The Green Man on Southgate Street.  Having previously used the pub for gins, beers and wines, I had no idea that they had a cocktail menu until visiting with friends a couple of weeks ago during Winchester cocktail week.

I have drunk and made let’s say a fair few cocktails in my time.  I have a small collection of bitters and a large collection of random spirits to prove my dedication and I would describe myself as fairly fussy to please when it comes to a cocktail.

Menu is divided into cocktail based on spirit, which I think is a pretty good way of doing it.  Each drink has a good description of contents too to help you decide what you are after.

20190223_203232First round we went for a bloody margarita and an early grey martini.  I’d had the second one the last time I was in here and it is just perfection.  They use a homemade infusion of earl grey in their mix and the egg white on top makes for this smooth, not too sweet, not too bitter, lightly lemoned delight which quite honestly I could drink forever.

The margarita was great too.  I love tequila.  Especially in the knowledge that it is an upper.  But there are far too many shoddy margaritas out there.  This is not one of them.  Generous too in size.  Tart and sweey and yummy and very very pink.

 

Second round.  This is where things got dangerous as I requested the defibrillator.  This was their Winchester cocktail week special which isn’t on their cocktail menu.  Probably because it’s a weeny bit strong (understatement).  With a base of absinthe, Cointreau and something else, one of these and you’ll not need any more.  Got a subtle aniseed flavour, but not overpowering (I’m not a fan of aniseed usually).   It’s good.  It made me very…happy.20190223_210053

The other cocktail we had I can’t remember the name (blame the defibrillator), but it was a long gin based drink which tasted of apple crumble.  Cinnamon and fresh.  It was great, but I may have gotten distracted by the absinthe.

Each round was about £15.  Which is incredible value for the quality of cocktail you get.

The staff there are really good at their jobs mixing great cocktails.  The atmosphere is cosy.  It is the perfect place to stop in for a drink before or after a movie.  Or to while away a Saturday evening.  The little booths make nice private areas if you are on a date.

Thank you Green Man.  We will be back.

Greens Bar and Kitchen – Sunday brunch

Today we were with friends and we wanted somewhere were we could sit outside in the sunshine for brunch.

Bloody Mary's at Greens Bar and Kitchen

A great start to brunch!

Service was speedy and efficient and we were quickly brough coffees and then bloody marys. It was a pretty good bloody mary – nicely spiced, though perhaps a bit too much ice. I like my tomato juice thick and dark and the ice waters it down a little. But then again, this is a minor gripe.

We were a larger group and it was busy when we arrived table so we waited a little long for food, but to be honest I hadn’t noticed until the waitress came to apologise and tell us it was on the way which is good.

brunch sweet potato hash Greens Bar and Kitched

Sweet potato hash with bacon

I’d gone for the sweet potato has with crispy bacon and it was properly delicious. Nice and light and something I would definitely order again.

Other half had the full English.

  • Sausage – ok though a little pale I like one a little more herby
  • fried eggs – good
  • hash brown – a proper one – hooray!
  • Bacon – good stuff
  • Toast – nice seeded sourdough with some delicious butter
  • Beans – what they say on the tin.
  • mushrooms – a little greasy but fine
  • tomato – nicely cooked and seasoned

So for coffee, two Bloody Mary’s, two breakfasts and then two half pints (well it was brunch) the bill came to around £40. Service was good; food was good. Job’s a goodun.

Thanks Green’s – we will return.