This attractive Bow pub is extremely cosy, despite its size. Huge period windows add a bright vibe that’s often missing in ‘trad’ boozers. The green in the name is reflected in a subtle verdant colour scheme, with classic dark green leather-studded bench seating and pale mint walls. Small oil paintings add a touch of country charm. It sells itself as being a classic pub with a twist – the twist being that it serves up a selection of decent and imaginative cocktails, as well as a top selection of craft beers.
My Smoked Maple Old Fashioned was a work of art. A crystal glass was served with a small corked bottle of brown stuff on the side, releasing a cloud of musky apple wood smoke when opened. A hint of maple syrup lifted the whole heady affair. A Pale Dutch, featuring white port, tonic, mint and lemon, was a light, zesty, sophisticated long drink that demanded savouring. These were soaked up with a couple of small plates, including an artfully presented asparagus, soft-boiled egg and new potato dish that was fresh and well seasoned (though the crab cakes did lack crabby flavour.)
One major selling point of this pub has to be its garden, guaranteed evergreen and pleasant thanks to the canny employment of astroturf. Rather than feeling clinical, it’s rather clean and cheery. This is a very chipper local spot – perfect lazy Sunday afternoon territory.