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The Green

Restaurants, Gastropubs Clerkenwell
4 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
The Green
Venue says First-floor dining room available for private hire!

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

A Clerkenwell gastropub from the folks behind The Culpeper.

The Green is a clattering and attractively airy corner pile of a gastropub just off Clerkenwell Green, owned and operated by the folks behind Aldgate East’s Culpeper. It’s good. In fact, it’s startlingly great, dishing up the kind of hearty, fad-free seasonal cooking that dominates conversations and fills your thoughts for days after.

Schlepping up on a weekday evening, my meal was relentlessly brilliant, with echoes of Brit food pioneers The Eagle and St John (both nearby neighbours) in among the more delicate touches of its alma mater. Cauliflower cheese croquettes were a killer snack, heady with mustard and the slight sulphurous hum of brassica, the cheesy béchamel within a dead ringer for that on a slab of faultless Welsh rarebit, caramel brown and served with a teeny pile of heavily reduced and sticky onions (and clearly in thrall to St John’s version). I would do dreadful, dreadful things to eat both again, piffling £3 price tags notwithstanding.

Starters proper were better still. A plate of raw chopped beef strung with anchovy and rosemary was a grand pared-down tartare. But a dish of smoked ’n’ smeared cod’s roe with zhoug (a Middle Eastern green chilli paste), radishes and black olive tapenade was stupidly good, the initial salty thwack of roe seguing into a refined maritime flavour after a few seconds. Aquatic alchemy.

The mains? Guess. A hunk of glazed lamb fell apart on sight of the fork, collapsing into a heady gravy strung with petit pois (slightly mealy, and the only minor duff note), chargrilled lettuce, lardons and tiny potatoes. But the real kicker was a mound of tagliatelle – knobbly, chewily al dente, clearly homemade – with wild garlic, hazelnuts and pecorino (that lot rendered into bitchin’ pesto) and fried violet artichokes. Singing of summer, it was ha-ha-this-is-good-CHRIST-THIS-IS-GOOD good, and all the better sloshed down with a bottle of house Gassac Rouge wine.

All of that lot – a meal so satisfying, nuanced and flat-out delicious that I’ve barely stopped boring friends and family with the finer details since – came to £80. That, my friends, is a preposterous bargain. Go.

The Green says
The Green is a modern British pub serving British and European dishes made with a love of seasonal quality ingredients.

Situated just off Clerkenwell Green, on a south-west facing corner, our site boasts a ground floor pub and first floor dining room, both of which benefit from maximum sunlight thanks to our ceiling-high windows.

Our menu is designed to bring people round the table and enjoy the occasion. We work with small producers whose ethos is in line with our own of simple genuine quality and who we are proud to support.

Our ground floor pub offers a changing selection of cask ales and draft beers from local breweries and a carefully selected list of 35 low-intervention wines.

Details

Address: 29 Clerkenwell Green
London
EC1R 0DU
Transport: Tube: Farringdon
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £90.
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Users say (5)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

2.8 / 5

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LiveReviews|5
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Almost criminal, my fiance is in tears!

Booked the upstairs for our engagement party only to then be threatened later on to pay an extra 625 pounds or they would cancel. Avoid!

Tastemaker

Charming gastropub. The sourdough is actually properly sour, which is hard to find in the UK. 

tastemaker

The Green had good reviews, but I can’t say my experience was the same. The service was a little slow and the food in general fairly average. Some of the starters were good such as the warm goat's cheese salad with figs and the duck rillettes; however, the others weren’t very memorable. What was most disappointing was the ribeye Beef Wellington. The pastry was soggy and it all fell apart as it was served to us on a big sharing platter; and some of the slices were way too rare for some people - practically blue. The sides of vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and potatoes were also served in sharing platters. We probably could have used a larger portion of beans, which were a little overcooked; while the potatoes were also a little dry; curiously, the gravy was very very watery and the horseradish cream lacked any flavour. I would like to put it to the fact it was because we were a big group of twelve that perhaps they found it difficult with timings and catering; but I don’t think that’s the case. Pass on the dessert and coffee - the chocolate fondant was okay and was molten in the middle but the honeycomb seemed a bit stale, and the coffee was terribly burnt - undrinkable.


What we had:

  • warm goats cheese, glazed figs, pine nuts & honey
  • cod goujons, tartar sauce
  • duck rillettes
  • deep fried pig’s head, bitter leaves, pickled walnuts & mustard
  • ribeye beef wellington, horseradish cream
  • chocolate fondant, honeycomb & cream


Tip: I’d recommend stopping for a few casual drinks only, especially on a nice day as they do have an outdoor area, but I’d pass on the Sunday Roast here.


Good For: large groups, outdoor area, casual drinks, catch up with friends

Tastemaker

It's been almost 2 years since my last visit to the Green and I can't say it made much of an impression on me.

However, I returned last week for Sunday dinner and had a very enjoyable experience. Despite arriving closer to 6pm than 5pm for a 5.15 booking the staff were very friendly and accommodating.

Because it was so late in the day and the Green is clearly a popular venue the Wellington steak was sold out but three pork belly roasts had been set aside for us. I really enjoyed my roast and the crackling was superb.

Even with great food and great service I cannot overlook the fact that a roast for one costs the same as making the exact same meal for a family of 4 at home, £18 is a huge sum for a roast dinner but it was a nice treat.

Tastemaker

Now under new ownership, The Green as undergone a small transformation, interestingly this has involved an ironic coat of blue paint. I can't vouch for the food. though I've heard it's good, but the drinks and service are great. I highly recommend the house white, it looks peculiar in that it's cloudy (my brain was convincing me I was drinking a cider), but it's really tasty - apparently it's unfiltered Scicilian stuff. Great ambiance and well located close to Farringdon station.