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London — By Andrea Kirkby on August 15, 2009 at 12:48 pm
Filed under: Green Man and French Horn, london pubs, real ale, Restaurants and Bars

London pubs – The Green Man and French Horn

I wonder if there’s something about theatres and opera houses that inspires the pubs around them? There are just so many decent pubs in this little area of London, from the Nag’s Head in Covent Garden to the Harp backing on to English National Opera.

On St Martin’s Lane is the Green Man and French Horn  – a unique pub name I’m sure. The eponymous Green Man decorates the front of the building; no horn to be seen, though. (Alas you can’t see the green man either on the photo – he’s above a second floor window, straddling a flagpole rather uncomfortably.)

The Victorian style windows suggests it’s going to be one of those dark wood-panelling jobs, and that first impression isn’t totally wrong.  A nice traditional style pub, nothing special (not like the gloriously over-the-top Princess Louise on Holborn, for instance), but atmospheric and even on a bright summer’s day, slightly gloomy and cool inside.

What immediately caught my eye was that they had Adnams on handpump together with Batemans XB. Now two good beers doesn’t make it a real ale Mecca, but those are two very good beers and I can think of much worse things to drink.

Plus there’s a menu that looks extremely good and not over-the-top as far as prices go, with main courses about £8. It’s pub grub but with a contemporary gastro flavour.

Where: Green Man and French Horn, 54 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4EA

Photo by Ewan Munro on flickr


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