This November, acclaimed Michelin-starred chefs and restaurateurs Chris and Jeff Galvin are to open the Galvin Green Man pub in Howe Street, Chelmsford. Set in 1.5 acres of riverside meadow amidst beautiful countryside with the river Chelmer flowing close by, Galvin Green Man marks a return home for Essex-born Chris and Jeff, who remain the only brothers from Great Britain to be awarded a Michelin star. They will bring their unique take on the quintessential British pub home, to serve as a hub at the heart of the community.
The Green Man is one of Essex’s oldest pubs, dating back to 1314. The once derelict building has undergone a sympathetic £3 million renovation to see the pub restored to its former glory, whilst the addition of a glass roofed 90 cover dining room will bring the pub right up to date. Styled very much as a Great British pub with the option to dine, the Green Man is of particular importance to the Galvin team. Not only as a homecoming for Chris and Jeff, but also to co-directors of the Galvin Pub Company, Warren Geraghty and Alex Piombino, who have worked alongside Chris and Jeff for over 20 years.
The menu will centre on pub food using locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. Warren Geraghty, along with Head Chef, Jack Boast, have worked with Chris and Jeff to create a menu full of comforting pub classics. Signature dishes from the main dining room menu will include: Colchester crab mayonnaise, watercress and rye bread; Rosanna onion and smoked bacon flat bread; Roast Dingley Dell pork, bakers style potatoes; Dorset scallops, garlic and parsley butter; and game pie with braised red cabbage.
The bar will serve a selection of craft ales with a strong emphasis on working in partnership with local craft brewers such as Adnams Southwold, Ridleys and a calendar of guest ales. The concise wine list will have a focus on English and European bottles with a number of wines also available on tap, allowing for top quality wines to be poured straight from the winery to the glass without any risk of oxidation.
The interior of the pub has been stripped back to allow the original features to shine through. From the restored wooden beams which date back to 1314, to the horses mounting block outside, each aspect of the design has been thoughtfully executed to create a subtle and inviting setting that blends history and modern day. Traditional materials such as authentic tartan fabrics, leathers and timbers have been used throughout to reflect the rural setting. The adjacent main dining room will feature a vaulted glass roof and doors that look out onto the neighbouring farmland. Two stunning fireplaces serving as a focal point for the space while oak dining tables add to the rustic charm, creating a warm and intimate dining environment.
The Green Man will also host four private rooms on the first floor, for up to 16 guests each, in collaboration and celebration of local businesses Adnams Southwold, Marriage’s Millers, Essex County Cricket Club, and Countryside Properties. Each room will have a unique identity, showcasing the company’s individual styles. As a community led pub, the private dining rooms will serve to highlight the importance of locality and celebrate the heritage and success of these homegrown brands. On Sunday’s the private rooms at Green Man will also offer a ‘Host a Roast’ menu, allowing diners to customise their roast dinner with a variety of meat options according to party size. Served with traditional accompaniments, main dishes will include: Wood roast corn-fed Norfolk black chicken; Stuffed saddle of lamb; and Slow roast beef brisket.
Galvin Green Man
Mon – Fri: 11am – 11pm
Sat: 11am – 11pm
Sun: 11am – 10.30pm
Dining Room opening hours:
Mon – Sat: 11.30am-2.30pm & 6pm-22.30pm
Sun: 11.30am-6pm (6pm – 21.30pm: pub menu available)